Thursday, March 4, 2021

Spotlight: Excerpt of It's Never Too Late by Kathie Lee Gifford

Author: Kathie Lee Gifford
Publisher : Thomas Nelson 
Publication Date: December 1, 2020
Hardcover : 224 pages

Former Today show host Kathie Lee Gifford draws on stories from her remarkable life to weave together a beautiful reminder that whatever circumstances we face, God is still dreaming big for our years ahead.

When Kathie Lee Gifford stepped down as cohost of the fourth hour of the Today show with Hoda Kotb, you might have thought her best days were behind her. It turns out, she was just getting started. As Kathie Lee says, “I’m not retiring; I’m refiring!”

Taking us from her Chesapeake Bay childhood when she first heard God’s calling, to her skyrocketing fame with Regis, to her decision to leave television for Nashville, Kathie Lee inspires us to pursue what really matters. Because it’s never too late to forgive, to dance the cha-cha, or to make a difference in the world.

God placed His dreams in your heart for a reason. And like Kathie Lee, you might just discover that the best is yet to come. Whether you’re an empty nester, newly single, navigating a career change, or just eager for any change, Kathie Lee helps you hear God’s loving calling because It’s Never Too Late to . . .
  • Begin Again
  • Make Sparks Fly
  • Leave a Good Thing
  • Have a Party
  • Change the Ending, Then Change It Again
Is it time for you to rewrite your story, unearth your hidden passions, and live with a renewed purpose? It’s never too late.

Purchase Links

An Excerpt from It’s Not Too Late (pages 95-97)
Life with Frank was a lot of things, but one thing it wasn’t was boring. Early in our marriage
I started to be introduced to the myriad of misfits, miscreants, and all-out crazy creatures who
made up his world. I was, for the most part, fascinated by them.
One of the most colorful by far was Evel Knievel, the infamous daredevil who defied gravity
and sanity but kept the world breathless with his exploits. He called often for Frank and would
talk on for hours. Frank loved him; he had covered almost all of Evel’s jumps in ABC’s Wide
World of Sports, and they had become good friends over the years.
Evel’s career had made him a media and cultural darling, but his private exploits were
sometimes more than Frank could endure, especially for hours at a time. After a while on the
phone with him, Frank would suddenly say, “You know, Evel, talk to Kathie. She loves this
I’d look at him like, “What?” but take the phone and Evel would just continue with his tale. I
really liked Evel—I appreciated his uniqueness and his honesty.
Most of the time the subject of our conversations would turn to religion. I tried
unsuccessfully for years to convince Evel that I hated the baggage that comes with organized
religion, and I attempted to steer him to other more positive aspects, but he was better at talking
than listening. Our one-sided conversations would go something like this:
“Kathie, I hate Jesus.”
“I know you do, Evel, but why do you hate Jesus? What did Jesus ever do to you?”
And he would launch into a diatribe about his kids, his ex-wives, doctors, or the media—
whatever it happened to be that had infuriated him that particular day.
It always ended the same way, with me saying, “Evel, I’m praying for you. Lots of people
who love you are praying for you, and one day you’re going to call me out of the blue and say,
‘Kathie, you’re right! I don’t hate Jesus, I love Him.’ “And then he’d laugh and hang up the
I answered the phone one day in 2012 to hear Evel’s familiar voice literally screaming,
“Kathie! You were right! I accepted Jesus. He’s real, and He loves me. Let me talk to Frank!”
It was surreal. Evel got on the phone with Frank and talked his ear off about his real-life
leap—but this was one of faith. Frank was tickled by it.
“Kath,” he said afterward, “did I ever tell you about Evel’s worst jump?”
“No. What happened?”
“It was in London in 1975 at Wembley Stadium. He was supposed to jump over thirteen
buses. The night before the telecast we walked into the stadium to survey the site. There were the
thirteen buses lined up. Evel looked at the ramp for a long time. Then he looked at me and said,
‘Frank, I can’t do it. I can make it over twelve but not thirteen.’
“I asked him, ‘Are you sure, Evel?’
“ ‘Yep,’ he said, as if it were the most natural thing in the world.
“ ‘Well, Evel, if you’re sure you can’t make it, you have to cancel the jump.’
“ ‘No, I can’t cancel,’ he said, ‘But I can’t make the jump.’ “
“Frank!” I shouted in the middle of the story, “Why not?”
“ ’Cause he said he’d do it. That was Evel.”
“What happened?” I asked, almost afraid to know.
“He didn’t make it. Exactly as he said would happen. He hit the thirteenth bus and went
flying in the air for yards. People thought he was dead. But as they carried him out of the
stadium, he lifted up his arm and the crowd went wild. I rushed over to him, and as I leaned in he
grabbed me and pulled me close. Obviously concerned about more than how his latest stunt had
ended, Evel said, ‘Frank, get that broad out of my hotel room.’ “
It was one of Frank’s all-time favorite stories to tell. Not only was it classic Evel Knievel, it
was proof that anyone can make a leap of faith.
Required text: Taken from “It’s Never Too Late” by Kathie Lee Gifford. Copyright 2020 by Kathie Lee Gifford. Used with permission from

About Kathie Lee Gifford

Kathie Lee Gifford, four-time Emmy Award winner, is best known for her eleven years cohosting the popular fourth hour of the Today show alongside Hoda Kotb. Gifford continues to pursue her dreams as an actress, singer, songwriter, playwright, producer, and most recently, director. She has authored numerous books, including her most recent children’s book, The Gift That I Can Give, and four New York Times bestselling books, including The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi.
Connect with Kathie Lee

Review tour:
Monday, March 1st: Mockingbird Hill Cottage
Tuesday, March 2nd: Bookchickdi
Thursday, March 4th: From the TBR Pile – excerpt
Friday, March 5th: A Bookish Way of Life
Tuesday, March 9th: The Sketchy Reader
Wednesday, March 10th: @queeninbetween and The Queen in Between
Thursday, March 11th: Seaside Book Nook
Friday, March 12th: Well Read Traveler and @wellreadtraveler
Monday, March 15th: Christian Chick’s Thoughts
Thursday, March 18th: What is That Book About
Friday, March 19th: Tabi Thoughts
Saturday, March 20th: @fashionablyfifty
Monday, March 22nd: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom – review and excerpt
Wednesday, March 24th: Running Through the Storms
Friday, March 26th: View from the Birdhouse


Sara Strand said...

Thank you for featuring this! Sara @ TLC Book Tours

Emily said...

Thank you for this nice sharing
. Great post.