Death by Suburb: How to Keep the Suburbs from Killing Your Soul

Death by Suburb: How to Keep the Suburbs from Killing Your Soul

by Dave L. Goetz
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Death by Suburb: How to Keep the Suburbs from Killing Your Soul by Dave L. Goetz

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060859688
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/06/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 495,345
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.54(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

David L. Goetz is a former editor for Leadership Journal, the leading periodical for pastors, and a former pastor. He writes for Christianity Today and was the general editor of The Pastor's Soul series, which was nominated for the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association's Gold Medallion Book Award in 2000. He is president of CZ Marketing, a brand and strategy firm serving the nonprofit sector. Goetz lives with his family in Wheaton, Illinois.

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Death by Suburb: How to Keep the Suburbs from Killing Your Soul 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She sits
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No sissy
Eccentricomedy More than 1 year ago
Often funny, and so true! This book reminded me of "Queen Bees and Wannabees" with its dead-on descriptions of the effects of "fitting in" but it offers solutions in a better direction: instead of mastering the system, free yourself to raise your family according to your spiritual values. Don't be scared by the "Christian" category -- this book works for any faith that has family values.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a look at the author's soul and his frustration with his life in the context of suburban Evangelical Christianity. He tries to paint the picture that his situation is broadly shared. He then tries to say that the remedy is to practice spiritual disciplines as a means of disentangling ones life from the suffocating effects of life in the 'burb. I was disappointed. The author borrowed from many respectable sources 'all attributed', but then did little to make a cohesive arugement for his thesis. Even his own observations lent little wieght to his argument. It was mostly a grim read without light at the end of the tunnel. His attempts at humor were not funny. His sarcasm and mockery 'whether for effect or not' were off-putting. I'm not going to say that the book has nothing to offer. Rather, what it has to offer must be dug out of the author's ruminations of his own situation. He preferred drama over clarity. If one wants a deep read, glean this book for the sources he quotes and read them. Having read many of them myself, I can say that your time will be better spent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My wife first read this book and she couldn't put it down. I started and had to pull myself away. Insightful, funny, easy to read writing style. I live in the burbs and the author is right on target. Co-author of Daughters Gone Wild-Dads Gone Crazy
Guest More than 1 year ago
Please save your money! The cover and title captured my interest but the book didn't deliver. The author seems to miss the target. You hear a lot of personal stories that don't seem to translate to the supposed topic. There was an interesting point or two but those were hard to find amongst the gibberish. I had to force myself to pick the book up to read it.