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Jesus Was A Migrant
by Deirdre Cornell
Publisher:Orbis Books from Alban Books
It's not just the cover on this book that makes a strong impact, the contents do too. Jesus was an migrant, at times even an immigrant, something we find it very easy to overlook or ignore, and yet something that the Gospels labour and reflect upon if we really read them. They do that by looking not just forward but also reflecting back to the Old Testament and the whole history of God's migrant people, sojourners in strange lands, and exiles.
Deirdre Cornell does a good job of summarising the biblical stories and proofs of the migrant within the bible, from there she goes on to demonstrate the living reality that these biblical stories demonstrate to us of the way we should receive migrants into our lives, of the grace and lessons that migrants of all sorts show us.
The book is well written with short, insightful and engaging chapters that are filled with the stories of migrants, immigrants and journeyers, as well as Cornells own experiences from her sojourning and working with migrant peoples.
So admittedly most of these stories are based around Mexican and Latino migrant experiences as Cornell is American, but nevertheless these stories still work well to demonstrate the truths and witnesses of every day migrants of all types, and to highlight again the reality that Jesus was a migrant and that if we accept Jesus into our hearts and lives we need also to accept the migrants and immigrants in our own societies too.
Reviewer: Melanie Carroll (07/06/14)