The Myth of the American Dream: Reflections on Affluence, Autonomy, Safety, and Power
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The Myth of the American Dream: Reflections on Affluence, Autonomy, Safety, and Power  -     By: D.L. Mayfield

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

InterVarsity Press / 2020 / Hardcover

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How does one reconcile the promises of the American dream with biblical Christianity? Mayfield raises difficult questions, evaluates assorted paradoxes and tensions, and denounces outright hypocrisy. For instance, how is an upwardly mobile life in the suburbs compatible with taking up one's cross daily? 192 pages, hardcover. InterVarsity.

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Title: The Myth of the American Dream: Reflections on Affluence, Autonomy, Safety, and Power
By: D.L. Mayfield
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2020
Weight: 14 ounces
ISBN: 0830845984
ISBN-13: 9780830845989
Stock No: WW845989

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  • 2020 ECPA Top Shelf Book Cover Award

★ Publishers Weekly starred review. 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?

Author Bio

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.

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"This trenchant Christian critique of American exceptionalism provides an essential, passionate interpretation of the ideals of egalitarianism."

-- Publishers Weekly, starred review

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