The Myth of the American Dream
Reflections on Affluence, Autonomy, Safety, and Power
by D. L. Mayfield
Pub Date 05 May 2020
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"Simply excellent! A wonderful mix of captivating personal experiences, biblical teaching, and probing structural analysis. Mayfield gently draws us in as she candidly shares her doubts and struggles, and she vigorously challenges us with her powerful summons to see and change systemic injustice. Unless the evangelical world begins to understand the fundamental critique of this book and truly repent and change, we do not deserve to continue to exist. A must read."
-Ron Sider, distinguished professor emeritus of theology, holistic ministry and public policy, Palmer Seminary at Eastern University, author of Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger
"In my work with immigrants to the US, I find most came in search of some combination of safety from persecution, opportunity to escape poverty, and freedom from oppression—all motivations consistent with the human flourishing that characterizes God's kingdom. In the US, however, these good desires that define many immigrants' 'American dream' have too often metastasized as we have turned safety, affluence, power, and autonomy into idols to be sought at all costs, even when—sometimes subconsciously—these pursuits have excluded others. D. L. Mayfield's beautifully written and provocative The Myth of the American Dream makes a compelling case that God's dream for the world is much grander than our culturally ingrained idols."
-Matthew Soerens, coauthor of Welcoming the Stranger, US director of church mobilization for World Relief