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

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

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by Ted Dekker, Carl Medearis, George K. Wilson
     
 

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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

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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.

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"Narrator George Wilson has a deep, resonant voice, and he pronounces every word as if it were a cherished object." —AudioFile

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ISBN-13:
9781400114047
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
01/26/2010
Edition description:
Unabridged CD
Sales rank:
984,132
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.20(d)

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"Narrator George Wilson has a deep, resonant voice, and he pronounces every word as if it were a cherished object." —-AudioFile

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Carl Medearis spends much of his time working with leaders both in the West and in the Arab world with the goal of seeing a total transformation of the Arab Middle East through the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.

George K. Wilson has narrated over one hundred fiction and nonfiction audiobook titles, from Thomas L. Friedman to Thomas Pynchon, and has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards.

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Tea with Hezbollah 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
EKParsons More than 1 year ago
Fantastic read! Ted and Carl take the readers on a journey through the Middle East in search of the good Samaritan. Can enemies truly love each other as Jesus commanded? Can we put aside our differences in politics, religion, lifestyle and background long enough to see each other as real people, people who laugh and cry, work hard for their families, and hold tightly to what they cherish? This is not a book about politics, religion, right or wrong. Rather, it's a diary of sorts, a log of their travels through this often misunderstood part of the world. I also read it as a call to every man and woman to examine themselves - if we were to stumble upon an enemy of the United States, our enemy, near death, in need of care, would we show compassion and love, or would we walk away, ignoring the needs of a dying man? Eileen K Parsons, author, "The First Rose of Summer"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books of all time. Changed the way I think about loving others. Very thought provoking and life changing.
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I found this book very informative and right on with its facts. It made me look at things differently after living in this part of the world for one year plus. Thanks
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This non fiction transcript includes a good story and detailed information regarding the world's view of The Good Sameritian.
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puppetmaster More than 1 year ago
Tea with Hezbollah is a journey to find out whether it is possible to truly love one's enemies. It is both awe-inspiring and downright terrifying at points, as the authors Ted Dekker and Carl Medearis embark on this highly unusual journey. This journey covered thousands of miles, and not a single mile of that was wasted. I particularly liked the method of documentation of the journey. They recorded every conversation, and most conversations include a direct transcript in the book. There is nothing paraphrased as to not put words in anyone's mouth. I was able to more readily understand the mind and ideas of those that were interviewed as well. The book revolves around two central ideas. One: that the foremost teaching of Jesus was the commandments to love God and to love others, as shown by the parable of the good Samaritan. Two: What if we sat down and talked to those we believe to be our enemies and asked them what they thought about the very same parable and the idea behind it? Ted and Carl did just that. They went on a groundbreaking adventure around the world to the middle east to meet with the very leaders of our enemies. The Islamic leaders, specifically the Hezbollah and the Hamas. They met everyone from taxi drivers to clerics and finally even a Samaritan. The story of this grand adventure gets a shot in the arm from an amazing amount of knowledge about the region, its history and its dangers. Whether you are reading the terrifying stories of Carl Medearis' firsthand encounters with terrorism and near death, or reading about the dramatic history of Baalbek, you cannot help but get sucked into this book. But what truly brings you into this book is the dramatic retelling of the story of one woman named Nicole. The story of Nicole is a modern tale of the good Samaritan if there ever was one. You read each chapter of her story with bated breath, hanging on every last word. It is truly amazing how Ted Dekker could stumble upon Nicole's story during his travels, and even more amazing how powerful her story is. The book raises many questions for you to tackle on your own and encourages you to do so. It certainly gave me a newer and better understanding of the teaching to love one's enemies! Tea With Hezbollah is an amazing read and certainly the best non-fiction title I can remember reading. This book was very interesting and memorable and I do hope that many of you would be interested in reading it yourself! Ted Dekker is the author of many nationally best-selling novels, including Bone Man's Daughters, The Circle Series, Thr3e, and House. His unique style of storytelling has captured the attention of millions worldwide. Visit him at TedDekker.com and Facebook.com/TedDekker. Carl Medearis is an international expert in the field of Arab-American and Muslim-Christian relations. He acts as a catalyst for a number of current movements in the Middle East to promote peace-making and to promote cultural, political and religious dialog leading toward reconciliation. He is the author of the acclaimed book on these issues Muslims, Christians and Jesus. Visit him at carlmedearis.com. read this and other reviews of mine at http://fablefreak.wordpress.com
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Tea with Hezbolah was a very thought provoking read. Ted Dekker is a gifted author whose novels I have enjoyed. With friend Carl Medearis, Dekker embarks on a journey to find out how "America's enemies" feel about one of Jesus's most famous teachings. Dekker and Medearis travel to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank and Isreal in search of "the Good Samaritan". As Dekker and Medearis interview people such as Bin Ladin's brothers, a cab driver in Lebanon, leaders of Hezbolah and Hamas, a Christian Palestenian, a Bedouin prince and more, they provide the actual transcripts from the interview so the reader can make up his or her own mind without the author's opinion of what was being said seeping in. I was amazed with some of the responses from people I was sure were "monsters" and to hear what they really think of Americans was rather eye opening. While this book is not meant in any way to justify terrorism or to take sides in the conflict in the Middle East, it gives one a new perspective on the grievances from all sides of the conflicts. Whether speaking with Christian, Muslim or Jew the same sentiment seemed to abound...we need to love one another, but politics seems to get in the way.
areneez More than 1 year ago
This enlightening book delves into the reason behind one of the most widely known biblical stories: The Good Samaritan. Dekker and Medearis travel across the Middle East, meeting with various fighters, religious leaders, and common civilians, in order to unearth the true teaching and belief behind The Good Samaritan story Christ spoke of. These two men interviewed a wide range of officials and posted them, word for word, within the book. Raw emotions and thoughts are woven throughout this journey. What may seem as just another one-religious-based book, is in fact a book about a journey to uncover the commonalities between Christians and Muslims and shed light on the growing situation in the Middle East. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a deeper knowledge of the religious basis of the people who are living in the midst of war in the Middle East. I was pleasantly surprised to gain a new understanding and perspective through the eyes of numerous individuals living in a world unlike mine. I devoured this book in a matter of a couple days. Ted Dekker and Carl Medearis do not disappoint!
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This book really does open eyes. Dekker and Medearis travel through the Middle East and approach those who the Western world (and especially America) would consider our "enemies." The take a very simple question to them: Is it possible to love your enemy? The interviewees' responses are very enlightening, offered word-for-word by the authors.
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