“Fire in the Canyon will engage readers at all levels with its accessible prose and memorable life stories. The chapter on Caminata Nocturna should especially interest undergraduate students with its unique perspectives on border crossing. […] Sarat conveys the great dedication to community that persists in this town, despite all the divisions that it faces—of religious factionalism, modernization, and, most of all, immigration.”
—Hispanic American Historical Review
“[T]his study is an important contribution to migration studies, Pentecostal theology and the wider field of religion and the migration experience. While it is about the Mexican migration experience, it has implications for and is a resource for migration on a whole, especially that of the two-thirds world.”
"Sarat offers a fascinating ethnographic examination of the intersection of popular religious practices, Pentecostal faith, and the necessity forced upon individuals in economically challenging circumstances to migrate from Mexico to the United States."
“Beautifully illustrates the complex intersections of religion and immigration, where even the successful navigation of the dangerous migrant’s journey across the U.S. border results not in the 'American dream,' but in continued poverty and marginalization. . . . Religion within the context of immigration is not merely one of 'the things they carry,' but fundamental to the journey, helping migrants to frame their understanding of suffering, to confront life-and-death, and to define their notions of the possible. Yet Sarat suggests that this understanding alone is not enough, arguing that religion—modern Pentecostalism in particular—helps empower people to look beyond simple religious tropes and issues of individual salvation to join collective efforts that seek to address the roots causes of migration and inequality.”
—Virginia Garrard-Burnett, The University of Texas at Austin
“Through finely woven voices and descriptions of actors and locations in a life drama that transcends geographical and religious borders, Leah Sarat’s ethnography of the indigenous people of El Alberto . . . offers its readers an opportunity to witness the fantastic capacity of seemingly marginal peoples to selectively appropriate religious and economic impositions in an effort to carve out a future that makes sense to them, and, hopefully their children.”
—Ella Schmidt, author of The Dream Fields of Florida: Mexican Farmworkers and the Myth of Belonging
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