Bob Dylan, icon of the counterculture, became a born-again Christian in 1979. Reportedly, a few years later, he later reverted to the Judaism of his upbringing.
For his Jewish commitments, see: Article Bob Dylan Judaism
Here’s a description of his conversion: On Dylan’s Conversion from the UK newspaper, the The Independent
Ian Bell, in his excellent biography The Lives of Bob Dylan, recounts that though there had been some religious and biblical imagery in Dylan’s lyrics of the Sixties and early and mid-Seventies, it was in 1978 that the artist found God. And it happened in a Tucson hotel room. Certainly Dylan has gone on record saying that late in 1978 he sensed “a presence in the room that couldn’t have been anybody but Jesus”, and even felt a hand placed upon him. “Jesus put his hand on me,” he went on, “It was a physical thing. I felt it. I felt it all over me. I felt my whole body tremble. The glory of the Lord knocked me down and picked me up.
Here is a song written in his Christian period.
Here’s an interview about his Christian beliefs:
Here he is about spiritual matters, generally:
Here’s a classic film about the spiritual quest, based on Gurdjieff’s book of the same title:
Meetings with Remarkable Men
I post this interview because Ziglar’s Christian philosophy offers an antidote to the world-denying ethos of suffering, which is prevalent in some Christian piety. Ziglar asserts that the life of faith (and morality generally) lead one to success and happiness, in this world here and now. Our happiness is not relegated to the distant hereafter even though the fate of our life here and now does, in some way, hinge on our sense of the eternal. Please note that I do not agree with all of Ziglar’s views nor with the conservative Christian morality that he presupposes.
Here’s his faith testimony. See link: Confessions of a Happy Christian
Here’s a healer of Jewish heritage (Lillian Schwabe: 1911-2012) who became a Christian Scientist.
Here’s a link to it and interview with her.
Interview Link: Lillian and Jewish/Christian Science
The healer, Lillian Schwabe, was 100 years old (in 2011) when she was interviewed by A Better World. (See link above.) She practiced a method of divine healing, which was rooted in Christian Science while shaped by Jewish spirituality and scriptures. Here’s a fascinating and inspiring interview.
Christian Mystic of Vancouver
Here are some of her writings:
Olga Parks: Writings and Life
Book about Olga Park (See links)
Into the Mystic
Susan McCaslin: Memoir about Olga Park