While chapter 1 began with a traumatic experience of a young immigrant, it ends with the author’s explanation of his intentions with the book, giving chapter 2 a restart, if you will. Here, a dramatic experience opens up the 2nd chapter. I wanted to give another story that we could feel. In this chapter we introduce Lidia, a leading character in the book and also the protagonist’s mother. This story starts off with a dramatic accident, a kid crying in pain and the relatives who blamed Lidia for the accident. Here, we get a glimpse into this family drama and really get to know Lidia and the pressure she was under. A situation that could bring any young mother to her breaking point, but not Lidia. This chapter displays how extraordinary Lidia truly is and we see her qualities unfold as she grows, before taking her four young children on the journey of a lifetime. Lidia is a very loving parent, but also very strict in bringing up her children.
The smacks in the face sometimes—as strange as that may sound—translated into nothing but pure love and concern and the urgency to raise her children right. She wanted to make sure, they turned out to be good mannered and well behaved, so to give them every and all opportunities in life. She was very young when she got married to my father but somehow realized even at that young age that she needed to protect her children in order to give them the opportunities they deserved, and her way of doing so was to raise very disciplined children. As you will see later on in my journey these values did pay off.
So now that you have heard a little bit about Lidia, my question to you as a reader is, how do you feel about her?
Who is she?
Who is Lidia to you?
From this very first chapter about her, what does she represent to you?
Why is Lidia so important for this book?
How is it that she kept focused on her dreams (for her and her children) under these circumstances?
Let’s think about how we feel about women that operate under a lot of restrictions and yet somehow manage to do miracles.
As a Chaplain to the New York Yankees and others in the sports arena, I can smell a spirit of winning from miles away. “Go Back to your Country” is a captivating and promising immigration story that showcases the power of building a dream against all odds.
Willie AlfonsoChaplain - New York Yankees & Brooklyn Nets
"Go Back to Your Country" is an awe-inspiring book by an immigrant author. As Issa describes his family’s difficult journey to the U.S followed by his challenging teenage life, you can’t help but feel what he felt. He uplifts and inspires the reader by overcoming the lowest points of his life. He finds love in his life and success in business. I
hope that others who encounter challenges in life will be encouraged by the uplifting message of this book. It is truly
an only-in-America story!
James DavisMayor City of Bayonne NJ
"Go Back to your Country” is a true story of an immigrant boy defying all odds against him and becoming an American entrepreneur. The book is not only filled with tremendous tales of determination and persistence in the grave of hardships, you’ll find revealing truths on leadership development. Today, I serve as the CEO of a Real Estate Brokerage that this “immigrant boy” founded and can attest to his true mark of extraordinary leadership. It is
my hope that as you read through the pages of this book, you uncover the leadership principles woven into Issa’s journey. This book is truly a personal and yet practical guide to creating a legacy of greatness.
Giselle LlerenaCEO Provident Legacy Real Estate Services
Giants can be defeated by underdogs. Around 1020 BC a famous battle took place approximately 90 miles away from Amman, Jordan, the birthplace of the author. It was a battle known for the victory of a young underdog named David who overcame a giant named Goliath. Goliath represents the obstacles, rejection, limitations, intimidation, stereotypes, biases, prejudice, and discrimination that many immigrants like myself face. In “Go Back to your Country” Issa Musharbash shares his compelling and inspirational story as a young immigrant who overcame the
odds of achieving success and bears witness to the truth - underdogs can succeed and overcome giants.
Paula RodriguezCo-Founder & Lead Pastor The Cityline Church
While our country is divided on issues like immigration, Go Back to your Country! becomes a symbol of unity. The author welcomes us into an intimate view of his family's experience coming to America. What a genuinely refreshing read! As an immigrant myself, I personally connected and identified with the struggles, hopes
and leaps of fulfilling a dream. The heartfelt narrative brought me closer to another culture and helped me see how similar we are in our shared experiences and humanity as immigrants. “Go Back to your Country” is timely and raises important questions of our times. Foreign or native, you'll need this book in your collection.
Olga LevinaFounder & Artistic Director Jersey Theater Center