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

By Dave L. Goetz

A nice variety of seekers locate themselves within the probably unreal global of the suburbs. They learn spirituality books yet locate themselves in carpools and training football, now not in monasteries. Dave Goetz, a former pastor, indicates that the suburbs are a true global, yet a spiritually corrosive one. The land of SUVs and football leagues can actually be poisonous to the soul. Suburbanites have to know the way the surroundings impacts them and what non secular disciplines are wanted for his or her religion to outlive and thrive. Goetz identifies 8 pollutants within the suburban existence, akin to hyper–competition and the ''transactional'' friendship, and indicates 8 corresponding disciplines to maintain the non secular existence genuine. Goetz weaves sociology reviews, his personal reviews, present occasions, knowledge of the religious masters, and a bit humor to equip religious suburbanites for a way to narrate to God amidst Starbucks, strip–malls, and excellent lawns.

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What good, then, is creation? While growing up in the Dakotas, my environment and outdoor hobbies seemed to obviate the need for solitude. ” Power lines, the dormers on a neighbor’s Cape Cod, and mature hardwoods obstruct — 28 — Inside Space the full evening’s redness in the west. The day’s final beauty is always about an hour away. I commute to the country (that is, the cornfields) to view the stars. ” One of my first pets was a real black and white Shetland pony named Topsy, which would stand idly when I fell off.

I stepped outside and caught sight of for the first time the saw-toothed frozen crystals on all the winter maples and hanging wires. It had rained and then snowed the night before. How could I have driven over early that morning and not really seen the fresh winter? Busyness and efficiency stalk the deeper, spiritual life. I know that. Every spirituality guru and papyrus since the Desert Fathers trumpets that you can’t live the deeper life and the busy life. You get one but not the other. But knowledge really doesn’t change much.

It’s part of the evolutionary human instinct for happiness that must be killed. Suffering, of course, is self-love’s natural predator, and this is where Fénelon’s insights are most poignant. Fénelon’s oeuvre includes collections of short letters written to those he was guiding spiritually. While Fénelon could write to comfort, he often cut to the bone. He could be tart. He seemed to think that it isn’t the ostensibly big sins that trip us up. ”7 When I read that, I wondered if Fénelon had just bought the mansion next door in my church-sated, piety-conscious community.

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