D.L. Mayfield

living in the upside-down kingdom



My book of essays Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith was recently released by HarperOne. 


Recipient of the 2015 VanderMey Non-Fiction award from Ruminate magazine

Image Journal's Artist of the month (with link to my essay, The Rule of Life, from issue 82).

Notable essayist in Best American Essays 2016 and the 2016 Pushcart Prize



(A selection of various pieces)

McSweeney's Internet Tendency

     2011 Column Contest Winner

Christianity Today

     The Case for an Alcohol-Free Life (June 2014 cover story)

image by Seth T. Hahne

image by Seth T. Hahne

Books & Culture

Review of Wanted

The Toast

When God and Your Mom Both Think You Are Awesome

The Other Journal

    Scenes from the Mall

    The Sermon on the Plain


      St. Joan

Christ & Pop Culture

    The New Radicals are Already Here

    Wrong Side of the Story: how "Captain Phillips" Affected a Somali Community

Focus on the Family


I have also written for Vox, Red Letter Christians, Relevant, Geez, Conspire!, Leadership Journal, A Deeper Story, her.meneutics, and Good Letters, among other publications. I will update the blog with links to my new pieces, so check back often. 


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