In her new book, “The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi,” Kathie Lee Gifford begins by forewarning readers: “The most important fact I want to emphasize at the beginning of this book is this: I am not a biblical scholar or an expert in biblical studies. I am simply a lifetime student of the Word of God and a seeker of the truth.”
Just a seeker of truth. This is what makes Kathie Lee’s new book, “The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi,” so refreshing to read.
As Christians, we don’t always have the answers to combat every biblical debates or the knowledge to navigate challenging scripture. Reading books by scholars who do have answers and degrees certainly help guide us. But in “The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi,” Kathie Lee Gifford meets us right where we are. No, we’re not all experts and no, we don’t have all the answers. Despite this, those who seek are connected through a desire for truth, a desire to understand the Word of God more deeply.
And where better to embark on a journey for truth than in Israel. “The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi” takes us along for the ride as Kathie Lee and her husband embarked on a guided tour through some of the most iconic biblical locations.
“Israel is my favorite place in all the world because it’s the land where is all started; it all happened here,” says Kathie Lee. “I believe that something profound happens when one follows along the ancient paths in the actual places that Jesus taught, healed, lived died, was resurrected and ascended into Heaven.”
I believe that something profound happens when one follows along the ancient paths in the actual places that Jesus taught, healed, lived died, was resurrected and ascended into Heaven.
With a Jewish father, Kathie Lee describes “a deep resonance in my very being for the Jewish people and the Land of the Covenant—Israel.” She committed herself to studying the Word through the original texts in Hebrew and Greek, then embarked on a journey to hike the Holy Land herself. We are introduced to Ray Vander Laan and Rod Van Solkema, tour guides and teachers that led the way, providing teachings of the messianic rabbinical way—and it’s through this journey that Kathie Lee finally found what her soul had been longing for.
Kathie Lee, along with co-writer Rabbi Jason Sobel, take readers along for a transformative trip to the Holy Land. The chapters paint actual locations within the Holy Land along with insights and stories that provide a deeper understanding of Hebrew culture, language, and heritage. In fact, each chapter ends with a message from Rabbi Jason—as a thought leader, spiritual guide, and Jewish follower of Jesus, he co-founded “Fusion with Rabbi Jason,” a ministry dedicated to sharing teachings and resources that reconnect ancient Jewish wisdom with the teachings of the New Testament. He and Kathie Lee are the perfect team to guide us through this book.
“The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi” gives readers the opportunity to experience Israel with new eyes and allow ancient scripture to come alive.
Through her trip, the scriptures truly came alive for Kathy Lee—and they also came alive for her husband, Frank Gifford. Kathie Lee shares the story of Frank’s walk with Jesus, and the way she saw his faith come alive, as she’d never seen it before.
In a touching conclusion to the book, Kathie Lee shares the story of Frank’s passing:
When I first saw Frank lying on the floor, his eyes were wide open in astonishment as if he’s suddenly seen something amazing. Because he had.
I believe Frank say Jesus, and Jesus took his breath away.
Not all of us will have the opportunity to travel to Israel and walk the same roads as Jesus, or stand in the same place that David met Goliath. But through “The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi,” Kathie Lee makes it possible for us to experience a glimpse of it. And more importantly, she encourages us to open the pages of our Bibles and study them—to understand the people and their stories, the places and the miracles that were performed there. To truly understand Jesus’ story is to know that it is miraculous, radical and life changing.
And that is sure to take your breath away.
“The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi” is now available for purchase. Learn more/get your own copy at www.KathieLeeGifford.com/
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