Book Review: At Home In Exile

At Home in Exile

Finding Jesus among My Ancestors and Refugee Neighbors
by Russell Jeung

Zondervan Academic

Biographies & Memoirs

Pub Date 04 Oct 2016 

I am voluntarily reviewing a copy of At Home In Exile through the publishrr and Netgalley:

In 1992 Russel Jeung moved in with Dan Scmidt an Urban missionary in Oakland California.  His move to the Oak Park apartments a Cambodian village in the American Ghetto.

The Oak Park Apartments were in the middle of what was referred to as The Murdered Dubs, the neighborhood between 20th and 29th Avenues.

The Oak Park Apartments was a far cry from his highschool career at Lowell Highschool a magnet school in San Francisco.  His class, the class of 1980 included A Nobel Prize Winner, A Pulitzer Prize Winner and a best selling international author.

After graduating Stanford University he would spend 1985 and 1986 in Wuhan China teaching English.  While there he would read everything that they had in English in the area because he could not watch television not being able to understand the language.

After returning from China he began attending Grace Community Church, a church that combined his Evangelical Faith, and Social Activism.

Russel Jeung lived at Oak Park during the height of the crack academic, and he would face very real danger.

Russel opens up about the danger he saw the way some children in this impoverished area would get sick from lack of proper nutrition.

In 1999 The Oak Park Apartments were condemned forcing its residence to look for a new place to live.

At Home in Exile is one man’s story, a story of a willingness to make a difference, to make sacrifices in order to reach out and help those in need.

I give At Home in Exile five out of five stars.

Happy Reading

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