The SVLC Social Justice Committee members will periodically share with you reviews of books you may be interested in reading on topics such as immigration, refugees, racial injustice, hunger, and food insecurity. Our June selection--
The God Who Sees: Immigrants, the Bible, and the Journey to Belong by Karen González
This book by Karen González is a memoir about beginning her life as a child in Guatemala and living as an immigrant with her family in the United States. The book is an easy interesting read, and it provides plenty of insight about life for immigrants here in California and elsewhere in the USA.
But there is more to it. González is trained as a theologian and she says that she began to read the Bible “from the margins,” that is, from the viewpoint of outsiders, foreigners and cast offs. Woven into her personal memoir are the Bible stories “from the margins” of Ruth and Naomi, Hagar, Joseph and others who are the outsiders in foreign lands. Here she builds a Christian perspective about immigration and also provides new insight about these familiar biblical people.
The book closes with thought provoking questions that are organized for each chapter of the book and good for some lively discussions at a Book Club or Bible study.
Reviewed by Kaye Hambleton