Debbie Howell'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
Debbie Howell's review
Mar 06, 2017
This is a series of essays written by a young woman who earnestly and admirably sought ways to connect with and help refugees in her community. The writing is good and the topic is interesting, but something about the structure of the book didn't work for me. Maybe I would have liked it more if Mayfield had written it as a chronological story of her experiences and growth, more memoir-style. Still, there were some parts I liked. In the essay "Oh to Be of Use" Mayfield talks about her feelings of helplessness and failure. After years of working with immigrants, she and her family moved into low-income housing so that they could better build friendships and share life with the people there, to be available to help in some way, yet she ultimately realized there were things that couldn't be fixed, things she couldn't be part of. She wanted above all to be useful, but when she came to a point of feeling useless her own faith changed and deepened. If you're interested in what it's like to be an immigrant assimilating into American culture, you may enjoy this book. The author's blog would also be a good resource with much of the same content available.
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