Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner says she’s witnessed “literal miracles” and is on a “divine assignment” from the Lord to tell others what she has seen and heard.
Faulkner was born into a Christian home in October of 1965, where, at a very young age, her mother knew she had more than just a knack for talking — she had a gift — and it has served her for as long as she can remember, even leading her to think at one point she had a future in litigation.
“My parents were very strong in their faith,” Faulkner said. “[M]y father was at war more than once; he was a combat pilot in Vietnam, two tours. It was my mom and me for a while when I was little. And as young as I can remember — probably about two, maybe three — mom taught me how to pray.”
Faulkner’s mom instilled in her young daughter a deep-seated gratitude, teaching her to praise God “over anything that gives you sustenance, whether it’s your food, the people in your life who love you and support you” and to do so “without ceasing,” as the Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5:17.
At around six years old, Faulkner knew she had the “gift of gab” and needed to figure out two things: How to use it, and how to make sure she constantly thanked God for it.
“According to my mom, I never stopped talking,” Faulkner said cheekily. “[My mother] would tell me specifically — even more than my father — ‘there’s something about the way that you speak that’s tied to God’s gift. I don’t know what it is, but, when you speak, people listen, even at your little age.’”
Faulkner reflected on it, too, noting she noticed in herself an “ability” to tell stories “in a really compelling way.”
“Many people thought as I got older, ‘You’re gonna make a great attorney,’ so I took the LSAT and I thought that’s what I wanted to do,” she said. “But it wasn’t. They talk a lot, too. But what [my gift] was tied to was giving a voice to people who didn’t think they were being heard. And it’s ironic now with all the politics going on, I feel like there’s even a bigger calling to do that.”
Over the years, Faulkner has noticed a shift in culture — a turn away from faith in God. Survey after survey shows the percentage of Americans who identify as Christian is dropping precipitously, and the number of people who say they don’t believe in anything is increasing.
That cultural repositioning fits right into what Faulkner sees as her “divine assignment.”
“My divine assignment that I talk to young people about — when you’re falling in and out of that faith zone with God — just remember, try to remember if you can, that we each have a divine purpose, a divine assignment from the Lord, and stick to it,” she said. “You may be the only person in a room at times that can do what you do, whatever it is that you do.”
“I’m called to be a witness,” the news anchor continued. “I was not called to proselytize and lead a flock— I follow in that sense — but I am a leader in the field of communication. The idea that, over the years, I’ve collected all these testimonies and the lightbulb just comes on after a while. … I have been called to witness. People may wonder, ‘Well, how does a news anchor get into talking about her faith? Do those two things go together?’ Well, in this instance, they do, because I’ve witnessed literal miracles through people’s testimonies. I can pass that on.”
That passion served as the motivation for Faulkner’s new book, “Faith Still Moves Mountains: Miraculous Stories of the Healing Power of Prayer,” published Nov. 15 by Fox News Books. In the book, the Fox News host revisits some of the most powerful, faith-based stories from her career in journalism, retelling them with prayer at the center.
One of the most poignant stories in the book centers on a mother who survived the 2012 mass shooting inside a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. Amid the hail of bullets, Faulkner said, the mom in her book knew her job was singular: “to pray.”
“It came to her, what to pray,” she explained. “She said it was almost like she transcended those moments and they [she and her daughter] somehow got out of there and ended up in the parking lot, and not everyone made it out.”
Out of that horrific hour, Faulkner said, the mother told her she learned “you cannot teach faith.”
“My children watched me in those moments, and learned more about what I did than anything I ever said about prayer,” Faulkner recalled her saying. “[The mom added], ‘I chose God above all of the fear, over everything. I chose Him in that moment to rescue us.’ I love that story.”