Tea With Hezbollah

Tea With Hezbollah

Sitting at the Enemies' Table, Our Journey Through the Middle East

Book - 2010
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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.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday Religion, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307588272
0307588270
Characteristics: 245 p. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Medearis, Carl

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PoMoLibrary Jun 23, 2015

From our 2015 #80DayRead Adult Summer Reading Club traveler Kate: A book that looks to see if "loving one's neighbour" is possible, especially in such a tumultuous land as the Middle east. A little heavy on introspection. The interviews with Hezbollah and other Islamic figureheads are wroth a read.

Booktraveler Apr 20, 2011

Ted Dekker and Carl Medearis travel to several Middle East Countries to sit down and have a conversation and tea with people or groups American's have labeled as enemies. For all the potential of this topic I found the transcript format of the discussions dry. The most interesting part of the book a substory of an American girl who goes to Beirut to find her biological father ends up to just be a parable created for the book. Very disappointing.

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May 03, 2010

Interesting read, especially to hear from so many points of view. I would've enjoyed a few more "on-topic" questions and answers as opposed to some of the fluff, but overall a good read.

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