As a PLO sniper and Arafat's chauffeur, Saada was a Muslim immersed in anti-Israeli activity. But when he reached middle age, he moved to America, began a family---and became a Christian! You'll be enthralled by his prophetic conversion and subsequent encounters with Arafat, his teaching about Arabs and Ishmael, and his hope for reconciliation through Jesus. 250 pages, hardcover from Tyndale.
Format: Hardcover Number of Pages: 250 Vendor: Tyndale House Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches) ISBN: 1414323611 ISBN-13: 9781414323619 Availability: In Stock
Tass Saada was a PLO sniper and Arafats chauffeur, a Muslim immersed in anti-Israeli activity. As a young man he came to America, where he started a family, changed his faith, and began reconciliation with Jews. Later on he returned to Qatar to face his family and former boss, Arafat, with stories from his new life in Christ. The encounters are astounding. Youll embrace Saadas engaging story. Youll be enthralled by his conversion and the biblical teaching regarding Arabs and Ishmael. Youll be encouraged by his changed life and the story of hope in reconciliation through Jesus. Dont miss this enlightening true story by Tass Saada, written with Dean Merrill.
Tass Saada understands terrorists. He understands their passion and devotion to their cause. How? He was one. Becoming a sniper for the PLO at 17 years old, he personally worked for Yasser Arafat, even becoming his chauffeur. In Once an Arafat Man, Saada tells his incredible story of his early fascination and association with the PLO cause and how he eventually risked his life by becoming a Christian.
Saada moved around the Middle East with his family as a refugee during his youth, but he found ways to continue his terrorist indoctrination, even getting accepted into a PLO training camp. He finally arrived in America, despite his father’s objections of going to “that satanic country”. While living with a friend in Columbia, Missouri, Saada decided to stay in the United States, but he didn’t have the proper documentation. He realized he could stay if he married an American, so he met a girl and accomplished his goal. He planned to leave her, but a pregnancy changed his mind and he decided he would make the marriage work.
He developed a blossoming career as a chef, leaving his wife and children in Missouri to take a job in California. His career began to quickly unravel, and he returned to his family. His amazing salvation story is the turning point in the book and is a wonderful testimony to God’s grace, proving that “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:15). It also put his life in peril with his own family for rejecting his Muslim faith.
Saada eventually had the opportunity to visit with Arafat privately and told him of his new relationship with God. He and his wife founded and operate Hope for Ishmael, a foundation aiming to reconcile Arabs and Jews.
Saada’s exciting story powerfully demonstrates how God can change the heart of a man full of hate to a heart full of love and compassion. -- Jeff Friend, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Tell us a little about yourself. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ who privileges me by using me to help Him lead others to His truth.
What was your motivation behind this project? To see radicals, like myself, come to know the truth and to let others know, who may not understand the reason for the conflict between Palestinians and Jews.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope they will gain a sense of the true heart of God, His enormous love for us all.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Working on this project gave me a deeper sense of God's miraculous transformation power in my life. It was not easy to reflect back on all the wrong I have done in my childhood; the pain and suffering I caused my Dad. Becoming a believer and a follower of Jesus, is not an easy thing for a Muslim to do. It could still cost me my life. But more important than that, the pain and suffering it may possibly cause my Dad,still a Muslim, because I have chosen to follow Jesus.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? My biggest influence in my life is the Word of God. I don't read many other books often. But one of the most influential authors in my life is Joel Rosenberg and now, my Co-Author, Dean Merrill. The most influential people in my life, is my pastor, Charles Sharpe, my wife, Karen, and my kids, Ben and Farah.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Pastor Bob Johnson, is one of the other people who have influenced the direction of my life. As well as his wife, Sonya. Also, other pastors and teachers such as: Brian Zahnd, a true friend and inspiration; Garry Ansdell and Ameal Hadaad as Ambassadors of Peace. So many people have impacted my life it is hard to name them all.