Review of ‘Once an Arafat Man’ by Tass Saada


I was lent this book to read and I am so glad I was. It is a great read I got so into it I read it in 3-4 days.

This book is about a Palestinian Tass Saada, who age 17, ran away to become a PLO sniper, then a one time chauffeur for Yasser Arafat, and a Muslim immersed in anti-Israeli activity. Later as a man he moved to America, started a family still with his desire to defeat Israel, 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 over hatred, of reconciliation over divisions. It’s a story that can inspire us all to overcome the conflicts in our own lives.

The book starts with looking at how this young man became a terrorist and learnt to kill, it continues with his life as he tries to find new ways to get at Israel while avoiding those looking for him due to his past acts of killing. The second part looks at how God spoke to him and changed his whole life and the way he saw Jews and Muslims as well as Christians. It is a wonderful story which shows that no one is beyond Gods reach and that He gives so many changes to be different. He can redeem us from our past even if it was as a killer. He can protect us from those who want to kill us and bring families back together.

Please read, it will show you that Muslims are no different to the rest of us, often driven by many hates, fears and passions and that Christ is the savior of all no matter your background.

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