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Tea with Hezbollah: Sitting at the Enemies Table Our Journey Through the Middle East Hardcover – January 26, 2010

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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 --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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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 www.carlmedearis.com.
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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Religion; 1 edition (January 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307588270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307588272
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I had mixed emotions about this book upon completing it, because I really, really wanted it to be good. The idea of discussing Jesus' most important teaching with Middle-Eastern Muslims is ground-breaking, and the idea was ripe with possibilities. I truly hoped the book would live up to my expectations. But in the end, I left a bit disappointed, having felt that it fell short of its goal, and even got way off track at times. The authors explain the purpose and goal of the book, and I had hoped that the bulk of the book would be the interviews with the mullahs, muftis and members of "terrorist" organizations. For reasons that never really became apparent, they chose instead to weave a fictional story into their non-fiction narrative.

The fictional part of the book, which I won't give away, was certainly interesting, and would have made a great novel. As I read it, and not knowing that it was fiction, I kept wondering why this story hadn't already been made into a movie. I also smelled a rat...I follow the news from this region very closely, and had never heard about this person, even though the story leads the reader to believe it had been covered by all the major news outlets. Upon finally discovering it was fictional, I was disappointed and even a bit angry, as it took up space in a book that could have been better used to address the stated purpose of the book.

In the end, I simply felt that the authors should have spent much more of the book dealing with the primary subjects. That's why I wanted to read it, and I was disappointed that they had to share billing with a fictional character. While the fictional tale was gripping, it really seemed out of place in this book and would have been better served by putting it into a book of its own.
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The book, Tea With Hezbollah, was quite interesting and different than I thought. I wasn't sure really what to expect, and what I found was both very well done and disappointing as well. The reason I say disappointing is that I thought the book was written by both Ted Dekker and Carl Medearis, when in reality, it was only written by Dekker. This was both informative and lacking. Here is what I mean.

The book is set up as the story of the journey of New York Times best selling author Ted Dekker and the most official title you'll ever get out of Carl Medearis, which is "Mr. Carl." Carl is actually the most prominant Western White "Christian" (better referenced as a follower of Jesus) to ever build bridges and share the life and ministry of Jesus to the insides of the most dangerous places on earth for most Christians to go. The journey for these two is to go to those that are considered the enemies of the United States and sit down and try and show their humanity through "People Magazine" type questions and then ask them on their thoughts on Jesus' command for us to love our enemies. The idea was for them to see if they could find "the Good Samaritan" living today.
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This book is an account of a trip through the Middle East by two friends, both Christian but one with deep connections in that area of the world, who seek out people whom they call "America's enemies" to ask them if they believe in the concept of loving thy neighbor. More specifically, Ted Dekker and Carl Medearis use Jesus's parable of the Good Samaritan to explore whether such a scenario could happen today between people of antagonistic religions.

Here's a short summary of the parable: In Jesus's lifetime Samaritans and Jews hated each other because of arcane differences in religious doctrine. Jesus tells a story about a Jew who was injured while on a journey and was not helped by other Jews who passed the injured man by on the road. Eventually, a Samaritan came long and helped the fellow, a fact that would have stunned most people of the time because it was generally believed that enemies would not assist one another.

So Medearis and Dekker finagle meetings with various luminaries and scholars who could be perceived as "enemies," including Saudi relatives of Osama bin Laden and the leader of today's remnant Samaritan colony in northern Israel. They ask each of these people how they feel about the parable and the commandment to love thy neighbor as thyself. The book is a report of their findings.

I found it intriguing that two Christians would assume that people of other faiths, particularly Muslims living in the Middle East, would 1) revere anything Jesus said and 2) meet with them at all. While the authors satisfy my first point by explaining that Muslims revere Jesus as a great prophet, it nevertheless seems strange to me that given the present circumstances in the Middle East, Jesus would be a welcome topic of conversation among Muslims.
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