" When it came to illegal immigration, twenty-four-year-old Sarah Jackson thought she knew what justice was. But as she got to know fractured, frightened migrant families, biblical justice took on a whole new meaning. The House that Love Built tells the powerful story of Sarah's transformation as she opens her heart - and her home - to welcome the stranger and offer an oasis of peace to those suffering under of our nation's busted immigration system. Why is any of this meaningful to Christian readers? Because we're not just a nation divided over immigration - we're a church divided over it. The Pew Research Center finds that 90 percent of evangelical pastors want to help refugees living in the U.S.-but 50 percent of their congregants fear refugees and don't want them within our borders. Like a darkening cloud, the dilemma of undocumented people hovers over America-and it isn't going away. It raises urgent questions for every Christian: Where is the church's voice amid the clamor of confusion, deflating bureaucracy, and sometimes brutal treatment? What is our role with the ""stranger"" in our midst - especially when that stranger is already our real-life neighbor? What does it mean to proclaim God's kingdom on earth when it comes to a thorny, complex issue like immigration? The House that Love Built helps us begin to answer these questions, one encounter at a time. Through Sarah's story, readers will have their eyes opened to the multifaceted and deeply human reality of our nation's immigration system. As we learn about the cases that have landed immigrants in Detention Centers around the country - immigrants who more often than not came here legally or seeking asylum - our hearts and minds will be opened to the ways in which the church can speak into this crisis. Neither didactic nor ignorant of the nation's political realities, The House That Love Built instead puts readers in the shoes of characters on all sides of the immigration divide, offering a look at how immigration is lived on the ground, as well as in the arena of philosophical debate and political realities. Through Sarah's story and the transformative work of Casa de Paz (Spanish for House of Peace), readers will learn more about this broken, busted system - but they will also find a renewed hope in the world and in their ability to be a part of God's redemptive plan. The Atlantic magazine reports that when religion no longer informs public discourse, politics become more brutal - and so does the treatment of the powerless. Currently, the stakes for immigrants are higher than at any point in the past century. In such a time as this, Sarah's story helps illuminate what belongs to Caesar and what belongs God - and how hope is restored through prophetic acts of love. "
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