• Thomas Bonifield

Kathie Lee Gifford Aims to "be a Blessing" in Her Role of Grandmother

In addition to new family responsibilities, the Christian entertainer has a book out today and a companion movie releasing later this week.

Kathie Lee Gifford during a break in production of "The Way" in Utah.
Kathie Lee Gifford poses for a picture during a break in production of "The Way" in Utah. Image: Kathie Lee Gifford/Instagram.

It is a busy time indeed for Kathie Lee Gifford, who's latest literary endeavor - The God of the Way - hits bookstore shelves nationwide today.


Kathie Lee Gifford holds her grandson, Frank.
Kathie Lee Gifford holds her infant grandson, Frank. Image: Kathie Lee Gifford/Instagram.

As we previously reported, that endeavor follows the Biblical narrative by profiling leading figures from the Scriptures. Gifford co-wrote it with Jason Sobel - a messianic rabbi - and the book is meant as an accompaniment to Gifford's latest film, The Way.


The 69-year-old, who directed and narrated that production, is also enjoying something new on the family front: she became a grandmother for the first time in May when the wife of her son Cody gave birth to a child.


The baby boy is named Frank, after Gifford's late husband, who passed away in 2015. In an interview with her former colleagues at the Today show, she says of her role as grandmother that "Every moment is a gift."

"I knew I was going to love Frank instantly because I love babies. But this is my son's child - my husband's son's son - it's all such a beautiful tapestry of life and creation."

She adds that she helps with things like baths and feeding when she visits, but is careful not to overstep with her son's young family, saying she realizes "It isn't about me," and that she wants to be a welcome presence.

"Don't put guilt and burden on your kids. God knows they have enough of it already...be a blessing. Laugh, giggle and dream with them."

Gifford, a committed Christian, has spent the years since she left her hosting duties at Today using her creative gifts in music and film, including having written and starred in the 2020 romantic comedy Then Came You and now The Way, which is a musical journey through the Bible and features performers Jimmie Allen, Danny Gokey, Nicole C. Mullen and BeBe Winans. It releases on September 1st in a one-day special engagement from distributor Fathom Events and you can purchase tickets to a theater in your area via this link to their website.