Book Reviews

Taming The Tongue

Mark S. Kinzer

Taming the Tongue “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21).  Jewish teaching on the use of the tongue is very explicit – our speech has tremendous potential for good or for evil.  The tongue has been at the forefront of Jewish ethical concerns (mussar) since the nineteenth century and continues to be a concern today. This book “Taming the Tongue,” contributes to Judaism's ongoing conversation about the laws and principles of speech from a Messianic perspective.  As a former Hebrew Christian turned Messianic...

The Return of the Remnant

By: Librarian Joyce

Messianic Judaism has had a long and tumultuous history.  The first mention of a Messianic Congregation was in Jerusalem after the ascension of Yeshua.  The worship style was characteristically Jewish and its congregants were Jewish. From these humble beginnings has grown a movement that reaches around the world.

But it has not been an easy road. Following the decree of the Nicean Council of 325 C.E., Jewish believers in Yeshua lost the option of living and worshiping as Jews.  They were either forced to join Gentile churches renouncing their Jewish faith,...

30 Days to Taming Your Tongue

Author: Deborah Smith Pegues

By: Librarian Joyce 

As the writer of James says “No man can tame the tongue.” No amount of resolutions, self-talk or other man-made efforts can tame this unruly member. Only when it is bridled and brought into submission by God's Spirit daily will it be controlled.

Deborah Smith Peques in her book “30 Days to Taming Your Tongue” provides tips and insight on how to tame this unruly member.  Chapters are devoted to overcoming the “Belittling Tongue, Hasty Tongue, Tactless Tongue” as well as twenty-seven more! She challenges...

G-d's Appointed Customs

G-d's Appointed Customs

Barney Kasdan

By: Liberian Joyce 
Every culture has its traditions, even non-traditional cultures have established their own “new traditions.”  This book “G-d's Appointed Customs” discusses and explains customs which many people may consider “Jewish” when in fact they are actually “biblical” customs. The result being that the “Christian Church” has rejected certain Biblical customs and substituted non-biblical ones. The author felt it was important to present a balanced approach in understanding the richness and spirituality of these traditions, so as not to create a “spirit of legalism.”  This...