The Jesus I Know
Honest Conversations and Diverse Opinions about Who He Is
New York Times bestselling author Kathie Lee Gifford reveals heartwarming, entertaining conversations between people and personalities who both agree and disagree about who Jesus is, his role throughout history, and his presence in our lives today.
For decades Kathie Lee has had deep conversations about her faith with anyone who is interested in talking about it. What she discovered early on is most people are very willing to talk about Jesus: atheists, agnostics, Scientologists, Jews, broken-hearted Catholics, confused Baptists, Pentecostals, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Hindus alike.
While some of the people Kathie Lee has spoken with do not share her belief that Jesus is the Messiah—as prophesied for centuries by prophets in the Hebrew scriptures—they nonetheless have a universal fascination with Him. This singular man who lived more than two thousand years ago, and never traveled more than one hundred miles from where He was born, managed to change the entire world. Even the way we delineate history (BC/AD) comes from His short thirty-three years of life.
In The Jesus I Know, Kathie Lee shares cherished conversations that she’s had with others who find Jesus to be an ancient historical figure who somehow continues to be an undeniably magnetic, relevant presence in the modern world. Those conversations include
actors like Kristin Chenoweth and Cynthia Garrett, with stories of Craig Ferguson and Kevin Costner,newsmakers and news personalities like Kris Jenner, Megyn Kelly, Jason Kennedy, and Janice Dean,performers like Chynna Phillips Baldwin, Brian Welch, Jimmie Allen, and Jimmy Wayne,hitmakers like Louis York and David Pomeranz,as well as those coming from other faith traditions.
Using Kathie Lee’s favorite Scripture passages as scaffolding, these thought-provoking exchanges will bring His teachings to life before your very eyes.
In this pleasing collection of interviews, Gifford (It's Never Too Late), former Today show host, presents an eclectic array of perspectives on Jesus, including those of devout Christians, as well as those more casually interested in Jesus' example of living. She begins by sharing her earliest memories of feeling Jesus' presence, and often returns to the topic as she asks artists, actors, and media personalities about their relationship with Jesus, among them Megyn Kelly, Kristin Chenoweth, and Brian Welch. Other conversations are with lesser known individuals, such as Rabbi Jason Sobel, a Jewish follower of Yeshua, and journalist Raakhee Mirchandani. Gifford emphasizes the individuality of each person's story and stresses the diversity of God's kingdom. No issue is off limits, and Gifford discusses with architect Roger Charles how his attempts to affirm atheism led to a surprise faith, how "trying to keep God in my life" allowed Kris Jenner to overcome the death of her husband, and the long-term process of healing from sexual abuse with actress Cynthia Garrett. Gifford's probing interviews consistently surprise and entertain, and do a great job of locating themes of personal faith among figures working in industries known for secularism.