Where Goodness Still Grows

Reclaiming Virtue in an Age of Hypocrisy

by Amy Peterson, Lauren Winner

On Sale: 2020-01-21

Price: $26.99

Book Summary

“Incredible insight…pointed plea for evangelicals to rediscover the goodness they were meant to embody.” -Publishers Weekly

About the Book

Where Goodness Still Grows challenges evangelical culture and rediscovers a faith deeply rooted in a return to Jesus Christ’s life and ministry. 

The evangelical church in America has reached a crossroads. Social media and recent political events have exposed the fault lines that exist within our country and our spiritual communities. Millennials are leaving the church, citing hypocrisy, partisanship, and unkindness as reasons they can’t stay.

 In this book, Amy Peterson laments the corruption and blind spots of the evangelical church and the departure of so many from the faith.  But she refuses to give up hope.

Where Goodness Still Grows dissects the moral code of American evangelicalism and puts it back together in a new way. Amy writes as someone intimately familiar with, fond of, and also deeply critical of the world of conservative evangelicalism. She writes as a woman and a mother, as someone invested in the future of humanity, and as someone who just needs to know how to teach her kids what it means to be good. She reimagines virtue as a tool, not a weapon; as wild, not tame; as embodied, not written. Reimagining specific virtues, such as kindness, purity, modesty, hospitality, and hope, Amy finds that if we listen harder and farther, we will find the places where goodness still grows.


'If the church of your childhood has broken your heart--particularly, politically--if your faith foundations have been shaken by betrayal and complicity, it might seem quaint to turn toward virtues. And yet what are we yearning for but embodied goodness? Amy has given us a well-researched, beautifully written, strong book about the virtues necessary for the apocalypse. We need to lean in further to discernment, lament, love, and hospitality, not in a weak be nice sort of way but in the muscular, lean way that holds on to hope out of faith disguised as sheer stubbornness. This book is one part lament, one part hope, and entirely necessary for these days.'
--Sarah Bessey, author, Miracles and Other Reasonable Things and Jesus Feminist

'Readers will find [Peterson's] courageous exposure of American evangelicalism's watered-down version of Christianity eye-opening, convicting, refreshing, and inspiring.'
--Carolyn Custis James, author, Finding God in the Margins and Malestrom

'In this poignant, honest book, Amy Peterson confronts her disappointment with the evangelical leaders who handed her The Book of Virtues then happily ignored them for the sake of political power. But instead of just walking away, Peterson rewrites the script, giving us an alternative book of virtues needed in this moment. And it's no mistake that it ends with hope.'
--James K. A. Smith, author, You Are What You Love, and editor-in- chief, Image journal

'Amy Peterson reflects the best of the church's next generation. With biblical faithfulness and wisdom, Where Goodness Still Grows gently critiques the shortcomings of the generation who came before her, then lovingly points the way toward a more holistic and virtuous future for all who claim the name of Christ.'
--Karen Swallow Prior, author, On Reading Well and Fierce Convictions

'Deconstructing is becoming a new normal; re-envisioning a path forward in the shadow of tradition is increasingly rare. Through gorgeous prose and widening her scope to a diverse array of voices, Peterson is doing the hardest work of all: stubbornly clinging to faith while holding it accountable at the exact same time. This book is vital reading.'
--D. L. Mayfield, author, Assimilate or Go Home and The Myth of the American Dream

'Set against a culture where truth is for sale and faith trades down for power, this exquisite book invites us to abandon fear, cultivate curiosity, and learn to connect. If you're searching for signs of life, you will find them here.'
--Shannan Martin, author, The Ministry of Ordinary Places and Falling Free

'Amy Peterson's reflective, impassioned book is for anyone who, like me, both loves the evangelical Christian movement in which you were raised and also grieves its compromises and inconsistencies. It is one of the most genuinely hopeful books I've ever read: clear-eyed about Christian complicity in evil, resolute in its determination to recover the good in spite of the church's failures, and visionary in its attempt to imagine a better future.'
--Wesley Hill, author, Spiritual Friendship

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780785225669
  • ISBN 10: 0785225668
  • Imprint: Thomas Nelson
  • On Sale: 2020-01-21
  • Pages: 224
  • List Price: $26.99
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Publication Date: 2020-01-21
  • Category 1 : RELIGION / Ethics
  • Category 2 : RELIGION / Christian Life / Personal Growth
  • Category 3 : SELF-HELP / Spiritual