I recently received a complimentary copy of Dr. Joseph Castleberry’s (President of Northwest University) The New Pilgrims: How Immigrants Are Renewing America’s Faith and Values. A great read indeed.
My utmost respect for Dr. Castleberry and his work (especially as it relates to a proper Christian response to immigration) are well documented on this blog. One of my favorite quotes from his third book are captured on Instagram.
I am so grateful that the author had the courage to write this book. The tone, direction, and motivation of this conversation must change if the church hopes to bring transformation in the midst of the present divisiveness that is currently the immigration reform debate. Castleberry invites the reader on a journey of rediscovery. My favorite two chapters are the one that focuses on why Christianity and migration are so closely linked and the other that explains how some immigrations justify breaking federal laws in entering into our nation. He shares some surprising statistics as it relates to immigrants – namely the low crime rate and high graduation rate.
The New Pilgrims only reinforces my conviction that our church must love all of the Tri-Cities – regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, income-level, location, or even immigration status. We will prayerfully and purposefully go where the people are rather than expect them to come to us. We must look a lot more like the diversity of our community and the beauty of heaven!
This book could not have been more timely. My only wish is that he had written this book just one year later so that he could have tackled the Middle East crisis. How does this predicament differ from those who are coming from Central and South America? Is this another opportunity for good news to be proclaimed? If so, how?
For further reading on the heated issue of the Syrian Refugee Crisis, I would highly recommend an article recently published by World Magazine.
More details on the author and his book can be found on the publisher’s official site.