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.