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 listeners join novelist Ted Dekker and his coauthor, 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; and 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.
©2010 Ted Dekker and Carl Medearis; (P)2010 Tantor
Ted Dekker and Carl Medearis have provided us with a very interesting series of stories, travel log, and comment on Christianity all rolled into one. They take a real life trip through the Middle East interviewing some of America's greatest enemies - asking "What do you think of Jesus' admonition - Love your neighbor as yourself?" among other things.
By the end of the book you will laugh, cry, and have your eyes opened. The writing is good and George Wilson reads (and provides dialects) in an interesting manner.
This is a good choice for anyone seeking a better understanding of our contemporary world.
The rawness of the idea behind this book--asking controversial Muslim leaders what they think about Jesus' teaching of the Good Samaritan and loving our neighbors--is absolutely brilliant. Far better than academic dialog or second-hand speculation about the thinking of those in the Middle East, these men just ask simple questions and record answers verbatim. A well written, revealing project that promotes genuine understanding.
Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.
I did not have any idea what to expect from this book except that it was about the Middle East and I wanted to know more about the subject. When the book began I was rather turned off by the casualness of it and was prepared to be disappointed. I was not. I was also concerned when I heard that the book was about to be about Jesus and the Second Commandment. I was not up for any kind of proselytizing. At that point I did not even care for the narrator. The book soon changed or I did. After about the first chapter or two I was hooked and could not stop listening.
The book is mostly interviews with people of the area. Sometimes they are "common folk," sometimes rather "uncommon." I loved the questions asked by the interviewers. The questions were not so much of a political nature as they were of a human nature and personal interest. These questions and their answers, I believe, told us more about the people themselves and, isn't that what we really want to know and not their politics?
If we are to believe that the questions were answered truthfully, and I do, then perhaps we have a greater problem at home and particularly with the media than with the people we are lead to believe are all our enemies. Clearly, we have enemies. But many more than we might have thought love rather than hate us.
The book discusses the history and present of the Middle East. I loved it and I could not recommend a book more highly.
Craig Vetter, Designer
Ted Dekker is one of my favorite writers. In his non-fiction Tea with Hezbollah, he asks Muslim leaders: “What do you think about Jesus’ commandment to ‘love your neighbor as yourself?’” They all said they believe and practice Jesus’ commandment. But where is the evidence? The Middle East is full of hate, violence, murder and jihad. Which neighbor do these Muslims love? Ted doesn't analyze his findings.
This book is an eye opener to the Middle East and should be mandatory for anyone. I am married to a Lebanese Druze and neither her or I as a Caucasian American knew. I always suspected that this was the case but now I know. Ted Dekker is, as always, fantastic. A must for all people to read.
This book is about everything BUT Hezbollah. I'm writing this not as a bad comment but rather as a encouragement for everyone to read the book.
Along the way toward meeting Hezbollah, authors encounter numerous people and their stories, opening the door toward almost unknown side of people living in the Middle East.
Excellent listen! No agenda, just raw conversations with our (United States) enemies. Dekker and Medearis keep it simple and straight forward and let the interviews speak for themselves. Awesome for those interested in the Holy Land.
Tea with Hezbollah is door to a world most of us will not, would not and, do not want to pass through for reasons we don't even understand. It's a gripping storing of two men quest to ask a question more than to find an answer. Tea with Hezbollah is one of those books that disarms you and tears down walls that history (that we were not even a part of) has built up in our lives.
Tea with Hezbollah is a book that is worth passing on to those you perceive as your enemies and share about with your closest friends.
This is a very worthwhile book. I found myself regularly reflecting on a fact that I've often found to be true. We (Christians, Muslims, Jews, mankind in general) are much more alike than we are different. The key, as this book reveals, is to see ourselves in each other.
A transplanted Englishman, I spend my time on biography, history and military books. I appreciate good English and good narration.
I enjoyed this book, even though I had to get used to that uniquely American style which seeks to ensure that the reader/listener understands every minute fact; this can destroy texture, priority and emphasis.
Did it need two books to get the point across? Probably not. Did it become a little too self confirming in the repetition of the similar questions, similar predictable answers by Islamic interviewees...all exaggertaed by the narrator's style which used the same 'voice' for each interview? Sure. But it did give a new perpsective...it was a fascinating journey...the accees to forbidden 'supposed terrorists' quite astonishing...and the fundamental unfairness of their situation confirmed indelibly.
I had trouble working out 4 or 5 stars; long windedness made it 3.
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