Thursday, October 2, 2014

Review of "Son of Hamas" by Mosab Hassan Yousef

As a Bible-believing Christian I have a genuine love for the nation of Israel. This love stems from a greater love for the God of Israel and His Son Jesus Christ. This love is not blind and I fully realize it is not a perfect nation nor are its people perfect. When it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict I admittedly lean more to the Israeli side of the issue. This book has given me a greater understanding and a broader perspective. It provides a glimpse behind the veil of media coverage into the reality of the struggle.

The story of Mosab Hassan Yousef is unique in that, not only is a Palestinian, he is the son of one of the founding members of Hamas. He writes with candidness realizing the weight of what he shares in his story. His is intertwined with the history of the decades old conflict. He provides the reader with the vantage point of a family inextricably caught up in the story struggle, corruption, sorrow, poverty, power, anger, love, hate, and so much more.

The greatest part of the story is the discovery and acceptance of the truth about Jesus Christ. In the midst of a war of hate between two peoples, the Author of love and peace came to dwell in the heart of a confused, bitter young man. His story is one that transcends the chaos he grew up in. The story within the story is how the God of Israel reached out to a hater of the Jews and saved him. I highly recommend reading this book and continuing to follow the story of Mosab Hassan Yousef.

I received this book for free from Tyndale Publishing for the purpose of review.