Friday, January 29, 2010

Blog Tour: Tea with the Hezbollah by Ted Dekker and Carl Medearis

Tea with Hezbollah: Sitting at the Enemies' Table, Our Journey Through the Middle East Tea with Hezbollah: Sitting at the Enemies' Table, Our Journey Through the Middle East by Ted Dekker


My rating: 5 of 5 stars
About the book:

Tea with Hezbollah combines nail-biting narrative with the texture of rich historical background, as readers join novelist Ted Dekker and his co-author and Middle East expert, Carl Medearis, on a hair-raising journey. They are with them in every rocky cab ride, late-night border crossing, and back-room conversation as they sit down one-on-one with some of the most notorious leaders of the Arab world. These candid discussions with leaders of Hezbollah and Hamas, with muftis, sheikhs, and ayatollahs, with Osama bin Laden’s brothers, reveal these men to be real people with emotions, fears, and hopes of their own. Along the way, Dekker and Medearis discover surprising answers and even more surprising questions that they could not have anticipated—questions that lead straight to the heart of Middle Eastern conflict.

Through powerful narrative Tea With Hezbollah will draw the West into a completely fresh understanding of those we call our enemies and the teaching that dares us to love them. A must read for all who see the looming threat rising in the Middle East .

My Review:

What a FASCINATING book. Mr. Dekker and Mr. Medearis, told the story in such an interesting way. The fact that two Christian's went to the Middle East to meet with Muslim and Jewish "terrorists" is just amazing to me. But what is even more amazing is the nature of the people they met with along the way. It was so interesting to read the transcripts from the conversations with Hezbollah and the Hamas as well as the Muslim clerics and Christian leaders. Also the story about Nicole that is told throughout the book really helps set the perspective of what the American perception is. The truth is, these are people, some are good and some are bad, just like here in America. They have families, they laugh at jokes, they cry at injustices, just like we do. This book has forever changed my perceptions of the Middle East and it's people.

Jesus told us to love our enemies. After a terrible act committed by a few, my fear of my enemies was much higher then my love (can you say non-existent?). But just like those Americans who commit acts of terror, we cannot blame a whole society. I will be more willing to study these other cultures more to learn more about them. This book was a great beginning. I give it 5 pairs of reading glasses!

Learn more about purchasing this book at http://www.randomhouse.com/. This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, the opinions are my own.

Love and Blessings!
Margaret

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