Is it really possible to love one’s enemies?
That’s the question that sparked a fascinating and, at times, terrifying journey into the heart of the Middle East during the summer of 2008. It was a trip that began in Egypt, passed beneath the steel and glass high rises of Saudi Arabia, then wound through the bullet- pocked alleyways of Beirut and dusty streets of Damascus, before ending at the cradle of the world’s three major religions: Jerusalem.
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.
You can read an excerpt of Tea With Hezbollah here
About The Author:
Ted Dekker is the author of many nationally best-selling novels, including Bone Man’s Daughters, The Circle Series, Thr3e, and House. His unique style of storytelling has captured the attention of millions worldwide. Visit him at TedDekker.com and Facebook.com/TedDekker.
Carl Medearis is an international expert in the field of Arab-American and Muslim-Christian relations. He acts as a catalyst for a number of current movements in the Middle East to promote peace-making and to promote cultural, political and religious dialog leading toward reconciliation. He is the author of the acclaimed book on these issues Muslims, Christians and Jesus. Visit him at www.carlmedearis.com.
As I love Christian Fiction, I have heard of Ted Dekker for a long time, but this is the first of his books I have read. I will be reading a few of his upcoming novels in February, but I am glad that I was able to read this one first, as it seems to be a departure from his previous work.
I am the first to admit I do not know alot about the crisis in the Middle East, and honestly, I have really not wanted to know about it. Its just not an interest of mine. As harsh as this sounds, I am not a big fan of politics, etc and yet during the last couple years, particularly since 9/11, I have felt compelled to learn more about the culture of Middle Eastern People, including more about the religion of Islam.
This book was incredible. It takes you to a place that you never thought about going. I don't know about you, but even as a Christian, I think I would have a very difficult time sitting down with someone I deem "my enemy" Yet that is exactly what the authors did. As Christians, we are to, "love our enemies" and this was seen by the actions of these two wonderful authors.
The book was very easy to read, with me completing it in about a day. A quick read but full of emotion as seen in the many interviews relayed throughout the book. The interviews showed raw humanness and as a result of the style of writing and the very detailed descriptions, I was able to understand more about Middle Eastern culture. It also includes a glossary at the back with many descriptions of places and people who are mentioned in the book. Almost a mini-history lesson, if you will.
Even though I hated what happended to America on 9/11 because of the terrorist attacks, I was very hardpressed to "hate" all Muslims or people with a Middle Eastern background. That would be judging and putting all "my eggs in one basket" so to speak. Not all people with a Middle Eastern background are terrorists. It is not in my nature to act this way. I love and like people until I have a good reason not too, and yes the actions on that fateful day gives me many reasons to "hate" but I cannot because Jesus does not. Just as He loves His enemies, I must love mine. I realized in reading this book, that we are all human, make mistakes and need Jesus....no matter where we live, or what we have done. And I needed to understand more about why they did what they did. This book was one way of helping me understand this. Though it has not answered all my questions, it is certainly a start.
If you, like me, want to understand more behind the conflicts in the Middle East, then you must read this book! You will be challenged in a way you never thought possible! I give this book a HUGE thumbs up!
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