Sunday, April 8, 2012

Called to Controversy

The unlikely story of Moishe Rosen and the founding of Jews for Jesus

by Ruth Rosen

Born into a nominal Jewish family, Moishe Rosen had a strong Jewish identity but went to synagogue only occasionally. As a young man, his friendship and conversations with a Christian couple impressed him, but he had no interest in "becoming religious". His wife secretly bought a Bible and began studying it. When she became a believer in Jesus, Moishe tried at first to find proof that would change her mind but finding none, was himself eventually convinced that Jesus was the Messiah. Although his family disowned him, he was obsessed with spreading the gospel--especially to the Jewish people. He went to Bible college and later founded Jews For Jesus, an international organization focused on preaching Christ to Jews.

This biography, written by Moishe's younger daughter, covers both personal and professional areas of his life and doesn't avoid discussing the faults of this obviously strong personality. I was impressed with Moishe's practice of identifying the best methods of evangelizing and his care in staying within the bounds of the law. Although I don't agree with everything he believed, I came away from the book convinced that Moishe Rosen was a good man and that his heart was certainly in the right place.

Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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