I’ve recently found myself journeying down several side roads at once. One of these roads is a growing burden for God’s chosen people, the people of Israel. So I’ve started collecting and reading books about the Jews, who they are, their impact on the world, and what it means to relate with them as Christians.
I recently met author and blogger Sheryl Young through the world of LinkedIn.com. When Sheryl’s husband gave his life to Jesus, she thought, “How can I, a girl from a Jewish family, be married to a Christian?” She set out to prove the Gospel wrong. But the moment she really studied the Old Testament and dared to compare it with the New, everything changed. She fell in love with “Yeshua,” saw her Jewish heritage with new appreciative eyes, and realized the two could fit perfectly together.
Sheryl has written a book, What Every Christian Should Know About the Jewish People. She answers questions such as: Why is it imperative for every Christian to gain a fresh, love-filled perspective toward the Jewish people today? What makes a person consider him or herself Jewish? Do Jewish people really need to be converted?
Here’s a quick Q&A with Sheryl:
What was the driving force behind your writing this book for Christians – and not a book for Jewish people about Christ?
Since finding the Lord in 1987, so many Christians have asked me questions about the Jewish religion, Jesus’ Jewish upbringing, and why Jewish people find it hard to accept Jesus as the Messiah. Also, there have been recent times that churches have attempted to “evangelize the Jews” without learning about them first. I felt a strong calling to help Christians have more tools and knowledge for reaching out to the Jewish world community in friendship and love.
What are a few questions answered in your book?
I’m asked most often:
- Is Judaism a religion, a nationality or a culture?
- Why did Hitler target Jewish people and those who helped them in the Holocaust?
- How can I, as a Christian, defend Israel’s existence?
- When Jewish people accept Jesus, must they leave all their Jewishness behind?
- Can Christians relate to the Jewish holidays?
As a Jewish person, how did you come to know Jesus as your Messiah?
My family lived in an all-Christian neighborhood because of my father’s job. I really believed all the stories in the Torah (Jewish version of Old Testament), but I also wanted to know more about the Jesus my friends spoke of.
When we moved away from there, I forgot my desire for many years. Then, my grandparents died, and our family fell away from practicing Judaism. After I got married, my husband (whose mother was a Christian) just up and went to church one day. About two weeks later, he came home and said he’d accepted Jesus. So I went along to church, to see what it was about.
All those feelings came rushing back. But I still thought, I’m a Jewish girl, how can I accept Jesus? Then, the church had a revival and a Jewish believer in Jesus came to give her testimony and sing Messianic Jewish songs! That night, I gave my life to Christ.
More information about author Sheryl Young:
Sheryl has written professionally as a freelance author since 1997. Her articles and editorials have been seen in the Tampa Tribune, St. Pete Times and Florida Baptist Witness Newspapers; Light & Life, Today’s Christian Woman and Better Nutrition Magazines; “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” VISTA National Sunday School Curriculum, NewChristianVoices.com and most currently as Staff Writer for The Underground Online Christian Magazine.
Find details about How to Order “What Every Christian Should Know about the Jewish People” at her Blog. It is available (online only) at LifewayStores.com, Amazon.com and most other book-selling websites.