Recipient of Christianity Today's Award of Merit in Politics and Public Life, 2016
What will rule our hearts: fear or compassion?
We can't ignore the refugee crisis—arguably the greatest geo-political issue of our time—but how do we even begin to respond to something so massive and complex?
In Seeking Refuge, three experts from World Relief, a global organization serving refugees, offer a practical, well-rounded, well-researched guide to the issue.
Drawing from history, public policy, psychology, many personal stories, and their own unique Christian worldview, the authors offer a nuanced and compelling portrayal of the plight of refugees and the extraordinary opportunity we have to love our neighbors as ourselves.
This book was good. It had a lot of information, a lot of facts, a lot of statistics. And yet, at the same time, it was interesting and put faces to what is going on. It’s so easy to get caught up in numbers and forget that each number represents a person like you and me – a person with hopes, dreams, fears, and problems. A person who has had to give up more than most of us can ever imagine. A person who has been traumatized by destruction and hatred.
Seeking Refuge talks about everything that is going on today with the refugees. The book discusses the politics, fears people have, what we can do to help, what we shouldn’t do, how to relate to refugees, what constitutes being an actual refugee, and the list goes on. The best part about this book is that it talks about everything from a very Biblical point of view.
Near the beginning of the book, they discuss dangers that come along with refugees, and also dangers that people think go along with refugees, and actually don’t. Studies and statistics have found that welcoming refugees is a good thing for the economy, etc… and that with all the screening that’s done, it really is safe, also. But, one thing I really liked about the book is how the authors pointed out that even if that wasn’t the case, we’re still commanded in the Bible to take care of refugees. But really, the book does such a better job of explaining it than I do, so you should read the book.
This is a book I think a lot of Christians should read. It has important, spot-on information.
This book is such a wonderful book in light of recent events in our country and gives a very thoughtful, well written response to the fears and concerns of many Americans with refugees coming over. I know that I myself have mixed feelings about the whole ordeal and this book addressed them all with well written, thoughtful answers that did much to allay my fears.
This book is backed with facts and data, so they are not feel good, trite answers but very solid and well researched. I love how it talks about addressing what individuals response needs to be and what the church could and should be doing.
Well written and engaging, this book is a must read in light of what is going on in our world. I highly recommend it!
This book answered many of the questions I had about the refugee crisis. The focus is on how local churches and individual Christ followers in the West and in particular the United States might best respond to the refuge crisis. Topics addressed include how to think biblically about migration; wrestling with the genuine concerns over refugee resettlement; understanding refugee resettlement; practical ways to respond to the refugees and understanding the challenges involved in resettlement; why policy matters; and responding to the larger issues that compel individuals to flee their country.
The book also shares stories of refugee families and allays many of concerns people have about allowing these families entry. I found the information about how the refugees are screened before being allowed to resettle very helpful. This is a valuable resource for any church that wants to be involved in ministering to refugees. It would be an excellent book for any Christian who wants to better understand the refugee crisis and how to respond. It changed the way I view the refugee crisis and I will use the resources at the back of the book to look for opportunities to respond with compassion and not fear.
In Seeking Refuge, three experts from World Relief, a global organization serving refugees, offer a practical, well-rounded, well-researched guide to the current refugee crisis–arguably the greatest geo-political issue of our time. Who are refugees and other displaced peoples? What are the real risks and benefits of receiving them? Drawing from history, public policy, psychology, personal stories, and their Christian worldview, these authors offer a compelling portrayal of the plight of refugees and the extraordinary opportunity we have to love our neighbors as ourselves. (adapted from the cover copy)
As I read this book, I kept thinking, yes, YES, YES!! I appreciated the Biblical basis they provided, and the reminder that Scripture is full of refugees and directives about how they should be treated. I also appreciated the gentle answers to misconceptions and fears that are rampant in our day, particularly concerns about safety and security, which are often idolized and used as excuses to not obey our God-given mandate to sacrificially love our neighbors. I was glad to see them promoting humanitarian and social causes with the ultimate goal of proclaiming the Gospel and building the church. They included lots of personal stories, which helps to put a face on the statistics and overwhelming needs. I think this is a great entry-level book that inspires the reader to obey Jesus’ command to love their neighbor and get involved in some way–whether in prayer, relating to immigrants in their local community, giving to support local churches serving refugees in far-away places, or maybe all of the above. =)