Called To Controversy – The Unlikely Story Of Moishe Rosen And The Founding Of Jews For Jesus : Book Review

Called to Controversy 

The Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus

By Ruth Rosen

Published by Thomas Nelson

Called To Controversy – The Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus is an exceptional biography written by the daughter of the controversial, colorful, wonderfully eccentric leader of the Jews for Jesus group. With loving attention to detail, yet objectified perspective throughout, Ruth Rosen manages to bring her father to life in the pages of this book. 
I had always known about the evangelical organization named Jews For Jesus but not much beyond the vague notion of their mission. Having Jewish friends, and a love for the Jewish people in general,  I was curious when I saw this book available. 

This book was one of the most thorough biographies I have ever read. So much personal family history, intimate observation and background insight was available, due to the relation of the writer. Ruth Rosen also worked alongside her father while growing up and during her adult years; she successfully sheds light on him in a way that is honest, forthright and without excuse.
After reading this biography which follows Moshei from his childhood roots in Denver to New York and  ultimately California, I really wish I could have met this servant. He was passionate in both his Jewish heritage and background but also in the truth of Jesus as Messiah. His heart was for the Jewish people to know the truth and to allow them opportunity and exposure to the truth he himself held dear, although it cost him his own parents acceptance initially.
One of his co-laborers described his strength as a leader this way: “To give vision and encourage others to go beyond what they think they can do”.
Many of the anecdotes reveal him a natural salesperson (early on), a lover of people, painfully honest (at times), wisdom, spirit led and quick to hone in on the gifts of others and allow them to serve beyond their own perceived capacity. I think this would be a great read for men and women in leadership because this man was “practically” spiritual. There are excellent examples of servant-leadership, humility and also the honesty of a unique, imperfect man who learned to listen to the Lord. I was inspired by the way he lived his life purposefully and passionately and with dedication to the call he felt in his life. Great read. 
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Publishers Description:

What does it mean to be a Jew? What practices are relevant? And is belief in God even necessary?
Answers to these and other questions reflect the amazing diversity within the Jewish community. However, one terrible fact—centuries of persecution in the name of Jesus Christ—has united this diverse community in one belief. Namely, that Jesus Christ is not the Jewish Messiah.
Moishe Rosen was born into this culture. No New Testament. No Christmas. No question. Even nonreligious Jews—including Moishe’s family—would disown anyone traitorous enough to profess faith in Christ. Which means the moment Moishe was called to Christ, he was Called to Controversy.
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.

My Recent Reading Life

What's On Your Nightstand
Welcome to my reading life for this month! 
I am still working on last months pile but I did finish some excellent reads over the past month and I appreciate the opportunity to share my teeny list anyway, despite my slow reading I really enjoy my words and chew them well! Besides, reading about all of the reading everyone else is doing, surely puts a fire to my bottom to finish what I start. Which is also why  reviewing books saves the life of my books from landing in the pile of obscurity and also helps me to stay with it until the end! 
So this past month I did complete The Hunger Games Trilogy! Wow, I thoroughly enjoyed escaping into the world of Katniss Everdeen and the amazing world Suzanne Collins created for this intriguing character. I read Catching Fire and Mocking Jay without skipping a beat. Before I finished the first book it was easy to see that this would be an epic film. I am looking forward to the movie but so glad I read the books first! A rare victory for me (due to the slowness of my reading and the quickness of filmmakers!) 
Completing Patrick Conroy’s “My Reading Life” changed my life in some way. I loved the way he shared the story of the great, influential stories he has read and more so the wonderful, colorful portrayals of people he has journeyed with along the road of his writer’s life. I got it out from the library, but might need to own my own because it became my favorite bed partner for a few months. I’m a little lonely at bedtime without Mr. Conroy’s rich descriptive, amusing writing. 
I am right in the middle of Jeannie Palette’s Beckoned By The King” An Intimate View of Psalm 119 and hope to share an author interview and review very soon! 
I read for review From Blah to Awe by Jenna Lucado Bishop and found a few inspiring insights to hang onto from her Young Adult offering. I had to push myself through the beginning but found that I enjoyed her candor about her struggles to come to terms with her own “blah” attitudes towards God. 
A few of last months reads are in the stack waiting to be read. I blame that primarily on Suzanne Collins and Patrick Conroy! But that’s just the way I slowly roll. 
I am reading Praying For Purpose for Women by Katie Brazelton. It is a 60 day journey with various Christian women and scripture reading with the focus of mentoring through prayerfully seeking spiritual direction toward our unique mission in life. Course it will most likely take me 120 days to get through, but I will say I am enjoying the richness of it with my morning coffee and journal time. 
Awaiting the book Called to Controversy: The Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews For Jesus by Ruth Rosen to read for review from the wonderful people at Booksneeze
I know you will get a giggle when I tell you this but I have the urge to read The Decline And Fall of The Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon. For Review. OK, that last part was a joke! I have read parts of it in college but not right through. Most likely that will be on my nightstand for the rest of the year, but at least it moved from my bookshelf to that most coveted and dusty place by the bedside! 
Although I generally do not read a lot of fiction I feel the need to read more now that Mr. Conroy has helped me accept the fact that I will never be able to read it all , I certainly can read and develop my own reading life better. However humble that may be. I am open to your best suggestions! I miss my wonderful escape of the past couple of months! I have discovered anew the power of story and am grateful! Add to this, I have started to write (officially) my first book. I am terrified, excited and moving along in this new endeavor! 
Don’t forget if you comment to offer me your best Fiction suggestion. 
Not too many pages, OK? 
For instance Stephen King’s new one looks good but 
WOW- that’s a lot of pages for this girl!
Happy Reading, friends-
See you next month!

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