The Mind of Terror: A Former Muslim Sniper Explores What Motivates ISIS and Other Extremist Groups (and how best to respond)  -     By: Tass Saada, Dean Merrill
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The Mind of Terror: A Former Muslim Sniper Explores What Motivates ISIS and Other Extremist Groups (and how best to respond)

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Bombings, massacres, and suicide attacks by Islamic extremists have become commonplace. What motivates the terrorists---and how should we respond? A former Muslim sniper and now a Christian believer, Saada exposes the underlying factors that fuel the atrocities; and outlines a peaceful solution that could transform the Middle East and our diverse neighborhoods at home. 240 pages, softcover from Tyndale.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1496411870
ISBN-13: 9781496411877

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What motivates Islamic terrorists? What is in the mind of terror? Our news reports from the Middle East cover events—bombings, massacres, and suicide attacks. Our newscasters take time to explain who the players are—from Hezbollah to the Iranian Quds, from ISIS to the Palestinian National Authority. But there is something underneath these events and players that fuels atrocity after atrocity in the Middle East. What is it? Tass Saada provides the answer to that question as he delves into the mind of terror, explaining what motivates extremist groups throughout the Middle East. A former Muslim and a onetime sniper with Yasser Arafat’s Fatah organization, Tass has lived it himself. At age 42, he steered his life in a radical new direction, committing it to Jesus. Tass not only describes the motivations and aspirations of those who live in the Middle East, he also outlines a peaceful solution. We can plant seeds of hope that will transform not only the Middle East, but also our increasingly diverse neighborhoods at home. Discover the mind behind terror and how to oppose its grip.

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  1. Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Realistic look at what motivates terroism and how to respond
    July 3, 2016
    Debbie from ChristFocus
    Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "The Mind of Terror" describes possible motives for terrorist activity, how people may respond, and how Christians can respond. The author (Tass Saada) was once a sniper for a terrorist group, so he knows firsthand what motivates terrorism. He provided a balanced, realistic view of people's motives and was sympathetic to certain reactions as being understandable even though they aren't desirable since they don't lead to a solution.

    The author described the leading terrorist groups (which are not all Muslim) and the diversity of beliefs among Muslims. He explained how honor/shame cultures work and a variety of reasons why someone might become a terrorist. He looked at a number of ways that people respond to terrorism and explained why these reactions don't lead to peace.

    He looked at verses in the Bible that Christians may not be aware of regarding Abraham, Ishmael, and Isaac. Then he described a better way to respond and gave examples of people living out this better way. He looked at what motivates people to peace, how to earn the right to be heard, and what you can do (even if terrorists seem outside of your influence). I'd highly recommend this book.

    I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Behind the Headlines Look at Terror
    June 24, 2016
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    Hour by hour we are bombarded with news about outbreaks of terror in our own country and around the world. For many of us, it makes no sense and tests our theology as well.

    Opening the pages of The Mind of Terror by Tass Saada goes beyond the headlines into the Middle East through the eyes and heart of a onetime sniper with Yasser Arafats Fatah government who at 42, experiences a transformed life through the power of the gospel.

    Few individuals can likely give such a unique view as Tass Saada. Born to a Muslim family in 1951 in the Gaza Strip, he grew up in Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Tass meets Osama bin Laden in his fathers auto body repair shop at the age of nine and later as a teen fights with al-Fatah, Yasser Arafats militia. But God had a different plan for Tasss life.

    After immigrating to the United States, he becomes a Christian in Kansas City, Missouri. Sharing with his family in Qatar what has happened results in an onslaught of rejection and threats by his family who remind him he has brought dishonor to them all.

    When terrorists slam planes into the New York towers on 9/11, Tass comes under scrutiny from the FBI because of his background. After carefully checking out his story, the agency acknowledges Tass is okay. Even so, it is clear the world has changed greatly as terrorism explodes across the world in the years following.

    After giving facts and an overview of the list of the ten richest terrorist organizations, their geographic location, and their money sources, Tass begins by introducing his readers to the key principle we need to understand if we are to delve into the minds of those who adhere to terror. The principle is that of honor and shame.
  3. New Hampshire
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    The Mind of Terror by Tass Saada
    June 16, 2016
    Faith Warrior
    New Hampshire
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    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Tyndale House Publishers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

    In The Mind of Terror provides the reader with a better understanding of what makes up a terrorist and how to approach, what is first perceived as an enemy, with love. Tass first describes the different terrorist groups and their characteristics. Then he examines what shame and honor are and why they are important. Next the elements which could possibly fuel a person to become a terrorist or perform the acts of a terrorist are discussed. Some of these elements can include; feelings of revenge over a loss of a loved one, differences in faith, the differences in culture and society, and being pushed out of your own land. Further on different ideas to neutralize terrorism are gone over. Tass also includes steps to approach a Muslim and initiate a conversation as well as a friendship.

    There were quite a few things I was enlightened to through my reading of The Mind of Terror. One of those things was how different things can bring shame upon a culture and an individual which a person may not consider from living in the United States where all think as individuals rather than a group. Another thing was how the United States as a society and nation are perceived from the eyes of foreigners. I recommend The Mind of Terror for insight and further knowledge in order to not bring offense to an individual of a different culture and society.
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