I just got Albert Hsu's The Suburban Christian and immediately read about half of it last night. I'm really enjoying it. What I find fascinating is the way Hsu speaks of suburbia in much the same way some speak of the city. Here are a couple of quotes.
Suburbia has become the context and center of millions of people's lives, and decisions and innovations made in suburbia influence the rest of society. If Christians want to change the world, they may well do so by having a transformative Christian impact on suburbia and the people therein. (27-28)
While an individual suburb might not be a microcosm of the total city, it is an essential slice of the larger metropolis that cannot be partitioned off or seen in isolation, just as a traditional local urban neighborhood is an essential component of the whole city. (29)