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  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale (1 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414334443
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414334448
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 16.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Once an Arafat Man At age 17, Palestinian Tass Saada ran away to become a PLO sniper, onetime chauffeur for Yasser Arafat, and a Muslim immersed in anti-Israeli activity. As a man he moved to America, started a family, and eventually became a Christian. Then he risked retribution as he returned home to share his faith with his family and former boss. "Once an Arafat Man" is a story of the ultimate triumph of love ov... Full description

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4.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary real life story 19 May 2010
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Very readable real life account of Tass Saada who joined up with Fatah the Palestinian organisation then run by Yassar Arafat before going abroad and changing his religion. More importantly, it changed his outlook on life from angry young man intent on killing to a learning student of life and the importance of peace.

Whilst his time in Fatah was in the 70's, he met Arafat again earlier this decade, and the book includes some of his work now in the Palestinian territories to change other people's lives for the better. Stirring stuff.

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5.0 out of 5 stars escape from terrorism 19 Oct 2009
The PLO has been synonymous with terrorism for decades. In their fight to remove the immigrant Jews from Palestine they have bombed, shot and terrorised their own people, other Arabs and world-wide Jewry. This is one man's story of terrifying escape from this organisation and its mind-set, from being a right-hand man of Arafat himself, the then leader of the PLO.

His story is one of religious conversion at its core. From hatred to love. From evil to good. From hating to embracing Jews. The strangeness of the tale is that he resolved his Islamic hatred for Jewry by becoming a Christian. It is through the third and smallest religion of the Middle East he found freedom from hatred, murder and death.

In doing so he has exposed himself to death threats from relatives and other former terrorists. But it also allowed him to talk of the love of God in Christ even to Arafat himself. The breach from his Islamic family background cannot be minimised. He makes it clear that this brings with it a death penalty which any relative can carry out.

For many in the West post 9/11 trying to understand fundamentalist Islamic terrorism, this book is a young man speaking directly from the heart of what was the main terrorist group before Bin Laden appeared. He shows how terrorism grows out of the religious and cultural background of these young men.

For the Liberal Secularist reader this is hard reading for it shows religion as still the greatest force to be reckoned with worldwide. This is a world of rampant fundamentalist Islam, western liberal decadence, Jewish confidence and where Christianity is ceasing to be a Western and gradually becomes a Southern and Eastern force. This book is a single case, but one that will allow the reader, particularly the atheist or agnostic, a true insight into the realities of the ancient battle of faith that is still driving agendas across the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The way to real peace and freedom 27 Oct 2012
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This book, as well as giving insight and understanding of the human goals and terrible suffering involved for Arabs and Israelies in the Middle East conflicts; it also shows the real way to peace, freedom and reconciliation without violence. I found the honesty and transparancy of the author a real challenge for my own life and his God given change of heart from hate to love is an inspiration which I welcome and believe in. I highly recommend this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking true story 19 Jan 2013
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Whilst reading this book, it genuinely helps the reader understand one man's journey to faith and the complexities and dangers in the Arab world. Definitely recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My view on Once an Arafat Man 30 Aug 2010
An extremely well written & understandable book as to how a man who had committed such atrocities can be changed by the love of Jesus.
He was very brave to write such a book. God Bless him
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This is a brilliant book very well written and grips the reader from the outset. An amazing story of a young life ruined by the bitterness of extreme islam turned around by salvation. A murderer who became a missionary, no human could make that change on their own, truly a real work of miraculous salvation in the heart of a young man and his dear wife. The sniper who learned at an early age to kill at will met the Lord Jesus, sought his forgiveness and became a great worker for the good of the Palestinian people
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5.0 out of 5 stars To God be the Glory! 24 April 2014
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A wonderful story of God's love and amazing grace... "The wind (of God) blows where it wills" May we see this sort of miracle again & again
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Stunning Example of God's Grace 20 April 2014
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If you wanted evidence of God's undeserved grace freely given, then this book is for you. Very encouraging and offering great hope for the Israeli Arab conflict.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not enough facts, too much bible quoting for me
I expected a more fact based account of an "insider" to the Middle East conflict. This book however focusses too much on the mystical elements for me. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Liz
5.0 out of 5 stars Every good
This book is very inspiring to see how The Lord Jesus can change a person in the twinkling of a eye from some one who has murder in their heart to love who you see as an enemy it... Read more
Published 5 months ago by George Strange
5.0 out of 5 stars once an Arafat Man
excellent book. Having heard Tass Saada speak I wanted to buy his book and was not disappointed, Easy to read and an amazing story.
Published 5 months ago by Susie
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'cant put down' book
Tass Saada's story is amazing and tells how life can be turned around after an excounter with Jesus. Read more
Published 6 months ago by John R. Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping story
I have read this in hard back before. Excellent book. I've downloaded it to re-read for when I go on holiday.
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This soul-wrenching book just illustrates the awesome capacity of God to forgive sin and turn wicked lives around to glorify His Name.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another major step towards PEACE
The reality of ingrained tribalism expressing itself in youth, followed by the start of maturing in Saada's twenties, is enthralling and instructive. Read more
Published 11 months ago by A.V.Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This was a most interesting book. It was good to read how God brought Tass Saada to know the Lord Jesus Christ as his Saviour! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mrs. Margaret Bruce
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing is impossible with God.
Amazing change in a mans attitude to the important values in life. Nothing is impossible after taking Jesus Christ to your heart.
Published 12 months ago by Jaromir Simsa
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening
This book was mentioned by a preacher in a sermon, so I bought it. I am so glad I did. Its written style varies from diary like too remenise too adventure novel too evangelistic... Read more
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