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Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in theImmigration Debate Paperback – July 3 2018
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"Welcoming the Stranger lays the groundwork for and practically equips Christians to continue practicing what it means to follow Christ's commandment to love God and love neighbor in a fallen world."--Kyle Navis, Latin American Theology, vol. 4, no. 2
"Welcoming the Stranger offers an introduction to the many aspects of immigration and the controversies surrounding it."--Elizabeth Pearson, The Christian Librarian, vol. 53, no. 1
"In this highly engaging, well researched and documented book, Soerens and Hwang team up to survey and analyze the history of immigration in the United States and attempt to solve many of the problems that immigration faces through well-reasoned argumentation and personal experience. Most importantly, they do all of this not through the eyes of partisan politics, but rather through the lens of the Christian worldview. Welcoming the Stranger is a timely and important book at a point in America's history where the immigrant population is considerably growing and many Americans seek to 'do something about it.'"--Daniel Seatvet, Christianity in Culture Examiner (examiner.com), March 20, 2009
"Soerens and Hwang advocate a generous, biblically based invitation to all immigrants to take part in America. This book will not persuade all Christians to support liberalized immigration laws, but even the skeptical should find the authors' approach useful."--Tony Carnes, Christianity Today, May 2009
"Soerens and Hwang argue persuasively that immigration has been and is valuable to the United States."--Marvin Olasky, WORLD, August 15, 2009
"Soerens and Hwang do an impressive job making a complex and charged issue accessible for the average reader."--Ben L., Book Bargains and Previews (bookbargainsandpreviews.com), April 2009
"Soerens and Hwang have injected justice, compassion, and truth into what needs to become a new conversation on immigration--values that are often in short supply in this debate."--Glen Peterson, Sojourners, June 2009
"While Sorens and Hwang may not answer all your questions about the correct response to current immigration policies and, indeed, may even raise more complex questions, they do show us that, if we are to act justly, we will have to consider all its complexities."--Jim Miller, The Daily Sentinel, July 31, 2010
About the Author
- Publisher : IVP BOOKS; 1st edition (July 3 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 284 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0830845399
- ISBN-13 : 978-0830845392
- Item weight : 336 g
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.29 x 20.96 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,209,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #169 in Emigration & Immigration Law (Books)
- #1,516 in Emigration & Immigration (Books)
- #207,197 in Textbooks
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This book will not appeal to everyone. Some people don’t want anything to do with immigrants and refugees, and don’t want them in this country. Others just won’t like the writing style. Too many statistics and not enough funny pictures. But for those who care about the people whom Jesus loves, this is a book well worth reading.
Unless your ancestors were in this country 600 years ago, you come from an immigrant family. And yes your ancestors may have immigrated legally—back in the day when arrival at Ellis Island was about as legal as it got. But things change and for a few decades now there have been laws, more laws, and stricter immigration laws passed. Some were passed out of fear, some probably out of prejudice (which might just be another word for fear) and some out of greed, or under the pretense of national security. And even though we might break some laws ourselves, there are people who insist that certain laws be enforced. And by the way for those of you who think that anyone wanting to come here legally should just stand in line and wait their turn, there aren’t a whole lot of lines to stand in.
Soerens and Yang do an excellent job of pointing out some of the immigration myths making the rounds, and a better job of debunking those myths. They address the policies and politics of both sides of the debate; something I am very happy with, because so much of what we hear from the media is emotional rhetoric, with participants on both sides shouting so loudly that they can’t hear what the other side is saying—even if they were disposed to listen.
Immigration impacts so many facets of our society that it’s easy to see why people get so emotional. This book can certainly help anyone interested in toning down the rhetoric and making informed decisions. Did you know that a large number of people who are undocumented today are 1) not Hispanic or Mexican, and 2) actually came here legally but stayed after their student, tourist, or work visa expired. Does that possibly make a difference in how you see the situation?
Speaking as an evangelical, and as a pastor, I was extremely pleased to see a couple of chapters where the main points concerned immigration and the church, and also information geared towards helping people make not only an informed response, but also the scriptural background so that we can offer a Christian Response to the issue that seems to be one of the most highly debated of the decade.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to skip the rhetoric and make informed decisions based on facts rather than scare tactics. And besides, as Leith Anderson, President of the National Association of Evangelicals, writes in the Foreword:
“A New York Rabbi taught me a lesson I had never before heard. He said that there is no Old Testament commandment to love your parents, husband, wife, or children. There are only three commands: to love the Lord your God, love your neighbor, and love the alien in the land. Deuteronomy 10:19 gives this third commandment to love and explains why: you were once aliens yourselves.”
If I thought some of the people in Washington DC would take the time to read the book, I’d buy a case and send them to our national leaders.
Kudos to the authors for the effort they’ve put into consolidating information that every American should have access to before formulating their opinion on the subject of immigration.
Definitely a 5/5