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Once an Arafat Man: The True Story of How a PLO Sniper Found a New Life Hardcover – September 17, 2008
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I don't want to give away a ton of what goes on in the book and steal that pleasure from you, but the book is a real eye-opener for someone like me who has always been a firm (sometimes zealous) supporter of Israel. When you peek into the life of a Palestinian born in a tent near the beginnings of the last century's conflict between Jews and Arabs, you cannot help but have your worldview shifted somewhat--maybe not so much a shift in thought but an increased clarity because of learning about the other side of the issue.
Make no mistake, just as Tass Saada affirms in latter parts of his autobiography, Israel has a right to exist, and the Lord Himself promised them the land. But, also make no mistake that the Palestinian people have been abused, treated as non-entities at times, and used as political pawns by forces on all sides of the conflict. That's enough to make any people group be filled with animosity and hatred.
I think Once an Arafat Man is a book we should be paying close attention to, especially in our current, post-9/11 world. If you want some insight as to how a young child can go from being a mother's sweet little boy to someone willing to give their very life for a cause--willing to kill everyone who stands in their way--then you need to read the story of Taysir Abu Saada.Read more ›
We knew that Tass was of Palestinian origin, but he had lived for many years in our city and seemed perfectly adapted to his new homeland. Little did we know that Tass had a past as a Palestinian warrior/sniper and former aide to Yasser Arafat. This book is the story of how he came to faith only a few months after his son Ben, on a separate but parallel track under the supernatural guidance of a loving God.
When Ben came to Christ in his late teens, he was naturally fearful of how his Muslim dad would react. Some in our church started a 24/7 prayer chain for him, and three months later Tass experienced a truly amazing encounter with Jesus that you can read about in this book.
Once I started this book I literally could not put it down. The first part of the book is candid and can be disturbing as Tass shares his background as a displaced Palestinian and the resulting build up of anger and bitterness that pushed him into his life as a terrorist. Like Saul of Tarsus, he sincerely thought he was doing God and his people a favor by killing the enemy. As interesting as you might find this section of the story, the account of his journey to faith in Christ is even more so. If you are a resident of Kansas City, you will immediately be drawn to places and people you know. The story will leap with life off the pages.Read more ›
Within 5 minutes of his talk, I knew something was very different about this man. He spoke with incredible sincerity when he asked the Jewish people present for forgiveness because of what Palestinians like him had done. He talked about about some of his history, the work he had been doing in the Middle East, his message of reconciliation. Tears came to my eyes and many others during the course of his talk. When he mentioned that he had been a sniper and had actually killed people, and how the faces of those he had killed still haunted him to this day; you could hear a pin drop in the room. I was reminded of the Apostle Paul, who once persecuted the Church, but was struck down by a blinding vision and helped change the course of history. Tass had a similar life changing experience, and seeing him in person give his story was an incredible experience. He is genuine, his conversion is sincere. He stood in front of a group of mostly Jewish Christians and asked them for forgiveness, and is now friends with a former Israeli soldier in the congregation. To think that at one point these two people hated each other's guts, but now because of the love of God they have forgiven each other and consider themselves to be brothers, just amazes me.
So I bought the book and had Tass sign it, and I just finished reading it. At first I was a little disappointed because the writing style seemed to be very "Reader's Digesty". That is, it was very simple to read, the facts were stated without too much elaboration, etc.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good read. It is worth the time to be educated on the world beyond what our own news pundits have painted for us. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Surfking
Tass Saada's journey from "Once an Arafat Man" trained as a deadly sniper to his transformation, through the blood of Jesus Christ, into a gentle husband, father and grandfather is... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Kenyon Delk
Very intriguing to see how this young man made his was to Christ! Wonderful influencePublished 1 month ago by L. Gann
Inspirational story, take the Ishmaelite emphasis at the end with a grain of salt.Published 2 months ago by GH
Once an Arafat Man is a fast-moving story of salvation, reconciliation and hope in a part of the world where hatred and hopelessness is the norm.Published 2 months ago by Deborah
Amazing story, I admire Tass so much. Many lessons learned from his story.Published 3 months ago by Ellen R. Smith
I know relatively little about the Middle East and the Muslim religion. I do believe that little of what is happening there is shared in America. Read morePublished 3 months ago by C. Martinez