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Tea With Hezbollah

by Ted Dekker and Carl Medearis

  • Hardcover
  • 256 Pages
  • Religion, Current Affairs
  • Price: $22.99
  • January 26, 2010
  • Random House Publishing
  • ISBN:  978-0-307-58827-2
  • Purchase a Copy!

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 readers join novelist Ted Dekker and his co-author and 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, 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.

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 and

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

My Opinion:
I was skeptical whether I would like this book or not.  After the first chapter, I was hooked and finished it within hours.  The authors tell the story of their journey to the Middle East, along with the conversations they had with people living there.  I thought it would be boring, but it was interesting and I especially liked the story they had about Nicole.  They travel to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Beirut, Baalbek, Southern Lebanon, Syria, and Jerusalem.  At each stop, they speak with someone to get his opinion on many things, including America, and most importantly, following Jesus’ commandment to love thy neighbor as yourself, which was the reason for their trip.  What they find will have you thinking and will show that we aren’t as different as it appears.

I Rated This Book:
4 Stars

‘I received a copy from Waterbrook Multnomah to facilitate my review and I was not compensated in any other way.  This is my honest opinion only.’

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January 25, 2010 - Posted by | Book Reviews

1 Comment »

  1. Great Review! I just read this book myself! I wrote a review of it as well if you are interested.

    Comment by pdawwg08 | June 3, 2010 | Reply

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