Book Review: “Tea With Hezbollah” by Ted Dekker and Carl Medearis

Tea With Hezbollah: Sitting at The Enemies’ Table, Our Journey Through The Middle East by Ted Dekker and Carl Medearis is by far one of the best books I have ever read.  The authors take the reader on a thrilling real life adventure through the Middle East to have tea and discuss what it means to love your neighbor with many of America’s greatest assumed enemies. This book is full of eye-opening encounters that show a softer side of the Middle East not often portrayed in the West.

The interviews and introspection provided in this book are key in understanding the life experiences and mindset of those who live in the Middle East.  The book is faithful to seek varied perspectives along the way.  The insight gained from this book is key and has helped me personally understand and gain an interest in Middle Eastern affairs. I would highly recommend this book to anyone even remotely interested in Middle Eastern issues.

This is a very timely and well written book that engages the reader every step of the way.   Tea With Hezbollah is a must read for 2010. The retail price is $22.99 (Hardcover) and is worth twice that. It is also available at places like for $15.51. I give it 5 Stars and would give it more.  It truly is a great book.

Disclaimer: This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. There was no requirement to give it a positive review, just for me to call it like I see it.

3 thoughts on “Book Review: “Tea With Hezbollah” by Ted Dekker and Carl Medearis

  1. Margie

    Hey!…….just curious if you would recommend this book for younger students? Gabrielle will be studying the Middle East in school in a couple months and this sounds like a good read aloud addition. What do you think?


  2. pastorjonathan1


    I like the idea of having students read up. I cut my teeth on Hodges 3 volume systematic theology as a 20 year old (He often quoted Greek, Latin, and Hebrew… none of which I knew at the time). I also Read “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” at Age 16 and was reading Missionary biographies and classics like the Arabian Knights at Gabrielle’s Age.

    However, with younger students who are sill developing a “filter” we need to be careful of when and how we introduce some material. I believe that this is something we can do by allowing our kids to view this material and introducing a filter along the way. This is how Rebekah and I watch “ICarly” and read her often errant Children’s Bible. I am sure you already do this with your kids to an extent. I tried to model this for others in my post on 3 things I’d Tell My Teenage Daughter After Watching New Moon and in a post on Avatar scheduled for later this week.

    That being said, no one knows your daughter better than you do. There are a few themes in this book that leave too much in the open (for my taste) and would be worthy of a discussion between you and your daughter. My suggestion is that you read the book first and decide if it is appropriate for her to read with you.


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