“Called to Controversy” by Ruth Rosen

Moishe Rosen, in my opinion, is a hero. 

I have not had the pleasure of working closely with Jews for Jesus, the missionary organization that Rosen founded. In fact, I have not had the pleasure of experiencing the rich culture that my heritage provides. You see, on my father’s side, he was the first one to marry outside of Jewish blood and faith, which places me as a first-generation for being not fully Jewish, at least ethnically-speaking.

My dad’s side of the family, however, was mostly nonobservant by the time I came along, and all I experienced of the culture was the occasional Yiddish curse word and a rare evening of matzoh ball soup. That said, though, there is one thing that my Jewish family did not tolerate in the least: my acceptance of Y’shua as Christ. Oh man, Moishe and I share a common trait there…

Ruth, the author for Moishe’s life story, shares an excellent point in the opening of this book: despite the nonreligious lifestyle of many Jews, the one thing, if not the only thing, that is crossing the line by being a Jew is believing in Jesus. For Moishe to have done so meant being cut off from his family, viewed as a traitor to the faith and to his people. Even today, as his organization’s work has crossed many barriers, there is still a stigma against Christians, but even more so, Messianic Jews. It doesn’t help that they often refer to themselves as completed Jews, either.

As you may have figured out, this book is about Moishe Rosen’s life. Here’s the summary direct from the publisher press release:

This stirring account from his daughter describes the rise of a man whose passion for Jesus and passion for his people triumphed over self-preservation and ultimately fueled an international movement that is still changing lives today. Called to Controversy is the inside story of one the most influential evangelists of our times.

This review isn’t an attempt for me to share my own life story, nor is it intended to tell you all the details of the book. Here’s what I’ll say though: this story is personal. For the Jew, and for the Gentile, this book shares not just the life of Moishe Rosen, but how difficult it is to evangelize to G-d’s Chosen People…and if simply for that, it’s worth the read.

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