Review of Called to Controversy. A great read!

March 16, 2012

Have you ever heard of the organization Jews for Jesus? If not I would highly recommend that you look it up.

I just finished reading the book Called To Controversy: The Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus by Ruth Rosen. I received this book free through

This book was written by Moishe Rosen’s daughter. She retells the story of her father’s life. It starts from the time Moishe is born. He is a young Jewish boy who was taught the importance of Jewish practices but not really of Jewish faith. He came to the understanding that a Jewish person did certain things because they were Jewish, not because a belief in God.

Moishe had a few encounters with Christians. Some of these were good and others were not. Moishe met, fell in love with, and married his wife Ceil at a young age. They both shared their Jewish understandings. When Ceil became pregnant though she began to pray to God and that led to a change in both of their lives.

Ceil became a Christian first. She was searching Him out. She felt helpless and needed God’s guidance. God provided a person to lead her to Christ and she started going to church and having Bible studies. After a long time, Moishe realized that Jesus really was the Messiah, so he and his wife were both baptized and they continued in church.

After that many troubles came. Both of their families rejected them, they went to the east coast so Moishe could go to Bible college and he started working with the American Board of Mission to the Jews (ABMJ) for many years. After many frustrations with the organization he left and continued working with a project he had started called Jews for Jesus.

Trouble continued to come his way but he believed that the call God had placed on his life was greater than any persecution he faced. He lived out God’s calling his whole life until at the age of 78, on the day of Pentecost, he died of cancer.

I was blown away by this book. Honestly I was a little hesitant to get started because the book was a bit longer than the others I have been reading and it has been a while since I have read a biography. I am so glad I chose this one and stuck with it!

Reading the story about all the troubles Moishe faced and how he overcame them was so encouraging. I loved seeing how passionate this man was about reaching out to Jews with the saving message of Jesus. He did not let anything stop him.

The author made sure to point out many of Moishe’s flaws which just made the book that much better. As a reader, I got the feeling that Moishe was flesh and blood just like me and yet he was able to do great things for the Kingdom! I would highly recommend this book to others! It is a great way to get excited again about the call that God has placed on your own life.


5 Responses to “Review of Called to Controversy. A great read!”

  1. That’s a good review of the book, “Called To Controversy: The Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus”.

    I have heard of Jews for Jesus. It was great reading about the pioneers who worked behind it. Surely that’s a rewarding work!

    Thanks for the review, Brandon.

  2. […] Review of Called to Controversy. A Great Read! […]

    • Sheila said

      We are having the opportunity to have the Jews for Jesus at our church This Thursday night. So looking forward to hearing the message.

      • It was really cool to read the book about how it all started. I knew of the organization but I never had really taken the time to hear about it. You should make sure to tell me about how it goes! Thanks for commenting Mom!

  3. […] Called to Controversy by Ruth Rosen. This was the first biography I read in 2012. It was spectacular. I sped through the book, completely captivated by the life of Moishe Rosen. The story of him becoming a Christian and starting and running Jews for Jesus was amazing. I would highly recommend this book! […]

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