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Called to Controversy: The Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus

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Called to Controversy is a compelling look at the life of Moishe Rosen, the man behind the mission known as Jews for Jesus.
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 27th 2012 by Thomas Nelson (first published January 1st 212)
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Aug 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Imagine you have just made a discovery, and that discovery leads to a decision, and that decision changes everything in your life–how you view the world, your relationship with your family and friends, your employment, even where you live. This is what happened to Moishe Rosen.

This is the story (biography) of the life of Moishe Rosen written by his daughter, Ruth. This is a fascinating history starting at the beginning of his life where he was raised in a nominally practicing Jewish family, to t
Lisa Johnson
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Title: Called to Controversy
Author: Ruth Rosen
Pages: 320
Year: 2012
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Note: I received a complimentary copy of the book from BookSneeze for an honest review. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.
Perhaps biographies or autobiographies aren’t always interesting or they don’t have full disclosure or maybe you don’t like this genre. What do you know of the organization JEWS FOR JESUS? Is there anything you can recall you learned about a man named Moishe Rosen? Did you know
Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
Called to Controversy: The Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus
by Ruth Rosen

Called to Controversy by Ruth Rosen, daughter of Moishe Rosen, tells the life story of the extraordinary man who was the founder of Jews for Jesus from the viewpoint of his family and colleagues....

Moishe comes across as a very talented, brilliant man with an overriding life passion to reach fellow Jews for Jesus. He used his unique talents of creativity, intuition, the ability to read peopl
Mar 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ruth Rosen wrote an excellent biography about her father, Moishe Rosen, the founder of Jews for Jesus, a Christian missionary group devoted to sharing the gospel with Jews. She explains how her father was raised in a nominally Jewish household, where many Jewish traditions were followed just because that is what you are supposed to do when you are a Jew, but without any real regard for the Lord. I understand that, because that is similar to the Reform Judaism that I was raised in. Moishe, who wa ...more
Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical
My thoughts:

This is the last historical book I read unless it is historical fiction. No more memoirs or autobiographies or biographies. They bore to me death, and I feel like I can't do them justice. I respect Ruth Rosen for writing down her father's story and carrying on his legacy. But I think it would be far more interesting if Moishe had written his own story. Because Moishe's life was interesting, but not the way it was presented. And I felt like I never really got a sense of what it meant
Michael Boling
Feb 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Called to Controversy, by Ruth Rosen, is the story of the life of Jews for Jesus founder Moishe Rosen. Starting with his childhood and working its way through his life, this book is a stirring account on an individual called by God to reach the Jewish people with the saving message of the gospel. Ruth Rosen is quite frank in this book, presenting the various nuances of Moishe Rosen to include the good, the bad, and at times the ugly events of his life and efforts. It is through this honest look ...more
Feb 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Since Jews for Jesus came to my church when I was a child and sang songs like "Tradition" from Fiddler on the Roof, I jumped at the chance to read about the founder.

Called to Controversy: The Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus by Ruth Rosen is a biography of the man who started Jews for Jesus, written by his second-born daughter, Ruth. In the account of her dad, Ruth shares why her Jewish father accepted Christ as savior in the first place, how he involved himself
Andy Mitchell
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I 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 chapte
Natalie Wood
The problem with messianic Judaism is its plausibility.

Look, for example, at the website of the Adat Yeshua Messianic Synagogue, Norwich, U.K. with its stylised menorah logo, rolling news bites from the Jerusalem Post, YouTube video clip of a Sabbath morning service and smiling welcome from ‘Rabbi Binyamin and Rebbetzin Sarah Sheldrake’.

But the synagogue’s Hebrew name translates as ‘Congregation of Jesus’ and it is one of three constituents of the Union of British Messianic Jewish Congregations
Linda Walters
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book SO much. Not only was it well written but the style just kept the reader interested. The author did give what I believe was a very fair picture of her father and his relationship with others. I don't always read a biographical book but I am glad this is one that was on the list to choose. Who would I recommend this book too? Anyone, everyone who enjoys reading about people overcoming difficulties. I do believe we can learn much from reading people's autobiographies or biograp ...more
Mimi Newman
May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I remember listening to speakers from Jews for Jesus and the Liberated Wailing Wall as a teen in the 1970s. I was fascinated by the writings of Moishe, loved the tongue-in-cheek broadsides and generally admired the chutzpah of this grassroots organization. Mostly I was inspired by their enthusiasm for a Gospel that was sent to Jew then Gentile... After college I met and married a Jewish believer. We have supported the ministry ever since, through good and not-so-good. This book encapsulates the ...more
Matt Hill
Jul 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: half-read
wanted something more about the relationship between Judaism and Christianity . . and some more insight into what it's like to be a Messianic Jew . . alas, the book was much more about the individual people's stories . . perhaps the latter half got there, but by then i had lost interest
Clare D
Jan 09, 2014 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading most of this book. I enjoyed reading Moishe's story and the story of Jews for Jesus. Some of the records of his interactions were a little dry. Book has some great quotes!
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