The Bridge Builder {Review and Giveaway}

I am fascinated hearing from people…about their lives, their travels…what makes them tick. I was very interested to read this book when I first heard about it! I looked around on social media a bit and came across the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews  YouTube channel. He talks about the moment he decided to do what he is doing, bringing Christians and Jews together. It was a very simple moment.

The book is called The Bridge Builder and it was written by Zef Chafets who is the bestselling author of fourteen books of fiction, media criticism, and social and political commentary. He has been a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine and is a former columnist for the New York Daily News.

zev chafetsThis is an authorized biography of the life and continuing legacy of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, who is founder and President of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews and Goodwill Ambassador for the State of Israel. He has devoted more than 35 years to building bridges of understanding between Christians and Jews and broad support for the State of Israel. He is recognized as the world’s leading Jewish authority on evangelical Christians. Rabbi Eckstein received Orthodox Rabbinic ordination for Yeshiva University in New York. He holds master’s degrees from Yeshiva University and Columbia University, where he also completed studies for his doctorate. Rabbi Eckstein has served on the faculties of Columbia University, Chicago Theological Seminary, and Northern Baptist Sminary. He currently serves on the executive committee of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

the bridge builder book coverThe International Fellowship of Christians and Jews was founded in 1983 by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein to promote understanding between Jews and Christians and build broad support for Israel and other shared concerns.  Their ministry’s vision is that Jews and Christians will reverse their 2,000-year history of discord and replace it with a relationship marked by dialogue, respect, and cooperation.  Among the many things they do as an organization, they also create materials for teaching about the significance of connecting Israel and Christianity through such resources as A Woman of Valor: Celebrating The Proverbs 31 Women In Our Lives, A Man Of Faith: Reflections On Godly Leadership From The Ancient Shepherds Of Israel (both devotionals by Rabbi Eckstein), and Seven Fruits of Israel: Recipes And Devotions From The Holy Land (by Yael Eckstein).

The website is very informative. They even have a Hebrew word of the day! I love stuff like that! You know, us homeschooling parents are giddy about something new. 😀

international fellowship of christians and jews

The book starts out in 1989 and continues the story of Rabbi Eckstein and his family, travels and works trying to bring two religions together. In the book are included photos that show a little about all of these things. It was a very interesting read! I will definitely be holding on to this book to read again in the future. It is nice reading about people wanting to fix things rather than tear them apart…

If this book seems interesting to you too, you are in luck! You can enter the contest below to win your own copy! 🙂 If you enter but don’t end up winning, feel free to purchase your own here on Amazon!

The Bridge Builder {Review and Giveaway}

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One Response to The Bridge Builder {Review and Giveaway}

  1. Jenn Sinness says:

    Sounds fascinating! I’d love to read this.

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