“I love this book! It is filled with moving stories of encounters with people from other cultures…. Read this book slowly. It will change you…read more.”

Kelly Hughes


“I highly recommend this humble pearl of wisdom to any and all who connect with folks in transition and who have the courage to begin the adventure of mutual transformation, connectedness, and a larger, truer life… read more.

 Bev, former Mennonite Central Committee country rep, retired teacher, University of the Fraser Valley


“Reading this short book educated me about outreach with refugee claimants and challenged me to think about how I share my life with others and I hope that it helps me be a better listener and a source of solace for people who are suffering… read more.”

Dr. Craig Kraft, Executive Director of Outreach Canada


“This thought-provoking little book speaks graciously about welcoming the stranger … and guides toward possibilities for deeper connection… read more.”

Marlae Vermeer


“Anika’s book affirms my own aspirations to pursue loving neighbours and even more challenging, to love strangers. The mutual transformations of both Anika and her neighbours are finger-printed all over her stories as she shares her experience in loving the stranger… read more.”

Barry Jung, community convener, social connector, curator of Neighbours on Purpose


“Becoming Neighbours has heartwarming stories of how people from different cultures find their common humanity and need for each other in the context of resettlement in Canada. I would recommend it for all who desire to work locally with newly arrived immigrants.”

Deb Penney, nurse-midwife, researcher on refugees and health, University of Utah


“…After a very (very) long week – where living and working in community had felt particularly difficult and painful – reading Anika’s words was a balm for my spirit. She encouraged me, challenged me, made me laugh, and made me cry – all the things! If you’re a person who needs a pep talk or encouragement to continue to show up, and walk along the road towards deep community with the people around you, read this book… read more.”

Jeanette Moss, Team Lead & Director of Strategy and Development, Salsbury Community Society


“Becoming Neighbours is a beautifully written book… I appreciate Bauman’s deep thoughtfulness about her own personal experiences and the honest ways in which they overlap, but also differ, from some of the neighbours she introduces us to in the book…read more.”
Samia, Doctoral Student

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