Monday, February 13, 2012

Called to Controversy By Ruth Rosen

Called to Controversy: The Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus
By Ruth Rosen is an extensive biography by Moishe's daughter.  As a college students over 20 years ago, I came across a yellow pamphlet called "Jews For Jesus".  This simple pamphlet used cartoon illustrations and a simple anaology of a bagel and a bakery as an outreach method to share the message of the gospel.  The message was simple, yet very effective- for the time pressed college student.  Years later I still have that simple tract.  I came to believe during my high school years and never was aware of an outreach movement directed towards the Jewish population.  This book, in particular interested me because I also have ancestry that was Jewish.

This extensive and complete biography is not to be considered light, casual reading.  In contrast to other biographies which frequently are short and simple, this is rather lengthy.  In fact, it is rich in detail and very thorough.  I'd imagine it would be appropriate for anyone interested in biblical or religious studies or for anyone with a particular interest in the Jews for Jesus movement. This would make a perfect resource for anyone dping a research project or report.  The fact that it is written from the perspective of the daughter of this movement makes it even more authentic in contrast to an unrelated professional writer.   Included in this book are photograph inserts.  As a blogger for booksneeze, I received this book, published by Thomas Nelson publishers for the purpose of writing this review. 

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