Hans's Reviews > Tea with Hezbollah: Sitting at the Enemies Table Our Journey Through the Middle East

Tea with Hezbollah by Ted Dekker
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Jul 19, 10

bookshelves: adventure-survival, history, inspirational, leadership, political, social-commentary
Recommended for: Americans
Read in July, 2010

This book has an inspiring aim but falls a bit short of its mark with distracting sophomoric humor. Intending to find out how serious the religions in the middle east take the commandment to "love thy neighbor" two Americans set out on a wild journey through Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Israel. They do succeed in painting a more human picture of many of the more respected leaders of Islam by asking them questions like "What makes you laugh? when did you last cry? What is your favorite movie?". The book does have a discouraging undertone as everyone tends to make qualifications about the need to love their Enemy. The authors find themselves struggling with the immense amount of pain and suffering that the people of the middle east are holding on to and just how precarious their situation. Forgiveness is the only way forward but no one wants to be the first to forgive and one generation passes on their pain to the next telling them to treasure it and avenge it. Of course it is easy for me to make these observations as I have not been party to any of that suffering, but even so Christ's message of love, though poorly followed, is more relevant today than ever before.
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