“Like a Pelting Rain is a fine survey of philosophical positions and world views. Readers will benefit greatly from the author’s treatment, based solidly as it is in the perspective of classic Reformation theology.”
John Warwick Montgomery, Ph.D., D.Theol., LL.D.
Professor Emeritus of Law and Humanities, University of Bedfordshire, England
Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy, Concordia University Wisconsin, U.S.A.
“Read it thoroughly. We concur on the wrong turns taken in the last half-millennium by our Christian-Western civilization. You have written a wonderful little book.”
Patrick J. Buchanan
Political Analyst, Washington, D.C.
“Few historians and theologians have a better grasp of world history and what is the making of the modern man than Roland Cap Ehlke.”
Rev. Herman Otten
“Thank you for your work Like a Pelting Rain. I found it a quick-moving overview of the history of ideas that have shaped Western thought and thus very useful. I’ve shared parts of it with my 13 and 15 year old daughters who, likewise, have appreciated its pithy presentation.”
Dr. John J. Bombaro
Pastor at Grace Lutheran Church, San Diego, U. S. Navy chaplain
“This concise historical treatment of the history of the creation of modem Israel is unique and distinctive among the related titles that preceded its publication. Bartfeld, a ‘Palmachnik’ (Palmach veteran), offers many insightful memories and details of pre-state resistance activities and military operations during the Israeli War of Independence. Co-author, Reverend Dr. Ehlke, is a student of Israeli history and companion of the late Bartfeld.”
“This is, perhaps, the best introductory study of how Israel came into being for anyone unfamiliar with the country’s history and origin. The narrative proceeds in chronological order, covering the emergence of Zionism as the ideological basis of the state; the British Government’s Balfour Declaration during WWI, which supported the establishment of a national homeland for the Jews in Palestine; life as it developed under the British mandate; ensuing violent episodes initiated by the native Arab population and the Yishuv’ s reaction; the activities of the Palmach; the emergence of the state and the subsequent War of Independence. Appendices offer a set of useful data on Ottoman Turkish census figures, key data, and key personalities.”
Sanford R. Silverburg, writing for the Association of Jewish Libraries Reviews
Catawba College, Salisbury, NC
“This thin volume has many claims to substance and uniqueness. First of all, it is a collaboration between an Israeli veteran of both the pre-State Jewish-Arab-British conflicts and the War of Independence, and an American Lutheran pastor and college professor who studied for a year at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University and has traveled extensively through the Mideast.”
“As such, it presents the combined perspective of the late Bartfeld, an avowed Zionist who served in the elite striking force known as the Palmach, and Ehlke, a non-Zionist who shares Bartfeld’s aspiration for peace and dignity for “both Arabs and Jews.” That perspective enables the authors to present a predominantly factual, objective survey of the foundations of political Zionism, the roughly three decades of the British Palestine Mandate, and the tumultuous first year of the embattled State of Israel.”
Writer/Editor, Government Executive
“Thanks for the privilege of reading your book. It was well written and held my interest. I think I now “get” the whole Israeli/Palestinian War and why there’s a PLO. I watched and read the book Exodus by Leon Uris—now I finally understand it. Will have to watch movie again now that I “get” it. Great read!”
“Dr. Ehlke’s monograph was well received at Elm Grove Lutheran. My original order of 25 copies had to be increased because of the great interest engendered by the Sunday morning study. Content provides a quick but thorough overview of the main teachings and emphases of the religions that are treated in the book. Highly recommend Christianity, Cults, and World Religions for any study group that is serious about the learning process.”
Pastor Larry W. Myers
Elm Grove, Wisconsin
“summarizes complex world religions quite succinctly and . . . accurately. Thank you for your work on this booklet.”
Joshua Odell, Lutheran Pastor
Eagle River, Wisconsin
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“Thank you for this study of the Book of Job. You moved us through this profound Book of Scripture in a captivating and meaningful manner. Our classes considered various sections of the text and were then led into deeper conversations which centered in on suffering in view of the cross of our Lord and Savior.”
“This little volume is a compact, but comprehensive overview of the major themes of Scripture. It is organized in a way that is helpful for someone who finds the Bible a ‘new’ book and for those who have a deeper understanding. I have used this book in a college classroom setting, in adult Bible class in my congregation, and personally for my own study. It has not disappointed me.”
Rev. Dr. Daniel P. Czaplewski, M.A., M.Div., Ed.D.
"The Bible: God Speaks to Us is a little gem, filled with wonderful snippets of information about the Bible. It is broken down by the books of the Bible—Genesis through Revelation. Under each book of the Bible, you are given a little historical overview of that book, timelines, and the main Biblical characters featured in it. This is a perfect book to supplement your study of the Bible. Whether you are just beginning your walk with God or someone well acquainted with the Bible, you will love the ease of reading this . . . I’d call it the Bible in a nutshell."
“This is a very helpful introduction to the core beliefs of Islam as well as the challenges they pose to the Christian faith. Everything essential to thinking about Islam in our pluralistic age is covered here in clear and concise prose.”
Dr. Adam Francisco, noted Lutheran authority on Islam
Concordia University, Irvine, CA