Author: D.L. Mayfield

Alyosha: Thoughts on Book VII of The Brothers Karamazov

“He who loves men loves their joy.”   “I do not rebel against my God, I simply do not accept his world.”     This book starts off like a horror film—centered around the drama and intrigue that the Elder…

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All About that Zossima: Thoughts on Book VI of The Brothers Karamazov

Obedience, fasting, and prayer are laughed at, yet they alone constitute the way to real and true freedom   So, how are we all doing? This is officially the halfway point so please pat yourself on the back! For me, the…

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A Response to Pro and Contra: The Brothers Karamazov Book V

A few days ago a neighbor gave my husband and son a brown paper bag full of cherries. She has a cherry tree that sits outside of the small gates surrounding her yard. At the end of the school year,…

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The Strains: Thoughts on Book 4 of The Brothers Karamazov

This little book was a little bit of a reprieve—not as much drama, over all. I feel as though this was truly the first time Dostoevsky was talking about poverty (in particular with the disgraced captain and his poor family)….

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The Sensualists: Thoughts on Book 3 of The Brothers Karamazov

I should have known with a title like “the sensualists” I would not enjoy this section as much. Which is true! Just like I don’t enjoy listening to people recap tales of drunken stupidity or vomit out a stream of…

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A (Very) Unfortunate Gathering: Thoughts on Book 2 of The Brothers Karamazov

“There is more joy in heaven over one repentant sinner than over ten righteous men.”   “I am sorry that I cannot say anything more comforting, for active love is harsh and dreadful compared with love in dreams. Love in…

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A Nice Little Family: Some thoughts on Book I of The Brothers Karamazov

“In most cases people, even wicked people, are far more naive and simple-hearted than one generally assumes. And so are we.” From the get-go, I can tell this is going to be one long, rambly, and interesting story. I think…

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The Brothers Book Club

When I was 21 years old, I read The Brothers Karamazov, because I thought that is what erudite people did. I was going to Bible College at the time, getting a degree in theology. I proudly bought the unabridged version…

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Preserving Power or Loving Muslim Neighbors?

I was at a missions conference a few years ago, sitting in the front row of a large megachurch. Surrounded by people who were mission nerds made me happy. I would have thrived in the 1950s and 60s, when churches…

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Staring into the Sun

[Jesus] was told, “Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, wanting to see You.” But He replied to them, “My mother and My brothers are those who hear and do the word of God.” (Luke 8:20–21)   The other…

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