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Monday, January 25, 2010

BOOK REVIEW: Tea With Hezbollah

When Ted Dekker agreed to travel through the Middle East as a co-author for this book, he second guessed his decision nearly every step of the way. The motive behind writing Tea with Hezbollah came from a strong desire to find out what the Muslims really believe and think about Americans. The writers also wanted to know what the Muslim world thought about the teaching of Jesus that says: “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”

With Muslims and Americans being “enemies”, the authors wondered if it was possible for this love that Christ talked about to take place between the two groups.  Did Jesus give the world an impossible teaching?

This book is not a peaceful read – it had me on the edge of my seat, wondering what would happen next. At times, I almost felt myself holding my breath because I knew that these American authors could lose their lives as they entered some of the most volatile and barbaric mindsets of Muslim territory. The detailed descriptions made it easy for me to visualize the author's journey. 

Anyone interested in Middle Eastern culture will enjoy this book.  I was especially interested in the transcripts of the conversations the authors had with top Hezbollah leaders, Hamas, the bin Laden brothers and others. Their reactions and answers to a variety of questions, help give better insight to the Muslim mindset(s). There is also a detailed glossary in the back of the book, which helps readers understand the terms used.

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

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