Item description for Death by Suburb: How to Keep the Suburbs from Killing Your Soul by Dave L. Goetz...
Overview Takes a critical look at the spiritually corrosive influence of suburbia and suburban life, identifying eight toxic elements in the suburban lifestyle--malls, Starbucks, cookie-cutter houses, and the perfect lawn--and introducing eight corresponding disciplines designed to nurture one's spiritual life. Reprint.
A great number of seekers find themselves in the seemingly unreal world of the suburbs. They read spirituality books but find themselves in carpools and coaching soccer, not in monasteries. Dave Goetz, a former pastor, shows that the suburbs are a real world, but a spiritually corrosive one. The land of SUVs and soccer leagues can truly be toxic to the soul. Suburbanites need to understand how the environment affects them and what spiritual disciplines are needed for their faith to survive and thrive. Goetz identifies eight toxins in the suburban life, such as hyper-competition and the "transactional" friendship, and suggests eight corresponding disciplines to keep the spiritual life authentic. Goetz weaves sociology studies, his own experiences, current events, wisdom of the spiritual masters, and a little humor to equip spiritual suburbanites for how to relate to God amidst Starbucks, strip-malls, and perfect lawns.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.03" Width: 5.38" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Feb 6, 2007
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 0060859687 ISBN13 9780060859688
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Reviews - What do customers think about Death by Suburb: How to Keep the Suburbs from Killing Your Soul?
Hysterical yet truthful dilemma for Christ-seekers living in Cookie-Cutter Suburbia... Feb 21, 2007
Death by Suburb: How to Keep the Suburbs from Killing Your Soul
A brave and eye-opening masterpiece written, I thought, directly for me?! At times, I thought the author was actually talking in my ear as I read page after page of classic, honest euphemisms describing Plastic Suburbanized Christians, slammed by birthday parties, after-school athletic activities (like soccer - oh, the pain of familiarity reeks in this book!), and the weekly herding to the nearest House of God. Just the epilogue of this book truly gave me some sort of conviction in my heart that this CONSTANT triangulation of the demands of this world, my self-conscious flesh, and my God-conscious inner spirit IS REAL, and especially more so in suburbia. Great read for Christian Stay-at-Home Suburban Mommies who want to know that "Gee, I am not the only one!"
funny and convicting Nov 13, 2006
This book is unfortunately titled. It is not about the suburbs. It is a funny, yet convicting and provocative, eye-opening relevation of all of American middle/upper class culture. This book applies to all of us in "the city", as much as it does to the suburbs. It tears off our blinders----so we can see the absurdity of: our ego and pride, and how we have been caught up in the values of the materialistic, kid-centric, self-centered, acheivement-oriented culture around us.
Don't miss this book. It is great fun and greatly convicting. It will take you from tears of laughter to tears of sadness/remorse and back again......quickly and repeatedly.
Does the author feel guilty about something? Nov 9, 2006
I purchased this book for a church study group. We have all managed to glean a little helpful advice but mostly the author seems to feel guilt for his lifestyle and choices and tries to say all suburbanites suffer from the same failings. Not so!
Half Way There Oct 10, 2006
I bought this book because of the title. Living in the suburb and being a leader in a surburban church, the subject matter concerns me deeply. I believe that Goetz is right on the mark in unearthing some of how contemporary American thinking is hazardous to the message of the Gospel, or at least has the potential to dilute the Gospel. Thus the book puts into words some concerns many of us feel but are unable to express.
The answers provided by the book are a little simplistic, but the answers are in the honest reading of another book that has sold a few copies--the Bible.
Evaluate thy self... Sep 4, 2006
Great Book!... why? it gets one to critically/Biblically evaluate where one is on this continnuum called life/eternal life...