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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (519 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ted Dekker, Carl Medearis Narrator: George K. Wilson Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9781400184040
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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. Download and start listening now!

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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

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kym | 2/14/2014

    " Although I don't think the writing style is as fluid as a typical Ted Dekker book, I have to say that this book really made me THINK. And I continue to think about the challenges he sets forth in this book. Regardless of your political views you will find this book to challenge your assumptions about what transpires in the Middle East while revealing prejudices you likely did not realize that you hold. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Mclain | 2/9/2014

    " A very interesting and enjoyable read, Tea with Hezbollah contains a view of the Middle East that is very rarely reported in the news, if at all. The authors are even handed, honest, clear, and concise with their descriptions. They strike at the heart of those they interview, and you come away wanting more. There are no politics, no proselytizing, and certainly no boring pages. There is a great deal of insight about the different fixtures of Middle Eastern Islam that is relatively unknown in the West. The prime objective was to meet with the United States' enemies, both real and perceived, and ask them one simple question: What do they think about Jesus' revolutionary teaching to love one's enemies. This culture-rich trip journal finishes with a visit to some of the last remaining Samaritans in the world, the very people who Jesus used to illustrate his principle of love. I highly recommend Tea with Hezbollah to anyone who is interested in current events, foreign policy, or comparative religion between Jews, Christians, and Muslims. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan Neuschwander | 2/5/2014

    " It's worth reading and contemplating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Unrau | 1/23/2014

    " made me want to move to the middle east "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 1/22/2014

    " Muslims revere Jesus Christ as a great Prophet; they just don't believe that He is the only prophet or the last prophet. So, friend says, "What if we travel to the Middle East, meet with various leaders, political and academic, as well as the man on the street and discuss the story of the Good Samaritan and what it means to them?" Ted says, "Ok." And so begins their adventure. This is an eye-opening, educational story about the people of the Middle East and why there is such conflict. Really enjoyed it. Learned a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Jones | 1/16/2014

    " This is one of my favorite books. As a young woman with a deep love for the Middle East, it was very refreshing to delve into a book that told about people as they are. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara Walker | 1/11/2014

    " A fascinating and challenging concept: to love those who wish to do you harm. Honestly, I was surprised at how pro-Hezbollah and pro-Hamas this book came across. For a writer whose audience is overwhelmingly evangelical Christian, Dekker seemed to work really hard to show the Islamic people that he met in the most positive light possible. And not just the ordinary, everyday people whose religion happens to be Islam--but also those who are in real positions of influence in Islamic religious and intellectual circles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tonya Harmati | 1/3/2014

    " I am amazed how this one book has changed my views on the Arabic nation. It teachers the word truly, we all want one goal in commom. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryann | 12/24/2013

    " Christian author Ted Dekker & Middle East hand Carl Medearis go visit America's "enemies" to discuss the parable of the good samaritan. Better concept than book, but I did like the Palestinian pacifist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 12/9/2013

    " Wonderful book - i enjoyed getting to know 'the enemy' on a personal level. I wept as I read what makes them cry but I confess I didn't understand any of their jokes. Humor really is cultural. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 11/30/2013

    " An amazing look into the journey of two men through the middle east. This gave me a new perspective into the people of the middle east. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John | 11/17/2013

    " **spoiler alert** I was enjoying the book until I discovered a story they were telling about a girl named Nicole was actually made up. From that point I hated the book. I can not even bring my self to finish the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebekah | 7/25/2013

    " I think every single American should read this book, especially those that call themselves Christian. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 7/8/2013

    " loved this "non religious and non political" book which has a lot of both items. Well written and very inspirational on Jesus'teaching about loving one's ennemies. Comes real close to home with one of my sibling "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kat | 7/5/2013

    " Very intriguing book. Loved the story within the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 4/14/2013

    " An admirable feat: with Carl "Agape" Medeiris as his guide, Ted Dekker makes an extraordinary tour of the middle east and glimpses the humanity of many "enemies". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lara | 3/13/2012

    " Really interesting perspective on the Middle East...some pages you feel like WOW! and other pages make you a little mad. But every page makes you think "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barb | 2/21/2012

    " Do you want to know how the people of the Middle East really feel about us in the U.S.? Then read this book. After reading books like this, I find my world viewpoint changing, hopefully for the better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irma Tijerina | 6/25/2011

    " That humans are the same everywhere. They all want the same thing, to be treated with compassion and respect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryann | 5/8/2011

    " Christian author Ted Dekker & Middle East hand Carl Medearis go visit America's "enemies" to discuss the parable of the good samaritan. Better concept than book, but I did like the Palestinian pacifist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 5/6/2011

    " made me want to move to the middle east "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kara | 1/9/2011

    " Can I love my enemies as Christ told us to do? This is the question I was faced with throughout the book. Do I recommend it? Absolutely! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Derrick | 12/16/2010

    " Well worth the read for anyone who wants to understand the people and feeling of the middle East a little bit more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 10/8/2010

    " I couldn't finish it, I might go back to it. It just wasn't very compelling and I wanted it to be more heartfelt. It lacked a little something, I think it simplified something so complex. I'm not sure the authors had a choice though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 9/19/2010

    " This was an eye-opening book. Point of the book: we have much more in common with those we consider our enemy than one would think. Very thought-provoking, especially in light of the anti-Islamic paranoia going on right now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 8/4/2010

    " An amazing look into the journey of two men through the middle east. This gave me a new perspective into the people of the middle east. "

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About the Author
Author Ted Dekker

Ted Dekker is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels, with more than seven million books in print. He is known for thrillers that combine adrenaline-laced plots with incredible confrontations between good and evil. His works include THR3E, Blink, Heaven’s Wager, When Heaven Weeps, and more. Raised in the jungles of Indonesia, he now lives with his wife and children in Austin, Texas.

About the Narrator

George K. Wilson is a working actor in stage, film, television, and commercials with almost one hundred audiobook narrations to his credit. He began in broadcast journalism with American Forces Radio and Television and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He had a lead role in the cult film classic Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and appeared on television’s One Life to Live, Ryan’s Hope, and The Doctors and has been heard on voice-overs for The Guiding Light and The Cosby Show, as well as many television and radio commercials.