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Recommended reading for the 2009 Earth Ministry Holy Land Eco-Tour.

A Let's Go Travel Guide: Middle East (2003)
Author: Evanovich, Janet. The resource for the independent traveler, Let's Go Travel Guides have brought budget savvy travelers closer to the world and its diverse cultures by providing the most up-to-date information on price levels for lodging, food, attractions, must-have tips for planning your trip, getting around, and staying safe. The book covers Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, and Israel.
Ancient Israel: From Abraham to the Roman Destruction of the Temple
Author: Shanks, Hershel. This is the best book for all those who are taking their first serious look at the history of Israel—from Abraham to the Roman destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D. It offers quality authorship from respected leaders in their fields, numerous photos, maps, charts, and timelines.
Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land
Author: Shipler, David. The Jew, according to the Arab stereotype, is a brutal, violent coward; the Arab, to the prejudiced Jew, is a primitive creature of animal vengeance and cruel desires. Shipler delves into the origins of the prejudices that have been intensified by war, terrorism, nationalism, and the failure of the peace process.
Blood Brothers
Authors: Chacour, Elias and David Hazard. In Blood Brothers, Chacour blends his riveting life story with historical research to reveal a little-known side of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the birth of modern Israel. He touches on controversial questions such as "What behind-the-scenes politics touched off the turmoil in the Middle East?" and "Can bitter enemies ever be reconciled?"
Children of Israel, Children of Palestine: Our Own True Stories
Author: Holliday, Laurel. What is it like to grow up in the war zone of the Middle East? That is the subject of this disturbing collection, which begins with memories about childhood before the 1948 war and ends with accounts of young Palestinians and Israelis growing up now.
Discovering Jerusalem
Author: Avigad, Nahman. The book provides a unique view of what the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem looked like at various times in its history and offers a window to the lives of its ancient inhabitants as their homes and items from everyday lives. Well documented with sketches and photographs.
Gate of the Sun
Author: Khoury, Elias. At a makeshift hospital in the Shatila refugee camp on the outskirts of Beirut, Dr. Khalil sits by the bed of his gravely ill, unconscious friend and patient, Yunes, a Palestinian fighter, and reminisces about their lives in an attempt to bring him back to consciousness.
I Am a Palestinian Christian
Author: Raheb, Mitri. I Am a Palestinian Christian describes life as a Palestinian Christian under Israeli rule, as well as the history of Palestinian Christians, and uses in-depth theology to justify a Palestinian’s right to share Israeli land.
Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths
Author: Armstrong, Karen. British religious scholar Armstrong has written an historical portrait of Jerusalem, a city that has been central to the experience and "sacred geography" of Jews, Muslims and Christians and thus has led to deadly struggles for dominance.
Justice, And Only Justice: A Palestinian Theology of Liberation
Author: Ateek, Naim. This captivating bestseller by a clergyman and leader of the Palestine Christian community examines the problems and prospects for Palestinians, Jews, and Christians in the Middle East.
Koolaids: The Art of War
Author: Alameddine, Rabih. Koolaids skillfully juxtaposes its gay protagonists' defiant encounters with AIDS, the embattled recent history of Lebanon during its own civil war and “the Israeli siege of Beirut,” and more general permutations of estrangement from society, family, and nation.
Lonely Planet: Israel and the Palestinian Territories (2007)
Author: Kohn, Michael. Six authors, 234 days of research, 12 army roadblocks, countless falafels, history and environment chapters by renowned experts, detailed coverage of the West Bank and Gaza, and sustainable travel experiences, from eco-hotels to hiking trips.
Lonely Planet: Middle East (2006)
Authors: Anthony Ham, et. al Look to the region where ancient civilizations rose and fell, where deserts, seas and ancient ruins compete for spectacle, and from where all travelers return raving about the extraordinary kindness of strangers.
Masada: Herod’s Fortress and the Zealots’ Last Stand
Author: Yadin, Yigael. Israeli archaeologist Yigael Yadin shares the history of Masada, Herod’s royal citadel, located at the top of an isolated rock on the edge of the Judean Desert and the Dead Sea valley, and details his excavation of the historic site.
Other Side of the Jordan
Author: Glueck, Nelson. An archaeological study and exploration from the Yarmuk River in the north, bordering Syria, to the Gulf of Aqabah in the south, and from the Iraqi and Arabian deserts to the east and south, westward to that part of the great rift reaching from Turkey to Africa in which the Jordan River and valley, the Dead Sea and the Wadi Arabah are contained.
Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid
Author: Carter, Jimmy. In Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, Carter has returned to the Middle East and to the question of Israel's peace with its neighbors—in particular, how Israeli sovereignty and security can coexist permanently and peacefully with Palestinian nationhood.
Palestinian Walks: Forays into a Vanishing Landscape
Author: Shehadeh, Raja. In this original and evocative book, we accompany Raja on six walks in Ramallah, on the Palestinian West Bank, taken between 1978 and 2006. In Palestinian Walks, an elegy for his lost footpaths, Shehadeh rails against both the Israeli occupation policies and the Palestinian negotiators he believes favor political expediency over territorial integrity or environmental concerns.
Rough Guide 25’s: Middle East (2007)
Author: Rough Guides. From checking out the Bauhaus architecture in Tel-Aviv and taking a felucca down the Nile to visiting the Valley of the Kings and floating in the Dead Sea. Covering well-known and off-the-beaten track experiences, this book gives you 25 reasons to grab your passport, stop what you are doing and go.
So What: New & Selected Poems
Author: Ali, Taha Muhammad. A revered Palestinian poet whose work is driven by vivid imagination, disarming humor, and unflinching honesty, Muhammad Ali’s poems portray experiences that range from catastrophe to splendor, each preserving an essential human dignity.
The Art of Biblical Poetry
Author: Alter, Robert. Investigates both the structures, especially parallelism, intensification, choice of detail, and the effects of biblical Hebrew poetry, and demonstrates how biblical authors used poetry to discover meaning.

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