2020 ECPA Top Shelf Book Cover Award ★ Publishers Weekly starred review. Affluence, autonomy, safety, and power. These are the central values of the American dream. But are they compatible with Jesus' command to love our neighbor as ourselves? In essays grouped around these four values, D. L. Mayfield asks us to pay attention to the ways they shape our own choices, and the ways those choices affect our neighbors. Where did these values come from? How have they failed those on the edges of our society? And how can we disentangle ourselves from our culture's headlong pursuit of these values and live faithful lives of service to God and our neighbors?
Introduction: The Myth of the American Dream Part One: Affluence 1. The Walls of Rome 2. Who Is My Neighbor? 3. Getting Curious 4. Low, Low Prices 5. How Not to Be a Millionaire 6. Lament for the Land 7. True Generosity Part Two: Autonomy 8. Liberty 9. The Names We Give 10. Fresh Paint 11. What Is Education For? 12. Paying Attention to My Neighbors 13. The Hospitality of Exiles Part Three: Safety 14. The Odds 15. Mary, or We Can Never Be Safe 16. The Ship of the Doomed 17. Good Seeds 18. Waking Up Sad 19. The Happiest Place on Earth Part Four: Power 20. Empire 21. Billboards 22. The Pioneer Mind 23. Signposts 24. Monuments and Memorials 25. Learning from Exiles Epilogue: How to Live in Empire Acknowledgments Notes