Surprised by Christ: My Journey from Judaism to Orthodox Christianity

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Conciliar Press, May 1, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 335 pages
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Raised in Queens, New York by formerly Orthodox Jewish parents, Arnold Bernstein went on his own personal quest for the God he instinctively felt was there. He was ready to accept God in whatever form He chose to reveal Himself-and that form turned out to be Christ. But Bernstein soon perceived discrepancies in the various forms of Protestant belief that surrounded him, and so his quest continued-this time for the true Church. With his Jewish heritage as a foundation, he studied and evaluated, and eventually came to the conclusion that the faith of his forefathers was fully honored and brought to completion only in the Orthodox Christian Church. Surprised by Christ combines an engrossing memoir of one man's life in historic times and situations-from the Six-Day War to the Civil Rights Movement to the Jesus Movement in Berkeley-with a deeply felt examination of the distinctives of Orthodox theology that make the Orthodox Church the true home not only for Christian Jews, but for all who seek to who seek to know God as fully.

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User Review  - maureene87 - LibraryThing

The story of a manís religious journey from Judaism through 1960′s Protestantism, to Orthodoxy. Very clearly written, with both an interesting personal story and some really good theological ... Read full review

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User Review  - Paul - Goodreads

An excellent book by a quiet but very good mind. The first half is the story of his journey. The second half contained one of the best articulations of the fundamental differences between the eastern ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Father Arnold James Bernstein lives with his wife Bonnie outside of Seattle, Washington, where he serves as pastor of St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church.

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