A Deadly Misunderstanding: “Hostage” - Bridges To Common Ground

Chapter 1


Why would Yasser Arafat want me dead? Why would he even care about some insignificant young freshman representative from Michigan?

They said, We don’t think it’s about the length of your tenure, Congressman. It’s the passion of your words, continued the agent, that has caught the attention of certain people.

Well, I’m not canceling my speech, I replied, contract or no contract. I’m not letting some thug dictator hold me hostage!

Back in 1984, what I didn’t realize was that I was also a hostage, held captive by my own ignorance and fear—much like the fear that has held so much of the world hostage since the events of 9/11.

Congressman Mark Siljander recounts his spiritual odyssey from an anti-Muslim Christian conservative to a pioneer in discovering ground-breaking common roots between Islam and Christianity, while trailblazing a unique diplomatic path for bringing the two communities together on the principles of Jesus.

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A thought provoking revelation and awakening that all should read and heed.

Gen. Teddy Allen,

U.S. Army Lieutenant General

An incredibly important work in the field of ideology change related to terrorism and war.

Rod A. Beckstrom,,

Director of National Cybersecurity Center, Homeland Security
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