Monday, January 25, 2010

Tea with Hezbollah by Ted Dekker and Carl Medearis

Ted Dekker has travelled to the Middle East to sit with the leaders of Hezbollah, Hamas and others to ask them what they think of Jesus' teaching of love your enemies.

Tea With Hezbollah is not a political book. It is not a religious book. But it is a book that deals with those issues on top of a story about a girl named Nicole.

Ted and his friend, Carl, decided to travel throughout the Middle East and learn from some of those Americans perceive to be our enemies. You'll experience their fears and joys as you ride along in the back alleys of Beruit, Bethlehem, Saudi Arabia and others. The recorded conversations in the book might surprise you. Who would imagine that leaders of Hezbollah and Hamas would have families they love dearly?

They ask questions like, "what makes you cry" and "what is your favorite joke". The purpose being to show that these men are human beings and not just a thing to be feared.

People who are adamantly pro-Israel may have trouble enjoying this book. Neo-Cons will bemoan the "bleeding-hearts" of the authors.

But don't be fooled. This experience that is now in book form will be the start of learning to love our enemies.

This book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah.

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