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3.47 out of 53.47 out of 53.47 out of 53.47 out of 53.47 out of 5 3.47 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mike Huckabee Narrator: Mike Huckabee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9781101145845
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The New York Times bestseller by the former governor and presidential candidate—an instant classic, reissued for 2010.

Christmas has become synonymous with shopping, overindulging, and stress. But according to Mike Huckabee, that was never God’s intention. Going back to the Nativity, Christmas is supposed to be about simple things: faith, love, family, and hope. The hard part, in today's crazy world, is remembering that those simple things are the most precious. Huckabee recounts twelve Christmas memories that range from his childhood in Arkansas to his years as a young husband and father to his time as a governor and then a presidential candidate. These true stories will help you smile, take a deep breath, and maybe slow down your own holiday treadmill. For instance, as kids, Mike and his sister would sneak open their gifts before Christmas, play with them, then rewrap them so their parents wouldn't notice. The plan worked great until one Christmas when young Mike unwrapped a brand-new football...that was covered in mud. That led to a powerful lesson about patience and a reminder that the best Christmases are the simple ones.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Ann | 2/13/2014

    " Fun read! Huckabee reminds us that "God continues to speak to us through simple things that no amount of money can buy" like the original Christmas- Christ's birth. I enjoyed all of the stories. Some were touching,others instructive and all were humorous. I am impressed with the humility, insight and humor that shines in his reminiscing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Chavel | 1/29/2014

    " I am a huge Huckabee fan! I wish he would have run for President this year. This book is more of a biography than a Christmas book. Even though most of the events center around the Christmas season. One quote from the book I would like to leave with you is found on page 103, "True faith is forged in the furnace, not the showroom." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Niki | 1/6/2014

    " This book was great to read and interesting to find out more about Mike Huckabee's life. It helps me think about the more important things during the Christmas season. It seemed a little more like a memoir of Mike Huckabee's life with some Christmas stories weaved in. He has been through some amazing things in his life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie Christian | 12/31/2013

    " Hmm... I'm not sure how to feel about this book. There wasn't exactly anything all that interesting in Mr. Huckabee's stories, but I do truly enjoy memoirs. I think I may have gotten more out of the non-Christmas anecdotes than I did from his holiday tales. He definitely told a couple interesting and/or entertaining moments from his past, so I give him points for that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 12/30/2013

    " Really wonderful collection of stories and memories from Mike Huckabee. He's a terrific story-teller! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lillie | 12/2/2013

    " Stories that remind us that a simple Christmas is the best Christmas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 10/25/2013

    " Very easy read...enjoyed his stories, especially of his childhood memories because he's about the same age as I am "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erin Lehmbeck | 10/19/2013

    " Like most politician's the book was mostly about his climb to the top. Very little to do with Christmas memories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doris | 9/23/2013

    " Listened to author tell stories from his past, easy to listen to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 9/23/2013

    " Kind of an autobiography centered around Christmas stories - which I am happy with. I was interested to know more about Mike Huckabee and I came away liking him quite a bit. I am also interested in Christmas stories this time of the year - so this fit that as well. Good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 7/17/2013

    " Its a shame to me that our country missed out on the opportunity to have this man as our President. I think he would have done a world of good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jon | 6/27/2013

    " This was a nice little book with a great message. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ashley | 6/2/2013

    " Couldn't even bother to finish this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 4/20/2013

    " If Mike Huckabee runs for office again, I'm voting for him! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeri | 4/8/2013

    " Just because you are in politics doesn't mean that you can write. Huckabee's book didn't have any staying power with me. There were no take-away points or deep thoughts in this book. I would not recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 10/11/2012

    " This was an easy read, a good Christmas read and an interesting way to peer into the life of Mike Huckabee. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 10/6/2012

    " A series of autobiographical essays about the meaning and theology of Christmas. Great read for the time of year when time for reading is limited. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curtiss Matlock | 7/20/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. I put down another to read it. Huckabee's voice drew me along. Informative and inspiring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cactuskid2 | 5/24/2012

    " Another honorable man, I wish he were running for President in 2012. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/3/2011

    " A nice reminder to cut back to the simple meaning in Christmas. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 7/17/2011

    " I wanted to love this book. I was ready to read some heartwarming Christmas stories, a la "Chicken Soup" type. Alas, this is just a very basic autobiography, where some of the chapters happen to line up at Christmas time. It wasn't badly written but not very interesting overall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie Miller | 5/23/2011

    " Wow. I know he ran for president and has a show on Fox News, but I really did not know much about Mike Huckabee. I LOVE him and this book. I read it in an afternoon, but will probably pull it out each Christmas for a reread. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cactuskid2 | 5/21/2011

    " Another honorable man, I wish he were running for President in 2012. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 12/29/2010

    " If Mike Huckabee runs for office again, I'm voting for him! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie | 12/20/2010

    " This was an easy read, a good Christmas read and an interesting way to peer into the life of Mike Huckabee. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 12/4/2010

    " I'll be honest..sweet stories..Mike Huckabee sounds like a really nice man, but part of it was just too sticky sweet. I understand that is what people look for at Christmas, but I thought the book could go somewhat outside the Huckabee family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jon | 7/19/2010

    " This was a nice little book with a great message. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheri | 5/6/2010

    " A Simple Christmas (mike Huckabee)

    This book was good, but it was more like an autobiography than a book of short stories. If you want to know more about Mike Huckabee's life, you will like this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 1/1/2010

    " Really wonderful collection of stories and memories from Mike Huckabee. He's a terrific story-teller! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 12/27/2009

    " Wow. I know he ran for president and has a show on Fox News, but I really did not know much about Mike Huckabee. I LOVE him and this book. I read it in an afternoon, but will probably pull it out each Christmas for a reread. "

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About the Author
Author Mike HuckabeeMike Huckabee is the former governor of Arkansas and 2008 presidential candidate. He is the author of eleven books, including several New York Times bestsellers. He and his wife, Janet, live in Florida and still spend time in Arkansas. They have three grown children and four grandchildren.