A Rabbi Looks at the Supernatural: A Revealing Look at Angels, Demons, Miracles, Heaven and Hell
By: Jonathan Bernis
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First Person • Non-Fiction • One Point of View • 180 Pages
About the Book (Backcover Blurb):
Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Bernis is known for exploring crucial topics, such as Jesus of Nazareth and the end times, from a unique and truly fascinating viewpoint. Here he does it again as he delves into the realm of the supernatural. Drawing from both Old and New Testaments, Bernis addresses seven specific areas–or “dualities”–of confusion and doubt for many Christians, offering a sound biblical perspective on topics including
– Good and evil: If God is so powerful, how did the devil get so strong?
– Sickness and healing: If God is a healer, why are people still sick?
– Heaven and hell: Are these places real? Who goes where?
– And more!
Through it all, Rabbi Bernis reveals the heart of a faithful God, encouraging you to embrace His supernatural working in your own life with confidence.
Why I Choose this Book:
I’ve read other books by Messianic Rabbis before and found them to have a perspective that I find very enlightening and interesting.
What I Thought about this Book:
The author takes a very strong Biblical stance – something for which I’m very thankful. He also does a good job of exploring what other people believe. In fact, he does such a good job of this that at first I wasn’t sure what his own set of beliefs about the origins of the world were. I appreciate the respectful way he talked about what others believe, and then pointed out flaws in different scenarios.
I’m glad I read the book, and there were times that it really held my attention, but for some reason it wasn’t exactly my cup of tea. I’m not even sure why that is – possibly because I never felt like I connected with the author, and when it comes to nonfiction books connecting with the author through their writing is very important to me.
Although there were a few places where I didn’t grasp 100% of what he was saying, for the most part the book was easy to understand. He did a good job of writing in fairly simple terms while not dumbing it down. He also quoted a lot of people and books.
One slightly strange thing to me is I don’t feel like I learned a lot from this book. I was reminded of things I already knew, and they were good reminders, but for the most part I felt like I had a good grasp on the information that was presented.
There were a few things I didn’t agree with 100%, but nothing huge comes to mind right now.
I’m giving A Rabbi Looks at the Supernatural 3 out of 5 stars, and 5 out of 10.
*I received this book from Chosen Books