Kathie Lee Gifford’s GODWINK CHRISTMAS Movies Combine Faith, Hope and Love
By DeWayne Hamby, Contributing Writer
Kathie Lee Gifford, the long-running television host of TODAY, returns to the small screen for A GODWINK CHRISTMAS: MEANT FOR LOVE.
The movie premiering Sunday night on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, is the second entry in the GODWINKS CHRISTMAS movie series, based on the popular books by Squire Rushnell.
Gifford, who also serves as an executive producer, went to bat for the GODWINKS series, and appealed to Hallmark to “just give us a shot.”
The first GODWINKS CHRISTMAS movie was so incredibly well-received that the family network greenlit sequels.
“The new one is much, much better, and we’re already writing new ones,” Gifford said.
In MEANT FOR LOVE, two strangers from very different backgrounds—Alice (Cindy Busby) and Jack (Benjamin Hollingsworth)—meet at a wedding celebration. Gifford stars as Alice’s mom Olga, who encourages her to pursue the new relationship, which takes unusual twists and turns during the Christmas season.
While the movie revolves around romantic love, the actress is quick to point out that there’s a divine connection that attract viewers.
“[The networks] are discovering that rather than running from faith, people are running to it, because they’re so afraid,” she said. “They feel hopeless in this world, and they love hearing these love stories that are real, actual stories. Because God sees us, He cares about us. Love is ordained of Him. He wants us to share our lives with people.”
Gifford is also quick to point out that the coincidences from the books and the movies are not really coincidences at all.
“The world calls it coincidence,” she said. “Do you know in the Hebrew language, there’s no word for coincidence? That’s because it doesn’t exist. He’s either sovereign God, or He’s not. It’s either a random world, or it’s perfect the way God made it.”
A GODWINK CHRISTMAS: MEANT FOR LOVE, directed by Paul Ziller, premieres Sunday, November 17, at 9 pm on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries.
DEWAYNE HAMBY is a communications specialist and longtime journalist covering faith-based music, entertainment, books, and the retail industry. He is the author of the book Gratitude Adjustment. Connect with him at www.dewaynehamby.com or on twitter – @dewaynehamby.Do you enjoy articles like this? Click here to become a monthly partner and receive a copy of UNPLANNED on DVD!