Reading ➿ The Myth of the American Dream Author D.L. Mayfield –

The Myth of the American Dream Affluence, Autonomy, Safety, And Power These Are The Central Values Of The American Dream But Are They Actually Compatible With Jesus Command To Love Our Neighbor As Ourselves In Essays Grouped Around These Four Values, D L Mayfield Asks Us To Pay Attention To The Ways They Shape Our Own Choices, And The Ways Those Choices Affect Our Neighbors Where Did These Values Come From How Have They Failed Those On The Edges Of Our Society And How Can We Disentangle Ourselves From Our Culture S Headlong Pursuit Of These Values And Live Faithful Lives Of Service To God And Our Neighbors

About the Author: D.L. Mayfield

D L Mayfield lives and writes in Portland, OR with her husband and two small children Mayfield likes to write about refugees, theology, and downward mobility, among other topics She has written for places as varied as McSweeneys, Christianity Today, Image journal, and the Toast Her book of essays, Assimilate or Go Home Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith is forthcoming from

15 thoughts on “The Myth of the American Dream

  1. says:

    I picked up this book expecting to hear about the dangers of allowing American cultural values to draw Christians focus away from the gospel and onto worldly controversies and concerns Instead, this book is about how Christians need to focus on worldly concerns.After another look at the title and blurb, I m not sure why I thought this was going to be a Christian book, except that I got it from the religion section on NetGalley I suppose it

  2. says:

    this is what we should fear what our own desperate desire for safety might end up doing to those who are beloved in the eyes of God If you are a white North American, you ll find much of this book relatable and probably discomfiting at times Mayfield writes a critique of commonly accepted American values, and observes the ways that these values exclude and oppress, the way that the American dream is actually a burden built upon the bodies of people who ar

  3. says:

    D L Mayfield is a writer and teaches English to immigrants, mostly refugees, in Portland, Oregon She grew up in a conservative evangelical Christian family and was homeschooled Although still a Christian, she has rejected her former background and would now consider herself a left wing progressivist Christian In my opinion this book trashes American history and culture Capitalism is bad, all whites are privileged and should make up for the sins of our ancestors

  4. says:

    This is such an important book It graciously and kindly tackles incredibly hard things, while not glossing over anything I cannot possibly recommend this I received a digital ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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