The Messianic Times Book of the Month: Don't Call Me Christian

01 July 2015 Written by 

The Messianic Times' Book of the Month for July is Paul Liberman and Jack Wasson's "Don't Call Me Christian."

Throughout the month of July, all the readers of The Messianic Times can read the first chapter of Liberman and Wasson's book for free.

When Jack Wasson first approached Paul Liberman with doing "his story," he was reluctant to say the least. As Wasson already knew, Paul is averse to anything that can be considered "self-promotion" or "self-glorification." Wasson convinced Paul to sit down with Wasson in his home and allow him to interview him with an MP3 digital recorder. Wasson pointed out that, at a minimum, it could be a historical record for his grandchildren. That was the argument that sealed the deal. So they began to conduct a series of very personal interviews. This is the final product of those interviews.

Paul Liberman believed in Destiny. He believed he had a Destiny. But what was behind Destiny? What made it work? Paul was obsessed with finding out. "I am certain there is more to life than can be seen," -Liberman. The Liberman family arrived in New York from Minsk, Belarus in 1906. Paul's grandfather, Bernard, was 12. The Liberman's derived from a European world that for centuries consisted of two populations -- Christians and Jews. Living side by side, but frequently in conflict, the line between the two groups was distinct -- observed by all and frequently legally enforced.

In 1918, Bernard founded the Liberman electrical supply company on the Southside of Chicago. Paul grew up working in the family business, but he sought more. Politics provided Paul's way of escape and led him to Washington, DC where he routinely interacted with Senators and Congressmen. He even found himself in the White House for meetings.
However, nothing in Washington satisfied or provided answers for his deepest longing. "How does destiny work? Who or what is behind it." This is the story of how one Jew found his answer.


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