The Mind of Terror: A Former Muslim Sniper Explores What Motivates ISIS and Other Extremist Groups (and how best to respond)
By Tass Saada with Dean Merrill / Tyndale House
Bombings, massacres, and suicide attacks by Islamic extremists have become commonplace. What motivates the terrorists—and how should we respond? A former Muslim sniper and now a Christian believer, Saada exposes the underlying factors that fuel the atrocities; and outlines a peaceful solution that could transform the Middle East and our diverse neighborhoods at home. 240 pages, softcover from Tyndale.
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In The Mind of Terror provides the reader with a better understanding of what makes up a terrorist and how to approach, what is first perceived as an enemy, with love. Tass first describes the different terrorist groups and their characteristics. Then he examines what shame and honor are and why they are important. Next the elements which could possibly fuel a person to become a terrorist or perform the acts of a terrorist are discussed. Some of these elements can include; feelings of revenge over a loss of a loved one, differences in faith, the differences in culture and society, and being pushed out of your own land. Further on different ideas to neutralize terrorism are gone over. Tass also includes steps to approach a Muslim and initiate a conversation as well as a friendship.
There were quite a few things I was enlightened to through my reading of The Mind of Terror. One of those things was how different things can bring shame upon a culture and an individual which a person may not consider from living in the United States where all think as individuals rather than a group. Another thing was how the United States as a society and nation are perceived from the eyes of foreigners. I recommend The Mind of Terror for insight and further knowledge in order to not bring offense to an individual of a different culture and society.