The evangelical church in America has reached a cultural crossroads.

Social media and recent political events have exposed the fault lines that exist within our country and our spiritual communities. The corruption and blind spots of the evangelical church have led to the departure of so many from faith, who cite hypocrisy and partisanship as reasons they can’t stay. Chillingly, many of the virtues that many of us believed were a central piece of our religious heritage—including kindness, purity, modesty, hospitality, and faithfulness—have been hijacked and used for political or cultural gain.

But all is not lost. Amy Peterson wants to reimagine virtue as a tool, not a weapon; as wild, not tame; as embodied, not written. As someone intimately familiar with, fond of, and also deeply critical of the world of conservative evangelicalism, Amy dissects the moral code of American evangelicalism and re-examines what it really means to be faithful in the modern world.

Where Goodness Still Grows traces the virtues from their original meanings and imagines what it could look like for us to embrace and celebrate them today. Thoughtful, poetic, and deeply powerful, this is a call to reclaim our faith.


Amy Peterson grew up in church, where she loved the adventurous stories of missionaries in foreign countries. After college, she was ready to “do big things for God” on the mission field herself. Dangerous Territory is a captivating memoir of Amy’s personal journey from wide-eyed adventurer to questioning believer to simply a beloved child of God. Her story will challenge your notion of “mission work,” showing how you can have a vital relationship with God that naturally spills over to affect others.

"Peterson is a thoughtful writer whose honest prose will appeal to any readers wanting to align themselves with God’s will, whether in a foreign land or at home.”
Publishers Weekly starred review

"Amy Peterson's wise and provocative words should be required reading for any Christian about to immerse herself in another culture or community."
Lauren F. Winner, author of Girl Meets God and Wearing God

"Amy Peterson is one of my favorite writers."
Rachel Held Evans, author of Searching for Sunday

“People are both hungry to hear stories of what God is up to all over the world and uneasy at how these stories have traditionally been told. This is why Dangerous Territory is a must-read for anyone, like myself, who longs to be a part of the global story of God’s coming kingdom. Here, Peterson unpacks the layers of the traditional missionary narrative in ways that are subversive, profound, and ultimately hopeful.”
D. L. Mayfield, author of Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a Failed Missionary on Rediscovering Faith

“There is a disarming determination in these pages not to let Christian faith go until its blessings are known and felt.”
Wesley Hill, assistant professor of Biblical Studies at Trinity School for Ministry and author of Spiritual Friendship