Author: D.L. Mayfield

Depression and a Life of Faithfulness | Misguided Quests #6

  These chapters are the crux of several crises that Peterson has been hinting at: changes in plans, dashed hopes, a longing to be understood, and a crisis of faith. Where is God when bad things happen? These issues are a…

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On Persecution, Depression, and Learning to Move Forward | Misguided Quests #5

“I suppose when Heaven’s Heroes faced setbacks or heartbreaks, they just redoubled their prayers. They snuck past enemy lines. They did the next thing. I tried to pray, and I wanted to sneak past enemy lines, but I couldn’t even…

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What to do when the Spirit works? | Misguided Quests #4

“Mistakes were made. I made mistakes. But obsessing over my mistakes elevates them as more powerful than the sovereignty of God. God is sovereign, and God is good, and God has forgiven me.”       This week we are…

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Backstreet Boys and Gender Roles | Misguided Quests #3

“Maybe it was all true, after all. I realized suddenly I hadn’t been sure.”   If I could sum up the first few chapters of this section, I would call it “surprised by the Spirit.” Does anyone else find it…

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What it Means to Be a Neighbor | Misguided Quests #2

Chapters 2-4 and Interlude 2: a brief history of short-term missions in Dangerous Territory by Amy Peterson   “I was no longer a backpacker. I wasn’t an expat–at least, I was trying not to be. Instead, I was beginning to…

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Finding God in Foreign Contexts | Misguided Quests #1

Introduction, chapter one, and interlude one of Dangerous Territory: My Misguided Quest to Save the World by Amy Peterson   Peterson sets up her book, Dangerous Territory, in an interesting way. The introduction and first chapter read like a coming-of-age-memoir—complete…

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Misguided Quests: an Introduction to the Off the Page Fall Book Club Pick

The Missionary Biography. Stories of people who did great, big, amazing things for God have a particular appeal for the masses of folks who stay home and are hungry for news of another world. Why do Christians love these books…

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The Brothers Karamazov Epilogue, Next Book Announcement, and Giveaway

An epilogue is supposed to be a comment or a conclusion to something, and I was eagerly hoping that this would be true in The Brothers Karamazov. Indeed, a few relationships were wrapped up—mainly Katya and Dmitri—and there was a…

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A Judicial Error: Thoughts on Book XII of The Brothers Karamazov

Well, now I remember why I abandoned this book at the very end when I read it at age 19. This last section was nearly 100 pages of reiterating the same crime several times over from varying perspectives and inferences…

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Ivan: Thoughts on Book XI of The Brothers Karamazov

After a little respite of the previous section talking about the lives of schoolboys, we jump right back into the murder mystery in book XI, with a twist–this is now a supernatural paranormal thriller that includes an appearance from the…

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