Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith by D. L. Mayfield

Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith

byD. L. Mayfield

Paperback | August 16, 2016

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From childhood, D.L. Mayfield longed to be a missionary, so she was thrilled when the opportunity arose to work with a group of Somali Bantu refugees in her hometown of Portland, OR. As the days, months, and years went by, her hopeful enthusiasm began to wear off, her faith became challenged, and the real work of learning to love and serve her neighbors grew harder, deeper, and more complex. She writes: “The more I failed to communicate the love of God to my refugee friends, the more I experienced it for myself. The more overwhelmed I felt as I became involved in the myriads of problems facing my friends who experience poverty in America, the less pressure I felt to attain success or wealth or prestige. And the more my world started to expand at the edges of my periphery, the more it became clear that life was more beautiful and more terrible than I had been told.”

In this collection of stunning and surprising essays, Mayfield invites readers to reconsider their concepts of justice, love, and reimagine being a citizen of this world and the upside-down kingdom of God.

 

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Title:Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering FaithFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.5 inPublished:August 16, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062388800

ISBN - 13:9780062388803

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Assimilate or Go Home is the least American book about Christianity I’ve read by an American evangelical. Like the gospels, it foregrounds the troubles of human frailty, of pain, of not-knowing. Here, Mayfield suggests, perhaps we can replace power with an imperfect attempt at love.”