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Conversation about the Arab-Israeli conflict usually starts by asking if God is for or against the Jewish state-or Palestinians, Arabs or Muslims. In this updated and urgent book, Sandra Teplinsky, an American-Israeli Jewish believer, shows why many Christians are asking the wrong questions about Israel. With gracious honesty and solid biblical insight, she unravels the mystery and controversy of Israel-and shows how it impacts you-by taking you into the Lord's passions for all humankind.
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Chosen Books
Publication Date: 2013
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Sandra is an ordained minister and international conference speaker. She has taught Bible college-level courses and church seminars about the relationship between Israel and the Church. She has mobilized prayer for Israel and the Middle East in many nations. Together with her husband, she developed intercessory prayer groups and humanitarian aid projects in Jewish evangelism in the former Soviet Union.
A former attorney, Sandra has authored several books and articles about Israel and the Church, including Israel's Anointing (Chosen Books, 2008); Why Care About Israel? (Chosen Books, 2004); The Blessing of Israel (2002); and Out of the Darkness: The Untold Story of Jewish Revival in the Former Soviet Union (1998). She has been a frequent guest speaker on international television and radio. She and her family maintain their primary residence in the Jerusalem area.
"An essential handbook of immeasurable worth for every thoughtful believer. Its message could not be more needed than in this present hour of global conflict, both political and spiritual."- Pastor Jack Hayford, author, Secrets of Intercessory Prayer; president, The King's University
"The dividing line of the true Church will be its position on the Jews and Israel. You must be on God's side. Read this book!"- Sid Roth, TV host, It's Supernatural!
"A much-needed and fresh approach to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Readers will be left well-informed and caring deeply about the Jewish people (and others) because they encountered the heart and voice of God."- Jonathan Bernis, president, Jewish Voice Ministries International; author, A Rabbi Looks at the Last Days
"Inspirationally written, biblically accurate, extensively researched and user friendly to the common believer, Bible student or seasoned minister- a desperately needed message!"- James W. Goll, director, Encounters Network; author, The Coming Israel Awakening
tickmenotKansas CityGender: female4 Stars Out Of 5"Why Still Care About Israel" by Sandra TeplinskyDecember 12, 2013tickmenotKansas CityGender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This book is about the terrible history of injustice and discrimination Israel has suffered down through the ages up until the present day. Replacement theology is also discussed. It is the idea that all the promises made to Israel in the Old Testament have been transferred to Christians-that Israel is no longer the chosen people of God. That mind-set has allowed the world to look at the Jewish people as no longer important-and has been used to rationalize atrocious behavior toward Jewish people, and the nation of Israel.
Many modern churches think they should not witness to Jews. Instead, the Jewish people will be "saved" through the Old Testament covenant they had with God. Other Christian churches blame the Jewish people for all manner of things, and believe the Jews and Israel should suffer.
Ms. Teplinsky brings up the promise God made to Abraham in Genesis 12:2-3:
"I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you."
She points out the blessings that have come to nations that have blessed and supported the Jewish people and Israel, as well as, the hard times nations have had to endure when support has not been given. She includes examples in both past and modern times which definitely show a correlation, and should cause much contemplation.
The author relates how irresponsible news reporting has formed many people's outlook on Israel. It has not been uncommon for the media to present stories with an agenda to make Israel look bad. Ms. Teplinsky gives many examples. That one-sided news reporting has led viewers to form negative, and false outlooks concerning Israel and Jewish people.
Interestingly, the author points out that a sub-group within the Jewish people is discriminated against the very most. They are the Messianic Jews, especially the ones in Israel. Messianic Jews are mistreated on both sides. The rest of the Jewish people are against them because they believe in Jesus. The people in the world that are against Jews and Israel make no distinction between Jews and Messianic Jews, and lump them all together. So Messianic believers get the same punishment or discrimination the rest of the Jewish people do.
The author makes a very good case for why Jewish people are still God's chosen people, and why they should be respected and supported. Ultimately, she concludes that Israel's mistreatment is a spiritual matter. She believes that satan has been warring against the Jewish people and Israel since God declared them His chosen people. Ms. Teplinsky believes prayer is the answer for this spiritual warfare. The book contains prayer list suggestions. She wants us to pray for Israel, as well as, the countries around her. In that way, some peace might come to the land until the supreme peace comes to Israel, the peace that will accompany the return of Jesus Christ.
This was an interesting book, but is not light reading. It provides lots of food for thought. I would recommend it for anyone who wants to understand how modern Israel came about, as well as, their existence in today's world, and give it four stars.
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Chosen Books and Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment, and I have given an honest opinion.
Pamelalos angeles, caAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Must Read for Jew and Gentile alikeDecember 1, 2013Pamelalos angeles, caAge: 55-65Gender: femaleSandra Teplinsky has done extensive research to produce a lively, to-the-point, easily readable book. It is underscored with tenderness and sensitivity for people of all nations, including Palestinians. I found Why Still Care About Israel usable as a personal devotional, reflecting the love of God, as well as solidly educational. I recommend this work to anyone who appreciates the combination of deep spiritual nourishment with the excellence of intellectual, scriptural and historical integrity. I recommend it as a must read for Jews and Gentiles.
jojosutiscornerAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5SANDRA KNOWS HER STUFF!!!October 14, 2013jojosutiscornerAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Do the things of Israel and her people interest you?
Do you desire to know more about Israel and what she has to do with you?
Do you question whether or not God still has a plan for Israel and how that plan might effect you?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then I highly recommend that you read WHY STILL CARE ABOUT ISRAEL? by Sandra Teplinsky. When it comes to Israel, Sandra knows her stuff!
Times they are a-changing, and in this newly updated version of the book, Sandra updates readers on everything from the fulfillment of Bible prophecy to the ever increasing anti-Semitism in the world and more!
This book will equip you with the knowledge of God's Word concerning Israel, using specific Bible verses to explain God's desire for and covenant with Israel, the church and Israel, prophecy and Israel, AND the future of Israel.
What I love most is that this book will open your heart to Israel without closing it to any her enemies.
Why still care about Israel?
"My hope is that as Why Still Care About Israel? brings to light compelling realities and scriptural truths, you will experience (God's) heart of love and grace- for all parties involved- as never before. I pray that when you turn the final page of this book, you will also know God as never before. Because in the end, Israel is all about Him."- WSCAI?- Sandra Teplinsky
GabrielleLondon, OntarioAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5I've already recommended it to friends.October 4, 2013GabrielleLondon, OntarioAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5READ THIS BOOK! Never has anyone so clearly and so succinctly laid out the reason why the Church has NOT replaced Israel. The author, Sandra Teplinsky, also does a thorough job of detailing the ridiculous claims much of the world has made against this small legitimate state. She is very clear in her message that we should be pro-Israel but NOT anti-Palestine. They need Jesus like everyone else and we should be upholding both parties in prayer. If you read one book this month, make it this one.
BTW, I got a copy of this book free in exchange for an honest review. I know my review is glowing but it is 100% how I feel having read it.
Yaakov ben YehoshuaAuckland, New ZealandAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Sandra presents a refreshingly optimistic truth!October 2, 2013Yaakov ben YehoshuaAuckland, New ZealandAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This significantly revised version of the 2003 book Why Care About Israel, by the same author, is poignant, engaging, well balanced and timely. Sandra graciously names several groups of readers that might benefit from reading this volume, however in my personal opinion this is a "must read" for every Christian/Messianic Jew.
The reality is that God is moving in powerful ways in relation to His great Meta narrative, which holds at its very core the physical and spiritual significance of the people of Israel. Add to this the rise in anti-Israel theologies that are re-emerging at an alarming rate, not to mention the social injustices facing Israel as a nation and you will find ample reason to take the time to listen to this authors concise and revealing work.
With the ongoing deligitimization of Israel as a nation and the rise in new Antisemitism, every Christian should be concerned. Sandra presents a refreshingly optimistic truth, founded on the Father heart of G-d and a wealth of factual information. This book is a book of hope and future for both Israel and the Christian Church.
Don't miss your opportunity to read it.
***** THIS IS A FIVE STAR knock it out of the park title!!!!!
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