Dan Gilgoff, God & Country
Sarah Palin has picked a Christian author and magazine journalist to collaborate with her on her forthcoming memoir for HarperCollins. The journalist, Lynn Vincent, has been at World—the nation's best-read Christian newsmagazine—for the last 10 years as a writer and editor.
This isn't a surprising choice for Palin, but it's certainly one worth noting. It's more evidence that she's honing a distinctly Christian public image since coming off the campaign trail last year. This seems to be a change from the days when she was a state-level figure, almost entirely unknown outside of Alaska.
Vincent has written or collaborated on a handful of books, including the New York Times bestseller Same Kind of Different as Me, which a World press release yesterday described as "the dual Southern memoir of a wealthy, white art dealer and an illiterate, black former sharecropper whose meeting at a Fort Worth homeless shelter changed both their lives."
Interesting to see that Vincent is no stranger to collaborating with public figures whose faith-based actions have generated controversy. According to the press release from World:
Vincent has also worked with public figures trying to set the media record straight. In 2008, Hachette Book Group released Never Surrender: A Soldier ' s Journey to the Crossroads of Faith and Freedom, which Vincent wrote with retired Lieutenant General William "Jerry" Boykin, a founding officer of Delta Force, the Army's elite counterterrorist unit. Boykin later served as commander of U.S. Army Special Forces, then as Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence.
That book sought to debunk the media attack Boykin weathered in 2003 after speaking to Christian audiences about what he saw as the clash of religious worldviews underlying the terror war.
Like Boykin, Palin and her fans seem to see her to be an embattled Christian figure.