Divinely Inspired is a memoir and a prequel to my not so fictional novel Messiah Interviews.
Both of my titles have been listed on the Authors Den for some time now. There has been interest in the books and readers have clicked thru to our website, www.shechinahthirdtemple.org and to various commercial sites like Amazon. No one has purchased signed books on the Authors Den. I decided to include the many summarized reviews we have received for these titles to give readers an idea what they can expect when they read the books and why they should invest and buy them. I would be interested in readers thoughts by emailing me at either jerrypollock.bellsouth.net or thirdtemple.bellsouth.net
Reviews for Messiah Interviews
“The Heavenly Beings that were questioning Yoseph were also interviewing other more perfect beings for the role of Messiah. Personally, I felt that the main character, Yoseph, in the book would be more qualified to lead us into the Messianic Age because of his imperfections and lessons that he experienced through his life. As I read Messiah Interviews I learned so much about biblical events and about my own spiritual beliefs. Previously, I had no knowledge about the Shechinah Third Temple, and limited knowledge of the Old Testament. It was also interesting for me to learn more about Jewish beliefs. I feel that my knowledge has greatly increased since reading this book, and I find myself interested in learning more. The author, Jerry J. Pollock, is a man of science. It was fascinating to see how he combined his scientific knowledge with his spiritual beliefs. This made him even more credible in my eyes. As Yoseph was interviewed, he teaches us through his answers. As I was contemplating his responses to some very in-depth questions, I found myself questioning what my own personal responses would be. I found this to be especially true when I read his answers regarding the Ten Commandments. I found the Messiah Interviews by Jerry J. Pollock, Ph.D., to be profoundly thought-provoking and feel that readers who are on their spiritual journey will truly benefit from having read this book.”
Paige Lovitt, Reader Views (11/2008)
“I heartedly recommend my good friend, Jerry Pollock’s Messiah Interviews. Although Jerry’s expertise in secular science and psychoanalysis and my expertise in Chassidic Rabbinics does not necessarily allow us to share the same theological outlook in life, I so respect Jerry’s quest for truth and his longing to see the Moshiach(Messiah); so much so that I sincerely hope the Messiah Interviews serves as an inspiration to all.”
Lubavitch Rabbi Adam Stein, Chabad at Stony Brook University (12/2008)
“A unique and revealing book. I found the biographical events to be very interesting and revealing once I completely understood them. The interview form that the majority of the book is written in is definitely unique and creative. I enjoy the fact that the author tied true biographical events and self discovery into the process as it made for very interesting reading. Messiah Interviews: Belonging to God is recommended for those who enjoy books on religion, spirituality, and self-examination, intermixed with the element of fiction.”
Kam Aures, RebeccasReads (9/2008)
“What lies in the future of humanity after it breathes its final breath? Messiah Interviews: Belonging to God is Jerry Pollock’s spiritual journey of dealing with the uncertainty of what awaits him at the ultimate end of the road. Calling for readers to make their own choices, he offers his opinion on the matter and hopes to give food for thought when deciding. Messiah Interviews is a different sort of book on the afterlife, highly recommended.”
Midwest Book Review (11/2008)
“A book that asks us to reflect on our values and make a positive contribution to the world. In the Messiah Interviews: Belonging to God, the main character, Yoseph readily confesses his limitations to his biblical interviewers ―the angel Gabriel, Methuselah, Chanoch, Seth, King David, Moses, Jacob, Abraham and the prophet Isaiah―making amends for past discretions. What follows is a poignant and engaging conversation that challenges readers to look honestly at their flaws, examine their assumptions, values and beliefs, and be guided by a Higher source. In telling the story, Pollock explores both his intellect and his heart. If this leads to personal growth and reflection, then the Messiah Interviews will have fulfilled its goal.”
Miriam Leventhal, Feathered Quill Book Reviews (11/2008)
“There are no coincidences for people who possess qualities of faith and righteousness. Nor can there be random chance happenings for those whom G-d has chosen for special treatment, and, perhaps a special purpose, writes author, scientist and seeker Jerry Pollock. Thus the reader is challenged to ask, Could it be me? Do I qualify? Do I qualify as a good person in God’s Eyes to be part of the Messianic Age? The author has spent his life giving back. His journey is shared with you, the reader of Messiah Interviews. It is this reviewer’s opinion that if you are a seeker with time to read only one book, that book must be the Messiah Interviews.”
Richard Fuller, Metaphysical Reviews (2/2009)
“Messiah Interviews: Belonging to God is a tour-de-force that asks its readers to look at their own religious beliefs, to question and reaffirm those beliefs, and to understand the history behind their religious faith. Christian readers will find themselves with a clearer understanding of Judaism and its role as the basis of Christianity. Questions of science and religion's compatibility are deftly explored. Pollock writes with humor, attention to detail and tradition, and above all, with reverence for the human spirit and its never-ending quest to understand God. Messiah Interviews: Belonging to God is the perfect gift for anyone seeking a deeper spiritual journey.”
Irene Watson, Reader Views (12/2008)
“As we read Jerry J. Pollock’s Messiah Interviews: Belonging to God, it becomes quite evident that this is undoubtedly a most remarkable tome, something with its unique creativity and profound thought that is poles apart from the multitude of books concerning spirituality and religion. Using the mechanism of interviews with an outstanding biblical interview team, Pollock embarks on an insightful self-analysis dealing with a multitude of truth-seeking questions. His dexterity in revealing his own character in small fragments as well as the interlacing of insightful reflection makes for a captivating read. Moreover, his elegant prose hits us with immense energy as we muse over the many questions that the protagonist, Yoseph, is called upon to answer. By the time, you’re done reading this intelligent narrative, you may even believe the Messiah Interviews actually happened.”
Norm Goldman, Book Pleasures (1/2009).
“Messiah Interviews is an interesting mix of fact and fiction. Science and biblical history are woven together with a healthy dose of make believe to create a world where the main character, Yoseph, has the opportunity to vie for the job of the Messiah…but only if he makes it through his biblical interviews. Some of the best portions of Messiah Interviews comes from when Yoseph is between interviews and gets a chance to spend time with his wife, Marcia. Pollock’s vivid details during these encounters are well done. The reader immediately feels transported to the time and place with them. The ending is superbly done and made it well worth the reading of the book.”
Cheryl Malandrinos, The Book Connection Blog (1/2009)
“The will of God is mightier than any force on earth. There are no coincidences for people who possess qualities of faith and righteousness. No chance happenings for those whom God has chosen. Messiah Interviews: Belonging to God is a well-written, insightful book that will get you to stop and mediate on the things of God. Someone who has suffered horrifically has the potential through their suffering to look inside and understand human nature. These are the deep thinkers and the ones most likely to see beyond the ‘surface’ of situations and uncover hidden truths. This job as earth’s Messiah, the King of Israel would give closeness to the creator God―unimagined and unparalleled.”
Connie Harris, TCM Reviews (1/2009)
“Messiah Interviews is a story of fiction, just written in a way that ‘teaches and guides the reader,’ rather than just telling a story. The author, Jerry Pollock, Ph.D., writes in a beautiful way―his words are prose upon paper. Messiah Interviews is a memorable and touching story. Readers are taken beyond the realm of the here and now and led to a place where they are enabled to search within themselves. This is a story that could easily be read and reread, with new things discovered with each reading.”
April Pohren, Café of Dreams Blog (1/2009)
“What an original concept for a book. After reading the Messiah Interviews, I learned a lot about Jewish history and Judaism’s interpretation of the End of Days. The concepts were thought provoking. The biblical interviewers did not come off as fake but as true . They kept pushing Yoseph until they got him to see what they wanted him to see. I am looking forward to reading Jerry Pollock’s first book, Divinely Inspired: Spiritual Awakening of a Soul.”
Lissa Oehlberg, Reading Mama Blog (1/2009)
“To say this is an interesting read is an understatement. The questions posed by the biblical sages are extremely interesting as are the answers given by the main character. And as such, Messiah Interviews carries along nicely and entertains as well as instructs in biblical history and particulars of Torah. Is our hero the chosen Messiah once his spiritual mission on Earth finished? Or has Pollock too closely fused fiction with aspiration in his ‘not so fictional’ novel. I ask the reader to be his own judge and set my lens aside. In any case, Messiah Interviews is an interesting read and well worth the time to ponder the questions it introduces and to answer its call for a closer relationship with God during our lifetime now.”
Chris Querry, MyShelf Reviews (2/2009)
Reviews for Divinely Inspired
A touching narrative that reaches out to the reader and proves that it is never too late to find God. The author believes and rightly so, that the original Ten Commandments are not only to maintain order in a chaotic world, but they are also in their essence, the source for any human efforts at self improvement. A thoroughly engrossing narrative style and almost conversational tone makes this an easy, fast and extremely satisfying read, yet one that leaves the impact of a gentle loving wallop, if there is such a thing.
Denise M. Clark, Denise’s Pieces Book Reviews
Most people thank goodness only know insufferable stress from the accounts of others, but those who know it from personal experience will take comfort from the ways in which the author has contrived to find a peaceful way to handle his battle with anxiety, manic depression, migraines, and that sense of emptiness and sadness.
Ian Tattersall, Ph.D., Curator of Anthropology
American Museum of Natural History
The author writes from a Jewish perspective on spirituality and admits that it would perhaps best serve a Jewish audience, but I have to disagree. No matter what faith we carry, if any at all, we can all learn something from this book. Its honesty is both liberating and refreshing.
Elizabeth Batt, Elizabeth Batt Book Reviews
Jerry Pollock has discovered what very few men of science like him have. We each have available to us, if we recognize and seek it out, a loving and supportive force, an organizing intelligence that in reality is the being of all of us.
Steven Hawlings Martin, Author of Keys to the Kingdom
The reader cannot but be impressed by the honesty and courage of the memoir. The author aims to help people attain inner peace. I hope that the author succeeds and achieves his purpose.
Chaim Seymour, American Jewish Libraries Review
Through primal therapy, he exorcised his painful youth and then his feelings guided him to his spiritual rebirth into the paradigm of the Judeo Christian tradition. That the author is able to provide intellectual, psychological, historical and spiritual content is impressive. A Tilt-A-Whirl of a biography.
Audrey De LaMartre, Steps for Recovery
In his provocative book, Divinely Inspired, Dr. Pollock details his personal journey to his discovery of God that helped him overcome more negativity than one person should suffer. Here is a story that begins in the depths of despair, physical and mental illness, uncaring and cheating parents and a deep sense of inadequacy; and ends with an understanding of not only spirituality but of faith.
Richard Fuller, Metaphysical Reviews
The strength and uniqueness of this tale is its sense of reality, even grittiness and steaminess, not found with most books dealing with personal spiritual growth. Pollock’s book is of interest to anyone suffering and looking for spiritual guidance and how spirituality and related beliefs are incorporated into one’s life.
Henry Berry, The Small Press Book Review
Courage, wisdom, and strength and the unrelenting desire to teach rather than preach are what the author arms himself with. This book has had a profound effect upon me. I’m not only considering what is written among these pages as a description of experiences. I’m considering it a handbook for those seeking to get on the right path.
Jennifer Hollowell, J.M.H. Creative Solutions
Divinely Inspired: Spiritual Awakening of a Soul by microbiologist and biophysics expert Jerry Pollock is the story of his personal journey beyond Bipolar Disorder into the embrace of God’s love. Professor Pollock has written a candid and moving spiritual guide to accepting the wisdom of God. The pages of this published testimony are aptly written to accurately reflect Pollock’s faith, and offers unforgettable guidance and encouragement to fellow seekers to shed emotional negativity and devastation to search out God’s blessing within the context of a mature and maturing spirituality.
James Cox, Midwest Book Review
Readers will be enthralled sharing the author’s path to recovery―from an emotionally damaged, depressive life to a powerful demonstration of Divine Presence via direct encounter with God. Divinely Inspired is an excellent ‘how to’ attain fresh, enhanced spirituality arising out of direct contact. Anyone can learn from the author’s experience, and receive the blessings of inner peace with increased spiritual awareness.
Bernie Nelson, Mindquest
The devilish paths his childhood demons led him on are painstakingly described in vivid detail so that the reader cringes when Pollock explains what happened. Divinely Inspired gives the reader a frightening glimpse inside the veiled world of mental illness. For those who are not familiar with Bipolar Disorder, this book is a real eye-opener. With this knowledge in hand, readers should never look at the mentally ill in the same dismissive way. The fortitude and accomplishments of the author cannot but help move the reader.
Camden Alexander, Curled Up With a Good Book
Having previously read Jerry Pollock’s book, Messiah Interviews, I was very interested in going back and reading his first work, Divinely Inspired: Spiritual Awakening of a Soul, to gain more insight into the biographical events that I found so interesting in the second book. Once I started reading Divinely Inspired, I literally could not put it down. The book fits neatly into the categories of both an autobiography and spiritual change. I found Pollock’s childhood and adult life to be very intriguing and I applaud him for the courage and strength it must have taken to put his life experiences down on paper for the world to read. Watching Pollock’s spiritual journey and growth was very fascinating and inspirational. His spiritual insights presented in the Epilogue of the book are also very thought provoking. Once again, as with the Messiah Interviews, I enjoyed the stimulating discussion surrounding The Ten Commandments. I think that anyone can benefit and take something away from Divinely Inspired: Spiritual Awakening of a Soul and I highly recommend it.
Kam Aures, Rebeccas Reads (1/2009)
Divinely Inspired is written about one man’s spiritual path and how his life experiences brought him through a great deal of spiritual change. It is written from a Jewish perspective; however, I feel that people of religious backgrounds, who respect his belief system will relate to Dr. Pollock’s story. Dr. Pollock tells his personal story with a great deal of honesty and self-revelation. I appreciated his willingness to share both his personal successes and failures with us. By reading Divinely Inspired, it will help us to further our own personal journey and provide us with a great deal of motivation. Because Dr. Pollock is a scientist, I really appreciated how he blended his scientific beliefs into his spiritual beliefs. He offers one of the most fascinating discussions on creationism and evolution that I have ever read. He tells us that when you totally trust in God, you do so because you feel confident enough that when you do it, God will be there to assist you. Accepting this belief awakens our souls to a higher state of spiritual being. I highly recommend reading Divinely Inspired and Dr. Pollock’s other book which I really enjoyed, Messiah Interviews.
Paige Lovitt, Reader Views (12/2008)
If you read and enjoyed Jerry Pollock’s not-so-fictional novel, Messiah Interviews: Belonging to God, you’ll want to pick up a copy of Divinely Inspired: Spiritual Awakening of a Soul. In Divinely Inspired, the author’s spiritual journey brings him past the memories, the hurts, and the disappointments of his earlier years, and moves him toward a life of enduring richness and meaning. In true memoir form, Pollock shares his life in a candid way, holding nothing back, and the reader will be amazed. The dedication of his wife, Marcia, that is so lovingly portrayed in Messiah Interviews, also shines through in Divinely Inspired. Having spent his life as a scientist, Pollock bravely shares his belief that Evolution and Creation are not mutually exclusive because God is the master scientist. A true companion to Messiah Interviews, but also a book that will be enjoyed on its own by those interested in reading how one man’s spiritual journey leads him to inner peace and the discovery of the wisdom of God.
Cheryl Malandrinos, The Book Connection Blog (2/2009)
Divinely Inspired is about the author's early years, his bouts with manic depression, and his recovery. The book is a riveting read and touched me in many ways. One way was how frank Jerry is about his manic depression. This part was very personal to me because my husband had what I call a mental breakdown or what the doctors called severe depression with anxiety. I felt that this part really captures what happens to a person who is struggling with their mental illness. I liked that it was told from point of view of the person who has mental illness. In a way, it made me understand what my husband had gone through. The epilogue is Jerry's spiritual insight. I found it very interesting and thought provoking. Jerry is a gifted story teller. As he tells the story of his life, the reader can relate to what is happening to him and feel his pain and then his happiness as he recovers from his mental illness. This is a great read about one person's life and spiritual journey worth 4.5 stars on a scale to 5.
Lisa Oehlberg, Reading Mama Blog (2/2009)
Divinely Inspired is the personal story of Jerry J. Pollock. Having come from a traumatic childhood and dealing with a mental illness he gives hope to others who have endured the same trials in life. This book is written from a Jewish perspective but is an inspirational read for anyone of any religious background. I found Divinely Inspired to be a well-written, honest, and a thought provoking book to read and I recommend it to others.
Connie Harris, TCM Reviews (3/2009)
Meet Jerry in Divinely Inspired. Know him and you’ll know his journey―a painfully true and frank story that calls out to the reader to embrace Jerry in his pain in one moment and to celebrate with him the next. Walk with him in Divinely Inspired as he takes you through the front door of his life. Then go on to read the Messiah Interviews, as I shall reread again, in order to gain a much deeper understanding and appreciation of spirituality.
Chris Querry, My Shelf Reviews (4/2009)