Join two born-again Christians exploring the Old City of Jerusalem without a tour group.
Experience the excitement of discovering the Hebraic roots of our Christian faith. Visit archaeological sites and museums that strengthen our faith. Discover Jewish holidays and learn their significance to Jesus and to us. Read about thriving churches in the Old City. Mingle with citizens of the Old City. Learn how to shop the souk and communicate with vendors. Hear the call of ancient stones from the Holy Land. Worship with us as we meet with God in churches, synagogues, mosques, tombs, tunnels, ramparts, and at the Western Wall.
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About the Author
Vicki fell in love with Israel while taking a course on the Geographical and Historical Settings of the Bible at Jerusalem University College. Excited about school again, she returned to Belleview Bible College in Westminster, Colorado. Her Master's thesis "History of the Relationship between the United States and Israel" merited Magna Cum Laude honors. She earned her doctorate in Practical Theology in Biblical Counseling from Master's Graduate School of Divinity in Evansville, Indiana.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Compelling, insightful, inspirational -- Far more than a travelogue, this marvelous book takes you along as a constant companion, tucked into the minds and hearts of Dr. Vicki and her husband David as they experience Jerusalem in all its modern/ancient history and complexity. Dr. Vicki's writing style is simultaneously compelling, entertaining, and educational, drawing you in and successfully lending a YOU ARE HERE WITH US ambiance to the journey. Her liberal use of footnotes, related Internet URLs, and transliterated/translated Hebrew prayers is both welcome and very useful to those new to the Jewish culture, religion, and heritage. Furthermore, Dr. Vicki and David are incredibly generous and transparent with the reader, sharing many of their thoughts, prayers, confidences, insecurities, successes, and blunders, making this a truly authentic rendering of a spiritual/emotional journey rather than a dry catalog of FIRST WE DID THIS, THEN WE DID THAT. The Recommended Reading and Index sections at the back of the book are most helpful, as are citations of sources for quoted material (what a relief to find sources footnoted in place, vs. having to flip back and forth to chapter notes elsewhere in the book). My one suggestion for the next edition would be the inclusion of one or more maps of Jerusalem and surrounding areas. Although this was Dr. Vicki's third trip to Jerusalem, readers new to the geography may find it hard to get a sense of distances traveled (although the difficulty of travel is vividly recounted), relative location of important religious and historical sites, etc. Altogether, a thoroughly satisfying and educational read -- highly recommended!
On Our Own In Jerusalem's Old City by Vicki Andree is a must-read for anyone who has ever dreamt of visiting Jerusalem, who has been there, or who has never even thought of traveling there. For those who long to visit the Old City, this book reads like a travelogue of places to go and people to see. Details rich in imagery and description abound, and scattered throughout the book are a treasure-trove of photographs which highlight the setting. Once you read this book, you will want to visit the city for yourself, taking this guide along with you so you can experience the romance and intrigue for yourself. For those who have already been to Jerusalem, this book will remind you of all the reasons you went in the first place, and taunt you with those secret and intimate moments you may have missed the first time around. Their self-guided tour of the Holy City revealed many moments and settings that combined to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Be prepared to book your return trip soon so you can recreate the same soul-touching experience. For those who have never thought of visiting the Holy Land, this book will ignite in you a desire and passion for these people and their culture. You can almost smell the coffee in the marketplace, feel the sun beating down on your neck, and touch the rough-hewn stones of the Wailing Wall, the olive garden, the ramparts, the cobblestone streets. This book transports the reader back in time to a timeless civilization, to a time of persecution and betrayal, and will open your eyes to the deep love of God for His people -- all His people. Join Vicki and her husband David as they explore their Hebraic roots during the vacation of a lifetime.