Seeking Refuge {Book Review}

Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis

By: Stephan BaumanMatthew Sorens, & Issam Smeir

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Third Person • NonFiction  • 224 Pages


About the Book (Backcover Blurb):

What will rule our hearts: fear or compassion?

We can’t ignore the refugee crisis—arguably the greatest geo-political issue of our time—but how do we even begin to respond to something so massive and complex?

In Seeking Refuge, three experts from World Relief, a global organization serving refugees, offer a practical, well-rounded, well-researched guide to the issue.

Who are refugees and other displaced peoples?
What are the real risks and benefits of receiving them?
How do we balance compassion and security?

Drawing from history, public policy, psychology, many personal stories, and their own unique Christian worldview, the authors offer a nuanced and compelling portrayal of the plight of refugees and the extraordinary opportunity we have to love our neighbors as ourselves.

Why I Read This Book: 

My family has been involved with the refugee crisis for the last couple of years – ever since one of my sisters went over to Greece to help the refugees. (You can find out more about their work there at i58.)

What I Thought about this Book:

This book was good. It had a lot of information, a lot of facts, a lot of statistics. And yet, at the same time, it was interesting and put faces to what is going on. It’s so easy to get caught up in numbers and forget that each number represents a person like you and me – a person with hopes, dreams, fears, and problems. A person who has had to give up more than most of us can ever imagine. A person who has been traumatized by destruction and hatred.

Seeking Refuge talks about everything that is going on today with the refugees. The book discusses the politics, fears people have, what we can do to help, what we shouldn’t do, how to relate to refugees, what constitutes being an actual refugee, and the list goes on. The best part about this book is that it talks about everything from a very Biblical point of view.

Near the beginning of the book, they discuss dangers that come along with refugees, and also dangers that people think go along with refugees, and actually don’t. Studies and statistics have found that welcoming refugees is a good thing for the economy, etc… and that with all the screening that’s done, it really is safe, also. But, one thing I really liked about the book is how the authors pointed out that even if that wasn’t the case, we’re still commanded in the Bible to take care of refugees. But really, the book does such a better job of explaining it than I do, so you should read the book.


This is a book I think a lot of Christians should read. It has important, spot-on information.


I’m giving Seeking Refuge 4 out of 5 stars, and 8 out of 10.

*I received this book from Moody Press in exchange for a review

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