Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Hamas Palestinian turned Christian Israeli spy

From Mindy Belz in World...

Take a Palestinian with Hamas in his bloodline, turn him into an Israeli spy, pack him off to a Bible study that leads to a conversion to Christianity, and exile him to America where he tells all—daring both Islamic militants and an Israeli hit squad to come after him! No Hollywood director is crazy enough to option that script.

But that's the story of Mosab Hassan Yousef, author of Son of Hamas.

Son of Hamas' chronicle of Yousef's conversion is moving, but many of the accounts of his continuing involvement with both Hamas and Shin Bet read like fantasy—providing intel to Shin Bet to foil a Hamas assassination plot against Shimon Peres, then using Shin Bet to save his father from an Israeli army plan to kill him. And just when it seems that his inside view of all sides might bring some transformation, he decides he is weary of the battle and heads to Southern California.

From there he has been telling his story since about 2008, but the book—which debuted at No. 11 on the New York Times bestseller list—made him a sensation....

3 Comments:

At May 12, 2010 at 11:17 PM , Blogger PianoMom said...

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At May 12, 2010 at 11:21 PM , Blogger PianoMom said...

I am reading this book right now. It is incredible! Yousef is humble, sincere, courageous and he loves Jesus - a real hero.
A fantastic read!

 
At May 13, 2010 at 2:42 PM , Blogger PianoMom said...

That last comment was a little gushy! :-)

Here's a more intellectual one and actually the biggest reason I bought this book:

It serves home education purposes!

Auto/Biographies are excellent for making history come alive and preserving it in memory.
This true story involves the political geography of an engimatic hot spot - the Middle East. Yousef provides an objective (as much as is possible), panoramic understanding of culture, ideology and religion in conflict, with compassion for both sides as well as the answer for both sides -- Jesus Christ. The writing is quality, the story gripping and transformational, and the author a brave young man who is risking his life on a mission for real peace in the region.

My husband and I are planning on reading this book with all the kids eventually, maybe age 13 or older, depending on maturity.

 

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