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Am I More In Love with the Idea of Immigration Reform than Actually Reforming Immigration?

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Today I have an announcement and a confession. Let's do the fun one first! I'm excited to tell you I have another book to recommend - Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World Than Actually Changing the World?

Wow. What a subtitle right? I mean that right there was enough to get me interested in the thing. Here's a quick video about Eugene Cho's heart for the book.


You might think to yourself, "Is this book going to make me feel bad?" Because I wondered that a bit after I saw the video. But I've read enough by Eugene to trust him in the questions.

Because not everybody can pull off a provocative question like the one in the book's subtitle. But Eugene's style is super genuine and down-to-earth. He's a pastor first and foremost. It doesn't read like an indictment as much as an honest question to himself and all of us.

And quite frankly, I can use the discussion. You might guess this is the confession part.

As much as I care about immigration, I must admit that there are times I post on social media to "call your representative - it's super easy," and then... I don't. Do I forget? Or does my brain just somehow think tweeting was enough "social action" for one day? I'm embarrassed to recognize it's probably some of both.

Overrated is an accessible read, yet the words are not easy. He shares honest struggles and reminds me of values like simplicity, waiting (this is definitely not my forte... or Ella's), and depth in the pursuit of justice. I loved this post on Eugene's charge to dive deep into justice without becoming overwhelmed by all the injustices in the world.

Billy and I love college-aged folks, and we have worked on and off with them during our marriage. This is a book I will use with students in the future. It offers a Biblical foundation for a justice lifestyle and breaks it down in bite-sized chapters perfect for discussion.

"God's justice is renewing the world to where He would have intended it to be." 

I hope you'll check it out, too. I'd love to hear your thoughts. The book releases on September 1, but you can pre-order now and get the digital copy right away! (Seriously... I think you should.)

What's your confession? Have you ever cared more about the idea of changing the world than actually changing the world?

Full disclosure: I received a copy of Overrated to read and was encouraged to share about the book. But no one told me what to write. The words are all mine, my friends.  

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