The God Who Sees
Immigrants, the Bible, and the Journey to Belong
by Karen Gonzalez
Pub Date 21 May 2019
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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 south Florida. In the midst of language barriers, cultural misunderstandings, and the tremendous pressure to assimilate, Gonzalez encounters Christ through a campus ministry program and begins to follow him.
Here, too, is the sweeping epic of immigrants and refugees in Scripture. Abraham, Hagar, Joseph, Ruth: these intrepid heroes of the faith cross borders and seek refuge. As witnesses to God’s liberating power, they name the God they see at work, and they become grafted onto God’s family tree.
Find resources for welcoming immigrants in your community and speaking out about an outdated immigration system. Find the power of Jesus, a refugee Savior who calls us to become citizens in a country not of this world.
“With this stunning debut, Karen González makes her mark as one of the most talented storytellers of faith in a generation. The skill with which she weaves together personal narrative and biblical text, intimate detail, and sociopolitical analysis is as impressive as it is seamless. Every single page of this beautiful, timely book pulses with prophetic truth. It left me changed in all the best ways.”
RACHEL HELD EVANS, AUTHOR OF INSPIRED AND SEARCHING FOR SUNDAY
“Weaving insightful reflections on the stories of immigrants in the Bible, compelling explanations of the realities facing immigrants today, and her own testimony of faith and migration, Karen González invites readers to a distinctly Christian approach to the complex topic of immigration. In the process, she invites us into a deeper relationship with the God who made and loves them. The God Who Sees is an important and enlightening book for our times.”
MATTHEW SOERENS, COAUTHOR OF WELCOMING THE STRANGER AND SEEKING REFUGE
“The topic of immigration can be both confusing and contentious. Karen González helps us find our way toward a deeper understanding with a story that is deeply personal, solidly biblical, and appropriately challenging. You will find Karen an able guide to bring clarity and encourage compassion.”
SCOTT ARBEITER, PRESIDENT OF WORLD RELIEF
“In the heated debate over immigration, both sides often reduce immigrants to an abstraction. Karen González points out that the story of the immigrant is an integral part of our narrative of redemption history. Her own complex journey as an immigrant adds rich insight into our collective faith story as well as a deeper understanding of those millions who, for a multitude of reasons, still leave their homes in search of new lives. This book will convict the reader that compassion for the immigrant is not an option but a requirement for all who profess to follow Jesus.”
DEREK W. ENGDAHL, AUTHOR OF THE GREAT CHASM