The Myth of the American Dream: Reflections on Affluence, Autonomy, Safety, and Power (Hardcover)

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The Myth of the American Dream: Reflections on Affluence, Autonomy, Safety, and Power (Hardcover)

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Affluence, autonomy, safety, and power. These are the central values of the American dream. But are they 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?

D. L. Mayfield is a writer and activist who has spent over a decade working with refugee communities in the United States. Her work has been published in McSweeney's, The Washington Post, Christianity Today, Christian Century, Sojourners, Vox, and the Englewood Review of Books. She is also the author of Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two children.
Product Details ISBN: 9780830845989
ISBN-10: 0830845984
Publisher: IVP
Publication Date: May 5th, 2020
Pages: 216
Language: English