The Joy of Missing Out

Finding Balance in a Wired World

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The Joy of Missing Out is a highly praised book by Canadian author Christina Crook that reveals how the keys to our joy come from intentional connections and presence, not from our smartphones.


“This is timely. You wrote this book for me.” 
— Martha Frankel, executive director, Woodstock Writers Festival
"Christina Crook has crafted a well-researched, utterly readable field guide to finding quiet, and ultimately, ourselves, within today’s electronic cacophony." 
- Mike Tennant, co-creator, CBC's The Age of Persuasion
"Engaging, thought-provoking and delightfully easy to read, The Joy of Missing Out provides practical insights and much-needed hope for an overwhelmed society. Crook's book does a marvelous job of examining where we've gone awry and how we might begin to take ourselves and our lives back, while acknowledging the reality and importance of our wired world." 
—Dr. Susan Biali, M.D., Psychology Today
"A skillful meditation on the dynamic of InfoTech and presence. A critique of digital assumptions. A welcome reminder of the real world and its tech shadows."  
—Raffi Cavoukian, C.M., international children's singer and author, Lightweb Darkweb
"Christina Crook’s eloquently expressed insights have left a lasting impression on me. She provides both the proof and the inspiration to invest in real-life experiences and establish healthy tech-life balance. The Joy of Missing Out has inspired me to pause several times a day and intentionally choose activities that connect me to the people I love and the life I want to live. This book is a life-changer for anyone experiencing the pressure and disconnection of a fast-paced, media-saturated culture."  
—Rachel Macy Stafford, New York Times Best-selling Author of Hands Free Mama
"Crook writes in a way that gives us hope and reminds us of the beauty of 'real life', without diminishing the value of technology. Her book is relatable, never preachy; it is finely drawn from experience and research. We can learn from this."  
—Dr. Laurie Petrou, Associate Professor, RTA School of Media, Ryerson University
"Christina Crook's wonderful little gem, The Joy of Missing Out, is a thoughtful, playful, serious, and holistic look at the complete milieu, or environment that digital media puts the user into, the realities it distracts them from, and the ways in which the educated user can use technological tools without being used by them.  Intuitive, sensitive, interested in the little moments that make up our life's significance, valuing the qualitative over the quantitative, interested in quality, and finding the ways in which technology can help the infant, the elderly, the sick, and the victim, Ms. Crook writes a book in search of those human qualities that matter most.  In its own way, it is our age's sequel to The Joy of Cooking and The Joy of Sex.  Who knew you could gain so much by selectively giving up so little?"  
—Dr. Read Mercer Schuchardt, Associate Professor of Communication, Wheaton College
"I am almost done and my head is spinning because I am thinking, evaluating and making positive changes. This should be mandatory reading." 
- Kim, Toronto
“Christina’s book is such an important message for all of us. ”
— Chris Burdge, Co-Founder, Social Media Camp, Canada’s largest social media conference
"Christina Crook writes prophetically about our complicated, often troubled, relationship with technology. But rather than forecasting gloom and doom for the modern age, Crook proposes meaningful questions for cultivating meaningful lives in the present tense. Crook cites various reasons for fasting from the Internet: to awaken ourselves and refuse a life of numbed distraction; to recover sacred spaces of silence and solitude; to nurture gratitude for everyday gifts. And while fasting seems to cut us off from the flow of important information, it can allow us to go deeper. The Joy of Missing Out reclaims sacred space for all things blessedly human, and I highly recommend it to readers." 
—Jen Pollock Michel, author, Teach Us to Want, Christianity Today's 2015 Book of the Year
"The Joy of Missing Out offers thoughtful consideration of how online communications have evolved, as well as the value we place on being ever present in a digital world, often to the determinant of personal space and quiet time. Through practical examples and directions, Crook champions developing healthier habits for a more mindful online experience." 
-  Lori A. May, Portland Book Review
"The Joy of Missing Out is chock-full of quotations and citations from experts, but they are given context by Crook, who writes thoughtfully throughout." 
- Tracy Sherlock, Vancouver Sun
"Weaving together research, personal reflections, and philosophy, Crook offers hope that we can create a new relationship with the digital world. Whether you’re a parent navigating how to monitor your child’s screen- time, or someone who mindlessly checks email from bed in the morning, The Joy of Missing Out offers practical, tangible advice for ensuring your on- line habits are aligned with your values." 
—Kim Sedgewick, co-founder, Red Tent Sisters
"Christina Crook takes an honest look at our Internet tether and makes us realize that by being more “connected” we may in fact be growing ever distant from others—and ourselves. Akin to trying to change an overeating habit, this book will have you rethinking your choices each time you reach for the numbing comfort of your smartphone or the warmth of a laptop. Well-researched and beautifully written, The Joy of Missing Out will encourage you to cultivate your attention span, put pen to paper, spend mindful time with your family and rediscover the pleasure of life, unplugged." 
—Janine Vangool, publisher and editor, UPPERCASE magazine
"Written as a sort of meditative guidebook, complete with ‘Chapter Challenge’ questions at the end of each section designed to encourage self-examination and critical thought, The Joy of Missing Out is chock-full of interesting (and alarming) research, critiques of digital assumptions, revealing insights, and inspiring quotes. I was so inspired by [The Joy of Missing Out] that I convinced my husband to try a weekly 24-hour period that’s completely screen-free. We did it for the first time this past Sunday and the result was deeply satisfying: I read 250 pages of my novel; we hiked and played outside in the snow with our kids; and played two board games with them. When I logged into Facebook on Monday morning, I wasn’t surprised to discover I’d missed nothing." 
- Katherine Martinko, Treehugger
"“Deep down, we know something is up,” Crook says. It may be the reason her book has struck such a chord with readers. It comes down to her message that living online and creating picture-perfect Facebook personas isn’t living in light of God’s design."
 - Steven Sukkau, Christian Week
"Crook quotes a wide range of philosophers and poets, educators and researchers, weaving together a text that is accessible. She invites readers to consider the effects of living a wired life; the challenge of setting personal, family, and work boundaries; and the rewards of living into alternative choices. Included are spaces for self-reflection. This title lends itself to small group, book club, or teaching staff conversation." 
- Jenny deGroot, The Banner
"In these days of information overload, The Joy of Missing Out offers perspective, insight and, above all, a moment to pause and think about what truly brings us joy in life. Christina Crook disassembles life in the information age and then puts it back together with insight and understanding. A must-read for anyone looking to restructure, reorganize or revamp their life." 
—Christopher Meades, author of 2013 CAA Award For Fiction winner The Last Hiccup
"I can only hope and pray that I can carry out the calling Christina Crook is wooing us to in this book. She articulates what our hearts and souls know so well to be true; she calls us to be present with ourselves. Any parent, anyone working in the marketing industry needs to fasten themselves down and read this book (without checking their Facebook newsfeed) and allow Christina to call you to a better place of being."  
—Darian Kovacs, Founder and Principal, Jelly Marketing


The must-read wellness book featured in The New York Times, Psychology Today, NPR, CTV, CBC and more. 

The Joy of Missing Out

Through historical data, typewritten letters, chapter challenges and personal accounts, The Joy of Missing Out, leads us on a unique exploration of the modern world, revealing how presentness, intentionality and limited connections are the keys to our joy.

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