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Category Archives: Our Book: This Much I Can Tell You
The holiday season is upon us, that frenzied time of feasting on traditional foods, spending time with loved ones, and, of course, shopping for gifts. But the spirit of giving is sometimes tempered by a spirit of dread and exhaustion while navigating crowded malls and trying to make emotional sense of the consumer side of these blessed days. This year, MCC Refugee Services is happy to be able help you out a bit! Our recently self-published book, This Much I Can Tell You: Stories of Courage and Hope from Refugees in Minnesota, is available for purchase online or in person. This Much I Can Tell You features 18 first-hand accounts of refugee journeys from nine different countries and includes helpful introductions for each section. With this gift, you’ll be able to share your interest in refugees with friends and family and benefit refugees in our community through the work of … Continue reading
As the temperature begins to drop, the coziness of a warm blanket and a soft couch start to sound more and more attractive. The beginning of fall means we can drink hot tea again and pull out our favorite sweaters. Instead of switching on the television, why not cuddle up with a good book? MCC Refugee Services has just the book for you—This Much I Can Tell You: Stories of Courage and Hope from Refugees in Minnesota. Published in June, this collection of personal refugee stories is sure to capture your attention and keep it. These are refugee journey stories told in the own words of 18 men and women from around the world—one of the few books of its kind. This is a rare chance to hear refugees’ stories in their own voices. It’s hard to put down a book that draws you into the joys and sorrows of … Continue reading
Here’s the latest post from our book blog for “This Much I can Tell You”! “Josiah says he is not worried about his children losing touch with the Karen language or culture. ‘Many of the older generation are concerned, but myself I don’t keep serious for this point. Like American history, when you go back, people came from the Europe maybe two, three, four, five generations ago, they lost their native language, you know. Maybe you are from Norwegian, German, or French origin. So I know that this is going to be happening definitely. In three or four generations, maybe no more Karen; they are going to become American.’” (This Much I Can Tell You, pg. 67). 1. How would you feel if your family was transplanted into a completely new culture? Would you try to keep your children loyal to your home culture? 2. What are some of your family … Continue reading
Here’s the latest news about our recent book, This Much I Can Tell You. They say that in the book business, 25% of the work is creating and publishing the book–75% is getting other people to read it. It’s hard to imagine that the bulk of this project is still yet to come, but we are excited about all of the opportunities we will have to share these inspiring stories with others in Minnesota. After our big book release celebration on June 20th, we’ve taken a bit of a break to recuperate and focus on our insanely busy summer here at MCC Refugee Services. In July alone, we welcomed over 70 individuals to Minnesota. To put that in perspective, that is about 25% of our expected number for the entire fiscal year! This book project is only a small piece of what MCC Refugee Services is all about. We are in the … Continue reading
Allie Shah, a reporter for the Star Tribune, wrote an article about This Much I Can Tell You. The article was printed in the Saturday print issue and is also posted online. Click here to view the digital version. We love it when newspapers or other media outlets report on our book. These remarkable stories benefit greatly from this kind of media exposure. If you know somebody in the media, consider telling them about This Much I Can Tell You and pitching it as a story idea for their publication. Let us know if you do!
Julia Dinsmore, author of My Name is Child of God, not “Those People”, has endorsed our book! Julia is a local advocate for ending homelessness, a poet, a songwriter and a grandmother. Thanks for making time to read our book, Julia, and for your beautiful words! Your own life and work is an inspiration to us.