Monday, June 11, 2012

Called to Controversy

Called to Controversy: The Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus

Summary from GR (not my own):

"Called to Controversy" is a compelling look at the life of Moishe Rosen, the man behind the mission known as Jews for Jesus.
How did an ordinary Jewish man from Denver become an extraordinary force in missions to the Jewish people? What were his strengths and weaknesses, his successes and failures? Why did some love and trust Rosen while others despised and feared him? Discover the personality, principles, struggles and successes that made this man such a powerhouse. Radical, fanatical and indefatigable, Rosen challenged the status quo for Jews and Christians alike. In "Called to Controversy," you'll find a wealth of information layered with drama, humor, analysis and whimsy, offering a comprehensive look at the life of a controversial and complex man from beginning to end.

My thoughts:

This is the last historical book I read unless it is historical fiction. No more memoirs or autobiographies or biographies. They bore to me death, and I feel like I can't do them justice.  I respect Ruth Rosen for writing down her father's story and carrying on his legacy. But I think it would be far more interesting if Moishe had written his own story. Because Moishe's life was interesting, but not the way it was presented. And I felt like I never really got a sense of what it meant for Jews to be Jews for Jesus or how the foundation really functioned/worked. I feel like a lot of similar books have given me the same feelings, and I'm starting to realize that they all fall into the same category, and it's not a category that really suits me. I did enjoy getting to hear about Jewish culture, but overall this was a tedious read for me.  On a final last note I will say, the story of Moishe Rosen is a glorious one, dedicated to Jesus who saves, but this book is not written in such a way where the story stands out.

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