Book Review: Reclaiming Our Forgotten Heritage: How Understanding the Jewish Roots of Christianity Can Transform Your Faith, by Curt Landry
While not a bad book, I did not find Reclaiming Our Forgotten Heritage: How Understanding the Jewish Roots of Christianity Can Transform Your Faith that helpful. As such, I read through the first half and skimmed the second half. The book is primarily about the author’s journey of faith. The author presents the belief that what worked for him should be normative for all Christ followers.
The author was abandoned by his parents and adopted by a couple where the husband was Catholic and the wife was Jewish, although neither practiced their faith. Because of that background, the author struggled into adulthood seeking to understand his identity and where he belonged. After coming to faith in Christ, he reconnected with his birth father and learned his birth mother was Jewish. These facts gave him a desire to know more about his Jewish heritage. In turn, he began to see how the roots of Christianity are rooted in Judaism. Today, the author leads a charismatic ministry that seeks to be a bridge between Israel and the church.
The author goes beyond his testimony to stress that what helped him grow spiritually should become normative for all believers. He and his wife follow the Jewish calendar and practice the Jewish feasts. He believes that the Old Testament Covenants with their promised blessings and curses apply to Christians. If the church would observe and practice them, then we too would find fulfillment and blessing. The author also alludes to charismatic theology with the practice of signs and miracles and a sense of a name-it-and-claim-it approach to prayer.
The book was not what I expected and I would not recommend it.
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