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Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith
Nov 19, 2016
Some beautiful passages and some essays knock it out of the park - but it has the weakness of a book originating in a blog. It just doesn't feel like an organic whole. Also, it's heavier on thematic resonances (in a limited theme palette, mostly centered around the overlap between Christian theology and left-wing concern for structural inequalities) than details like chronology, which is part of the failure to come together into an integrated whole, and also has the result of giving a sense of not learning nearly as much about DLM's world (neither the nitty-gritty of her own development — which milestones did she hit, when? — nor the exigencies of the refugees and people living in poverty with whom she walks) as about her general mental state. Sometimes you wish you were in the hands of someone who has defined themselves more clearly as an ethnographer, an activist, or a missionary rather than someone who exists uncomfortably in a space in between them all.
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