Review: When You Can’t Go Home

When someone wants to learn more about the refugee crisis, they can all too often get bogged down in a dense book packed with facts and statistics or taken off-track by vitriolic online arguments that polarize the issue.

Enter Karisa Keasey’s gorgeous gift book, the perfect introduction for someone wanting to understand what the refugee crisis means on an individual level, by hearing first-person stories.

Keasey has skillfully told the stories of ten refugees and their families through vivid narratives woven together with direct quotes in the subjects’ original voices. Interspersed throughout the book are thirty stunning watercolor paintings which capture the nuance of light and shadow, joy and sorrow.

The book is a quick read, but you’ll want to linger among the poignant words and images and ponder what you should do now that you’ve met real people–from Eritrea, Iraq, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Rwanda, and Myanmar–who are representative of millions more who have lost their homes and are trying to make new ones.

The last few pages of the book include a brief overview of World Relief’s work and how people can get involved. And a full 50% of the proceeds of the book go towards the work of World Relief!

Buy a copy for yourself or give one as a gift!


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