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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 international of the suburbs. They learn spirituality books yet locate themselves in carpools and training football, no longer in monasteries. Dave Goetz, a former pastor, indicates that the suburbs are a true international, yet a spiritually corrosive one. The land of SUVs and football leagues can really be poisonous to the soul. Suburbanites have to know the way the surroundings impacts them and what religious disciplines are wanted for his or her religion to outlive and thrive. Goetz identifies 8 pollutants within the suburban existence, equivalent to hyper–competition and the "transactional" friendship, and indicates 8 corresponding disciplines to maintain the religious lifestyles genuine. Goetz weaves sociology reports, his personal studies, present occasions, knowledge of the religious masters, and a bit humor to equip religious suburbanites for the way to narrate to God amidst Starbucks, strip–malls, and excellent lawns.

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Inside space is the prayer of stillness. It may be the only kind of prayer that can unseat my reign as Lord of my Suburb. ”8 Falling in love with eternity is staying and creating space in one’s life for solitude. It may be as simple as getting up earlier each morning or buying a decent pair of ear plugs, but creating space is as necessary as setting up a line item for Christmas gifts in one’s personal budget throughout the year. Without it, the January credit card bill will inevitably spike. Without a line item for quietness, the days get used up carpooling, working on another degree, making partner in the firm, planning yet another birthday party.

There’s so much more at stake than soccer. I want to believe—or perhaps I need to believe—that the family who embodies the perfect suburban life experiences real life. I want to believe that the man who, each Sunday, can fly his family in his Learjet to attend the church of his choice in another major metropolitan city really lives a better life than I. What if he really does? The struggle of the self to disentangle itself from illusion is the real journey within. And that is the spiritual practice: accepting the imperfect life, with fewer immortality symbols.

The vectoring spiritual issue for the deeper life is not — 52 — Scuffle with the Self the big sins. They are what they are. You design your own suffering, and the consequences reverberate. The core issue, though, is recognizing the many faces of the self. Twentieth-century British novelist and essayist C. S. Lewis argued that pride was the greatest sin: “When I was talking about sexual morality, I warned you that the centre of Christian morals did not lie there. . ”8 Pride is one face of the self, and those who ignore it in their spiritual development win the prize of a bloated, distended soul at the end of life.

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