Friday, January 29, 2010

Tea with Hezbollah

The reason I signed up to review this book was that I wanted to know what scared Ted Dekker (if you've ever read his novels you know what I mean). What I discovered was a man whose thirst for adventure gave him the courage to walk the road displayed before him. Tea With Hezbollah by Ted Dekker and Carl Medearis is an eye-opening look at real life in the Middle East. Sometimes we tend to group this group of people together into one bad, terroristic lump. This book shows individuals and shares their stories.
About the Book:
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.
About the authors:
Ted Dekker is the author of many nationally bestselling novels, including Bone Man’s Daughters, The Circle Trilogy, Thr3e, and House, which was coauthored by Frank Peretti. His unique style of storytelling has captured the attention of millions worldwide. Visit him at here.
Carl Medearis is the founder and president of International Initiatives, LLC, an organization that promotes cultural, educational, and commercial exchange between the East and the West. He is an advisor on Arab affairs to the members of the U.S. Congress and leaders in international business.
To learn more or to purchase this book from Random House click here.
This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

UPDATE: Kevin & Marissa are the winners of this book. Stay tuned for another great book giveaway later this week!


Anonymous said...

i'm interested in this book suzanne...please add my name to your drawing...thanks


Marissa and Kevin said...


Anonymous said...

I haven't read the book but am curious about the line that they are people like the rest of us: fears, etc., which are emotions known to all peoples in the world put there by our Creator for various reasons. One thing, though, Islamic fanatics (a/k/a terrorists) use their religion for their ends. They are permitted to lie as written in the Qur'an if it meets those ends. Islamic fanatics subjugate their women. Islam fanatics cut off heads if you are an infidel as those of us who are not Moslems surely are. So I am curious as to what kind of love the authors mean. We are to love our enemies as individuals as the Bible says--pray for them, but . . . ? I want to read the book.

Unknown said...

Nice review, I would have read this book sometime in the near future, but with what I read from your review I am eager to read it sooner. We all need to be more aware of what is happening in the Middle East, and know that God has a good plan for us all, and that nothing that is going on now is not something that He is surprised of.

Ruth, PA said...

Marissa, if you win, let me borrow the book when you're done! LOL

Suzanne, my brother's work in Indonesia has been revealing to me of the struggle that goes on in the hearts and lives of those who embrace Islam. Many understand, with their head, the inconstancies of their religion. Yet their heart, strong cultural and family ties, and threat of being removed or killed if they deny Islam causes them to remain in darkness. But where there is darkness, Christ's light shines brightest!