Risking Trust in a Fearful World
by Sarah Quezada
Pub Date 16 Jan 2018
Will you beware or be welcoming?
As a young Christian, Sarah Quezada had a heart for social justice. She was also blissfully unaware of the real situations facing today’s immigrants. Until she met someone new . . . who happened to be undocumented.
In Love Undocumented, Quezada takes readers on a journey deep into the world of the U.S. immigration system. Follow her as she walks alongside her new friend, meets with lawyers, stands at the U.S.–Mexico border, and visits immigrants in detention centers. With wisdom from Scripture, research, and these experiences, Quezada explores God’s call to welcome the stranger and invites Christians to consider how to live faithfully in a world of closed doors and high fences. Is it possible to abandon fear and cultivate authentic relationships with new arrivals? What if hospitality to immigrant and refugee neighbors puts us at personal risk? How can churches create safe spaces for those living at the precarious edge of our society?
With Quezada as your guide, discover a subversive Savior who never knew a stranger. Get to know the God of the Bible, whose love and grace cross all borders. Respond to an invitation to turn away from fear and enter a bigger story.
“Love Undocumented is a wonderful story that will capture your imagination. Sarah Quezada is a gifted storyteller who draws us in and has us laughing one minute, crying the next, and then wincing from the depth of the punch-in-the-gut analysis she offers of the larger issues. She addresses immigration with Scripture and facts in a loving, yet pointed way. Love Undocumented will hit all of your emotions and captivate your heart. It’s a story of love and conviction that moves the heart forward to care deeper for the Other in our lives. You will be delighted by the story and convicted by the message.”
—Leroy Barber, executive director, The Voices Project
“Love Undocumented is a poignant and highly revealing account of a journey into the perplexing, ethically conflicted, heartrending world of undocumented immigrants. With color and candor, Sarah Quezada reveals the realities of life for those caught in a failed immigration system and presents a compelling case for redemptive involvement. A winsome and convicting work.”
—Bob Lupton, author of Toxic Charity and founder of FCS Urban Ministries
“Sarah Quezada invites us into the complex and convoluted world of U.S. immigration laws through her life experience. Quezada deftly links her personal story with a description of the current broken U.S. immigration system and reads these through a solid biblical and theological interpretation of God’s love and care for foreigners and migrants. The lenses of love, family, and commitment invite us to humanize the immigrant experience. Quezada’s challenge to trust God and immigrants is particularly timely as our country is debating whether we will recognize the value of immigrants in our midst or whether we will try to deport them and try to limit the entry of new immigrants into our country.”
—Juan Francisco Martinez, professor of Hispanic studies and pastoral leadership, Fuller Theological Seminary
“Sarah Quezada’s delightful Love Undocumented will have you alternating between laughter and tears. Both personal and profound, this deftly written book will both entertain you and move you closer to God's heart for the immigrant.”
—Matthew Soerens, author of Seeking Refuge and Welcoming the Stranger and U.S. church training specialist for World Relief
“Immigration is a hot-button topic but one that is rarely addressed in thoughtful, nuanced, dignifying ways by the people who are most affected by this issue. If there was one topic I wish that people of faith in particular would learn about, it would be immigration in America. Now is the time for listening to personal narratives, like the ones that Sarah points to, and wrestling with how our humanity is tied to the suffering of our often unseen brothers and sisters. I am incredibly impatient for this book to be published, so I can give it to everyone I know.”
—D. L. Mayfield, author of Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith
“In Love Undocumented, Sarah Quezada peels back the curtain on complex immigration issues and those trapped within them. With solid data and just enough humor to lighten the load, she shares her personal journey toward love and action. At a time when division reigns, Sarah’s honest story builds a bridge toward understanding and offers an invitation to walk in solidarity and kinship with our immigrant neighbor.”
—Shannan Martin, author of Falling Free: Rescued from the Life I Always Wanted
“Love Undocumented is a beautifully written book about what happens when a political issue becomes intimately personal. Sarah Quezada reminds us that immigration involves real people with real stories and that everything changes when we enter into deep relationships with them.”
—Shawn Casselberry, executive director of Mission Year and coauthor of Soul Force
“If you believe that you should love your neighbor, you should read this book. Sarah Quezada has a life story of living love and will give you the chance to see a greater view of your neighbor in today’s world.”
—Jeff Shinabarger, founder of Plywood People and author of More or Less