If we were to ask readers toname a musically inclined Southern Baptist politician who grew up in the town of Hope, Ark., who became governor of his state and later chairman of the National Governors Association (NGA), you’d probably answer Bill Clinton. And you’d be correct. But did you know that Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee also hails from Hope, is a talented musician (bass guitar), a Baptist churchgoer, and even chaired the NGA? And for more than a year, as was the case with Mr. Clinton, he’s been mentioned as a likely contender for the White House.
This month, just in time for a 2008 candidacy, Mr. Huckabee’s newest book, “From Home to Higher Ground,” will arrive in bookstores. Our early copy explains how Americans can build a better country through simple lifestyle and attitude changes.
In 2006, Mr. Huckabee authored a different sort of motivational book, “Stop Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork.” The book was an instant best-seller, showing readers how self-discipline, diet and exercise can lead to a happier, healthier lifestyle.
In 2003, the governor was warned by his doctors that he’d be dead within a decade if he didn’t lose weight. He immediately began exercising and controlling his diet, and soon lost more than 110 pounds.