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The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi: My Journey into the Heart of Scriptural Faith and the Land Where It All Began

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As a lifelong student of Scripture, Kathie Lee Gifford has always desired a deeper understanding of God’s Word and a deeper knowledge of God Himself. But it wasn’t until she began studying the biblical texts in their original Hebrew and Greek—along with actually hiking the ancient paths of Israel—that she found the fulfillment of those
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Thomas Nelson
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Kathleen
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Debbie
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it
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"The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi" is a travelogue of sorts about the places Kathie Lee Gifford saw and the insights she learned while on various tours of Israel. These insights come from Ray Vander Laan's tours as well as the Rock and Road tours lead by a student of Ray's, Rod Van Solkema. Since you can get Ray Vander Laan's teachings through his video series and see the actual sites (rather than simply read brief descriptions of them), I'd recommend watching those videos over reading this boo ...more
Christopher Lawson
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing


The Bible Is Not an Ancient, Dead Book

THE ROCK THE ROAD AND THE RABBI is a unique book. At first, I wondered if it would be all that interesting, but it is! Whilst reading this book, I kept on thinking, “Hey, I want to go on that tour!”

The reason that Kathie Lee Gifford wrote this book, is that it goes to the heart of what she values most. This land is the land of the Gospel: “I believe with all my soul that the answer to every question any person will ever ask is hidden in that land and in the
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Sarah
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! At first, I was really hesitant about this book and even reading it, but once I dug into " The Rock, The Road and the Rabbi," I couldn't stop reading. This book will encourage you as she takes you on the journey of a life-time searching the scriptures and going to the place where Jesus lived. This book will inspire you to want to know God more intimately and deepen your relationship. Kathy does a fantastic job of doing her homework by presenting Biblical truth that has often been overlooked ...more
Amanda R
I really wanted to like this book but it was a miss for me. There were some insightful pieces buried in its pages but it was mixed with too much speculation for me to consider it a great read. 2.5 stars
Julie D.
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book, without a doubt, has made the biggest impact on my faith and my spiritual journey in knowing Jesus better. It is also one of the best books I've read in a very long time!

Kathy Lee shares how the Lord called her to put Him first. This meant getting up even earlier than she usually did, which was early, since she does an early morning program on television. She was obedient to God's calling and shares the impact this has had in her life.

She also shares about her journey's to Israel and
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Marta
I didn't finish this one, but have spent so much time with it, that I feel justified writing an opinion.
I really liked the deep sincerity and interest in the subject matter displayed by Gifford and Rabbi Jason Sobel. I thought I was going to really enjoy the book, but for me it just felt very disjointed. I think these were important learning moments for Giffored on an amazing trip she took too Israel. She is excited about numerical meanings of words that add a deeper understanding to scripture,
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Vivian Ruble
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting look into ancient Hebrew meanings of parts of the Bible and visits to locations/events in the Bible. Makes you think but without knowing Hebrew or having a Hebrew teacher not sure about some of her interpretations. Sure makes me want to travel to the Holy Lands someday!
Denise
Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it
It’s an overview of places Kathy Lee visited in Israel. There wasn’t enough details or thread to connect the narrative for me. My book group liked it quite a bit.
PJ
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this book as I traveled to Israel. As a Catholic, it was interesting to read the Jewish point of view. I visited every site she talks about and learned from her perspective the history. It’s a nice book to read if you visit Israel.
Shelley
I began hearing good things about The Rock, the Road and the Rabbi, a few days after it released. To be honest, I was a little hesitant to believe them.
The whole “celebrity writes a Christian book” isn't my thing... suppose I am a bit cynical.

Anyway, I had no idea Mrs Gifford had been a lifelong Christian nor Bible student.

Upon finding this book, at the library, I decided to give it a try.
After all... if it stunk, I could return it... pronto!

It didn't!
In fact, I found it hard to put down.
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W. Whalin
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
An Insightful Look at Key Places in the Bible

Television personality Kathi Lee Gifford teams with Rabbi Jason Sobel to give insights in THE ROCK, THE ROAD AND THE RABBI. As she writes toward the end of the Introduction, “In this book, you will have the exciting opportunity to discover the truth of the Bible and learn what many passages in the Scriptures really mean. You will experience the Rock (Jesus), the Road (the Holy Land) and the Rabbi (the Word of God) as you have never experienced them be
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Janet
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book for a Faith Gateway Online Bible Study. Kathie Lee Gifford and Rabbi Jason Sobel (a Messianic Jew) take their readers on a virtual tour of Israel which is the next-best-thing to being there to experience the Holy Land. Ray Vander Laan, Bible teacher and historian, serves as a tour guide providing his knowledgeable perspective as well. With their Jewish heritage, Kathie (her father was Jewish, and her grandfather was a Russian Jew from Saint Petersburg) and Jason share their love ...more
Caroline C.
Interesting information tied to rabbinical teaching. It gave me food for thought but didn’t feel finished. It does make me want to book a trip to Israel.
Brenda
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very interesting read, with some new light on translations of certain words, that coming from the Hebrew put a new meaning on a few things we read often in scripture.

We went to Israel in Jan. of 2018 and it was an unbelievable experience and we went to most of the places in this book and experienced the same things. So it was good timing for me to read this now.
Abby Leigh
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had the incredible opportunity to visit the Holy Land just a few short months ago in February. As I returned it was hard to process and fully comprehend what an amazing experience that had unfolded. Recently it has just hit me that I was able to experience this trip, and Kathy Lee Gifford’s book has been a sweet blessing as I reflect and cherish the trip of a lifetime as well as learn new things about each site visited. Whether you’re planning to visit Israel, have been before, or are just a f ...more
Jack
Apr 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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This Book is Offensive

I’m Jewish. This book is co-written by Rabbi Jason Sobel, a Messianic Jew. The term Messianic Jew is a more polite team for Jews for Jesus. To Jewish people, advocating Jesus as the Messiah is as offensive as Gun control is to Wayne LaPierre.

I understand that Mrs. Gifford is enthusiastic about her religious beliefs and would have been happy to read a book about her spiritual journey. Also, I know that Christianity is based in Judaism. Christians believe that since Christ is
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JennLynn
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
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An interesting look at the Holy Land of Jesus’ days. On a group tour with a rabbi, they explored many of the major sites mentioned in the Bible, trying to bring scripture to life and providing some new insights (like that Jesus was more likely a stone mason than a carpenter). That said, history isn’t my greatest interest or strength, and parts of it left me underwhelmed and/or still a bit confused. The best part for me by far was actually the very end where she spoke about losing her husband, an ...more
Lori Larimer
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such an AMAZING book. Having just returned from Israel myself, it was so good to learn even more about all the incredible places I visited. My life will never be the same for having experienced these things for personally. Todah rabah, Kathy Lee, for your beautiful insights and for sharing your love of the country and of God's people with us.
Alison
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I love Kathie Lee to death. And her spirit comes through in the book. Eminently readable.

However, my feeling throughout the entire book was "but, you had to been there".
Inspirational books speak to me on a visceral level. This one did not.
Jennifer Pickwell
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A few years ago I had the privilege to travel to Israel and tour with a group of pastors. I was really in awe of everything I saw, and our tour guide did an amazing job of connecting the Bible to each site we visited. However, now that I have read the Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi, I want to go back! There is so much I missed! Kathie Lee Gifford and Rabbi Jason Sobel do an amazing job telling the story of the Holy Land, and communicating the significance of related scripture.

I imagine the travel
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Susie
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
My book review circle at church really enjoyed this book; as a matter of fact, another group is going to do a further study this summer. We were pleased that we chose this to read during Lent, as it felt even more meaningful (if possible). In addition, a local newscaster was in the Holy Land during the time we were reading the book, and I saw many of the same places on his Facebook page, several of them videos. Some of us wished that there had been a map in the book; I found myself consulting ma ...more
Lynn Williams
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book that gives great insights to the different locations in Israel. It brought back back wonderful memories when we traveled there with our great friends Allan and Linda Taylor. We will be forever grateful to them. Thank you Paul Bowley for recommending the book.



The locations in the Bible come to life as I read the book. Very educational and I learned several new things.
Camille
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faith-in-lit, 2018
I was surprisingly engrossed in this book that is one part travelogue and another part Biblical commentary. I had zero expectations but found Gifford's heart-felt writing very moving. The commentary by Rabbi Sobel was fascinating and added a great deal to my understanding of the New Testament. I greatly enjoyed Gifford's descriptions of the different locations the Holy Land. I don't know if I will ever be lucky enough to visit there but listening to this book was like being there, in a way.
Lori
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kathie Lee Gifford wrote this book with the Rabbi, Jason Sobel. Kathie and the Rabbi went to Isreal with a group to learn more about the bible. Rabbi Jason Sobel took the group to sites were Jesus was born and lived. He helped the group to learn to understand and interpret the meanings of the Bible. I found this book to be educational and interesting. Nice way to learn more about the Bible.
Rebecca Massey
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was actually hesitant about reading this book, because I thought it might be a little tedious to be so focused on the historical places mentioned in the Bible. However, once I started, I couldn't put the book down. It motivated me on a spiritual level and validated what God has been speaking to me about the importance of starting my day with Him! Plus, I want to go on a spiritual tour of Israel like Kathy did!
Tami
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good, heartwarming overview of the sites throughout Israel that will be visited on a Holy Land tour. And, it includes the author’s personal take on the opportunity to be in Israel and its meaning to her. Great to read before you go.
Shelli
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting. Learned a lot.
Sharon Panara
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written. Some parts make you feel like you are traveling with her. Loved learning more about the Bible. Loved it so much I might have to read it again
Dixie
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the way that the information was organized and presented. A combination of spiritual memoir and travel guide, It felt like a friend was telling me about her trips and personal study, sharing the Biblical insights into the many locations as presented by her tour guides. I found the geographical, historical, and cultural background information fascinating. It brings a new appreciation to much that I read in scripture.
I voluntarily read an advanced review copy provided by the publisher vi
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