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Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis

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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.

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Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 5th 2016 by Moody Publishers
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Jonathan Brown
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A winsome model for Christian political discourse, and a thoroughly biblical and reasonable treatment of the global refugee crisis. With perhaps one very minor caveat in the ninth and tenth chapters, at no point do the authors speak uncharitably about adherents of any political perspective. Throughout the book, avoiding anything inflammatory or speculative, they carefully present a biblical theology of migration, share the stories of those with forced migration experiences, explore the facts of ...more
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
After reading this book, I feel the weight of the biblical mandate to care for refugees much more than I did before. They addressed both how we can can for those who have been forced to flee their homes and move west, and the larger systemic issues that are causing this crisis.
Jan Bustrak
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The authors are sharing as those who have worked with, lived among refugees, and been a refugee. To gain a perspective of why one would flee one's homeland, and the struggles they face, read this. Expect to be challenged on how we may participate as well. Please read this before you read/ listen to any more refugee/immigration stories in the news. To be well rounded, compassionate people, we must look at both sides.
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An invaluable, timely, and necessary book for all Christians (and anyone else wanting to be more informed on the refugee process and experience). This book shines a light through the confusing fake news and misplaced fear of our contemporary situation, reminding the church of its calling to love others.
Lydia Howe
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Why I Read This Book: 

My family has been involved with the refugee crisis for the last couple of years - ever since one of my sisters went over to Greece to help the refugees. (You can find out more about their work there at i58.) 

What I Thought about this Book:

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 re
Kristi Spencer
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! It is a good read for anyone interested in ministering to refugees. I also believe it would be a beneficial read for any American, but especially Christians, in order to better understand who refugees are and why they are fleeing their home countries and seeking asylum elsewhere.
Brian Cooper
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rhetoric is language designed to have a persuasive effect on its audience, and for the past several decades (probably even earlier than that) our country's political rhetoric has held sway for any given politicians constituency. This means that our leaders, ALL of them, have been participating in a game of divide and conquer -- that is divide our nation in order to conquer a segment of the voter block. What is often done in the place of factual analysis, the use of virtuous wisdom, and the pursu ...more
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Anyone who desires to learn the process a person must go through to become a legal refugee in the US should read this book. It’s informative and gives an excellent picture of how it all works. For a Christian reading this book, you would be hard pressed to not see the responsibility we have to show compassion & aid to refugees and alyssum seekers. It was beautifully written and a joy to read. The authors did an excellent job addressing common fears and misconceptions about the current refugee cr ...more
Amanda Anger
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In one afternoon, I listened to this audio book. It was a very informative and biblical perspective on the refuge crisis. It was written recently, within the last 5 years, so it had current data and was very moving. It's one of those books that lights a fire under me. It certainly helped me reframe my mind biblically about what a Christian's response should be to refugees. Not that I was anti refugee prior to reading this, but more that I didn't have a reason from the Bible about why I as a Chri ...more
James Scott
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well worthwhile read for church members and leaders, regardless of your political stance, hard questions must be asked regarding the Christian position on all immigrants, be they refugees or "illegal." The authors do an excellent job of balancing a hard hitting review of scriptural dictates with personal stories.
Abigail Reynolds
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Such a helpful perceptive on the christians views of the refugee crisis. Lots of excellent information and resources so that we can actually get up and do something about this! LOVED IT!
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Insightful, to the point, Biblically sound. Loved it.
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am glad to have gone through this one. Having friends in Europe who have been working with refugees, I've been interested in the aspects of refugees coming here. It was good to hear from a ministry that works with refugees. I was not familiar with World Relief before starting this book. Since then, I have gained quite a bit of respect for them. We do have a responsibility to show love to the most vulnerable. What better way to be the hands and feet of Christ?
Sep 29, 2017 rated it liked it
I went into the book sympathetic and in agreement with the book's general thesis. However, I feel it could use stronger argumentation overall. It read like a book for the already-convinced and not one I would present to someone skeptical. There is a place for that, yet even for those already convinced, this is only a starting point with which to engage other literature.
Laura (Book Scrounger)
This is a book that World Relief (a Christian relief organization) has put together to help Christians understand more about the current refugee crisis, and what parts we as individuals and as a nation can play in this situation.

The book begins with a brief overview of the statistics of the crisis (more than 60 million people displaced worldwide, about 20 million of them fleeing their home countries -- half of whom are children). It's hard to wrap our minds around numbers like these, which is al
Tim Hoiland
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
On September 2, 2015, the world was confronted by a photograph.

Taken by the Turkish journalist Nilüfer Demir, the photo depicted a toddler lying dead on a beach. He had drowned in the Mediterranean Sea. The boy’s name, we would learn, was Alan Kurdi. He and his family, who are of Kurdish descent, had fled Syria as refugees and were trying to reach Europe, in hopes of eventually being resettled in Canada.

The photograph immediately propelled the refugee crisis to the front page of newspapers and t
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Unfortunately, it felt like the story of the refugee crisis within Seeking Refuge took a backseat to the message of God the authors sought to bring across in this book. However, there were a few key messages I took from this book that bear repeating:

1. Refugees are human too. It is important to remember we must treat others as we wish to be treated should we find ourselves in the situations described within. I pray someone would be kind to me and providing shelter and food to my own family shoul
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book authored by practitioners and Christian leaders (as opposed to shorter relevant articles) helps me feel the way in which an Evangelical-based movement and narrative of welcoming refugees is taking stand. I hope this book would address many with concerns where they are - though I confess I don't know.

Remarkably comprehensive in 200 pages - as seen by the Table of Contents at the link:

The text starts with biblical analysis. "Welcoming the
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I feel like everyone should read this book. Though it's written by Christians, for Christians, it is such an important example of what Christianity should really be all about. I'm not religious at all and most books written from an uber religious perspective are a huge turn off to me. This book was nothing like that. Though the authors quote the bible often and are obviously very invested in their faith, they make it clear that they do not stand for proselytism (forcefully trying to convert peop ...more
Wes F
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent book highlighting the current global refugee crisis, written by three leaders from World Relief, an organization committed to welcoming & helping legal refugees across the US, as well as helping out internationally. The book does a great job of breaking apart some of the myths against accepting & helping refugees. It includes encouraging stories of how churches & volunteers have impacted the lives of many refugees for the Kingdom of God, as they've reached out and welcomed ...more
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This is an important book in today's climate of fear of immigrants. This book makes a clear and compelling case for a Christian duty to welcome refugees. It does not address other types of immigrants in detail (although it recommends other resources that do), but it does explain fully the precise definition of a refugee and how they are admitted to the US. I am so often frustrated by people who are afraid of "refugees", but are really talking about other categories of immigrants like asylum seek ...more
Konner Soderberg
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Millions of displaced people, desperate for hope, yet reviled and feared by many, will decide what they think of Jesus based on how His followers throughout the world respond to this crisis, whether with welcome, love, and advocacy, or with apathy, fear, and scapegoating.”

Now is the time for the American church to rise up and be the church, and show mercy and compassion to the millions of hurting and displaced people and refugees all across the world. From Syria, Iraq, Myanmar, and beyond, whe
Bryan Kuranaga
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Upon reading this book, my thoughts immediately shifted to the 3-part lecture that Bojidar Marinov gave on Immigration a couple years ago. I am deeply saddened with the way the church and our nation has responded to refugees and I am complicit as well. This book has provided a lot of insight into the struggles that many refugees and immigrants face, not only in their journey to safe lands but also in their adjustment to the culture that they are trying to become a part of. If the Lord has called ...more
soon siew chew
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We are wonderfully and fearfully made

Each human being, regardless of ethnicity, gender, legal status, disability, or any other qualifier, is “fearfully and wonderfully made” by the creator God (Ps. 139:14), and as such has inherent dignity. We value and protect human life because we believe it is precious to God. That commitment to life compels us to do all we can to shelter and protect refugees, who in many cases have been forced to flee to preserve their lives. The sacredness of human life is
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A book even more important now than when it was published in 2016. Regardless of your belief system or lack of one, this is essential reading for understanding the refugee crisis. Many Americans (me included) don't fully understand how to distinguish refugees from immigrants or what their journeys are like. People also don't understand the behind-the-scenes work that's done to help refugees on a global scale. This is an eye-opening book. Please consider reading it. It's less than 200 pages, very ...more
Vicki Gibson
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book should be required reading for Americans who call themselves Christians, particularly of the conservative or fundamentalist ilk. It strikes a good balance between facts about refugees and anecdotal stories. The authors acknowledge the need for national security but press the Church and individual Christians not to ignore what the Bible teaches on the topic of refugees and immigrants. And unlike gay marriage, abortion, gun control, and other modern day hot button issues, the Bible has a ...more
Dec 03, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is an informative overview of what it means to be a refugee, how refugees come to America, and how churches can support them. Most of the information was not especially new to me, but I appreciate that it would be an excellent primer for a church seeking to come alongside arriving or already settled refugees in their community. While it makes an informed case for why refugees benefit our country, I wonder if those most in need of convincing would be inclined to pick it up. I hope so. T ...more
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
So intensely disturbing. --about the vulnerability of the world's 60 million refugees forcibly displaced from their homes, the downward spiral of injustice disease, hunger, poverty, violence to powerlessness, hopelessness,
--about helping at the local level via churches
--about how 'policies' matter --we must see to it that our elected officials develop and promote policies beneficial to refugees and conducive to helping other more intensely affected countries (1/4 of the population of Lebanon ar
Theron StJohn
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
In a time where some evangelicals seem more focused on politics than the power of the gospel, this book is a wake-up call for the church in America. If you are an evangelical who desires to display the power of the gospel instead of politicizing the issues of our day like the refugee crisis, I commend to you, Seeking Refuge. Be a part of the solution as the church shares the message of salvation in Christ and shows the love of Christ.

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Haley Hope Gillilan
This book is very similar to World Relief's book that I read earlier last month, Welcoming the Stranger, but with a focus on refugees and their specific plight. This one is a little bit less about policy and trying to clarify the ways that our immigration system is broken but still has a little bit of that nitty gritty that helps you understand. Refugees are a protected category, so in a legal sense, it's not complicated to advocate for them. But this book does a good job debunking a few deeply ...more
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STEPHAN BAUMAN is the President and CEO of World Relief, an international relief and development organization partnering with the global Church to serve more than five million vulnerable people each year. World Relief is also the founder and convener of The Justice Conference. Stephan's pursuit of justice led him to transition from a successful career in the Fortune 100 sector to Africa where he d ...more

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“What a privilege! I don’t feel like we are in a crisis. God is giving us the chance to welcome people and it is blessing our church with a new spirit!” 0 likes
“Commenting on these passages, Mark Gornik, a theologian, pastor, and community developer in the United States, says, “Here then from both James and Paul is a central witness drawn from all of Scripture: God has sovereignly chosen to work in the world by beginning with the weak who are on the ‘outside,’ not the powerful who are on the ‘inside.’”9 The claim here is not that the poor are inherently more righteous or sanctified than the rich. There is no place in the Bible that indicates that poverty is a desirable state or that material things are evil. In fact, wealth is viewed as a gift from God. The point is simply that, for His own glory, God has chosen to reveal His kingdom in the place where the world, in all of its pride, would least expect it, among the foolish, the weak, the lowly, and the despised.” 0 likes
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