From Matzah Balls to Communion Wafers: How a not so Kosher Jewish Girl Fell in Love with Jesus

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Matzo Balls to Communion Wafers is an intriguing memoir written by Gail Baker detailing her own spiritual journey from Judaism to Christianity. A Jewish girl at heart, she grew up in the Bible Belt of Columbia, South Carolina in a secular Jewish family. She married her husband, Steve, who is a Greek agnostic. Baker did not question her spirituality much until her son, Michael, at the age of 9, started having behavioral issues. Michael was dealing with depression, oppositional issues, an eating disorder, and, eventually, drug addiction in college. Due to her own suffering stemming from her son’s ongoing issues, her father’s Parkinson’s disease and later death, and her mother’s declining health, Baker wasn’t able to find any comfort in Judaism. Afraid of the backlash from her Jewish community, she started secretly studying Christianity. She eventually found the love of God and the teachings of Christianity offered her the solace she needed. When she finally revealed to her loved ones that she has accepted the teachings of Christianity, she found it very difficult because the three people with whom she was closest (her husband, her dad, and her mom) took it the hardest.

Gail Baker is clearly a gifted writer. She writes with such candidness, beauty, and eloquence, it’s like reading poetry at times. In her writing, it is evident that she is very knowledgeable about Judaism and Christianity; she personally studied it intensively for years. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the stories relating to her upbringing, her family–the more personal aspect of her memoir. The parts I didn’t enjoy so much were all the extensive quotes from theologians because at times it was overwhelming and laborious to read. Throughout the book, some of the parts could feel a bit disjointed because Baker was bouncing from one idea to the next, especially the parts where she would weave between her personal stories and religious references. I read the eBook format of the book, and the print or page set-up reads more like an essay. There were no chapters but rather sections that read like short essays.

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Author Gail Baker
Star Count 3.5/5
Format eBook
Page Count 250 pages
Publisher Worthy Publishing Company
Publish Date 2019-Mar-01
ISBN 9780305201902
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Issue March 2019
Category Biographies & Memoirs
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