02 October 2013

Why Still Care About Israel? by Sandra Teplinsky, Book review

Publisher: Chosen Books; Upd Rev edition (September 1, 2013)
ISBN-13: 978-0800795290


Could you be asking all the wrong questions about Israel?
Conversation about the Arab-Israeli conflict usually starts by asking if God is for or against the Jewish state--or Palestinians, Arabs or Muslims. In this updated and urgent book, Sandra Teplinsky, an American-Israeli Jewish believer, shows why many Christians are asking the wrong questions about Israel. With gracious honesty and solid biblical insight, she unravels the mystery and controversy of Israel-- 

and shows how it impacts you--by taking you into the Lord's passion for all humankind.  

Here are my thoughts:

The past, present and future of Israel has fascinated the world for centuries. 
Somehow, despite or perhaps because of conflicts and difference of opinions, each of us seem to be tied in some way to God's chosen people. 

With a considerable amount of time in front of me (remember dry dock?) I felt this past month would be just right for this review. 
As it turned out, with the extensive amount of information to process, 'Why Still Care About Israel' was much more informative than I ever anticipated! 

An American-Israeli Jewish believer, Sandra Teplinsky uses her ample writing skills and theological background to underline why Christians and other believers should in fact pray and care about Israel.
Using both the Old and the New Testament Sandra illustrates God's love for Israel is as strong today as it was during the old biblical times.

There is no doubt the author deeply cares also about the Arab-Palestinian views, witnessed through her writing on the subject of Palestinian Christians. However she also consistently keeps her objectivity as demonstrated in her passionate point of view regarding Israel's future.

As a mere student of the Word, I found considerable help in reviewing this book using the Bible and unless you are a re known scholar, so will you!  None the less, the extended footnotes provided by the author promise to be of invaluable importance to anyone contemplating the future, let me rephrase this, our future! For somehow, it is written...

As God's children, we are all in this together!

 A great addition to any church library and bible studies, I give it 5 stars! 

About the Author:

Sandra Teplinsky has been in Messianic Jewish ministry since 1979. She is president and founder of Light of Zion, a Messianic outreach to Israel and the Church based in California and Jerusalem. From an Orthodox Jewish background, Sandra obtained a J.D. from Indiana University School of Law, B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois, and Bible training from Talbot Seminary in Los Angeles.

Sandra is an ordained minister and international conference speaker. She has taught Bible college-level courses and church seminars about the relationship between Israel and the Church. She has mobilized prayer for Israel and the Middle East in many nations. Together with her husband, she developed intercessory prayer groups and humanitarian aid projects in Jewish evangelism in the former Soviet Union.

A former attorney, Sandra has authored several books and articles about Israel and the Church, including Israel's Anointing (Chosen Books, 2008); Why Care About Israel? (Chosen Books, 2004); The Blessing of Israel (2002); and Out of the Darkness: The Untold Story of Jewish Revival in the Former Soviet Union (1998). She has been a frequent guest speaker on international television and radio. She and her family maintain their primary residence in the Jerusalem area.

For more visit Light of Zion's website (HERE) and blog (HERE).

I received a paperback copy of this title from CHOSEN BOOKS - BETHANY HOUSE PUBLISHERS as part of their blogger review program . I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255 'Guides concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising. I was not asked to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are entirely my own. 


  1. This isn't the type of book I would naturally go for. Yet really, perhaps I should start reading things out of my norm.
    So much to read, so little time!

    1. I would describe myself first of all as having a very eclectic notion of literature Tracey. I was taught our future is directly linked to the outcome of Israel's future one way or the another. Whilst politics and religion were two subjects never allowed to be discussed in my grandfather's home (we have always been an international family), it was also stressed to forgive, never forget and be prepared...
      I can't wait to pick up my nice little pile of books at the library and the postal hold!


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