Monday, March 12, 2012

Book Review: Called to Controversy by Ruth Rosen

Called to Controversy is a memoir about the life of Moishe Rosen, Founder of Jews for Jesus. It’s written by his daughter, Ruth Rosen; she uses a lot of information that Moshe wrote in the book as well as her own descriptions about him. It explains how Moishe came to be a follower of Jesus, the moments that lead him to founding Jews for Jesus, his ministry with Jews for Jesus, and his role with Jews for Jesus after he stepped down from the main leadership. There is also a lot of information in the book about his family that includes his wife and two daughters and how they helped support Jews for Jesus. Moishe’s calling was to point to Jesus as being the solutions to sin for both Jews and Gentiles but his role with Jews for Jesus was to reach lost Jewish people for Jesus.

I loved hearing about the ministry style of “Jews for Jesus” described in this book because it seems like it is purely outreach. Their main focus was getting the word out about Jesus. In the early days most of the outreach was accomplished through street ministry and in future days it progressed more towards reaching people through internet ministry, although the street ministry didn’t go away. When I first heard about Jews for Jesus I thought it was another denomination but after reading this book I came to understand that the people associated with the ministry attended their own congregations.

My favorite quote from the book:

“Moishe understood that many chose not to describe themselves as Christian because being Jewish and Christian are commonly considered mutually exclusive. But he “refused to refuse” to allow his Jewish identity to separate him from Gentiles who were following the Jewish Messiah and who, as a result, loved the Jewish people…Within the world of Jewish believers in Jesus, Moishe did not see himself as either the cause or the potential solution to these divisions…” Page 214

I liked reading this memoir about Moishe Rosen, about how the Jews for Jesus ministry came about and I hope that other ministries and congregations will adopt their outreach style to reach lost people for Jesus.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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