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Son of Hamas, Hardcover
Tyndale House / 2009 / Hardcover
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As the oldest son of a founding member of Hamas, Mosab was groomed to assume his father's legacy, politics, status, and power. But everything changed when he embraced the teachings of Jesus instead. Here "Joseph" shares his story of danger, courage---and conviction that "loving your enemies" is the only way to peace in the Middle East. 256 pages, hardcover from Tyndale.
If you like autobiographies, if you like spy stories, if you like suspense, political analysis of the Middle East, or stories of salvation, you will want to read Son of Hamas by Mosab Hassan Yousef with Ron Brackin.
It is the fascinating account of Mosab Hassan Yousefs life growing up as a Palestinian in Ramallah on the West Bank. Yousefs father, Sheikh Hassan Yousef, is a humble, dedicated Muslim cleric whom Mosab admires above all others, but he is also one of the founders of Hamas. During imprisonment and torture by the Israelis and after seeing Hamas torture its own, Mosab agrees to spy for Israels secret police, Shin Bet. Shortly after this, he begins to attend a Bible study. The words of Jesus delve deep into his heart: You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbor and hate your enemy, but I tell you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be the sons of your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:43-45). Though not yet a Christian, those words change his life in his dangerous role as both a spy for Israel and the protector of his father.
The story grabs you, especially the suspense of Mosab trying to stay alive, to remain under cover, and to protect his father, who was a likely target for assassination by the Israelis. His growing admiration of Jesus and disaffection with Islam provide emotional conflict in this hard-to-put-down book. Mosab shares insight and analysis of the Middle East crisis and shows the political intrigue and cowardice of many of the terrorist leaders.
One of the most challenging moments for me in the book was when Mosab recognized the difference in the Christians he was meeting. This is not the religious Christianity I see in Ramallah. This is real. The Christians I had known before had been no different from traditional Muslims. They claimed a religion, but they didnt live it (p. 123). Ouch. I have thought about that in relation to my own testimony since reading it.
Son of Hamas is fast paced but thoughtful. It inspires and packs an emotional punch. Though I found it one of the best books Ive read in some time, it will probably appeal to more men than women. The authors include helps in the back, such as a glossary, a list of the major figures, a timeline, and endnotes. The book is available on audio CDs also. This book is highly recommended. Debbie W. Wilson, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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