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.
Eye opening| Posted January 07, 2011
This book was thought provoking. I like how the transcripts were left in unadorned, uncommented. It showed me how my own prejudices and my own perspective can color the way I see situations and circumstances. It really forced me to look at this particular situation in a different way.
New look at the Middle East| Posted March 31, 2010
This book really gives a new insite into those living in the Middle East. Both authhors risk their lives to go to the Middle East to show love to those that the media portrays as our enemies. they also try to find out what love means to them. This book gave me a new understanding of why people do the things they do. A great book and would highly recommend to those looking to find out more about those living in the Middle East.
The Media is Ruining Our Prejudices...| Posted February 03, 2010
I sat in on a live web-stream/interview last week with Ted and Carl at The World Prayer Center as they talked about "Tea With Hezbollah" and I had my eyes opened to just how prejudice I really am towards Muslims and extremists. The main problem is the media which I have let corrupt my understand of third-world countries. I have let the media make me think that all Muslims are corrupt and that "these people" are all our enemies. INCORRECT and UNTRUE.
First off, don't categorized Muslims as "these people" as this creates an unfair classification of people that are not all bad. There are plenty of peaceful, loving, and honest Muslims in the world today that are against the terror that we see in our world today. Secondly, the only difference between our beliefs is the Jesus portion of our stories. Jesus is the Messiah in our story. To Muslims, Jesus was just a good prophet who has wonderful teachings to follow.
I was also encouraged to know that Ted and Carl were willing to take the message of "Love your enemies and do good to those who hurt you" to other nations and cultures with a heart of love to see how they can help us understand them better. You will love this book because of the story-telling mentalities that both Ted and Carl have.
I'm skipping way to many details in this review because I don't want to ruin the book for you. The stories in this book will challenge you and open your eyes to what is really happening in the world today that the news is NOT telling us. Again, information that the news is NOT telling us.
Please pick up a copy of this book today! Don't Wait!!