By D.L. Mayfield and Caroline Triscik

D.L. Mayfield: The Myth of the American Dream

“I just have this belief that God really cares about how we live our lives and how we love our neighbor — and that continues to direct my life.” — D.L. Mayfield

Listen in as WAP associate Caroline Triscik interviews writer and activist D.L. Mayfield. In this conversation, we discuss the four main categories of Mayfield's recent book and unpack the ways Jesus might be inviting each of us to love our neighbors more fully. 

I could not put down D.L. Mayfield’s most recent book, The Myth of the American Dream: Reflections on Affluence, Autonomy, Safety, and Power. Her writing makes me feel as if I am in her world, experiencing it alongside her — the scent of freshly sharpened pencils while sharing an English lesson, the taste of tart cherries over stories of suffering with her neighbors, and the way the sunlight filters through a blanket while snuggling with her son. Our conversation was just as rich. Although we recorded this interview before things took a turn with the Covid-19 pandemic, the content of our conversation still feels relevant. Mayfield invites us to seek Shalom in our world and to explore Jesus’s message in the sermon on the Mount and its contrast to the common Western cultural values of safety, autonomy, affluence, and power. In the midst of this upside-down time, I hope this conversation will be a space to consider how Jesus invites us to learn to love our neighbors in a new way.

—  Caroline Triscik

You can listen on iTunes or at All Shall Be Well: Conversations with Women in the Academy and Beyond. We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

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About the Author

D.L. Mayfield lives and writes on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon with her husband and two small children. Her first book of essays, Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith was released by HarperOne in 2016. Her second book, The Myth of the American Dream: Reflections on Affluence, Autonomy, Safety, and Power will be released in April 2020. Her writing has appeared in a variety of places, including McSweeneys, Christianity Today, Sojourners, The Washington Post, Image Journal, Vox, and The Rumpus, among many others. She is trying very hard to be a good neighbor.

Caroline served with InterVarsity since 2002 as a campus staff member in northwest Indiana and most recently in central Pennsylvania. She received her bachelor’s degree in English with a focus on creative writing from Purdue University in 2002 and holds a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from Messiah College. Caroline, her husband, and their three children live in “the sweetest place on earth,” otherwise known as Hershey, Pennsylvania. In her spare time, she likes to read, discover new music, and attempt to train her exuberant Labrador retriever, Pax. Caroline is a clinical mental health counselor and a former associate with Women in the Academy and Professions.

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