book reviews

Holden Caulfield Was Right: We Are All Phonies
June 27, 2018
Author: Matt Sieger

Holden would like to save all the children before the world robs them of their innocence. He recognizes that we are all eventually stained by this world. We are polluted not only from without, but we soon discover that we are impure within. We are infected with a disease we inherited from the first to lose their innocence: Adam and Eve.

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A Future for Judaism?
December 1, 2017
Author: David M.

Will God fulfill his promise of sustaining the Jewish people? Several Jewish authors express concern about our survival.

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Book Review: Nobody’s Angel: A Story of Occult Bondage, Abuse and Redemption
September 22, 2017
Author: Matt Sieger

“Why didn’t God just kill me if He hated me so much? Why did He let this happen to me?” young Gregory silently screamed. How Greg came to believe in a God who loves him is at the heart of his autobiography.

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Book Review – Future Hope: A Jewish Christian Look at the End of the World
May 2, 2017
Author: John Van Dyke

A review of Future Hope, a book by David Brickner, executive director of Jews for Jesus and a fifth-generation Jewish believer in Jesus. Brickner examines prophecies in the Scriptures concerning end times and tells how it is possible to have confidence and hope as these climactic and catastrophic world events unfold.

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Go Ahead. Be Provocative! (In a Romans 11:11 way)
May 1, 2017

God has tasked Gentile Christians with making Jewish people jealous—of their relationship with God! We’d like to encourage you to do that, and we have some resources that can help.

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He Said then She Said: Helping Jewish-Gentile Couples Find Spiritual Harmony
September 21, 2016

Over the last decade and a half, my ministry with Jews for Jesus has focused on working with Jewish-Gentile couples.

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The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness by Simon Wiesenthal

Book Review: The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness
April 21, 2016
Author: Diane Halm

Book Title: The Sunflower Author: by Simon Wiesenthal Date Published: May 1, 1998 Publisher: Schocken; Rev Exp Su edition (May 1, 1998) Genre: 1. Judaism2. Ethics3. Christianity ISBN: 978-0805210606 Reviewer: Diane Halm Review Date: April 21, 2016 In his book, The Sunflower, renowned Jewish Holocaust survivor and Nazi hunter, Simon Wiesenthal, recalls his encounter with…

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BOOK REVIEW: Don’t Call Me Christian: A Truly Jewish Story
October 28, 2015
Author: Matt Sieger

Paul Liberman feels so strongly about his Jewish identity that he changed the title of his autobiography to Don’t Call Me Christian.

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Spiritual Journey Home
April 30, 2013

  Book Review: Spiritual Journey Home: Eastern Mysticism to the Western Wall Nathan Katz (Jersey City, NJ: KTAV Publishing House, Inc., 2009), 192 pages While the mere mention of a Jew believing in Jesus still raises eyebrows in the Jewish community, here a Jewish Buddhist (JUBU) gets a respectful hearing, as evidenced by the mostly…

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Book Review: Jesus through Jewish Eyes
December 28, 2012
Author: Matt Sieger

Book Title: Jesus Through Jewish Eyes Author: Beatrice Bruteau Date Published: August 6, 2001 Publisher: Orbis Books; First Edition edition Genre: 1. Christology2. Comparative Religion3. Judaism ISBN: 978-1570753886 Reviewer: Matt Sieger Jesus through Jewish Eyes: Rabbis and Scholars Engage an Ancient Brother in a New Conversation In the preface to Jesus through Jewish Eyes, editor…

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“Kosher Jesus” – #7 The Gospel According to Shmuley
July 20, 2012
Author: Rich Robinson

Book Title: Kosher Jesus Author: Shmuley Boteach Date Published: February 1, 2012 Publisher: Gefen Publishing House; First Edition (US) First Printing edition Genre: 1. Theology2. Jewish Life3. Biographies ISBN: 978-9652295781 Reviewer: Rich Robinson Review Date: July 20, 2012 The Rest of Kosher Jesus in One Easy Blog The Gospel According to Shmuley Having read the…

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Book Review: The Real Kosher Jesus
May 2, 2012
Author: Matt Sieger
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“Kosher Jesus” – #5 Jesus the Rabbi
May 1, 2012
Author: Rich Robinson

Book Title: Kosher Jesus Author: Shmuley Boteach Date Published: February 2, 2012 Publisher: Gefen Publishing House; First Edition (US) First Printing edition Genre: 1. Theology 2. Jewish Life 3. Biographies ISBN: 978-9652295782 Reviewer: Rich Robinson Review Date: April 14, 2012 Chapter 4 – Jesus the Rabbi Rabbi Boteach’s takeaway in this chapter is simple: to…

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Wonder What You Can Do with the Wonderbook?
July 1, 2011

Book Title: The Wonder Book: Answers to Kids’ Questions Author: Child Evangelism Fellowship Date Published: 2000 Publisher: CEF Press ISBN: 978-1559760249 Reviewer: Jews for Jesus Scores of books on evangelism are available, but little has been written that presents the gospel to Jewish children. There are not many materials on the market for Jewish children…

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Comfortably Jewish by Garrett R. Smith
December 22, 2009

  Book Title: Comfortably Jewish Author: Garrett R. Smith Date Published: 2010 Publisher: Purple Pomegranate Productions; 1st edition ISBN: 978-1881022886 Reviewer: Shoshanna Pucci Questions about cultural identity have recently demanded my urgent attention, raising three young children who are soaking up all of the traditions and cultural cues that my husband and I present. Though…

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The Misunderstood Jew
January 30, 2007
Author: Rich Robinson

Book Title: The Misunderstood Jew Author: Amy-Jill Levine Date Published: November 20, 2007 Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition Genre: 1. History2. Judaism3. Historical Theology ISBN: 978-0061137785 Reviewer: Rich Robinson Review Date: January 30, 2007 Update: I’ve continuing reading through The Misunderstood Jew. Chapter Two is From Jewish Sect to Gentile Church” and is the least satisfactory…

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Heat and Light: A review of The Christian and the Pharisee
January 19, 2007

Book Title: The Christian and the Pharisee Author: R.T. Kendall and David Rosen Date Published: January 3, 2007 Publisher: FaithWords ISBN: 978-0446697347 Reviewer: David Brickner In today’s “politically correct” environment, honest and respectful debate over religious differences is an increasingly endangered species. This is especially true in the long tradition of theological disputations between Jews…

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Resources to Consider: Why Care About Israel by Sandra Teplinsky and Arabs in the Shadow of Israel by Tony Maalouf
February 5, 2006
Author: Ruth Rosen

Book Title: Why Care About Israel Arabs in the Shadow of Israel Author: Sandra Teplinsky Tony Maalouf Date Published: June 1, 2004 November 10, 2003 Publisher: Chosen Books Kregel Academic & Professional Genre: 1. Pentecostal & Charismatic2. Judaism3. Worship and Devotion 1. Prophecy2. Prophecies3. Israel & Palestine ISBN: 978-0800793432 978-0825431845 Reviewer: Ruth Rosen Ruth Rosen…

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The Ezekiel Option
December 6, 2005
Author: Stephen Katz

Book Title: The Ezekiel Option Author: Joel C. Rosenberg Date Published: 2006 Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers Genre: 1. Mystery 2. Political 3. Mystery & Suspence ISBN: 13: 978-1414303437 Reviewer: Stephen Katz The Ezekiel Option ought to have the following warning across its cover: ONCE YOU START THIS BOOK YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO PUT…

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Postmissionary Messianic Judaism: Redefining Christian Engagement with the Jewish People
November 11, 2005
Topics: book reviews
Author: Rich Robinson

Book Title: Postmissionary Messianic Judaism: Redefining Christian Engagement with the Jewish People Author: Mark S. Kinzer Date Published: November 1, 2005 Publisher: Brazos Press Genre: 1. Messianic Judaism2. New Testament3. Other Religions, Practices & Sacred Texts ISBN: 978-1587431524 Reviewer: Rich Robinson In this book, Mark Kinzer is writing largely to the church, asking Christians to…

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The Turning Point in World History
October 1, 2005

A brief commentary on Klinghoffer’s book Why the Jews Rejected Jesus.

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Paul: Hero or Heretic?

If there is a villain in Why the Jews Rejected Jesus, it’s not Jesus himself, but Rabbi Shaul, also known as the Apostle Paul. Klinghoffer writes of Paul: He presented himself as an exponent of, and an expert in, [Jewish] faith, but what he really sought to do was undermine it from within.” Is Paul…

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Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus

Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus Three Volume Series By Dr. Michael L. Brown Baker Book House Michael L. Brown (Ph.D., Near Eastern Languages and Literature, New York University) is a Jewish believer in Jesus who has done both believers in Jesus and skeptics a service by producing three erudite, yet accessible books that more than…

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Breaking The Da Vinci Code: Answers to the Questions Everyone’s Asking
July 1, 2004

Book Title: Breaking The Da Vinci Code: Answers to the Questions Everyone’s Asking Author: Darrell L. Bock Date Published: April 4, 2006 Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc Genre: 1. Saints 2. Deals in Books 3. Christianity ISBN: 978-0785280149 Reviewer: Jews for Jesus Of all the books responding to The Da Vinci Code, Darrell L. Bock’s Breaking…

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Behold Your King
May 1, 2004

Book Title: Behold Your King Author: William Webster Date Published: July 10, 2003 Publisher: Christian Resources ISBN: 978-1893531086 Reviewer: Jews for Jesus Prophecy and its literal historical fulfillment distinguishes the Bible from all other religious writings and sets Jesus apart as the most unique man who has ever lived,” says William Webster in his introduction…

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Is Nothing Sacred? Questioning Assumptions, Past and Present
November 1, 2003

A commentary on Douglas Ruskoff’s religious reflections in Nothing Sacred, which focuses on his view of God as unknowable, Judaism as iconoclastic, abstract in its monotheism, and a religion of social justice.

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