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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jeffrey M Goldberg  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: 1955 in Detroit, Michigan

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Jeff came to the University of Illinois at Urbana to play college football in 1973. During his adult life he have lived in Urbana, Rantoul, Tolono and now resides in Champaign, Illinois. Jeff is co-founder of the Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company (CUTC), a community theatre group, that was formed to save the Virginia Theatre from destruction. He has produced dozens of plays, concerts and musicals in the Central Illinois area.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jeff's autobiography, Blind Authority" is about his Jewish upbringing and coming to faith with Jesus as his Messiah while attending the University of Illinois. His parents hired professional deprogrammers and had him kidnapped on two separate occasions six years apart. The first was to convince him Jews do not become Christians and the second to remove from a dangerous situation - a bible cult. Jeff has both his B.S. and masters degrees from the University of Illinois and is currently in administration at the University of Illinois.


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BLIND AUTHORITY
ISBN: 1619040530

Xulon Press. 2011

While attending college and playing football, Jeff attended Fellowship of Christian Athlete meetings. Over several months he studied the old and new testament of the Bible to make a decision on Jesus as the Jewish Messiah. On April 28, 1976 Jeff acknowledged belief and faith in Jesus as his personal Messiah. As a consequence of a changing lifestyle, his parents hired professional deprogrammers and had him kidnapped on two separate occasions six years apart. The first was to attempt to convince him Jews do not become Christians. The second was to remove him from a dangerous situation. The campus bible study Jeff attended evolved into an authoritative bible cult. He left the group a couple times on his own volition, but returned. However, in the summer of 1983, during the second intervention, he was given the tools to believe in the Lord and have the courage to leave the destructive group for good. With the grace of God and prayers of many people, Jeff stood strong in his beliefs

particularly that Jesus is the Messiah. Jeff grew up in a traditional conservative Jewish home in the Detroit suburbs and played football while attending the University of Illinois. He received his degree in Business Administration (B.S. 1978) and had successful careers in both restaurant retail and financial services industries. Later, Jeff obtained a Masters in Public Administration and is currently in administration on the University of Illinois at Urbana campus. He is a co-founder of the Champaign-Urbana Theatre Company (CUTC), a community theater group and has produced dozens of plays, concerts and musicals in the central Illinois area. Jeff has been married to his beautiful wife Geri since 1978, has three grown children and attends Meadowbrook Community Church in Champaign, Illinois.