Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi - a review

The title alone made me curious to read this book by Kathie Lee Gifford.  The subtitle is "My Journey into the Heart of Scriptural Faith and the Land Where It All Began". 

Kathie Lee brings a perspective of the Holy Land from one who had a Jewish father and was raised in the Christian faith.  I want to say in the beginning of the review that I loved this book so much, it has been set aside to reread when I have more time to slowly absorb each chapter.

While Kathie Lee has long had a commitment to knowing the Word of God, it was this trip to Israel that was to change her understanding of the Bible and bring her husband to a deeper walk with Christ a couple of years before his death. 

Their "tour guide" was Ray Vander Laan, whose reputation as an excellent Bible teacher was one I already knew.  Kathie Lee shares Vander Laan's teaching from each location and how it opened her eyes even further to what the Bible is saying, the historical times of Jesus walk on the earth, the Hebraic meanings behind the teachings, and from time to time archaeological discoveries that have been made.

Most of the chapters include an additional teaching by her Messianic Rabbi friend, Rabbi Jason Sobel, who provides further understanding from a Hebraic perspective.

The chapters in The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi are broken up by the areas they visited: 
The Brook of Elah, En Gedi, The Judean Wilderness, Mount Carmel, Caesarea and Herodium, Bethlehem, Nazareth, The Judea Desert, The Seven Streams, Cana, Capernaum, The Sea of Galilee, Magdala, Galilee, Caesarea Philippi, The Pool of Siloam, The Decapolis, The Mount of Olives, The Upper Room, Bet Av, Garden of Gethsemane, Golgotha, Jerusalem, The Upper Room and Temple Courts, The Temple Mount, The Dead Sea, Masada, The Qumran Caves, and Tel Aviv.

Kathie Lee's writing of her experiences, the teaching of Ray Vander Laan, and the additional teaching by Messianic Rabbi Jason Sobel make this a book that will not only open the Bible to you but with a very enjoyable read. 

I can't recommend this book enough to the person who loves Bible teaching and the Holy Land.  Especially those who are interested in the Jewish roots of our faith.

The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi was provided by the publisher for the sake of review but the opinions are my own.

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Bess said...

Sounds interesting, Brenda. Have put it on my wish list (which is getting far too long!). Blessings!

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

I've seen some of Ray Vander Laan's videos and enjoyed them. This sounds like a must read!

Vee said...

I am adding to my wish list as well.