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PEACE IN JERUSALEM But the battle is not over yet!

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A behind-the-scenes, real Middle East peace process!  Arabs, Palestinians, and Jews--spiritual leaders--from all over the Middle East came to Jerusalem in spite of adversity and danger to worship together, pray for each other, and tell their stories--all reported by seasoned British journalist, Charles Gardner.

Amidst the turmoil of the Middle East with virtual civil wars erupting all around, this remarkable peace process is taking place in which Arabs, Jews, and Christians are embracing one another in the name of Jesus!  A special event,  At the Crossroads,  was held to inspire pastors and other leaders from the region to connect. The results of the event help to prove that Christ is the ultimate reconciler, and that the “Prince of Peace” holds the key to a stable future in the area. Read all about this remarkable event, the time leading up to it, the organization behind it, the stories told by those who attended, and the lessons learned.  

This is a Middle East peace process that does not involve politicians or bureaucrats! At its heart are believers in the One who died in Jerusalem to reconcile man to God—and each other. Charles Gardner has seen the evidence of this with his own eyes as he witnessed Arab and Jew embracing one another with arms of love, not hate. This book digs beneath the propaganda put out by a largely liberal media and tells the truth about what’s really happening as the Jewish people face yet another threat of extinction by their sworn enemies.

Read a review of this book by ProphecyToday.UK.   Another by  CMJ-USA
Featured as Book of the Month on The Messianic Times  but first in a press release.

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ENDORSEMENTS from the back cover:
With an insightful story-telling ability, Charles Gardner is a very experienced, highly intelligent journalist of long and high standing who cuts quickly to the core of often complex subject matter. He has the rare capacity to transform that complexity into a simple understanding that grips the heart and mind of the reader. Be prepared to have your knowledge expanded and your faith deepened, thereby gaining more wisdom. 


Owen Hoskin, recently retired headteacher of the Anglican International School
in Jerusalem, now back in his native New Zealand.



Charles Gardner is a writer who combines passion with integrity and has a strong commitment to revealing the truth about what is happening in the Middle East today. Over many years his journalism skills have been focused upon Israel and in Peace in Jerusalem he deals with personal relationships between Jews and Arabs as well as social and political issues in the context of the ever-present threats to world peace through the activities of some of Israel’s neighbors. This is a good read and I warmly commend it. 


Dr Clifford Hill, Editor-In-Chief, Prophecy Today UK

Congregational minister, sociologist, international speaker and author.





ABOUT THE AUTHOR from the back cover:


Charles Gardner, 65, is a Cape Town-born British journalist working on plans to launch a new UK national newspaper reporting and interpreting the news from a Biblical perspective. With his South African forebears having had close links with the legendary devotional writer Andrew Murray, Charles is similarly determined to make an impact for Christ with his pen and has worked in the newspaper industry for more than 40 years. Part-Jewish, he is married to Linda, 57, who takes the Christian message around many schools in the Yorkshire town of Doncaster. Charles has four children and eight grandchildren.



A book trailer:


(Some faces are blurred out for security reasons.)
(Used by permission from At the Crossroads photographer, Cariño Casas)
Listen to a radio interview of the author in Oct. 2013 on Bagels and Blessings.  The interview begins after the music at about the 28:40 minute mark, about halfway.

Here's a summary of the interview written by the host Ethel Chadwick:

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Charles came to England in 1970, at the age of 21, to visit his half-Jewish grandmother. He ended up staying, though South Africa is still home to him.

He became a committed believer shortly afterward this visit through the influence of a South African friend, through athletics. He worshipped at All Souls, Langham Place, a famous church in central London, for the rest of the 70's. He had a 'spiritual mother' who led the class for new believers, and she always referred to herself as a 'completed Jew'. One of the first jobs he accepted at the church was to write to some of their missionaries, and this included a couple who worked with CMJ (Church's Ministry to the Jewish people) among the Falasha Jews of Ethiopia. Charles supposed he had always had something of an understanding about Messianic issues, but this has gone much deeper in recent years through involvement in a Prayer for Israel group.

In 2010, while on holiday he had a strong word from God about being a 'Helper of Israel' and, being a journalist by profession, he eventually realized God wanted him to write a book answering the question as to why the Jews are so important to him. It's called Israel the Chosen, available on Amazon. Having just recently taken early retirement, at the age of 64, he intends to continue writing. He would love to see his longtime vision fulfilled —that of launching a new UK national newspaper reporting and interpreting the news (especially on the Middle East) from a biblical perspective.

Great music also in the beginning half of the show -- from Beckah Shae, Barry & Batya Segal, Sue Samuel, Lamb, and John Waller.


A second radio interview of the author in Feb. 2014 by Ethel Chadwick on Bagels and Blessings. It starts after the music at about the 30:40 minute mark.

Here's Ethel's summary of the interview:

Charles is a 64-year-old South African-born journalist living in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England. He has followed the Lord for over 40 years and, though having worked mainly in the secular press, has also launched several Christian publications.

Having taken early retirement from his regular job as a sports editor, he is now working for CMJ (the Church's Ministry among the Jewish people), a 204-year-old Anglican mission whose founders include the legendary William Wilberforce and who now also have a growing presence in the USA. Recently in Jerusalem he met one of the key leaders in America (from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania). His link with CMJ goes back to his early days as a believer when he was charged with the responsibility of writing to missionaries then working among the Falasha Jews of Ethiopia. His new work is still in communications, specifically editing the mission's quarterly Prayer Focus for supporters and helping to prepare for a unique conference in Jerusalem this May focused on deepening the bonds of reconciliation between Arab & Jewish believers throughout the Middle East. “I have had a heart for Israel for a long time. But three years ago, while reading Isaiah, I felt strongly impressed to be a ‘Helper of Israel’. So here I am, ready to help.”

Charles has just published Israel the Chosen (available from Amazon), is married to Linda, 56, who teaches Christianity and Judaism in primary schools, and has four children and seven grandchildren.

Today's show features new music from Avner & Rachel Boskey from their new CD, "Four Winds."

A recent article by the author:

News Report: Middle East Peace in Manchester!

More articles about Israel by Charles Gardner.  (Scroll down for the list of his titles.)

Israel Today articles by Charles: UK for Isreal,  Holocaust,   Jesus Unveiled,  Israel's Light, Climate Change,  War of Words,  Paris Shooting, War and Peace


The archive list of his articles on Times of Israel.


See the book on Amazon,  but know this, that the author gets a much bigger chunk of the profit if you buy it here at Olive Press.

 (Click photo to see it on Amazon.)


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Assist News

War and peace – a tale of two books (Writer’s Opinion)

Israel the ultimate target for Islamists engaged in ‘holy war’

By Charles Gardner, Special to ASSIST News Service

PeaceinJerusalemfrontcoverDONCASTER, UK (ANS -- August 11, 2015) -- Although originally unintentional, I am planning on an official home town launch of my new book, Peace in Jerusalem, on the anniversary of 9/11.

But the timing turns out to be appropriate enough because the narrative provides the answer to the ongoing terrorist threat we all face 14 years on. I will explain that in due course.

As I have said before, the ultimate target on September 11, 2001, was not the Twin Towers, or even America as such, but Israel.

The United States have become fanatical Islam’s “Great Satan” because they are perceived as the backers of the Jewish state – and, of course, they are also home to almost as many Jews as live in Israel; not to mention the fact that more Jews live in New York (two million) than in any other city on the planet, exceeding even Tel Aviv’s 1.6 million.

Now Iran – the world’s chief sponsor of terror – boasts of outwitting America enroute to the destruction of Israel, which has long been its much-publicized goal. At least that is said to be the narrative of a new book by Ayatollah Khameini – Iran’s supreme leader – which apparently scorns the naivety of politicians who have fallen hook, line and sinker for a “deal” said to make the world a safer place for us all. It is not available in English, by the way.

I’m led to believe that, among the conditions agreed for this ‘deal’, the Iranians are free to choose where and when inspectors can go in efforts to ensure that nuclear weapons are not being developed.1 In other words, they are being effectively trusted to police themselves, and thus call the shots.

But this is to reckon without the Islamic practice that allows for lying if it furthers the cause of Allah or jihad (holy war).2

Yasser ArafatFor example, PLO founder Yasser Arafat agreed to change the organization’s charter calling for Israel’s demise in signing the Oslo Accord of 1993 – and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for doing so! But the charter was never changed.

Similarly, with Iran, duplicity and deceit are the tools of their political trade-offs. And their unabashed mantra remains the same – to “wipe Israel off the map”.

To make a pact with a bunch of raving revolutionaries and actually believe they’re going to keep their side of the bargain is foolish in the extreme.

Neville Chamberlain Peace in our TimeIn 1938 British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain was duped into signing a “peace” deal with Hitler – and we all now know that it wasn’t worth the paper on which it was written. Do others think they are wiser than Mr. Chamberlain?

The truth is that all of us, and the Jewish people in particular, are in at least as much danger now from the “new Nazism” than we were in the lead-up to World War II.

Yet, for all this, “Peace in Jerusalem” is possible and is actually a work in progress as I write – but only through Jesus, the Jewish Messiah. For I have witnessed Arab and Jew embracing one another in love because of their shared experience of Christ who has – in the words of the Apostle Paul – broken down the dividing wall of hostility between them through his sacrificial death on the cross for our sins. (Ephesians 2.14-16)

IsraelTrip2013005The biggest problem in our sorry world is not politics, or religion, or looming environmental disaster – but sin. I’m talking about our sin, yours and mine, expressed in the evil deeds which seem to come so naturally to us.

Behind the rage and fury of the ayatollahs is a sinful heart, full of wickedness, which will not be dealt with by appeasing politicians and bureaucrats. Only the blood that was shed by our Lord on the cross of Calvary outside Jerusalem 2,000 years ago can cleanse and unite hearts.

As Jeremiah said so long ago, ‘Woe to those who prophesy peace, when there is no peace’. (Jeremiah 6.14 & 8.11)

1) Various sources including Kolyah, a correspondent who wishes to keep a low profile for security reasons. 2) Tass Saada with Dean Merrill, Once an Arafat Man, Tyndale Publishing, page 197.

“Peace in Jerusalem” is available from and and will be launched at the Church’s coffee & bookshop on Thorne Road, Doncaster, UK, on September 11 at 7pm.

Photo captions: 1) Book cover. 2) Yasser Arafat. 3) Neville Chamberlain with his infamous peace deal with Hitlter. 4) Christ Church, Jerusalem, an oasis of peace in the midst of the tension of Jerusalem and hosts of a bi-annual conference where Arab and Jew embrace in the shared love of Jesus, the Messiah. 5) Charles Gardner with his wife, Linda.

Chaz Gardner pixs 2About the writer: Charles Gardner is a veteran Cape Town-born British journalist working on plans to launch a new UK national newspaper reporting and interpreting the news from a biblical perspective. With his South African forebears having had close links with the legendary devotional writer Andrew Murray, Charles is similarly determined to make an impact for Christ with his pen and has worked in the newspaper industry for more than 41 years. Part-Jewish, he is married to Linda, who takes the Christian message around many schools in the Yorkshire town of Doncaster. Charles has four children and eight grandchildren. Charles can be reached by phone on +44 (0) 1302 832987, or by e-mail at 

** You may republish this story with attribution to the ASSIST News Service (




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Peace in Jerusalem? Yes. it is possible!

Former Fleet Street journalist and Times of Israel writer Charles Gardner follows up his excellent book 'Israel the Chosen' with this powerful sequel which concentrates on the only real solution to the conflict in the middle east. Part Jewish himself, Charles has been writing on the subject for many years and has seen for himself as Jews and Arabs embrace in the name of Jesus Christ, described in the Bible as the ‘Prince of Peace.’ Forthright in his approach, the writer does not mince his words as he levels well deserved criticism at the media for their hypocrisy and compliance to ridiculous political correctness. Despite the fact that many of the surrounding Islamic nations refuse to acknowledge Israel’s right to exist and have vowed to destroy the tiny nation if they could, many in the media still seem hell-bent on supporting anti-Semitic terrorism. But the main emphasis of the book is not critical, rather it is totally positive. Charles shares some miraculous stories of divine intervention and reveals how even some of the most hardened anti-Semitic Moslems have been radically changed through recent supernatural encounters with Jesus Christ. Charles is absolutely pro-peace. He reveals that peace in Jerusalem is certainly possible, but it must be on God’s terms, not man’s. No amount of negotiation or political toadying can bring lasting peace to such a deep rooted conflict. Only by embracing the peace and love brought to the region by Jesus Christ two thousand years ago can the middle east truly find tranquility. Charles also issues a pointed challenge to the current liberal trend in the Church, which seems to be struggling to remember her Jewish heritage. Another great work by this passionate and godly writer, 'Peace in Jerusalem' is a must read for anyone with a genuine desire to see lasting calm and cultural healing in this tragic war-torn region. Rev Ralph Burden

Ralph Burden :: 24 Sep 2015, 07:33

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