Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Tallit by Charlie Kluge

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The Tallit
by Charlie Kluge

ISBN-13: 9781629987330
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Charisma House
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Book Description, Modified from NetGalley:
To some people the tallit, also called a prayer shawl, is a sacred garment worn during special occasions. To others it is a mysterious object full of symbolism and hidden meaning. This book will help readers experience the significance of the prayer shawl as it symbolically represents God’s presence, healing, love, and forgiveness.

Dr. Kluge uses personal stories and scripture to explore the mystery, explain the history, and reveal the modern meaning and application of the Jewish prayer shawl.

My Review:
The Tallit talks about the prayer shawl, its symbolism, and stories of its use in the Bible and modern times. The author described the origins of the tallit, the modern prayer shawl, and how it's used. He talked about the different parts of the prayer shawl and their symbolism. He also mentioned legends about the tallit that are speculation yet he finds interesting.

The author stated that the tallit is a sacred object that is special because of what it symbolizes and reminds the wearer of, but it has no power in itself. He then went on to tell many stories of powerful things that he's seen happen while wearing or under a tallit. Much of the book was the author's thoughts on a variety of subjects including prayer, fasting, God's voice, being still and listening, seeking God, being humble, spiritual warfare, Israel, and the Last Days.

The author is a Messianic Jew, so he talked about how Yeshua's miracles point to him being the Messiah. He pointed out mentions of Yeshua wearing a tallit and how Yeshua fulfills the symbolism of the tallit. He also included his testimony about the many events that moved him toward accepting Yeshua as the Messiah. Overall, I had hoped for a little more about the tallit in biblical times, but maybe there isn't that much to say.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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