The volume of information available to you while you are in Israel will feel like drinking from a university-level firehose, so it is important to build a proper grid of historical understanding so you can process all that we will experience. To do that, we recommend reading at least one of the following books that are described so you can choose the style of learning that you prefer. The Scripture Areas You'll Want to Brush up on: Definitely re-read Genesis, Ezekiel 37, Jeremiah 30-33, Revelation 19-22, and the Gospels. (You'll want to re-read the Gospels again after you get home too). For a fun exercise, pay special attention to the pictures formed in your mind as you read the familiar stories so you can compare to the real geographic location when we are there. For History of Israel from birth to rebirth and the modern era Option 1: Israel Basics: What Every Christian Should Knowby K.J. Frolander--I use simple, conversational language to convey the truths I have discovered over the last 15 years in my study on how Israel and the Church fit together in God's Covenantal plan, plus history that you may not be aware of both in the ancient past and modern history. You'll want both this book and Israel II: Beyond the Basicsto make sure you get all the information that is included in the single volumes below.
Option 2: Diane Withers' bookUnbroken Cord is the book that inspired this entire Ruth Israel ministry. She has been teaching the info compiled here for decades. Diane is a thorough teacher (also works as an adjunct college professor ) and major history buff who loves Jesus and her excitement for this material shines through every word.
Option 3: Dr. Sandra Teplinsky's book Why Still Care About Israel? is a terrific deep-foundation book steeped in so many wonderful details! From an Orthodox Jewish background, Sandra obtained a J.D. from Indiana University School of Law, B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois, and Bible training from Talbot Seminary in Los Angeles. She currently lives in Jerusalem. The language is a bit more scholarly, but so worth the few extra minutes it takes to digest! If you are having a great time in your studying of Israel, see our Resources Page for even further exciting resources to study.
Prayer Journaling Preparation Book If you are not accustomed to journaling or "listening prayer" or would like a refresher course, Seth Barnes book Listening Prayer is another book can pick up to prepare your heart and skills for listening for God's voice as you interact together in the Holy Land. This book is great to hone your listening skills in a one-month daily devotional format.