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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books; 1.7.2009 edition (January 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830833595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830833597
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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 (examiner.com), March 20, 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)

"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)

"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)

"Thinking of immigration policy requires that we think first about the kingdom of God--God's rule and reign; his plan, will, agenda and story. Only then will we be able to think well through the secondary lenses of nation-states, tribes and ethnicities. The parable of the good Samaritan, while easy to understand, has fallen victim to global, political and economic complexities. Welcoming the Stranger, without being simplistic, clears our thoughts and lights a way forward to love and serve twelve million undocumented neighbors." (Todd Hunter, church planter, The Anglican Mission in the Americas, past president of Alpha USA and Vineyard Churches USA, and author of Christianity Beyond Belief)

"Immigration is one of the most pressing issues facing our country today. Some twelve million undocumented immigrants live among us, but their lives are largely in the shadows. They are our neighbors and we are theirs. The ethical challenges that face us all are numerous in the legal, economic, educational and health areas. What would God have us do regarding these new neighbors? Matthew Soerens and Jenny Hwang have made an invaluable contribution to Christians through their book Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion and Truth in the Immigration Debate. With great precision and fairness, they lead us through the difficult and thorny ethical issues of immigration. They provide personal stories and abundant statistics. Most of all, they bring God's Word to challenge us to obey God and to welcome the strangers among us. This book is must-reading for every Christian and every congregation that desires to love the strangers in our midst." (Lindy Scott, professor of Spanish and Latin American studies, Whitworth University, and coauthor of Los Evangélicos: Portraits of Latin American Protestantism in the United States)

"Justice, compassion and truth are too often missing from the immigration debate in this country. Welcoming the Stranger provides all three with comprehensive information on every aspect of the current problem, its roots and commonsense solutions. Every Christian seeking an informed response to this critical issue should read this book." (Jim Wallis, president, Sojourners)

"Drawing from their experience in the trenches, Soerens and Hwang challenge their readers to move beyond the all-too-contentious and simplistic debate and think critically and biblically about what it means to love our immigrant neighbors. Clearly written and theologically informed, Welcoming the Stranger combines evocative stories of real people and the complexities of their lives with lucid explanations of immigration policy. Soerens and Hwang's book offers balanced yet impassioned analysis that is so rare but so essential to help Christians bring their faith to bear on this vexing policy issue." (Amy E. Black, associate professor of political science, Wheaton College, author, Beyond Left and Right)

"Finally, a book on the immigration challenge that combines head and heart! Soerens and Hwang have experienced both the frustrations and the hopes that come with caring about people in difficult circumstances. This book is deeply personal in a way that helps us all be compassionate, yet it does not dumb down the challenge we all face with our natural propensity for shallow platitudes and partisan politicking. This book helps us find our way as Americans and as Christians to understanding the real issues, and it will help us shape a comprehensive public policy direction that honors both law and love." (Dr. Joel C. Hunter, senior pastor, Northland Church, Orlando, Florida)

"Immigration stands as the metric of whether or not America embraces social justice in the twenty-first century. In Welcoming the Stranger Jenny Hwang and Matt Soerens contextualize the narrative of an issue that requires analysis and discussion not from the extremes of political ideology but rather from a platform of truth, justice and compassion. Jenny and Matt equip us with the necessary acumen to reconcile Romans 13, the rule of law, with Leviticus 19, treating the alien as one of our own. Accordingly, the universal Christian symbol is the cross. The cross is both vertical and horizontal, redemption and transformation, conviction and compassion. This book will challenge us to meet at the point of convergence, the great intersect, where John 3:16 meets Luke 4, immigration via a biblical worldview." (Reverend Samuel Rodriguez, president, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, The Hispanic NAE)

"Welcoming the Stranger is a must-read for one who desires to take a fresh biblical look at the issue of immigration in the U.S. I believe this is the compassion and justice issue of our day, and we need to do careful work so we are accurate and biblical in our solutions. I wholeheartedly endorse Jenny and Matt's wonderful work and commend it to you for your study." (William J. Hamel, president, Evangelical Free Church of America)

"Biblical, urgent, readable. An excellent introduction to this complex moral issue. All thinking evangelicals should read it." (Ronald J. Sider, president, Evangelicals for Social Action)

"A daring and desperate call to remember the story of God that begins with baby Moses being floated down a river in the middle of Pharaoh's genocide and climaxes with God's Son entering the world as a homeless refugee in the middle of Herod's bloodshed. It is a story of immigrants and strangers. This book invites us to participate in the radical inclusion and grace of God. Welcoming the Stranger is written with the urgent sense that we cannot wait for politicians to tell us how to treat immigrants but we simply need to pick up the Bible and reimagine what it means to be the people of God. Here is a reminder that as a people of rebirth our love does not stop at the borders of nations." (Shane Claiborne, author, activist and recovering sinner)

"Here is a book for every Christian and every church leadership team interested in one of the greatest mercy/justice issues of our time: how will the church care for immigrants in our midst? The authors write with sensitivity concerning the volatile emotions on all sides of the debates as they offer essential information designed to help us formulate responses to this very complex issue. Welcoming the Stranger inspired me to expand my heart of compassion and take action." (Paul Borthwick, adjunct professor of missions, Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts)

"A fresh, compelling call from Scripture to live out the gospel with boldness and courage in the twenty-first century. A significant pivotal guide for the church in these times." (Jo Anne Lyon, general superintendent, The Wesleyan Church)

"The authors have done a masterful job pulling together the most compelling data and information on immigration and explaining it. This is the only book a Bible-believing person needs to read to understand the importance of immigration reform." (Richard Land, president, The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission)

"In the next forty years there will be an estimated 132 million Latinos in this nation, and a critical concern for our community is fixing our broken immigration system. Welcoming the Stranger is a must-read that helps us to embrace a biblical response to this critical issue." (Noel Castellanos, CEO, Christian Community Development Association)

"Every Christian leader seeking an informed, biblical response to this urgent issue should read this book." (Bill Hybels)

"Welcoming the Stranger is a great primer on immigration for the church. It is a historical, current, biblical and theological resource for the person who is trying to understand immigration issues today." (Reverend Luis Cortés Jr., president, Esperanza USA)

Review

"Thinking of immigration policy requires that we think first about the kingdom of God--God's rule and reign; his plan, will, agenda and story. Only then will we be able to think well through the secondary lenses of nation-states, tribes and ethnicities. The parable of the good Samaritan, while easy to understand, has fallen victim to global, political and economic complexities. Welcoming the Stranger, without being simplistic, clears our thoughts and lights a way forward to love and serve twelve million undocumented neighbors."

More About the Author

Matthew Soerens serves as the US Church Training Specialist 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 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.

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 has written for publications such as Christianity Today, PRISM, and Lifeway's Living with Teenagers. He is also the co-creator of UnDocumented.tv.

Originally from Neenah, Wisconsin, Matthew lives in Glen Ellyn, Illinois with his wife, Diana.

Customer Reviews

My eyes were opened through reading this book.
Allen Engler
The book is very readable, especially because of how the authors give examples from their personal experiences.
Douglas S. Miles
This book gives robust answers to many Christian questions surrounding issues of immigration.
James Korsmo

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Glen Peterson on June 19, 2010
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Friendship is the face that Welcoming the Stranger gives to the situation of both legal and illegal immigrants. The book looks at immigration and offers constructive suggestions for response by the Christian faith community. Matthew Soerens and Jenny Hwang craft a viewpoint based on rational consideration of immigration and a biblically informed direction for the church and Christ followers.

The authors review the history of immigration and the current situation of the legal system that that should be governing the immigration process. They survey key biblical texts related to people who migrate, review concerns by some about immigration, the economic value of immigrants, and propose some concrete responses.

The writers draw from their extensive personal and professional experiences working with immigrants and refugees. Soerens is an immigration attorney. Hwang is an advocacy worker in Washington, DC. Both work on staff for World Relief.

Soerens and Hwang assert that the only way to resolve the situation of many individual migrants will be to change the law. Because we live in a democracy ". . . the dilemma of wanting to welcome immigrants while also expecting people to follow the law is not insurmountable: we can overcome this dilemma by changing the law so that many of those who today come illegally would be able to enter legally." (P. 111) This will be the path to showing compassion for immigrants and not encouraging them to break any laws. For the last 10-years the economy has absorbed immigrant workers at a higher rate than the legal system is designed to process.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Douglas S. Miles on February 15, 2009
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I highly recommend this book. A book like this has been needed for a long time. Immigration issues are affecting USA as well as many other countries around the world. Rather than simply recite the familiar arguments that one reads in the newspaper, this book is written to address the issues from a Christian perspective. No one who takes seriously the commands to love your neighbor and to care for the alien can ignore this issue. The book is very readable, especially because of how the authors give examples from their personal experiences. There is a chapter that gives a brief history on immigration in the USA which is very interesting.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Allen Engler on December 24, 2010
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I just finished, "Welcoming the Stranger". This book takes today's current immigration reality in the U.S. and examines it from several relevant angles. First it describes very accurately and puts a human face on the current mess that we find ourselves in today. Next, it places the current immigration situation in the U.S. into it's historical context. This is very helpful and reminds one that "there is nothing new under the sun". Finally the book takes a very balanced and comprehensive look at how the Bible speaks to the issue. It then ends with some very practical chapters on what we as followers of Christ can do to make a difference through our lives and in our political advocacy. My eyes were opened through reading this book. I highly recommend it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James Korsmo VINE VOICE on January 13, 2013
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This book gives robust answers to many Christian questions surrounding issues of immigration. Hwang and Soerens start with biblical issues, as they help Christians to think "Christianly" about the issues, a study that leads them to advocate for a generally loving and open approach. But this book is set apart from many similar studies in that it doesn't stop there. Soerens and Hwang both have intimate knowledge of real immigrants, and they help humanize the issue by telling the stories of real people caught up in the "debate." They also are knowledgeable about issues of current law and major policy proposals (though it is a tad dated now, since it was written back in 2007, though the general contours of the debate haven't really changed), lending a ton of specifics that help make the book's arguments concrete. This specificity helps them tackle major questions that often dog the debate, such as Why don't these people just immigrate legally? or Are immigrants a major drain on our government? I'm sure they haven't given the last word, but this is a robust Christian approach to this important issue that ought to be in the hands of all concerned Christians, and I highly recommend their approach.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jody Wiley Fernando on October 13, 2009
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The short story:

1. This is the clearest, most concise, and irenic book on a political issue that I have ever read. (And I don't say that about many books, feel free to peruse my other reviews).

2. All Christians should read this book. This is an issue about which we cannot remain ignorant and silent. In fact, read it and buy an extra copy for your pastor.

The long(er) story:

I still can't quite grasp what made a book about immigration so riveting and spiritual, and yet those are the two words I feel most accurately describe this book. While it's not a page turner a-la-John-Grisham, I found myself chewing on ideas the authors had expressed and longing to know more. Combining the basic Biblical value of care for one another with the need for Christian involvement in immigration support and reform, Matt Soerens and Jenny Hwang lay out a clear, well-documented, and compelling examination of the state of immigration in America.

While keeping the value of the individual at the forefront, they examine the complex dynamics of undocumented workers, the history of immigration in the US, and legal components of our modern day immigration policy. While addressing concerns regarding immigration, they also present the positive effects that immigration has on a society. Finally, they close the book with a call to the church to embrace the `stranger among us'. Spiritually, I appreciated most their commitment to integrate justice, compassion, and truth by presenting both individual stories and national responsibilities.
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