Why would a rigidly Orthodox Austrian Jew, groomed to become a rabbi, jeopardize his career, suffer rejection by family and friends, struggle to send himself through Christian schools, and compel himself to be called a…Traitor?
As a young man, Jacob Gartenhaus experienced a growing unrest with the Orthodox Judaism of his heritage. After much searching for the truth as revealed in God’s Word, he was convinced that Jesus was the Messiah of his people and their only hope.
Overwhelmed with the joy of his new knowledge, Gartenhaus was determined to share the good news with his people. He was driven by two goals—to win Jews to the Savior and to fight anti-Semitism.
Following his graduation from Moody Bible Institute and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, he received a call from the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention to head the Department of Jewish Evangelism. For twenty-eight years while in that position he gained the respect of both Jewish and Christian leaders.
Gartenhaus was among the first who recognized Hitler’s true intentions preceding World War II, but he was called an “alarmist”and was asked to drop his “propaganda.” When his ministry began to expand into other countries. Dr. Gartenhaus founded International Board of Jewish Missions, Inc., a worldwide outreach that now includes many workers on six continents.
Dr. Gartenhaus’s exciting autobiography is a moving account of the cost, sacrifice, and dedication of his more than sixty years as a good-will ambassador to both Christians and Jews.