Leaping Over the Rejection Hurdle

What’s your favorite book (besides the Bible)?

Try googling the author, and include the word “rejection.” You might be surprised to find the book was rejected multiple times before someone decided it was worth publishing.

C.S. Lewis allegedly received 800+ rejection letters before a single one of his books was published.

Imagine what the world would be like if authors could not handle rejection. We’d be missing out on most of the greatest stories ever! The same goes for the gospel story. Sure it’s been “published” and sold in bookstores forever, but the real publishing comes when we share it with friends. And that can be really hard, because a lot of people are going to reject the gospel when we offer it.

It’s easy to be discouraged when people reject what we value. But if writers can handle hundreds of rejections because they believe their stories are worthwhile, how much rejection should we be able to handle to find that person who is waiting to hear God’s story? Be encouraged! My dad used to say, “Every rejection you face from someone who doesn’t want to hear about Jesus brings you that much closer to someone who does.”

Ruth Rosen
Staff writer for Jews for Jesus

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Ruth Rosen, daughter of Jews for Jesus founder Moishe Rosen, is a staff writer and editor with Jews for Jesus. Her parents raised her with a sense of Jewishness as well as "Jesusness." Ruth has a degree in biblical studies from Biola College in Southern California and has been part of our full-time staff since 1979. She's toured with Jewish gospel drama teams and participated in many outreaches. She writes and edits quite a few of our evangelistic resources, including many broadside tracts. One of her favorites is, "Who Needs Politics." Ruth also helps other Jewish believers in Jesus tell their stories. That includes her father, whose biography she authored in what she says was "one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life." For details, or to order your copy of Called to Controversy the Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus, click here. Or click here for a video desription of the biography. For the inside story and "extras" about the book, check out our Called to Controversy Facebook page. Ruth also writes shorter "faith journey" stories in books like Jewish Doctors Meet the Great Physician as well as in booklets like From Generation to Generation: A Jewish Family Finds Their Way Home, which you can download for free here. She edits the Jews for Jesus Newsletter and RealTime for Christians who want to pray for our ministry and our missionaries. In her spare time, Ruth enjoys writing fiction and playing with her dog, Annie, whom she "rescued" from a shelter. Ruth says, "Some people say that rescue dogs have issues, and that is probably true. If dogs could talk, they'd probably say that people have issues, and that is probably even more true. I'm glad that God is in the business of rescuing people, (and dogs) despite—or maybe because of—all our issues." You can follow Ruth Rosen on facebook or as RuthARosen on twitter.

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