“They Thought for Themselves” by Sid Roth

They Thought For Themselves by Sid Roth

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book in the mail to my surprise one day, and found a letter from Sid Roth included that urged me, as a Jew, to read the book and learn “secrets” to extraordinary blessings. I had not heard of Sid Roth nor the book, and had no idea what to expect. So, it sat on my shelf for a few months until one Shabbat, when my wife and I decided to read it together to see what it was.

I was shocked. The book was ten true tales of Jewish acceptance of the Messiah. I thought I was a minority in being a believer, but soon discovered that there were entire groups devoted to this branch of ministry. We read with anticipation and excitement, and finished the book encouraged in our pursuit and faith.

The book is well-written, each chapter by the author of the chapter, with a commentary by Sid Roth to close each chapter. Each chapter introduces Y’shua as the Messiah for the Jewish people. Sid’s letter to me indicates that this book is meant as an evangelistic effort to Jews. Reading through the book, the cover and “adverts” for the book work well to this effect, but my concern is that the contents are not approached more delicately on the subject. Nonetheless, the book was an enjoyable read and I would recommend it to others.

After learning more about Sid and his group, I have concluded that this book is a missionary tool. Sid himself practices Christianity, not Messianic Judaism, which concerned me. About half of the converts in the book go to Christianity, while the other half retain their Jewish identity with Y’shua as their Messiah. I wish more had been addressed on this to support living a Jewish identity, but alas, there was not. I would give this book 3.5 stars in this regard. Overall, the book appears to be a TBN swag gift, which lowers its face value considerably. Additionally, Sid does not have the most glowing reputation, which harms its reach as well.

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This book is available in Kindle format in the Store, or for free mailed to you by Sid’s team directly. Additionally, there are videos and excerpts online for viewing.Disclosure: I have received a reviewer copy and/or payment in exchange for an honest review of the product mentioned in this post.