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Monday, February 7, 2011

Son of Hamas - a book review

Son of Hamas was written by Mosab Hassan Yousef, the oldest son of one of the founders of the Hamas Terror Organization.  The author shares his story as an eye-witness to the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and his voyage out of the terrorism and torment of his environment.  Yousef was groomed to follow in his father's footsteps in the Muslim faith and in the Hamas group.  Instead - he rejected the teachings of hate and violence in his family and community.  He also, eventually, came in contact with the teachings of Christ.  Once he learned about "loving your enemies and doing good to those who hate you" he fully embraced it.

I really can't describe this book well enough to do it justice.  It is so very well written and the quality of subject matter is really interesting.  It reads like an espionage thriller in many ways - but it's all true.  I didn't want it to end.  It isn't an anti-Muslim or anti-Israel or anti-Palestinian rant.  It isn't loaded with stereotypes or any hateful intolerance for the beliefs of others.  It is just a really good book that easily explains much of the original reasons for such unrest in Israel and it outlines some of the reasons that there is still no peace there.  The author also shares his struggles with the faith of his fathers and his conversion to Christianity.  I am giving it five stars and I recommend it to any adult looking for a good book.

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishing Company.  I am not required to submit a positive review for any book.

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