Christie Purifoy's Reviews > Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith
Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith
Here is a thoughtful, beautiful, and ultimately hopeful collection of personal essays. Like the author, I have sometimes felt that to witness too closely the lives of the poor in America, and especially the lives of immigrant and refugee poor, would lead in only two directions: either losing myself to despair or saving myself by retreating to a comfortable, walled-off middle class existence. Of course, there is a third option, and Mayfield, with heartbreaking honesty and humility, shows us this way as she discovers it for herself. By the end of the book, it is clear that any retreat to comfortable isolation is no salvation at all. Ultimately, this book is an invitation to a party. And everyone is invited.
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