Finding Holy in the Suburbs:
Living Faithfully in the Land of Too Much

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Ashley Hales is a woman who knows that we are always being spiritually formed, but the question is by what and for what purpose? ...are we willing to let the triune God straighten out the narrative of safety and control, and pull us closer into his story of love and belonging, one that turns out looking way different than we always thought?
— Emily P. Freeman (from the Foreword)


About the Book

Suburban life—including tract homes, strip malls, commuter culture—shapes our desires.

More than half of Americans live in the suburbs. Ashley Hales writes that for many Christians, however: "The suburbs are ignored ('Your place doesn't matter, we're all going to heaven anyway'), denigrated and demeaned ('You're selfish if you live in a suburb; you only care about your own safety and advancement'), or seen as a cop-out from a faithful Christian life ('If you really loved God, you'd move to Africa or work in an impoverished area'). In everything from books to Hollywood jokes, the suburbs aren't supposed to be good for our souls."

What does it look like to live a full Christian life in the suburbs? Suburbs reflect our good, God-given desire for a place to call home. And suburbs also reflect our own brokenness. This book is an invitation to look deeply into your soul as a suburbanite and discover what it means to live holy there.

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*All entries subject to verification by filling out the form below. For pre-ordering one copy, you will be entered into a drawing to win a free digital audio file of the book. For pre-ordering 2-19 copies, you’ll get a free audio devotional emailed to you when the book releases. For ordering 20+ copies for a small group, Ashley will Skype in to your small group or book club as it works on both schedules for 30 minutes. If your organization or church purchases 200 copies, Ashley will speak for free. She asks the organizing group to still pay for travel, food and lodging. All offers subject to availability. 

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...if the heart and mission of God are focused on every single square inch of his universe (and they are), then the suburbs remain an important, not to mention strategic, place for Christ’s kingdom to be planted, germinate, grow, and bless the world. Ashley has done a wonderful job in this volume laying out kingdom opportunities and challenges in the suburban space.
— Scott Sauls, senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church and author of Jesus Outside the Lines, Befriend, and From Weakness to Strength
Whether you live in the suburbs or are responsible for the discipleship of those who do, this book will challenge you to think holistically about the spaces we inhabit and how those spaces ultimately shape our souls.
— Hannah Anderson, author of Humble Roots and Made for More
Ashley Hales writes about life in the suburbs with gentle wisdom, intellectual depth, and refreshing honesty. She offers hope where so many have offered only criticism or cynicism.
— Christie Purifoy, author of Roots & Sky and Placemakers

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Meet Ashley...

Ashley Hales holds a PhD in English from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She’s a writer, speaker, the wife to a church planter in the southern California suburbs and mother to 4. Her writing has been featured in such places as The Gospel Coalition, Books & Culture, and Christianity Today. Connect with Ashley at or on social media at @aahales.