The Life We're Looking For


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Andy is partner for theology and culture at Praxis, which works as a creative engine for redemptive entrepreneurship. His two most recent books - 2017's The Tech-Wise Family and 2016's - build on the compelling vision of faith, culture, and the image of God laid out in his previous books, Playing God and Culture Making. Andy serves on the governing boards of Fuller Theological Seminary and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. For more than ten years he was an editor and producer at Christianity Today, including serving as executive editor from 2012 to 2016. He served the John Templeton Foundation in 2017 as senior strategist for communication. His work and writing have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time and several editions of Best Christian Writing and Best Spiritual Writing - and, most importantly, received a shout-out in Lecrae's 2014 single. From 1998 to 2003, Andy was the editor-in-chief of re:generation quarterly, a magazine for an emerging generation of culturally creative Christians. For ten years he was a campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Harvard University. He studied classics at Cornell University and received an M.Div. summa cum laude from Boston University School of Theology. A classically trained musician who draws on pop, folk, rock, jazz, and gospel, he has led musical worship for congregations of 5 to 20,000. He lives with his family in Pennsylvania.


A fascinating and eye-opening book on the need to discover what might, perhaps, be called the Holy Ghost in the machine.
*Tom Holland, author of Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind*

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.
*Elizabeth Oldfield, host of the Sacred podcast*

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.
*Tim Chester, author and senior faculty member of Crosslands Training*

This is a timely and prophetic remedy for our lonely, isolated times. I cannot recommend it enough.
*Sheridan Voysey, presenter of Pause for Thought on BBC Radio 2*

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.
*Dr Sara Schumancher, Lecturer at St Mellitus College*

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.
*Christopher Watkins, Professor at Monash University, Australia*

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.
*Alastair Gordon, artist and author of WHY ART MATTERS*

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.
*Dr Dave Benson, Director of Culture and Discipleship at The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC)*

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.
*James Poulter, CEO of Vixex Labs*

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.
*John Wyatt, Emeritus Professor of Neonatal Paediatrics, Ethics and Perinatology, UCL*

This elegantly written book should start a conversation and I trust lead to a shift in our thinking and practice
*Inspire 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...
*Life and Work Magazine*

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