I really value the great effort that Robinson put in to researching and writing this book. The book is full of information and the content is intuitivI really value the great effort that Robinson put in to researching and writing this book. The book is full of information and the content is intuitively organized. The first chapter's focus on prayer and the relationship with God really grabbed my attention and prodded me through the remainder of the text. I loved learning and soaked in as much as I could. I skimmed chapter 8 rather than read every detail since it's 50 pages of information on various Jewish philosophers.
I found my respect rapidly growing and upon completion of the book found that most assuredly this has increased the depth of my own faith and perspective. I certainly found many tenets of shared belief and was particularly intrigued at Maimonides' 13 Principles of the Jewish Faith (http://bit.ly/biUo0) as compared with The 13 Articles of Faith(http://bit.ly/3esmgk). Robinson successfully illustrates the in-depth determination, commitment, and devotion of the Jewish people and their history. He covers _a lot_ of history and while there is so much information, it's not too overdone.
In the end, I was distracted by a couple issues that prevent me from giving this more than three stars. First, there are terms that are used early on which slowed down my comprehension. They are described in more detail later in the book and also in the glossary, but it was distracting to a small degree. Second, because of the broadness of the title, Robinson appears to go to great lengths to include the major differences between the various Jewish sects and their perspectives on festivals, interpretations, and minhagim. While this is important information, sometimes it seemed like too much information. Finally, there are a lot of sidebars that sometimes proved to be distracting though their inclusion wasn't a major disruption to the contextual information.
Overall, I have come away from reading this book with an increased desire to read other religious texts of this same caliber--my soul strengthened, perspective extended and appreciation deepened.
Loved this book for its true-to-life stories and adventure accompanied with its autobiographical nature. Col. Bernie Fisher is a real hero for both hiLoved this book for its true-to-life stories and adventure accompanied with its autobiographical nature. Col. Bernie Fisher is a real hero for both his celebrated Air Force service and personal values. If you're interested in learning how he was the first living Air Force recipient of the Medal of Honor, read the book first, then read the online information!...more
While Equiano is no professional writer, he sure has a captivating life story and fascinating tales. I really enjoyed reading and learning about his rWhile Equiano is no professional writer, he sure has a captivating life story and fascinating tales. I really enjoyed reading and learning about his rich history. Very interesting information regarding his tribe in Guinea and cultural similarities with the Jews--even down to specific rituals. He's quite vocal about his conversion to Christianity and his very sincere and honest approach to finding Christ. It's a short read, uplifting and enlightening....more
This book was a huge answer to prayer, research and an anchor to re-establishing a major relationship with one of my pre-teen children. In my experienThis book was a huge answer to prayer, research and an anchor to re-establishing a major relationship with one of my pre-teen children. In my experience I found the content to be quite solid, and even though the writing has just a slight amount of fluff, the value far exceeds those light-y segments. It took a lot of introspection on my part to realize that I was contributing to the repeated issues we were experiencing, but with the help of the book I was able to analyze my approach(es) and re-wire both my thought processes and actions. Frankly stated, it saved us from counseling. But, even better, the paths we started down because of the principles outlined here have lead to an almost perfect outcome (as in, we have had only four cases since really applying everything after four months, and they never escalated past our first threshold of discipline). Plus, it's lead to a greater level of confidence in our relationships, in both dealing with problems and learning from the situations, working through things together. Finally, what we were able to put into practice as a family has had a very positive trickle-down affect to the younger siblings and we really enjoy the increased harmony in our home....more