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The Life We're Looking For

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28th April 2022

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781399801768

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From the author of The Tech-Wise Family
‘A fascinating and eye-opening book’ – Tom Holland, author of Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind

Our greatest need is to be recognised – to be seen, loved, and embedded in rich relationships with the people around us. But for the last century, we’ve displaced that need with the ease of technology. We’ve dreamed of power that doesn’t require relationship (what the premodern world called magic) and abundance that doesn’t require dependence (what Jesus called Mammon). Yet even before a pandemic disrupted that quest, we felt threatened and strangely out of place: lonely, anxious, bored amid endless options, oddly disconnected amid infinite connections.

In The Life We’re Looking For, bestselling author and cultural critic Andy Crouch reveals how we traded lives of rich relationship for a world of impersonal power – and how each of us can fight back. From the generosity of early Christians to the efforts of entrepreneurs working to create more humane technology, Crouch shows how we can restore true community and put people first in a world dominated by money, power and devices.

There is a way out of our impersonal world, into a world where knowing and being known is the heartbeat of our days, our households, and our economies. Where our human vulnerabilities are seen not as something to be escaped but the actual key to our becoming who were made to be together. Where technology serves us rather than masters us – and helps us become more human, not less.


Tom Holland, author of Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind
A fascinating and eye-opening book on the need to discover what might, perhaps, be called the Holy Ghost in the machine.
James Poulter, CEO of Vixex Labs
In this acutely insightful exploration of our relationship with technology and with one another, Andy Crouch gives us a direct line back to the scriptures that will have you questioning the endless scrolling that consumes so many of our waking hours.
Elizabeth Oldfield, host of the Sacred podcast
It is time to coin the term "Crouchian" for writing that is profound, accessible and challenging, theologically rich and widely relevant. Only a handful can do it and Andy is the master. This book troubled and inspired me in equal measure.
Christopher Watkins, Professor at Monash University, Australia
If the genius of apocalyptic literature is to unveil concealed truths, then this book is apocalyptic. Andy Crouch exposes deep and uncomfortable realities about our world and our selves: how technology, money and convenience veil dynamics of slavery, addiction and abuse, and how aspects of modern society seduce us to pawn our personhood for superficial superpowers that diminish our humanity. This is crucial reading for everyone who wants to understand the devices and desires of our contemporary hearts.
Alastair Gordon, artist and author of WHY ART MATTERS
Whimsical and sincere, perturbing and delightfully hopeful, The Life We're Looking For is a meditation on love, loneliness and human connection from one of the most insightful writers in his field.
Sheridan Voysey, presenter of Pause for Thought on BBC Radio 2
This is a timely and prophetic remedy for our lonely, isolated times. I cannot recommend it enough.
Tim Chester, author and senior faculty member of Crosslands Training
If you harbour a suspicion that the latest technological advance may not be all good news or that the latest life-changing gadget may not be life-changing, at least not for the better, then this book is for you. While far from being a Luddite manifesto, it asks some big questions about what it means to be a person and how technology might serve that end rather that hinder it. More than that, it begins to sketch out a better way of being human together. Read it, then give it to a friend and talk it through - face-to-face.
Dr Dave Benson, Director of Culture and Discipleship at The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC)
This book, at once prophetic and wise, is just what we've been looking for. Andy is a trusted guide to make culture and places where life can flourish. But in the face of big-tech and its magical promises, we need his vision to form the kind of whole-life persons able to resist false charm and instead seek the peace of the city.
John Wyatt, Emeritus Professor of Neonatal Paediatrics, Ethics and Perinatology, UCL
Profound, captivating and wise. Andy Crouch combines penetrating and astute insights into our all-pervasive technological culture, with fresh retelling of the revolutionary communities that the early Christian church established. An inspiring and hopeful read for those who are feeling weighed down by social polarisation and post-pandemic gloom.
Dr Sara Schumancher, Lecturer at St Mellitus College
In his book, Andy Crouch offers us a way through our technologically driven world that is both realistic and challenging. However, more than this, he gives us a compelling vision for a life lived to the full, one that hits directly at our hearts and ignites our deepest human desires. This book breaks the enchantment that technology has cast over us, propelling us to abundant human living.
Inspire Magazine
This elegantly written book should start a conversation and I trust lead to a shift in our thinking and practice
Life and Work Magazine
thought provoking...he deftly describes how the advances of technology have led to a loss of the resource of rich relationships... but also demonstrates how relationships can be reclaimed...