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Are you looking for some good reading material to understand the plight of the refugee?

Our colleagues recommend these books…

  • Why God Calls Us to Dangerous Places by Kate McCord
    • “Soon after 9/11, Kate McCord left the corporate world and followed God to Afghanistan—sometimes into the reach of death. Alive but not unscathed, she has suffered the loss of many things: comfort, safety, even dear friends and fellow sojourners.” Learn more
  • In The Land of Blue Burqas by Kate McCord
    • “Riveting and fast paced, In the Land of Blue Burqas depicts sharing the love and truth of Christ with women living in Afghanistan, which has been called ‘the world’s most dangerous country in which to be born a woman.'” Learn more
  • Farewell, Four Waters: One Aid Workers Sudden Escape From Afghanistan by Kate McCord
    • “All she needed were stamps and signatures. Marie and her translator stood in the government offices in Kabul, Afghanistan, to complete the paperwork for her new literacy project. The women in her home town, the northern village of Shehktan, would learn to read.” Learn more
  • When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert
    • “While this book exposes past and current development efforts that churches have engaged in which unintentionally undermine the people they’re trying to help, its central point is to provide proven strategies that challenge Christians to help the poor empower themselves.” Learn more
  • The Body Keeps The Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in The Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.
    • “Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world’s foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors.” Learn more
  • Seeking Refuge: On The Shores of The Global Refugee Crisis by Stephan Bauman
    • “In Seeking Refuge, three experts from World Relief, a global organization serving refugees, offer a practical, well-rounded, well-researched guide to the issue.” Learn more
  • Outcasts United: An American Town, A Refugee Team, and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference by Warren St. John
    • “Clarkston, Georgia, was a typical Southern town until it was designated a refugee settlement center in the 1990s, becoming the first American home for scores of families in flight from the world’s war zones—from Liberia and Sudan to Iraq and Afghanistan. Suddenly Clarkston’s streets were filled with women wearing the hijab, the smells of cumin and curry, and kids of all colors playing soccer in any open space they could find.” Learn more 


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