Two Author Tuesdays in a row – what is this madness? But today I’ve got a book I’m just so excited to get in your hands; I’ve been learning a lot about immigration over the last few months, and Sarah Quezada’s Love Undocumented is an exceptional guide. A mix of memoir and non-fiction, I love how she educates by inviting the reader into her journey at the same time. Head over to Instagram for additional entry options and leave a comment below to win her book, which releases today!
Tell us a bit about yourself, will you? Hi! I’m Sarah, and I’m a writer living in Atlanta, Georgia. I’m married, and we have two kids (ages 4 and 7) who make it cool for me to go to the roller skating rink and sing karaoke at home. I like to binge-watch TV shows and read books, especially thrillers or multicultural YA fiction. I have a master’s degree in sociology, so I also love books and conversations on all things about race, justice, and equality.
Let’s talk about Love Undocumented: what, in a nutshell, is your book about anyway? It’s a love story, and it’s about immigration. It’s about how I fell in love with an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala. But it’s also about how God has called Christians to love our immigrant neighbors. The book follows our personal journey through the immigration system, combined with sociological research and biblical reflections.
Do tell, what was the inspiration behind it? Of course, my personal experience played a big role in why Iwrote this book. Filling out the paperwork, going through the interviews, meeting with the attorney – everything we experienced was different than I imagined and what I had heard about immigration. I had always assumed the system was fair and straightforward, and I learned through experience that this was most certainly not the case. I know many Christians care about immigrants, but genuinely do not understand what’s really happening behind the firey headlines of the day. This book seeks to take readers behind-the-scenes of both our experience and the broader challenges facing immigrants today.
How do you hope readers will be changed by your words? I hope they will walk away having learned something new about the immigration system and the resiliant, strong immigrants who navigate it daily. I hope readers will draw from a deeper well of compassion, but also that they will feel more informed and be able to talk about the topic in a nuanced and humane way.
Lest we forget to ask, how have YOU been changed by writing the book? I also learned a lot while writing the book. Diving into the research confirmed some things I thought I knew and corrected others. I was also challenged to really ask myself what I believe about actions like the New Sanctuary Movement, where churches provide refuge to undocumented immigrants. Going back to the Scriptures and praying through the writing of this book deepened my own passion to advocate for immigration reform.
Friends, I’m in the middle of Love Undocumented now, and I can’t put it down. I have an inkling you’ll feel the same, so leave a comment below to win a copy of the book and head over to Instagram for additional ways to win. Contest ends Friday, January 19th – good luck!
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