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Schoeman, a Jewish convert to Catholicism, and best-selling author of Salvation Is From The Jews, once again shows the clear links between Judaism and Catholicism in these inspiring stories of sixteen Jews who became "fulfilled Jews", as Schoeman says, through their spiritual journeys to the Catholic Church. Using the rich image in Psalm 81 for the book's title, the author shows how God gave the Jews at Meribah refreshing water from the rock struck by Moses, but He promised ever so much more when they turn their whole hearts to Him - he will give them honey, sweetness itself, from the rock. The sweetness of Christ.
The sixteen people whose stories are told here are a variety of Jews, including some who came from secularized, liberal or even atheistic backgrounds, while others came from Orthodox Judaism, or even Hasidism. Some were well trained Jews, others unschooled in Judaism; some rich and wildly successful, others down and out. But their common link was they all had a profound longing for God that gave them no peace until they found God Himself in the Catholic Church.
Some of these converts are famous people like Edith Stein, Alphonse Ratisbonne, Karl Stern, and Rabbi Zolli, while others are less well known, but all have powerful stories of life-changing spiritual transformations.
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Each of these men and women found their way "home" to the Catholic Church against all odds. Why would a Jew or a Jewish atheist become a devout Catholic? These stories of conversion speak powerfully to us in a time when atheism is celebrated as the "in" thing smart people do. For Catholics who want to fall in love with their Church again and for non-Catholics who want to know what the big deal is about belonging to the Catholic Church this book is a must read. As one who made "the journey home" from the Presbyterian denomination (a former pastor!), I found new insights into the beautiful faith I am learning more about all the time.