Book Review Alert! Tea with Hezbollah: Sitting at the enemies table

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

Book: Tea with Hezbollah
Authors: Ted Dekker and Carl Medearis
Dates: January 25-29, 2010
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.

*My thoughts*
Tea with Hezbolla is an adventure. At moments, I had to close the book and just imagine these people Ted Dekker talks about and describe. The Arabs, the Syrians, Hezbolla group(its hard for me to keep up); all of them are just like any normal human being with emotions, families, and fears. 

Although Dekker reminds us in the beginning of the novel that he wishes only to tell about his trips and dish rag the politics and religion talk….he nevertheless engages in an historical backdrop of each region coupled with their Muslim religion and roots, and this I am grateful for. it was like a quick tour through the eyes of Dekker and his friend Carl Medearis. I learned more about the Middle East, than I ever learned in high school history class.

The author also mentions how he will refrain from using the term Christian, because attached to that word is negative things like hypocrite and judgmental and he is not that. Christ was not about those things. Each leader he spoke with in that country, he questioned about Christ’s commandment to love one another and of course many of them responded that they  love the Lord and these men are peaceful, wise, intelligent men. Just read the transcripts though because many of them say more with the answers they don’t give. Also, what I fell in love with was Nicole Wagner’s story. Hers is one not to be forgotten and is a powerful lesson on all levels.

In conclusion. Read the book. I had some concerns about Hookah bars and the author being invited to smoke a hookah(?)…oh well, there I go being Miss Prissy again. Love his books!

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