Thursday, February 23, 2012
Book Review - Called to Controversy by Ruth Rosen
Called to Controversy: The Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus is written by Ruth Rosen (Moishe's daughter) and published by Thomas Nelson.
When I began reading this book, it was out of an interest in biographies that I did so. Called to Controversy fed my biography "hunger" quite well. I had a second reason for reading this book, however. You see, when I was in my early twenties (early 1980's), a representative from Jews for Jesus preached at our church. I began then and there to have a lifelong passion for the Jewish people. This (Jews for Jesus) was truly a great ministry!
Ms. Rosen does a superb job of relating Moishe's life and times, beginning from the earliest years of Moishe's childhood. Moishe's given name is Martin, but he went by Moishe (a Jewish name). He was not a devout Jew, but he was loyal to Judaism just the same. The transformation he went through after acknowledging Jesus as the Messiah is amazing, though it is amazing for all who repent. He was not perfect, and Ruth Rosen does not let us think that he was. She shows us, through the story of her father's life, that God can use our humanity to do great things for Him.
The book is filled with quotes by Moishe Rosen. Those quotes enhance the biography and I SO enjoyed reading them. Why the title, "Called to Controversy" you ask? Evangelizing the Jewish people for Christ can be nothing but filled with controversy. Moishe Rosen handled it well. I recommend you read this book if you are the least bit interested in Jews for Jesus or even the Jewish faith. You'll be surprised how much you learn that will make Christianity make a whole lot more sense. I absolutely loved reading about this great "missionary to the Jews."
*I received a copy of Called to Controversy in exchange for my honest opinion. Opinions expressed are my own.*