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Lela Gilbert

Adjunct Fellow, Center for Religious Freedom

Lela Gilbert is an award-winning writer who has authored or co-authored more than sixty books. A Christian who has resided in Israel since 2006, her most recently published work is the critically acclaimed Saturday People, Sunday People: Israel through the Eyes of a Christian Sojourner (Encounter Books, 2012) which, although authored by a Christian, was listed as one of the 20 best non-fiction Jewish books of 2012 by J.G. Myers in Jewish Ideas Daily.

Gilbert also co-authored Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians with Nina Shea and Paul Marshall (Thomas Nelson, 2013). She co-authored the award-winning Blind Spot: When Journalists Don’t Get Religion (Oxford University Press, 2008) with Paul Marshall and Roberta Green Ahmanson. Gilbert served as editorial director of Silenced: How Apostasy and Blasphemy Codes are Choking Freedom Worldwide, a volume co-authored by Paul Marshall and Nina Shea (Oxford University Press, 2011).

Lela Gilbert is a frequent contributor to Fox News, National Review Online, The Weekly Standard Online, Lapidomedia (UK), The Jerusalem Post, The Huffington Post, Ricochet, and many other publications.

She is an adjunct fellow at Hudson Institute, working with both the Center for Religious Freedom and the Center for Islam, Democracy and the Future of the Muslim World. She writes about the common ground between Jews and Christians, the expulsion of Jews from Muslim lands in the mid-20th Century, the ever-increasing global persecution of Christians, and ongoing European and Muslim efforts to de-Judaize and delegitimize Israel.

Gilbert is a popular public speaker and is frequently interviewed on television and radio. She is also active on Facebook and Twitter.


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Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians

Saturday People, Sunday People: Israel through the Eyes of a Christian Sojourner

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Lela Gilbert quoted in National Catholic Register on the inclusion of persecuted Christians during prayer at mass

Writing in the WSJ, Senator Marco Rubio names Persecuted: The Global Assault On Christians (ThomasNelson) his “favorite book of 2013.”