Arkansas mo­ti­va­tor

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

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.

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