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Determined to save the world, one soul at a time, nineteen-year-old D. L. Mayfield left her conservative Christian home to become a missionary to Somali Bantu refugees in Portland, Oregon. But after a decade proselytizing, she realized that she had not converted one single Muslim. “I am pretty much the worst missionary ever,” she despaired.
Yet in her time working with these displaced people, Mayfield’s eyes were opened to something much bigger. “I started to read the Scriptures with new eyes, informed by the people who the Bible was written by and to—the people at the margins of society. And it was so much better than I could have believed. The blessings of Jesus were to be found in the most unexpected places. The kingdom is real, alive, and changing everything—liberating, setting free, healing, and preaching news that is actually truly good, in the here and now.”
Assimilate or Go Home is the story of her awakening. Mayfield shows us how God’s love is transforming lives, and makes clear that instead of saving the world, we can join God’s party by loving all of our neighbors—especially those on society’s edge. With vulnerability and a touch of humor, Mayfield reflects upon how her faith was challenged, and urges all of us to reconsider our concepts of justice, love, and being a citizen of this world—and the kingdom of God.
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September 27, 2016
Here is a thoughtful, beautiful, and ultimately hopeful collection of personal essays. Like the author, I have sometimes felt that to witness too closely the lives of the poor in America, and especially the lives of immigrant and refugee poor, would lead in only two directions: either losing myse...
August 16, 2016
Assimilate or Go Home is the story of one woman's beautiful coming undone. It is her personal struggle to move from trying to convert the world to Christ to simply loving the world because she has been, and is continually being, converted. D.L. humbly lets us into the raw, honest parts of her sto...
August 16, 2016
I first came across DL Mayfield on McSweeney's. Her essays about living among refugees were stunning and I swiftly followed her on Twitter, ready to read whatever she'd give us. A few years have since passed and it was a thrill to read her book. Some of those essays from McSweeney's make an appea...
February 06, 2017
If you look around your congregation and every one looks pretty much like you (as mine does to me) and you wonder how to do outreach to those don't look like you, read this book. You'll learn much from this "failed" missionary -- her writing and teaching should be read by every congregation think...
February 07, 2017
We live in a divided America: Republican and Democrat; haves and have-nots; Caucasians and minority communities; Christians and Muslims (or really anyone else), educated elites and the illiterate. We are divided by politics, religion, race, economics, and culture. And you don't have to look too f...
November 05, 2016
One summer, when I was 19, I went to New York City for a two-week long evangelistic campaign. We were excited to "love NYC", especially the rough parts, despite the fact that most of us had never been there before. We stood in a circle and sang praise songs on busy street corners. We hung out in...
August 17, 2016
Danielle’s words comfort me like few others do. Her ability to see the world as Jesus does, from a place I believe he would have resided, and put it into achingly beautiful words is a precious gift.
Thank you Danielle, for your ministry of baking cakes and writing words. For your willingness to cu...
July 16, 2016
Recounting stories from her four years living with and working with Somali Bantu refugees, D.L. Mayfield's book takes us into the depths of the human soul. She is hardest on herself as she recalls the idealism (meant to save others) that actually pushes others away. It is only when she begins to...
July 28, 2017
Honest and relatable
I went into this book blind. Amazon recommended it, it looked interesting, and it cost 2 bucks. I didn't expect to find myself immersed in a collection of essays that I couldn't stop reading.
This is the book that I want to recommend to everyone I know - especially those invol...
January 01, 2018
A really powerful book about a woman who knew she wanted to be a missionary from a young age. She sees an opportunity to do this in the US among refugees but quickly finds herself confronting obstacles-- internal and external-- and realizing flaws in her views of God. I recognized so much in this...