"Once an Arafat Man" is a well-written memoir about a man who was born a Muslim in Palestine in 1951, who grew up hating Jews, killed both Jews and Christians, but then later became a Christian and worked to bring reconciliation between Arabs and Jews. It's a fast-paced story that kept my interest from beginning to end.He described how his family became refugees, why they were moved to Saudi Arabia, what life was like there for Palestinan refugees, how he learned to hate Jews, how he met Yasser Arafa and later came to join the PLO, what he did in the PLO, how his parents tricked him to get him out of the PLO, why he went to America and what he did there, how and why he converted to Christianity, how his family reacted to his conversion, and how he made peace with his family as well as with Jews. Having read quite a bit on the conflict in the Middle East, I thought he did a good job showing both sides of the issue, though he didn't go in-depth.Overall, I'd highly recommend this interesting and well-written book to those who are interested in the Jew-Arab conflict in the Middle East or to those interested in what it's like for a Muslim to convert to another religion.
Once you start reading this book you will not put it down. It is an amazing testimony of how God changed a heart full of hate to a heart of forgiveness and love. I was so touched by Mr. Saada's testimony and how God is using him in the middle east that I personally went to visit his outreach ministry, stayed 12 days, and saw first hand how Jesus is using Mr. Saada and was blessed beyond belief. He and his wife were so hospitable. I encourage anyone visiting Israel to contact the Saada's for a tour of the Preschool or for partaking in an outreach, he can accommodate teams of around 30.
I found this book to be well-written and fascinating to read. It was encouraging to learn how God is moving among the Arabs, and I applaud Mr. Saada's efforts to bring reconciliation between the Jews and Arabs.