From Matzah Balls to Communion Wafers: How a not so Kosher Jewish Girl Fell in Love with Jesus
From Matzah Balls to Communion Wafers recounts Gail’s journey to marry her Jewish heritage to her newfound Christian faith. Her story will resonate with women–mothers, daughters, wives–as it details how her faith carried her through difficulties with her parents, struggles as a mother, marital conflicts, and rejection from her community.
I would recommend this book to any Christian who loves a good conversion story. Since Gail is a logical woman who was converted by her curiosity versus a proselytizer, I would also recommend the book to Christian-curious Jewish or agnostic people.
One powerful element that will resonate with women is Gail’s agony as her son battled depression, poor academic performance, and behavioral problems in school. Knowing that he was an intelligent child, Gail and her family spent years trying to uncover the root of his problems. Her anguish forced her to search Judaism for meaning and purpose, and that worked for awhile. She found hope in the idea that her God had preserved the Jewish people for centuries and that he would preserve her through her tribulations as well. But soon, this wasn’t enough; she was swimming in hopelessness again. She realized that her God lacked one thing–he had never felt abandoned. This challenge led her to Jesus. Because Jesus was betrayed, forsaken, and murdered, Gail could identify with him, and her Christian “walk” began. However, confessing her new-found faith would change everything. Gail had to face her Jewish parents, her agnostic husband, not to mention her Jewish community. She even had to reconcile historical elements; Christians had rejected and punished Jewish people in the name of Jesus for centuries. She’d have to engage fundamentalist Christians even though she had been raised liberal. She didn’t always agree with these people in her life; she wrote that “the mere act of stepping into another’s shoes and seeing the world through their eyes keeps us humble.”
While Gail’s faith journey is both intriguing and hopeful, her flashbacks tend to take place unexpectedly. For instance, the book begins by telling a story about Gail during her teenage years; a school friend tells her that she will go to Hell because she is Jewish. The next re-telling jumps to 18 years later: Gail is distraught over her son and is seeking answers in a bookstore. The section after that is called “Early Recollections,” where Gail recalls some family history. Because some sections have various stories that are not in chronological order, readers may find themselves rereading or cross-checking for clarity.
Besides the previously mentioned issues, readers of Christian memoirs would enjoy this book. It is relatable and encourages hope in the midst of despair.
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|Page Count||250 pages|
|Publisher||Worthy Publishing Company|
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|Category||Biographies & Memoirs|