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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.