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  • Writer's pictureThomas Bonifield

Travails Get Christian TV Personality Back on Track

Elisabeth Hasselbeck's is a clear case of God using "all things for the good of those who love him."

Elisabeth Hasselbeck (center) with Ainsley Earhardt and Steve Doocy of "Fox & Friends." Image from Hasselbeck's Instagram page.

Former TV host Elisabeth Hasselbeck is out with a book called Point of View: A Fresh Look at Work, Faith and Freedom and she's making the rounds on TV and in the print media. It details her journey, paying particular attention to rough patches in her life and how she came to understand the need to see herself as God does. It also features a foreword from her friend, and prominent Christian actress, Candace Cameron Bure.

Hasselbeck first came to the public's attention on the second season of Survivor. She then rose to fame on The View, co-hosting that daytime talk show for 10 years from 2003 to 2013. Being an outspoken Christian, she was the token conservative voice on program.

That made her jump to cable powerhouse Fox News Channel a natural next stop. It was there, however, she ran into trouble balancing being a wife and mother with her duties as co-host of the Fox & Friends morning show. A sense that she was underqualified pushed her to work so hard she was getting only three to four hours of sleep a night; her family life and health suffered.

In an excerpt from her book posted on the Fox News website, she says she worked to the point of exhaustion. Then doctors found a tumor and she had to have surgery. She recognized that "God gave me a break in the form of a medical scare." The tumor turned out to be benign, and Hasselbeck was soon back to her breakneck pace.

The Lord again intervened, she says, through a very difficult day at work. Hasselbeck realized she had reached her breaking point.

"This day in particular was the one that brought me to my knees and showed me that I was, in fact, not enough, and that I was not leaving enough room for the Holy Spirit in my life."

That realization prompted her to resign from Fox News so she could get her priorities in order. That meant putting faith and family first. She knows she made the right decision and is grateful for the difficulties the Lord used to lead her to that choice.

"I am forever thankful to have been brought to a point where I had to give it all to God. In this case, that required giving up on what I had been holding all on my own."

You can check out both the full excerpt from the book and her in-studio interview with her old mates on Fox & Friends via this link to the Fox News website.


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