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Governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007, Mike Huckabee ran for president of the United States in 2007 and 2008. Prior to entering politics, he pastored two churches and served as president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention. He is the author of several books and plays bass guitar in his own rock band, Capitol Offense. He and his wife, Janet, have three grown children and live in Arkansas.


 

CBD: You were a pastor for 12 years before you decided to enter politics in 1991. How did God lead you to public service? Can you share some of the major lessons God taught you while you served the people of Arkansas?

MH: It was a process and pilgrimage to arrive at the point to decide this was my mission. It was not a “Damascus” all-of-a-sudden experience. I finally determined that to be salt and light required me to leave my comfort zone and go where there was darkness and spoilage—politics! I learned that many of the ways I had served as a pastor were what prepared me to be a governor.

 

CBD: You have been a strong supporter of homeschooling and were the first governor in the country to appoint a homeschool parent to your Board of Education. In an interview you addressed the often overbearing government regulation homeschoolers face by saying, “They’re amazing. Leave them alone.” In what ways are home educators “amazing”?

MH: Competition breeds excellence, and homeschooling often provides children with a great academic background combined with a strong personal and moral discipline. It’s amazing in that test scores from homeschoolers often are far above averages of public school student averages.

 

CBD: American society and political parties are becoming more polarized due to conflicting ideologies and worldviews. Is it possible for a candidate to separate politics from his or her worldview?

MH: I hope people don’t separate their private convictions and public service. If so, their convictions must not mean much.

 

CBD: In Living Beyond Your Lifetime, you state, “The ultimate job of a parent is to train his or her replacement.” In your opinion, what are the three most important values parents should pass on to their children?

MH: Love God, treat others as you wish to be treated, live for the finish line.

CBD: In Character Makes a Difference and From Hope to Higher Ground, you assert that music and the arts are not just “extracurricular” but are an “essential” part of every curriculum. Why are the arts so important, and how are they related to character  development?

MH: God is a Creator and obviously creative. We were created in His image and to deny that part of our imprint is to deny how we were created and what we were created to do. Music and the arts are a language that transcends all spoken languages and not only reflects our culture, but transmits it. God created us to sing, to express, to create.

 

CBD: On the advice of your doctor, you began a fitness program in 2003, which resulted in dramatic weight loss. Beyond physical well-being, what emotional and spiritual benefits did you experience?

MH: I had to accept that my body isn’t mine—it’s been purchased and is now owned by the Lord, and I was abusing someone else’s possession. I had to recognize my responsibility and stewardship.


 

 By Mike Huckabee

Living Beyond Your Lifetime
Living Beyond Your Lifetime
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Quit Digging Your Grave With a Knife and Fork, Paperback
Quit Digging Your Grave With a Knife and Fork, Paperback
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Character Makes a Difference: Where I'm From, Where I've Been, What I Believe
Character Makes a Difference: Where I'm From, Where I've Been, What I Believe
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