5 Personal Reasons I Wrote Tea with Hezbollah

I thought it might be fun to let you in on the personal motivations behind writing this wild and crazy book – Tea with Hezbollah: Sitting at the Enemies’ Table.

So….I’ll give you one reason each of the next 5 days. Don’t know if they’re “good” reasons or not, but they’re mine (trying to get Ted to do the same).

Reason #1. To hang out with my buddy Ted. He and I had been dreaming and scheming for years for ways to spend time together, in some sort of adventurous fashion. We’d ridden dirt bikes together. Skied together. Vacationed and traveled together. But we wanted more.

Friendship is one of my highest values. So we did this trip as friends. To hang out. Have fun. And do something significant while we’re at it.

And when my wife Chris was able to join us for part of the trip – well that was a huge bonus. Since she’s my best friend!

Reason #2 tomorrow…


  1. robert gerwig says:

    it would also be a great way to help ted get to know you even better (hangin’ out in your neck of the woods). when you’re close with someone, it helps to spend time in their “arena.” now ted understands you even better and deeper. he got to see and experience you in action, on your home turf. very cool.

  2. Susanne says:

    I enjoyed the book and I read it to a friend — a Syrian in Germany via Skype. He was interested in hearing about your trip to his region of the world. 🙂

  3. Iris J Colwell says:

    I read your book. Your book gsve me a much better understandung of the Muslims. Most really do believe in GOD and JESUS, then there are a few who don’t believe in anything. My question is why do some want to kill us. and why they want to kill themselves? We are not infidels. Thousands of people in America believe in GOD. Why do some try to take GOD away from us? As you know many are trying to take the Christian holidays from us, and etc. You know all as well as I. Why did the President take daily prayer out of the Capitol building? Doesn’t he know GOD knows all and would guide us if we would allow HIM? IN GOD We Trust. “Fear Not I am with you always”. In GOD’S Love.