Tea with Hezbollah

  • by Ted Dekker, Carl Medearis
  • Narrated by George K. Wilson
  • 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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

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.
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- Roy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-26-2010
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio