Thursday, March 30, 2017

assimilate or go home {book review}


Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith by D. L. Mayfield is a well timed book that every evangelical Christian who is interested in reaching beyond the church should read.

Mayfield grew up wanting to be a missionary so when she has the opportunity to use her hometown, Portland Oregon, as a missions ground she is excited. But as Mayfield lives and works with Somali refugees in Portland she realizes being a missionary and loving her neighbor is more difficult and complex than she expected.

Mayfield's refreshingly honest stories about her struggles with helping others, particularly refugees, was enjoyable and written in a an easy to read style. I appreciated Mayfield's willingness to confront her failures and how she learned and grew from her missteps and mistakes.

I recommend Assimilate or Go Home for anyone who is seeking to learn how to help with the refugees who are pouring into American cities. As I read Mayfield's book I realized there is a population in my city I don't know anything about. With this book Mayfield provides a road map of how to sit with and learn from people instead of trying to convert and change them.

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