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Saturday People, Sunday People [Hardcover]

Lela Gilbert

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3 Jan 2013
Saturday People, Sunday People is a unique portrait of Israel as seen through the eyes of a Christian who came for a visit and has stayed on for more than six years. Long fascinated by a land that has become an abstraction centering on international conflicts of epic proportions, Lela Gilbert arrived in Israel on a personal pilgrimage in August 2006--in the midst of a raging war. What she found was a vibrant country, enlivened by warm-hearted, lively people of great intelligence and decency. Saturday People, Sunday People tells the story of the real Israel and of real Israelis--ordinary and extraordinary--and the energetic rhythm of their lives, even during times of tragedy and terror. The book interweaves a memoir of Gilbert's experiences with Israel's people and places, alongside a rich account of past and present events that continue to shape the lives of Israelis and the world beyond their borders. As she watched events unfold in the Middle East, Gilbert witnessed how the simplest facts turned into lies, from denial of the existence of a Jewish Temple in Jerusalem to the characterization of Israel's defensive border fence as "Apartheid." Then Gilbert learned of a story that had all but vanished into history: the persecution and pogroms that drove more than 850,000 Jews from Muslim lands between 1948 and 1970--the "Forgotten Refugees." Their experience is now repeating itself among Christian communities in those same Muslim countries. This cruel pattern embodies the Islamist slogan calling for the elimination of "First the Saturday people, then the Sunday people."

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Lela Gilbert is a free-lance writer and editor who has authored or co-authored more than sixty published books. Her work includes Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians (co-authored, Thomas Nelson, 2013), Blind Spot: When Journalists Don't Get Religion (co-authored, Oxford University Press, 2008), and Baroness Cox: Eyewitness to a Broken World (Lion-Hudson, 2007). She is a contributor to numerous news publications including the Jerusalem Post, The Weekly Standard, Jewish World Review, and National Review Online (NRO). An adjunct fellow at Hudson Institute, she lives in Jerusalem and California.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, Important, and a Pleasure to Read 31 Dec 2012
By Arlen Boettner - Published on
Lela Gilbert traveled to Israel in 2006 and, after finding herself in the middle of a war, decided to stay for six years. As she assimilated into the new cultural environment, she also recorded observations about the many conflicts affecting the region. Saturday People, Sunday People vividly describes her experiences abroad, offering a fresh perspective on a country that is often misunderstood or misrepresented in the West. The author interweaves fascinating personal experiences with unfiltered accounts of issues she covered as a journalist. The title of the book refers not only to her experience as a Christian among Jews, but -- perhaps more importantly -- to the threat that both Christians and Jews face from radical Islamists.

What is most refreshing about this book is that Ms. Gilbert tells her story without resorting to any biases or presuppositions. Her writing voice is honest and humble, but also direct and insightful, making for an enjoyable read. It would be a worthwhile read for people of any faith or background.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars no wonder she has written 60 books...great read... 15 Dec 2012
By sarah - Published on
It was so interesting to read about Israel through a Christian's eyes. Even though I have visited Israel many times, I learned so much about an Israel that one never hears about...I laughed, I cheered and wept...what an easy and wonderful read..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Islamic Extremists Pose an Existential Threat to Jews and Chrisitans 8 Jan 2013
By David Thomson - Published on
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Lela Gilbert is appalled by the world's indifference towards the persecution of Jews and Christians by Muslim extremists in the Hold Land and other areas of the world. Followers of Christ seem particularly unconcerned, and often prefer to ignore the crisis. They sometimes even wrongly blame Israeli Jews for their plight. The Saturday and Sunday people are gradually being pushed out of the Middle East. Can this disturbing trend be reversed? Gilbert has provided us with abundant evidence. Will her warnings be heeded?
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving and brilliantly reported story 25 Feb 2013
By David Aikman - Published on
Lela Gilbert's book is a mesmerizing account of a Christian living in Israel at a very perilous moment in that country's history. She introduces us to "settlers" -- Jews living in communities in the West Bank -- who manage to live a richly rewarding cultural and faith life in the face of dangerous security risks and sometimes incomprehension from some secular fellow-Israelis. She also writes honestly about the Palestinians she met. Many of them are refugees from an Arab world that has become increasinly hostile to people of Christian faith.
Lela is a Christian who arrived right in the middle of the war with Hezbollah of Lebanon in 2006. She loves the Jewish people and indicates from her reporting how the tribulation some of them have been through may be the next thing in store for the region's Christians. She reports eloquently, honestly, and graciously on Israelis from all ranks and backgrounds to whom she openend herself up as a humble visitor to their country who was willing to learn -- without any preconceptions.
I've read many books by Christians about Israel. I'd say this is easily the best so far.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent: an outsider's objectivity mixed with an insider's knowledge. 28 Jan 2013
By M. MacConnell - Published on
Lela Gilbert writes as though she's lived in the Holy Land her entire life. She has a natural, graceful, lyrical prose, but what marks her as a truly gifted writer is her professional, almost surgical precision... there is no superfluous fluff here. Description is accurate, observation calm and imagery moving. This is less a book than a song; a ballad which she has lovingly--but not uncritically--composed for her adoptive homeland.

I strong, STRONGLY urge others to buy and read this book. This is the ONLY way to understand Israel. Encounter it as a political scientist, a scholar, a poet and a romantic, all that the same time.

Bravo Ms. Gilbert!
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