Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The Mind of Terror by Tass Saada

Whether or not you follow the news, I think we're all aware of the threat of terrorism.  Maybe you've wondered as I have..."What would make someone want to hurt us and be willing to die to do it?"  This book captured my attention because it was written by a former terrorist to try and explain why this problem exists, how terrorists think, and what we can do about it.  Even though some details were over my head, I thought overall this book was written in a very easy to read and understand format.

This book is broken into three sections.  The first section explains how terrorists think and why they are inclined to act with such violence.  The next section outlines some reactions/solutions to terrorism that are often thought of, but that the author feels are not effective.  The final section reveals some strategies that we can use to neutralize terrorism. (Namely doing what Jesus taught us to do - praying for and loving our enemies). The author also shares some stories from the ministry that he is involved in to show how this strategy has been effective.

I have a rough understanding of biblical Islamic history and current events.  There are so many new vocabulary terms that are used when speaking of the Middle East that I sometimes have trouble following.  I thought this author did a great job of explaining some of the background information and history of the Palestinian and Israeli people.  I feel more educated and equipped to understand the daily headlines.  I have also grown in my compassion for the Arab people, many of whom do not agree with these terrorist tactics either.

 I can't imagine a world where the fighting stops - where people cease to strike back with violence - but it sure is nice to dream and hope for a more peaceful world.  This book has the ability to open hearts and minds to a better way, starting with creating peace in our own neighborhoods.  The author writes "Muslims are everywhere across the world, and the alert Christian will find openings to make show be the hands and feet of Christ in natural and acceptable ways.  Whenever and wherever this happens, the Good News moves forward.  Tension are eased, and light breaks through the clouds.  Regardless of where we live, this is our great calling."

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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