I'm sure you are going to be very surprised to learn that in most Jewish homes, you won't find a Bible there. But, isn't it very strange, you might say...that how come the nation known as the "People of the Book" do not possess a Bible in their homes? What is even more surprising is although you would think that the Jewish people follow and know the Scriptures well, the shocking real truth is that most of the Old Testament books are a mystery to the Jews because they do not know and have never seen the prophecies about Jesus in the books such as Ezekiel, Isaiah, Daniel and Malachi.
And did you know that Jews do not know what they are saying when they are praying, as most Jews cannot understand Hebrew. So now, I suppose you must be wondering how do Jews get rid of all their sins if they don't believe in Jesus Christ? What do Jews believe is the way to get to heaven? You will shocked to find out what's going on in the Jewish world.
What made the experience of listening to Why I Left the Jewish Religion to Follow Jesus the most enjoyable?
I did learn some things about the practice of Judiasm that I had not heard anywhere else. I found some of the facts very interesting.
Would you be willing to try another book from Bernard Levine? Why or why not?
I'm not sure. I think in a sequel the author could explain more about why Jews don't use more books of the Old Testament, perhaps interview some rabbis. I expected more of a redemptive book aimed at Jewish people. The content is more like an "inside view of the practice of Judaism" vs. why he became a Christian and more importantly his experience with Jesus. I almost wanted him to reverse the chapter order and talk about the OT prophecies of Jesus and then go into a segment that talks about his day to day relationship, communion, and fellowship with Jesus. As it is currently written I don't know if there is enough meat to the "why" he left to draw people out of Judaism other than Christianity has less rules. I grew up Catholic, and have also been in "holiness" churches where the rules are strict and on the surface the burden of the religious laws might not seem too different. I think if I were Jewish it might come across as bashing the way it starts out--spend less time on all the rules that have to be followed and more about your new relationship with the living God. Hope I didn't offend.
What does John Alan Martinson Jr. bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
John always does a good job making the audiobooks easy to listen to. He has a smooth, calm, easy presentation that is easy to follow.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
There was a statement that most Jews don't understand Hebrew. I wanted him to elaborate on this because I thought a lot of Jews were highly encouraged to study Hebrew.