Saturday, March 24, 2012

Called to Controversy

Called to Controversy: The Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus is the biography of Moishe Rosen, the founder of the non-profit I work for. It was written by Ruth Rosen, his youngest daughter who also works for the organization. It was just published at the end of February. 

Mr. Rosen passed away soon after I started working there and I never met him. But almost everyone else in the building had known him well. It's interesting to read about a man that people [I know] actually knew. It's also interesting to read a book that is written by a person you work with.  Moishe's wife also goes to our church and I have met her a few times. 

Not only is this book interesting because the subject matter is a little close to home (I mean work!) but it is really well written and a very interesting story of "an ordinary man who did extraordinary things." Ruth Rosen shares a lot of different viewpoints of who her father and boss was. She has interviewed staff, friends, family, and even shares may quotes from Moishe himself.

If you read it, you'll also get a pretty good idea about the organization I work for as the second half of the book is all about how the non-profit was started. And although much has changed since then, the passion to make "Jesus an unavoidable issue" among Jewish people worldwide is very much the same. 

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