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The God Who Sees: Immigrants, the Bible, and the Journey to Belong

4.69  ·  Rating details ·  71 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Meet people who have fled their homelands.
Hagar. Joseph. Ruth. Jesus.

Here is a riveting story of seeking safety in another land. Here is a gripping journey of loss, alienation, and belonging. In The God Who Sees, immigration advocate Karen Gonzalez recounts her family’s migration from the instability of Guatemala to making a new life in Los Angeles and the suburbs of sout
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Published May 21st 2019 by Herald Press
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Moriah Conant
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Karen Gonzalez has written a must-read book on immigration for Christians.

This quote from the book sums up the crossroads that Christians should be at in our current climate- "Followers of Jesus must weigh the violence against God’s image-bearers, violence created by closed borders, with their own fears about national security."

Gonzalez uses stories of refugees and immigrants in the Bible to remind Christians how God demonstrated love toward marginalized people and how we are called to do the
Christopher Eshelman
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Half the chapters are a very good Bible study, the other have great, humanized current events discussion, with a compelling autobiography weaving it all together. I highly recommend this book. Bought it at a local bookstore yesterday, started to skim the prelude and could not put it down. Have recommended it in three conversations since and am planning to lead a small book club at my church group using it in the fall. It so humanizes and simply describes the reality of immigration in a very acce ...more
Carolyn Ramsey
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This book is eye-opening, challenging, convicting, and real. I appreciated Gonzalez’s raw honesty talking about the US and immigration and talking about key figures in the Bible. This book will not allow you to read it and simply put it aside when you are done. You will think about it- and you should think about it. Would highly recommend to every American Christian who isn’t sure what to think about immigrants/refugees and to every Christian who thinks they have their mind made up.

A few s
Cara Meredith
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yes! An immigration book written by an immigrant! But even more so, Karen Gonzalez brings a much-needed perspective, weaving personal story with theology and journalistic narrative.
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"The God Who Sees" is partly a Bible study, partly a memoir, and partly about immigration policy in the USA. In each chapter, the author first talked about a person in the Bible who was an immigrant: Ruth, Abraham, Hagar, Joseph, the Syrophoenician woman, and Christ. Since the author is an immigrant from Guatemala, she provided insight into what an immigrant faces. She told parts of her own story and stories about other modern immigrants (why they immigrated and what they faced). She talked abou ...more
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cannot say enough good things about this book. Convicting and inspiring. Very timely and much needed.
Dan Salerno
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Karen Gonzalez's family immigrated from Guatemala. She works for World Relief. She's got first-hand experience of the challenges that immigrants coming to the US face and her book, THE GOD WHO SEES relates this experience, interweaving her life's journey with a passionate appeal for immigrant rights.

Early on in THE GOD WHO SEES Gonzalez writes of God's call (in Deuteronomy) to provide for the foreigner "remember that you were once slaves in the land of Egypt." (Deut. 24:21-22).

She makes the poin
Michelle Kidwell
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing

The God Who Sees
Immigrants, the Bible, and the Journey to Belong

by Karen Gonzalez

Herald Press

Christian , Religion & Spirituality

Pub Date 21 May 2019

I am reviewing a copy of The God Who Sees through Herald Press and Netgalley:

In this book we read the riveting story of a family seeking safety in another land. Karen Gonzalez an immigration advocate tells the story of leaving the instability of Guatemala to making a new life in the suburbs of Los Angeles and of Florida. She tells of the language
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My mind was blown by this book. I'm a white woman who grew up in a fundamental denomination. It's just been in the last few years that I realized that I had only been taught one perspective of theology and have begun reading books exploring theology from other social locations.

This book is a fascinating mix of theological study, memoir (Gonzalez immigrated from Guatemala as a child), and primer on the US immigration process. I have read the bible through multiple times and I was still stunned b
Daniel Watkins
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are lots of books out there on the subject of Christianity and immigration, but Karen Gonzalez has written one of the few books on the topic I would call 'essential'. 'The God Who Sees' strikes a number of balances beautifully: it is thoroughly-researched but not academic; it is theologically sound while being personally moving; it stakes out a position, but does so with humility and humor. Her deft use of scripture clearly shows her expertise on the subject, but she wields that expertise ...more
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this books main message, we as Christians in America need to do right by the immigrants who are seeking to come to our land. The argument is made through reflection of those who were immigrants in the Bible (hint: it's a lot) and reflected through her own story as a immigrant who was brought to the United States as a child. Her conviction is laid down throughout the story with deep vulnerability. She is not just sharing A story. She is sharing Her story and in doing so we come t ...more
Kaitlyn Bouchillon
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
In her debut book, Karen González beautifully weaves together stories from Scripture and her personal life. Her words here are sure to encourage and challenge readers to view Scripture through the lens of a God who sees and loves the immigrant, the foreigner, the refugee.

Scott Arbeiter, the president of World Relief, said this about The God Who Sees: "[It] is deeply personal, solidly biblical, and appropriately challenging. You will find Karen González an able guide to bring clarity and encoura
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fantastic read, and very timely and important for me, personally. I've been a Christian for nearly 40 years, and I've worked in nonprofits since I was 18, including quite a bit of time working with multicultural communities. But this book was thoughtful, insightful, and personally challenging. It put words to some of my own feelings and beliefs, as well as teaching me perspectives that I, as a white woman from America just couldn't have known, regardless of how much I've traveled or h ...more
Breanna Randall
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is an important read for the American church today. Gonzales gently and persuasively tells her own story of displacement and belonging, in tandem with Biblical narratives of displaced peoples. The God Who Sees is an excellent introduction for those who are curious to learn more about immigration issues.

I'd highly recommend this book for Christians who want to embrace a compassionate response toward people who are affected by the need to migrate. (Also, if you enjoyed Sarah Quezada's Lo
Joy Stephansen
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a fresh take on immigration because it’s actually written by an immigrant!! And a perspective that is far more concerned with honesty than political hubalu.
Beautiful writing style and an effective chapter to chapter flow that keeps you engaged & is easily referenced later.
Share this with your family, friends, book club, church, bible study, etc.
Influential perspective on immigrant stories.
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
God has a lot to say about immigrants in the Bible and how we understand what God is telling us about immigrants will affect our beliefs about immigration today either positively or negatively. This book attempts to use the stories of immigrants both in the Bible and today to help us to have more compassion for those seeking refuge today.
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I appreciated how Karen wove in her story, her professional life, and stories from The Bible. This is a must read for Christians who want to learn more about immigration or for those who want to be encouraged by Christians who are engaged with immigration. Karen gives great Biblical understanding of how your faith and immigration collide.
Melanie Springer Mock
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such an important and timely book! Gonzalez weaves together her personal story as an immigrant from Guatemala and her study of the Bible and what it might tell us about immigration. Reading The God Who Sees, I kept wondering how *anyone*--and in particular, any Christian--can make an argument for the current administration's draconian immigration policies.
Jessica Kantrowitz
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Alternating between Biblical stories and the author's own story, this book poignantly describes a God who cares for immigrants and calls God's people to do the same. It is a fairly quick read, and would be a great primer for people who are new to exploring a Biblical view of immigration, but even those like myself who have given much thought and study to the topic will find new lessons here.
Catherine McNiel
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The second book I read after my concussion... And I read it in one sitting. This is an absolute must-read.
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Karen does a great job at giving us a glimpse into the life of immigrants. She goes into the reasons people leave their homes. We are shown how every immigrants story is in the Bible.
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Would give 10 stars if I could!
Dorothy Greco
I want to give a copy of Karen Gonzalez' book to everyone. It's so important, so well written, and so timely. In this polarizing season when far too many perceive immigrants—esp. ones from south of the US border—as a national security threat, Karen invites us into the complexity of the situation. By sharing her own story and skillfully tracing the history of the Judeo-Christian faith back to its roots, she reminds us that, in truth, we're all immigrants, all dependent upon the grace and provisio ...more
Stephen Bauer
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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How timely is this book given what is going on at our southern border? The Guatemalan born author combines personal experience, Biblical teachings, and current events into a wonderful Christian witness about the treatment of refugees, migrants, and foreigners.
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