Hidden Inheritance

Heidi Neumark’s life changed forever when her daughter’s late-night online searching exposed a generation of family secrets. From a few computer keystrokes, Neumark discovered her hidden Jewish heritage—and uncovered hundreds of questions: Did her grandfather really die in a concentration camp? How did she never know her grandmother was a death-camp survivor? Why had the family history and faith been rejected and hidden?

Heidi’s search for the truth quickly became more than a personal journey; it also became spiritual. It caused profound ponderings on her thirty-year vocation as a Lutheran pastor. It was a shocking revelation that her Jewish roots and successive family loss and trauma now suddenly and inherently connected her to the multi-ethnic, marginalized community she had been ministering to for three decades. Hidden Inheritance takes the reader on a journey that seamlessly weaves personal narrative, social history, and biblical reflection to challenge readers to explore their own identity, vocation,
and theology. Neumark boldly calls readers to explore the harsh places of the past, uncover the possible buried secrets, ask new questions,

forge new understanding, and discover new hope for transformation that is only possible when what has been hidden is finally brought to light.


My Review

Not to take anything away from the author and her family heritage but I as not enthralled but this book or learning the history of the author's past. This actually saddens me some. The biggest reason I wanted to check this book out is because I have always been fascinated by reading stories of the people who survived one of the worst events in history. Yet, I could not grasp any olive branch of a connection towards the author or her family history.

Maybe this had to do with the fact that the author did no know much about her family and so she talked like she them at a distance. So I felt disconnected. Additionally, it seemed that the author was feeling guilty that she was Lutheran and found many moments to insert passages from the Bible. So after a while, the book came off a little preachy. I got about half way into the book and could not finish the book.


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