Book Review: Welcoming The Stranger: Justice, Compassion, and Truth in the Immigration Debate

When people ask for a book recommendation on the topic of immigration today, I usually recommend this book.  Written by two staff members at World Relief, a Christian relief and development organization, Welcoming the Stranger, published in 2018, honestly wrestles with the complexity of immigration here in the United States, that we are both a nation of laws and a nation of compassion which has opened its arms to refugees and immigrants throughout our history.  Authors Matthew Soerens and Jenny Yang  ground the debate in a Biblical framework and help us to see that immigrants, documented or not, are created in the image of God. If you want to learn the history of immigration in the US and also gain an overview of the different types of status and visas today,  this book will help you. Current political differences are addressed, as well challenges for the church regarding its response today.  A list of discussion questions at the back make this a great book for a book group or adult class (In fact the staff of WSBC are reading it now!).    

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