Called to Controversy: The Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus
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In Called to Controversy, Ruth Rosen, daughter of Moishe and Ceil, shows how her father challenged the status quo for Jews and Christians alike. She offers a comprehensive look at Moishe's life, revealing the personality traits, principles, struggles, and successes that made him a controversial and trailblazing figure in evangelism to the Jewish community.
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2012
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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 factcenturies of persecution in the name of Jesus Christhas 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 Jewsincluding Moishes familywould 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.
Teddy GAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5A Fascinating and Powerful TestimonyJanuary 14, 2013Teddy GAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Moishe Rosen did not grow up in a home that believed in Jesus as Messiah. He originally scoffed at his wife when she introduced the idea as truth to him. And yet, he was let to a belief so full of passion that he could not keep it to himself, but felt called to bring this truth to his people, the Jews. His ministry took him cross-country several times and led to an organization that brought the truth of Jesus to Jews internationally.
I am not typically a reader of biographies, and it took me a long time to get through this book. The delay was not due to my disinterest in Moishe Rosen, on the contrary, I found him to be a fascinating person and his passion for Jesus and for the Jewish people to know Jesus as Messiah was incredible. However, I found the book to be less than its subject. Maybe it was precisely because Mr. Rosen led such an incredibly interesting life that it was hard to narrow down the stories to include in his biography. The result was a mishmash of anecdotes and facts that muddled the timeline of Moshie's life and his ministry.
On the plus side, although the book was written by his daughter, Ms. Ruth Rosen, the descriptions of Mr. Rosen's personality felt impartial, and his praises as well as his flaws were accounted for. Ms. Rosen was not only his daughter, but she was heavily involved in the Jews for Jesus organization, and thus had full access to Moshie's life as both father and leader.
As a person, Mr. Rosen's work was incredible and his life story and his life work are an amazing testimony to the Jesus whom he called Messiah. As a book, Called to Controversy could have been a more succinct account of that life and work.
I give this book 3 stars. I am glad that I read it, but I did struggle to get through it.
I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson, as part of their BookSneeze program, in exchange for my honest review.
Mrs. White5 Stars Out Of 5Great for Ministry InspirationJanuary 14, 2013Mrs. WhiteQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is the biography of Moishe Rosen, written by his daughter, Ruth. She did a phenomenal job describing his life and his ministry work.
I loved reading about his growing up years, seeing the family portraits, and getting a glimpse into the time in which he lived. He was born in 1932.
As he begins working in ministry, I was amazed to read how God worked in his life to perform miracles (often despite him). He, like all people, had flaws but he was a tremendously dedicated worker!
Ruth describes how "hecklers" would attack the street preachers. Moishe experienced this and found a way to handle them peacefully. He developed a training program for future street preachers so they were expecting these attacks and were able to continue their work without letting it get to them. This was fascinating!
This book would be excellent for those working in ministry. There are explanations of how the work was run, and how procedures were put into place to protect both the ministry itself, and trouble within. Readers will also be greatly inspired by Moishe's dedication, energy, and work despite so many problems. We also get to read about his family, which is inspiring. His work and life will impact many people, and this book shares his story beautifully.
*Disclosure - I received this book for review purposes.*
Archie IsibPhAge: 18-24Gender: male3 Stars Out Of 5im feeling it.August 8, 2012Archie IsibPhAge: 18-24Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3The only thing I found lacking in the book is that, again from the perspective of a seeking spiritually uncommitted Jewish person, while it would persuade me to take Jesus much more seriously, it would not necessarily help me see that my spiritual destiny depended on accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior. I would strongly recommend this book if you are searching for a deeper understanding of our Messiah Yeshua. What a wake-up call for both the Jewish people and the christian church to see the true identy of Jews. Recommend this book for all followers of Jesus as well as anyone who is seeking to know who Jesus really is. The Jewish and Christian sources about Jesus, asserting that the truth has been obscured on both sides. In this book, he puts forth the fruit of his years of in-depth study of Christianity and the New Testament, Christian critics are upset with some of the Christian groups involved in this new friendship for withholding a more overt Gospel message from Jews who they believe need to accept and embrace it. I also do not believe as some critics have said that Jews will be subject to more pressure to convert. This is I believe a fine literary work and should be read by Jews and Christians alike. I find the book to be thought provoking about the issue of religion in general and Jesus in particular.
gadfly1974Rochester, NYAge: 35-44Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Insider InformationMay 27, 2012gadfly1974Rochester, NYAge: 35-44Gender: maleI am a bit too young to remember Moishe Rosen's founding work with Jews for Jesus.
After reading this book, I feel like I might have been there in the middle of it all.
The author is one of Moishe's two daughters, and she clearly didn't hold back. There is insider information and fascinating behind-the-scenes stories in every chapter.
I also enjoyed learning more about his leadership style, the good and the bad. It is interesting to learn more about a great leader's strengths and faults.
Each chapter begins with a quote, and the text is peppered with many other memorable sayings: "Don't let yourself become a desk jockey. People spend too much time sitting at their desks."
"We take God seriously, but we don't take ourselves too seriously."
"A shepherd doesn't let the wolves meet the sheep."
If you're at all interested in learning more about one of the most influential Jewish Christian evangelists of all time, then I recommend you pick up this book. I highly recommend it!
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review.
dlrussAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Called To ControversyApril 19, 2012dlrussAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Meets Expectations: 4Ruth Rosen, author
Thomas Nelson, publisher
I wasn't sure what to expect when I received my copy of Called to Controversy. I have always been fascinated with Judaism and their beliefs in relation to the Bible and specifically the New Testament.
The book was written by Moishe Rosen's daughter, Ruth. She tells her father's road to salvation and his work as a missionary to Jews and work as a "street preacher" in California.