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The Unusual Suspects
25 Jewish People Defy the Final Taboo
Richard compassionately writes about 25 Jews who have found spiritual fulfilment in Jesus.
Richard Gibson is a Christian minister. He was brought up in a home in which Israel and the Jewish people were respected and loved, and for a number of years he lived and worked in Israel. Richard speaks modern Hebrew fluently, is an ardent defender of the Jewish state and is married with one son.
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Twenty-five people who give their testimony as to how they discovered Jeshua, Jesus as their personal Saviour and Messiah.
"Each Testimony is an honest and down-to-earth record of the trials and mental struggles they experienced before coming to the realisation that Yeshua (Jesus) is the Messiah. With that realisation came the understanding that following Christ did not make them any less Jewish"
"Richard Gibson has done both Jewish people and goyim a great service in collecting these fascinating stories. I've lost count of the number of people who have said to me over the years, 'How can you be Jewish and believe in Jesus?' Maybe this book will make that poorly-informed question a thing of the past."
Nick Howard, Association of Evangelists
"A wonderful collection of personal stories to challenge, instruct and encourage your faith! For nearly 2,000 years there has been a myth that Jews don't believe in Jesus - but this book shows that they do! These 25 amazing stories show that Jewish people today, from different backgrounds and with different beliefs and experiences, are making a great discovery. They are coming to know Yeshua (Jesus), and finding true fulfilment in their lives, faith and identities. The Messiah has come, and Jewish people are discovering him!"
Richard Harvey, Vice-Principal, All Nations Christian College, Ware, England
"Jesus had a special place in his heart for "the lost sheep of the house of Israel", and these 25 fascinating examples of that love are a powerful reminder that he has not forgotten them today. Richard Gibson has done the church a great service in collecting together so many painfully honest, touching and challenging stories. Each exposes the contributor to the risk of criticism and misunderstanding that most British Christians don't face today, but that only opens our eyes to the reality that being a disciple can be very tough and yet truly liberating."
Michele Guinness, author
"What a great encouragement it was to read these wonderful stories of Jewish people who found the Messiah, Yeshua. The fact that these people - from such diverse backgrounds, ages and experience - each came to the same conclusion and response regarding Yeshua (Jesus), must surely stir readers to examine the evidence and find out for themselves. I pray that many will."
Helen Shapiro, Singer & author of Walking Back to Happiness.
Review in Evangelicals Now
This book gives us 25 short but heart-warming and challenging testimonies of Jewish believers in Yeshua/Jesus as Messiah and Saviour.
Readers will be encouraged to read how God in his sovereign love and power has changed the lives of a very diverse group of people - coming from observant backgrounds and godless, atheistic or eastern religions, some with stable, loving parents and others from dysfunctional families.
Inevitably, such a book of Jewish testimonies speaks into controversial biblical/theological issues. Should Jewish believers remain thoroughly Jewish as Christians? Has God revoked the Abrahamic and Mosaic covenants with Israel because of his people's sin? Or are God's gifts and call irrevocable (Romans 11.29) - and what does that mean in its context? Is the Christian church something Gentile which started at Pentecost or is it the continuity of the congregation of Israel? The Greek ekklesia is used for the Congregation of Israel in the Septuagint. So are Jewish believers in Jesus the Messiah merely part of the Gentile church or are Gentile believers grafted into the tree of Israel (Romans 11), from which some (but not all!) Jewish branches have been temporarily cut off?
Rejoicing in the growth of Messianic fellowships around the world, we look forward to the great day when not only the pleroma/ fulness of the Gentiles will have come in to Jesus, but also pas/all Israel will be saved. Neither 'fulness' nor 'all' can possibly indicate a tiny minority, so we look forward to considerable movements of Jews and Gentiles of every background coming to living faith in Jesus Christ. In the context of this book we should mention that 'Israel' in Romans 11.11,25,26 clearly refers to the Jewish people. Richard Gibson's easy-reading book records 25 of God's 'all Israel' - Hallelujah!
Messianic Jewish part-time lecturer at All Nations Christian College
Posted by Richard, UK at 09:42 on Tuesday 20 April 2010
I'm "Unusual Suspect #25" and I was thrilled to read of the other 24 .. and think again of the wide diversity of backgrounds so many Jewish people have come from, into faith in the very Jewish Messiah. It's an honour to be included among many who are stalwarts of our shared faith.
Posted by Gerry, "Unusual Suspect #25", West Midlands at 15:54 on Sunday 15 March 2009
This is a very honest and fresh account of people coming to faith in Jesus. There is no hype or exageration, just simple accounts of how God works supernaturally in a very natural way. Lastly, it gives a glimpse of what The Lord is doing at this time with his elect nation, when they seek him. I was greatly blessed and hope to pass on a copy to a Jewish man I work with.
Posted by Peter, Manchester at 20:23 on Wednesday 18 February 2009
This is a wonderfully written book. Easy pace, easy to read, no sudden punches but a clear message coming through. I would (and will) be happy to give this book to anyone knowing they would readily accept and read it - religion is out, honesty is in. The Jewish experience may be new to people so the full benefit is to someone who is/wants to be 'Jewishness' aware. Written in sort, to the point chapters, you might try reading just one story at a time, but you just can't put it down and end up reading just the next short life story. Richard has edited out the repeated experiences, so it is best read as a whole book to get the fullness - you leave the dish longing to know more about the person's experience, but finish the meal replete. So what is the theme? Individuals humans, who happen to be Jews, finding themselves being prompted by God whilst the world and the church does all it can to trip them up... and of course it is a happy ending (warts and all). Read this book and others on the theme and be amazed at the God we adore.
Posted by Robert Lytton, Chippenham at 11:19 on Saturday 06 December 2008
This is a really great book of original, non-stereotypical testimonies. It will challenge and excite you in equal measures! Buy it today, read it and pass it on.
Posted by James Mendelsohn, Leeds at 09:55 on Wednesday 26 November 2008
This is a compulsive book to read. Short chapters. A jewish testimony in each chapter. Such an amazing insight into the lives of Jewish believers. Inspite of their difficulties when becoming messianic believers they still cannot resist the "chords of love that stretch from out eternity". A book EVERYONE should read not just once.
Posted by Joan Gibson. Bedale. at 21:45 on Tuesday 25 November 2008