Prather’s Pick: ‘Fox and Friends’ host pens inspirational memoir
August 14, 2018
This week's book for adults is a memoir by Ainsley Earhardt, with Mark Tabb. Earhardt is one of the co-hosts of "Fox and Friends," a cable morning show on the Fox News Channel. Her autobiography, "The Light Within Me: An Inspirational Memoir," is published by HarperCollinsPublishing (2018).
In the book's opening chapter, Earhardt writes that her upbringing gave her a solid foundation for life. As a child, she learned the value of hard work, determination, and confidence from her parents. She recalls that her father left little notes — quotes from sources, such as poems or Bible verses — beside her cereal bowl each morning. These served as motivation throughout her life. Her father, a coach, motivated his children in much the same way he motivated his teams.
From the time she was young, Earhardt wanted to be an actress, and boy, was she passionate about it, even crying when she couldn't walk on the red carpet at the Oscars. When she was in middle school, Earhardt was even in two movies. She was a kid in the crowd in "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken," a Disney movie, and an extra in "The Program," a movie with Halle Berry and James Caan.
However, Dr. Richard Boyd, her family orthodontist, convinced her she should follow in his footsteps. From the time she had braces, Earhardt loved Dr. Boyd's office, which was set up just for kids. So, when she was in high school, she worked for Dr. Boyd. By the time she was ready for college, she had decided to become an orthodontist, herself. Dr. Boyd believed in her so much he offered to help with the cost of dental school and told her that she could take over his practice one day.
Earhardt decided that becoming an orthodontist was more realistic that becoming an actress. Besides that, she knew her parents would never let her major in theater, anyway. Her plans to go into dentistry worked for awhile, but then, when she was a sophomore, Earhardt went to New York on a trip and ended up outside the "Today" show. After that, she began to question her career choice.
After some agonizing time had passed, Earhardt decided to transfer to another college and major in broadcast journalism. She credits her spiritual beliefs in guiding her to make career decisions, as well as other steps in her life.
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The Earhardt family attended church every Sunday, talked about God, and said blessings and prayers, but Earhardt remembers that, despite the Christian environment, she always felt something was missing. When she was in college, she seemed to find that "something" with a 13-week workbook Bible study. For Earhardt, "Experiencing God" was a completely different way of thinking about God.
Earhardt's strong connection to God is at the center of her book. She credits her belief in God to helping her through career choices, marriage, and the birth of her daughter. This is truly an inspirational book.
"The Light Within Me" costs $27.99 in hardcover. It can also be found with new books at the Craig branch of Moffat County Libraries.