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Savannah Guthrie writes book

Today marks the release of “Mostly What God Does,” a frank story of co-anchor Savannah Guthrie of NBC News’ “Today” show, and a gentle invitation to “come as you are” to faith, all conveyed with what she calls “nothing but my curiosity and a receptive heart.”

Why it matters

Guthrie, 52, tells Axios that the book “is by far the most personal and vulnerable thing I’ve ever undertaken.” “I’m not even close to my comfort zone. But I really felt compelled to convey what I thought was a positive statement about God.”

At church

According to Guthrie, “My pastor constantly says he’s sorry when he shares a personal story or anecdote from his life with the congregation, even if he knows they’ve heard it from him before. “I apologize,” he says clumsily. “This is my one and only life!” I kind of feel the same way.

“I just have this one life, and it’s definitely not a monument to great righteousness or faith, nor is it something to hold up for others. It’s just the life of someone who has repeatedly experienced God’s love and been saved by it. I enjoy sharing my knowledge of the God I know. The person whose hand softly rests on my shoulder, whose presence I sense while I’m under duress, and who firmly and consciously holds me.”

Savannah Guthrie writes book

Behind the scenes

Axios listens Guthrie wrote this on the quick schedule of a journalist. Her publisher set her a two-year timeline, and less than a year later, the book is available on bookstores.

When Savannah Guthrie penned her latest book, “Mostly What God Does: Reflections on Seeking and Finding His Love Everywhere,” she pushed herself to step outside of her comfort zone and “do something thrilling and scary.”


For the Christian co-anchor of TODAY, the process was unsettling as she describes herself as a “regular person” rather than a theologian or religious professor. It was exciting, though, because her faith is a fundamental aspect of who she is.


It’s what drives me crazy. That’s what brings me happiness. She tells TODAY.com, “It’s what helps me navigate the world and stresses and disappointments and fears.”

She lays out her “road map” for the ensuing chapters in the foreword of her collection of essays and personal observations, “Mostly What God Does,” which was published on February 20. She bases this on what she refers to as the six essential qualities of a connection to God, which include love, hope, and purpose. She continues by saying that not everyone who firmly believes in God is the target audience for the book.

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“You might be deeply religious, fervently curious, or lacking in faith, still wounded from a poisonous religious experience in the past,” she adds. Whichever category best describes you, Savannah welcomes you to “come as you are.”

In the interview with TODAY.com, she says, “I’m not writing this book from some mountaintop where I’ve received some wisdom, and now I’m imparting it to the world.” “No, I’m still having trouble down here. I’m still down here, let myself down. I’m still in need of love, mercy, grace, faith, and other things. I wrote the book because I am the one who needs to read it. That is my motivation. I reasoned that if I do, perhaps others will as well.

Savannah Guthrie writes book

Going out on a significant adventure

Before contributing to “Mostly What God Does,” 52-year-old Savannah had co-written two children’s books and was approached for more work.

“Over the years since I wrote those children’s books, I might get an offer to write something: another children’s book or laughably even a cookbook once,” she says, alluding to the TODAY All Day series “Starting from Scratch with Savannah Guthrie” that was inspired by her relative incompetence in the kitchen.

The mother of two goes on, “But I’ve always been so busy with the (TODAY) show and I have little kids, so I never really wanted to write anything.”

She was then given the chance to write a book about faith approximately a year ago, and she says the topic interested, delighted, and challenged her. Since her faith is her greatest love, she made the decision to give it a try.


She continues, “I knew that it would be a really important path and journey to take, but I wasn’t sure there would be a book at the end of it.”


Her interest in religion dates back to her early years; she was raised in a “very churchy family” as a Baptist.

We would make three weekly trips. It played a significant role in her childhood, she remembers. “Out of our five family members, my sister has the best line in the book: ‘God was the sixth member of our family.'”
While Savannah is quick to clarify in the foreword that “Mostly What God Does” is not a memoir, she does discuss some of the personal and professional challenges she has faced, such as losing her father to a heart attack when she was a teenager, going through a divorce in her mid-30s, and having a convoluted career path before landing her co-anchor position at TODAY.

She claims that over the years, she has experienced both “seasons of distance and disappointment” when her relationship with God was weaker and “seasons of fervent study and enthusiasm” regarding her faith.
I’ve come to understand that everything I’ve experienced—belief and doubt, joy and sorrow—is part of my faith story. All of it is a part of her spiritual journey, she explains. “Everything has strengthened my beliefs and understanding of God.”

Delivering a message of affection

The message Savannah sought to convey with the project is summed up in the title of her book, “Mostly what God does is love you.” This phrase is derived from a Bible verse that was translated by pastor and scholar Eugene Peterson. She understood early on in the writing process that she wanted to concentrate on the theme of love.

She says, “That sentence always hit me, I loved it.” Because I believe that a lot of us, especially those who do have a religious upbringing, may be wondering, “What does God think of me? What is God up to at this moment? How does God feel about the decision I made? Do I act self-serving? Am I inherently flawed beyond repair?

“The majority of what God does is love you,” is the response. How has he been spending his time all this time? simply being in love with you. And I adore how uncomplicated and naked it is. It’s not easy, but it’s simple.


Savannah hopes that the message of love finds resonance even in those readers who are not religious or who are experiencing doubts.


“The book is merely a quiet request to be loved, so I hope it appeals to and draws in readers from all walks of life. You won’t be able to resist sharing that love once you’ve experienced it. It’s only communicative. And I believe that’s essentially the main idea of the book as well as what I was attempting to convey,” she adds.

This upbeat perspective is related to hope, which is another essential component of Savannah’s relationship with God. Savannah agrees that when things are bad and we are constantly exposed to negative news, it can be hard to maintain hope.


In these kinds of circumstances, her hope and faith provide her perspective: “When I get discouraged, I try to go back to basics and remember that I’m not in charge.” It is God. And that I have faith in him, trust him, and have hope in him.


She swiftly clarifies, though, that optimism is only a “word, not a certainty.” What happens if there isn’t a bright side? she wonders in her book. What happens if the world is devoid of justice?

All of these are valid questions to have. Savannah, though, decides to lead an optimistic life.
“This is Earth, where none of us can tell whether God exists or how it ends? Since we are only human, we cannot learn. Nobody is aware of what occurs after death. Nobody returns to report. True. She tells TODAY.com, “I would rather be hopeful and end up being mistaken than hopeless and end up being correct. “I choose to live in a state of hope every day.”Nor is it a naive optimism. I believe that there are signs and validations of that hope everywhere. It is ultimately faith, though. It’s called a leap of faith for this reason.

Savannah Guthrie writes book

Transferring her religious beliefs to her kids

Like her sister, who claims that God was their family’s sixth member when she was growing up, Savannah is attempting to include God in her family with her Jewish husband Mike Feldman and their two kids, nine-year-old daughter Vale and seven-year-old son Charley. This involves praying with the children as part of a nightly practice.

“It is my responsibility to provide them with the fundamentals of the God I know and to encourage that bond,” Savannah states. “And when they get older, I know it will be up to them to decide.” And my only responsibility is to provide them with as much knowledge and spiritual guidance as I can.

At the church their family attends, Vale was recently baptized, and Savannah talks about how happy she was. She said something at the time that her mother found touching.


“‘Today, God, I joined your family,’ she declared. And that makes me really happy,” says Savannah.
Vale has perused her mother’s book “quite a bit,” and it should come as no surprise that she finds it acceptable, especially the passages that make mention of her. (It appears that she didn’t mind that Savannah brought up the challenging parts of being a mother in the book, such as the misbehavior or “epic sibling throwdowns” that Savannah and her husband frequently deal with at night.)

After hearing Vale read the book aloud, Charley had doubts about the inclusion of a story about him that wasn’t exactly favorable.

“He doesn’t like that, you know, like that point when he was two and threw the train at my eye. “You know, he’s like, ‘Did you have to tell that story?'” Savannah laughs, years after the incident that required numerous operations due to a retinal rupture.


Despite Charley’s worries, Savannah would really like her kids to read the book and get a deeper understanding of it as they get older.


It’s dedicated to them, and I wrote it for them. All of it is what I would want to tell them,” she declares. “This is what I would want them to know about the God who loves them if I died tomorrow—not to sound depressing.”

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