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Tea with Hezbollah: Sitting at the Enemies' Table - Our Journey Through the Middle East | [Ted Dekker, Carl Medearis]

Tea with Hezbollah: Sitting at the Enemies' Table - Our Journey Through the Middle East

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.
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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 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

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    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 05-10-10
    Roy Beaumont, TX, United States 05-10-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Love Your Enemies?"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Johnny Myerstown, PA, United States 04-07-10
    Johnny Myerstown, PA, United States 04-07-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Fantastic and Insightful"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 07-22-10
    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 07-22-10 Member Since 2009

    Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.

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    "Over the top great book"

    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.

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    Will MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 03-20-13
    Will MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 03-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Over the top religious."

    I bought this book looking for an interesting read on middle east culture. It is only a Christian walk down memory lane. Not what I wanted.

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    Bernadette United States 08-06-12
    Bernadette United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I don't like being jerked around!"
    Would you try another book from Ted Dekker and Carl Medearis and/or George K. Wilson?

    I would not try another of their books.


    What was most disappointing about Ted Dekker and Carl Medearis ’s story?

    Spoiler Alert - A large part of it was fictional! I was furious when this was revealed at the end of the book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I loved the individual interviews and personal quality of the questions. Very insightful.


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    Craig Carmel, CA, United States 08-17-10
    Craig Carmel, CA, United States 08-17-10 Member Since 2006

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    "Tea with Hezbollah"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew potomac, MD, United States 04-01-12
    Matthew potomac, MD, United States 04-01-12 Member Since 2008
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    "A goofy tour of the Middle East"

    Two Christian Arabists bumble thorough the Middle East, meet with terrorists and ask them what kind of toothpaste they use and what color their Mercedes are.

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    Zenica Saint Louis, MO, United States 03-27-12
    Zenica Saint Louis, MO, United States 03-27-12

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    "Interesting book"

    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.

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    Aaron Moscow, ID, United States 09-27-11
    Aaron Moscow, ID, United States 09-27-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Simple and Raw"

    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.

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    Justin Sarasota, FL, United States 06-24-11
    Justin Sarasota, FL, United States 06-24-11
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    "Tea Time"

    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.

    Great Read!!

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