Only a very small taste, just about 3 years. This is how long we stayed in America the first time around. In this chapter we will follow the story of how Lidia and her husband, Isam packed up their entire life including their three young children and moved to America to follow their dream to the land of opportunities. A short-lived dream it was as it only lasted three years. Enough however to give her young boys, born and raised in Jordan a taste of opportunity. As we see the couple struggle in America, the tension in their marriage becomes more apparent. A marriage that was never in agreement from the beginning, as it was arranged by the families of the bride and groom not so much the couple themselves. As Lidia’s husband struggles to find work, life becomes more and more challenging.
As we read of the troubles the immigrant family has to face, I want to ask a few questions about how we approach new families:
What is your idea of the American family?
What consideration do we give to immigrants? I like to call them‚ new Americans. Perhaps when we see them in a store or at school.
Do we think about what they might be going through and what struggles they may be experiencing?
I invite you to challenge your own perception of new Americans and consider if your view may have altered already.
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