Throughout the month of November, all the readers of The Messianic Times can read the first chapter of Irene's compelling story for free.
"Through the Eyes of a Gentile" is the autobiography of Irene Laster and her search for God. In her book, Irene takes us through a journey from 1971 to 1985 as she struggled to raise her three sons, Alex, Paul and Michael. It's a story filled with trials and tribulations, drug and alcohol abuse, promiscuity and hatred of men, and ultimately, the discovery of God.
Upon turning her life over to serving Yeshua (Jesus), the Lord allowed Irene to experience personal deliverance, allowed every chain of bondage to be broken, and allowed her to experience many miracles. However, little did Irene know that this transformation would lead her to become a "Ruth" and serve the Jewish People.
In 1981, through an answer to prayer, God led Irene to a Messianic Jewish Synagogue where she found her true calling. As she continued to grow in Scriptural knowledge and understanding, the Lord opened up His Word to her concerning God's heart for Israel and the Jewish People. This revelation was like a removal of "blinders" and for the first time in her life she knew what God was asking of her; to become a "Ruth." As a result of this unique anointing, Irene has led a number of Jewish people to their Messiah and has touched many lives for the Kingdom of God.
Although she had no desire to remarry, the Lord had others plans and brought Irene her "Boaz." In 1985, Irene married Yossi Laster, a Messianic Jew, and their life together, serving the Jewish Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) began. The Lord blessed Irene and Yossi, giving them two beautiful children, Tovah and Joshua, who were raised as Messianic Jews. In 1986, Yossi adopted Irene's youngest son Michael, who became a Laster. Over the past 25 years, Rabbi Yossi Laster and Rebbetzin Irene Laster have led two different Messianic Jewish Synagogues in Texas and Florida.
Irene writes in the forward of her book, "As I finish this book, my husband Rabbi Yossi Laster, and I are leading a Messianic Jewish Synagogue in Lakeland, Florida. I have been walking with the Lord now for 37 years and have been in a Messianic Jewish synagogue since April 1981. After 34 years in the Messianic movement, I will attempt to bring clarification to what is happening within the Body of the Messiah—the Church. "
Irene has led many people to the Kingdom of God, seen the Lord deliver and heal scores of people, and has been involved in women's ministry, children's ministry, and dance ministries. She truly embodies what it means to be a "Ruth" and has steadfastly supported Messianic Judaism for over three decades. The Lord has given her many opportunities to share with Jewish People, including Holocaust Survivors and Rabbis. As a result of her love for the Jewish People and profound insight into the Scriptures, the Lord has used her to bring many of Abraham's children into the Kingdom.
Join Irene on this amazing journey as she takes readers back through the most pivotal moments in her life, weaving in the truths that God has opened her eyes to and as she witnesses to how The Lord can turn all things for our good.