I came across an excellent post by Paul Grabill on Sarah Palin and her growing up Pentecostal. Here’s a short excerpt:
“I would like to assert (for the first time publicly) that there is at least one huge social benefit to being raised Pentecostal—public speaking. Some surveys have shown that public speaking is the number one fear of Americans, more than death or taxes. Pentecostals, however, raise our children to be expressive in worship, to read their Bible aloud, to act in church plays, to sing in children’s choirs, to share their testimonies and to lead others in prayer out loud. Yes, we push them to get over such fears. By the time they are teenagers, most are out of their shells.”
You can read the rest of this post on Paul’s blog here.