Finding Holy in the Suburbs

by Ashley Hales     |     Book Summary


Author: Ashley Hales
Publisher: IVP
Date: October 23, 2018
Pages: 184

Book Summary of Finding Holy in the Suburbs by Ashley Hales


“Each place fashions what we value. Places form our loves.” (p. 8)

Whether urban, suburban, or living elsewhere, the places we call home are influenced by and influence our loves and desires. More than half of Americans live in suburbs. Suburban living reflects right longings for home, security, and community. Look closely, though, and they reveal our brokenness too. 

“Each suburb, in its own way, evangelizes for the good life: a life of safety, beauty, comfort and ease. Suburbs, like all places, reflect both our good, God-given desires to create home, and also the brokenness of a place in their geography, entry systems, and laws.” (p. 9)

We long for home, so we measure ourselves by square-footage, always longing for more. We long for safety, so we create an illusion of safety behind the gates of our homogenous communities, growing more anxious all the while. We long for significance and desperately pack and re-pack our schedules with endless busyness.

A relationship with Jesus calls for holiness even in everyday suburban life. We need to see how that relationship meets these longings and shows us a better way. 

We need to discover how to be holy in the suburbs.





Finding Holy in the Suburbs

by Ashley Hales

[ Book Summary ]



Book Summary of Finding Holy in the Suburbs by Ashley Hales

AuthorAshley Hales
PublisherIVP
DateOctober 23, 2018
Pages184


Overview:

“Each place fashions what we value. Places form our loves.” (p. 8)

Whether urban, suburban, or living elsewhere, the places we call home are influenced by and influence our loves and desires. More than half of Americans live in suburbs. Suburban living reflects right longings for home, security, and community. Look closely, though, and they reveal our brokenness too. 

“Each suburb, in its own way, evangelizes for the good life: a life of safety, beauty, comfort and ease. Suburbs, like all places, reflect both our good, God-given desires to create home, and also the brokenness of a place in their geography, entry systems, and laws.” (p. 9)

We long for home, so we measure ourselves by square-footage, always longing for more. We long for safety, so we create an illusion of safety behind the gates of our homogenous communities, growing more anxious all the while. We long for significance and desperately pack and re-pack our schedules with endless busyness.

A relationship with Jesus calls for holiness even in everyday suburban life. We need to see how that relationship meets these longings and shows us a better way. 

We need to discover how to be holy in the suburbs.