once we were strangers: What a Friendship with a Syrian Refugee Taught Me about Loving My Neighbor By Shawn Smucker
“In 2012, Mohammad fled his Syrian village along with his wife and four sons. Four years later he sat across from Shawn Smucker in a small conference room in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Though neither of them knew it, Mohammad had arrived in Shawn’s life just in time.”
This was a quick, very enjoyable read. My heart has been moved by the plight of the refugees, so I jumped at the chance to read and review this book provided to me by Revell Books. The author does a great job of weaving Mohammad’s story of having to flee Syria and the development of their relationship. It is a beautiful story of friendship and perseverance. I appreciated Smuckers ability to tell this story in a way that invited you in. He was honoring to Mohammad and his family and showed the struggle and desire for freedom and safety and the cost that these refugees pay to give their families a new life. The development of their friendship was so encouraging and left much to think about our relationships in life today.
I think the timing of the book is so significant for the age we are living. We need to sit and listen to stories like this, so that we remember that we are all in this together. The impact of kindness and friendship is significant and can change lives. I highly recommend the reading of this book. It would make a great book discussion book.
The book can be found here https://amzn.to/2OaS3VJ or at Christianbook.com
*Disclaimers: This book was provided to me for review by Revell Reads #RevellReads but the opinions are mine.
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