The Freedom of Missing Out

Letting Go of Fear and Saying Yes to Life

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ISBN: 978-0-8294-5433-8
Paperback | 112 pages


IF YOU LIVE A LIFE OF CONSTANT JOY, BALANCE, AND EASY MODERATION, THEN THIS BOOK ISN'T FOR YOU. But if you are like the rest of us, every day presents a blinding rush of options and opportunities, risks and benefits. And no matter what, you are going to miss out on something that might be better than what you choose. Mix this anxiety with an unhealthy dose of fear in all its various forms, and you have a recipe for a confused, neurotic, and unhappy life.

But there is hope for this present-day malady.

Shattering the popular conception that we should say yes to everything lest we miss out on something better, Michael Rossmann outlines a practical plan for developing emotional courage, increasing focus, and learning to say no to what depletes us. In turn, we end up with the space and ability to say yes to what energizes us and gives our lives more meaning, vitality, and purpose.

Blending personal stories, wisdom, and humor with cutting-edge research, Rossmann's counterintuitive approach to the challenges of daily living provides readers with a roadmap to experience the freedom that comes from learning to discern what's best for you, setting boundaries, and making a commitment to what matters most in your life.

Author Bio

Michael Rossmann, SJ

​Rev. Michael Rossmann, SJ is a Jesuit priest and doctoral student at the Gregorian University in Rome. He previously served as the editor-in-chief of The Jesuit Post. In 2017, Fr. Rossmann started the "One-Minute Homily.” He continues to produce short-but-substantive videos for social media. He is a native of Iowa City and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.

Independent Press Awards Distinguished Favorite, Religion Nonfiction, 2023

Illumination Book Awards Gold Medalist, Catholic, 2023

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