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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 (, 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 (, 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

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  • 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
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Matthew Soerens serves as the US Director of Church Mobilization for World Relief, which is the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals. In that role, he helps evangelical churches to understand the realities of refugees and immigration and to respond in ways guided by biblical values.

Matthew previously served as a Board of Immigration Appeals-accredited legal counselor at World Relief’s local office in Wheaton, Illinois and, before that, with World Relief’s partner organization in Managua, Nicaragua. He has also served as the Field Director of the Evangelical Immigration Table, an alliance of evangelical organizations advocating for immigration reform consistent with biblical values.

Matthew earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Wheaton College and his Master’s Degree from DePaul University’s School of Public Service. He is the co-author of Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate (InterVarsity Press, 2009) and of Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis (Moody Publishers, 2016).

Originally from Neenah, Wisconsin, Matthew lives in Aurora, Illinois with his wife, Diana, and their two children.

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