Friday, February 15, 2013

Review: Christmas for Joshua

Christmas for Joshua
Christmas for Joshua by Avraham Azrieli

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"Christmas for Joshua" by Avaham Azrieli is the story of Rusty Dinwall, a convert to Judaism for the love of his wife Rebecca. Rusty is a prominent doctor who also serves as the president of the board for his local synagogue. He and his wife seem to be leading a calm, loving life until they find out that their daughter Debra is marrying an Orthodox young man that she met in college. While the Dinwalls had raised their daughter in a Reform congregation, Debra has decided that she also wants to live in an Orthodox way.

Although the marriage is a sudden event, Rusty and Rebecca are okay with it. Until Rusty's life turns upside down at Debra's wedding. After that, Rusty is put on a spiritual journey that helps him better understand and accept where he has come from and where he wants to be. It's not easy, and not everyone understands what he is going through, but it is a journey that he must make, no matter what the consequences may be.

While this is a very different book than the other novels the author has penned, it still has the same intensity and draws the reader in until the very last page. It is not a thriller or adventure like his other books, but it is a journey that takes the main characters through questioning their most basic feelings on love, religion and how it all comes together with family and friends. It is certainly an interesting story that I would recommend to anyone.

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