I want to think that all of us, no matter our opinion on the recent Executive Order in the U.S., have hearts of compassion for refugees.
One thing I am concerned about is the politicization of compassion. That in order to support the president, some might choose to suppress thinking about the war-weary, talking about the current humanitarian disaster, remembering brave people who sheltered Jews at the risk of their own lives, and cultivating compassion for the downtrodden, persecuted, threatened ones in our world. In an attempt to feel positive about the order, it is tempting to downplay the wretchedness of the situation. That is a tragedy.
Let’s choose to walk in others’ shoes and increase our understanding and compassion, no matter our political persuasion. Shuttering our hearts is not a value of any decent political or religious group.
To that end I’ve compiled a list of books that I’ve previously reviewed. Each is linked to the original review.
I encourage us — all of us — to read books that help us feel more compassion. It’s not political.
1. I did a post about Muslims and refugees a little over a year ago with links to many of the best titles on my blog. You can access that here:
2. This past year I shared many stories about sheltering Jewish refugees during the Holocaust. Here are those links:
3. Here are more titles about the immigrant and refugee experience not included in that first grouping:
4. Finally, I love this nativity story reminding us that Jesus, Joseph, and Mary were refugees: