My jesus year by benyamin cohen
My Jesus Year: A Rabbis Son Wanders the Bible Belt in Search of His Own Faith by Benyamin CohenOne day a Georgia-born son of an Orthodox rabbi discovers that his enthusiasm for Judaism is flagging. He observes the Sabbath, he goes to synagogue, and he even flies to New York on weekends for a series of speed dates with nice, eligible Jewish girls. But, something is missing. Looking out of his window and across the street at one of the hundreds of churches in Atlanta, he asks, What would it be like to be a Christian?
So begins Benyamin Cohens hilarious journey that is My Jesus Year—part memoir, part spiritual quest, and part anthropologists mission. Among Cohens many adventures (and misadventures), he finds himself in some rather unlikely places: jumping into the mosh-pit at a Christian rock concert, seeing his face projected on the giant JumboTron of an African-American megachurch, visiting a potential convert with two young Mormon missionaries, attending a Christian professional wrestling match, and waking up early for a sunrise Easter service on top of Stone Mountain—a Confederate memorial and former base of operations for the KKK.
During his year-long exploration, Cohen sees the best and the worst of Christianity—from megachurches to storefront churches; from crass commercialization of religion to the simple, moving faith of the humble believer; from the profound to the profane to the just plain laughable. Throughout, he keeps an open heart and mind, a good sense of humor, and takes what he learns from Christianity to reflect on his own faith and relationship to God. By years end, to Cohens surprise, his search for universal answers and truths in the Bible Belt actually make him a better Jew.
My Jesus Year: A Rabbi's Son Wanders the Bible Belt in Search of His Own Faith, with Benyamin Cohen
By pereka Books June 30, I do not generally give bad reviews about books. I get a look into the world of megachurches and revival tents. Enlightenment by the last page. These are great things for a book to take my mind off of other pressing matters, right? Where there should be humor, there are nudge-nudge-wink-wink pop culture references.
One day the Georgia-born son of an Orthodox rabbi discovers that his enthusiasm for Judaism is flagging. The resulting witty memoir should appeal to Christians and Jews alike as well as Wiccans, Jains and Bahais, for that matter. One need not be Jewish, Christian or even a seeker to enjoy this wonderful loop around the Bible Belt. Amen to that. Benyamin Cohen is the son of an Orthodox rabbi who married a Methodist minister's daughter who converted to Judaism.