"I'm too busy." Most of us have probably used that excuse before. With warmth, humor, and honesty, DeYoung explains why a life of constant chaos is far from what God intends, and helps you strike a balance between doing nothing and doing everything. Discover the restful cure you've been too busy to find! 160 pages, softcover from Crossway.
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Review 1 for Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book About a (Really) Big Problem
Kevin DeYoung is the Senior Pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, near Michigan State University and a member of The Gospel Coalition. DeYoung has authored or co-authored many books and articles, and his book Why We're Not Emergent won the 2009 Christianity Today book award. His book Why We Love the Church won the 2010 Christianity Today Book Award and the Leadership Journal Golden Canon Book Award.
His latest book is entitled (2013) Crazy Busy and it is subtitled a (mercifully) short book about a (really) big problem.
"Busy" seems to be the answer we all give for the question, "How are you doing?" Other people are more direct and they'll just ask you, "Staying busy?" To which we smile sheepishly and shake our heads. Take a look at the weekly schedule of the American family and you'll quickly see how many meetings, games, reports and projects seem to be pulling as all apart.
DeYoung tried to narrow the focus of business by boiling it down to a pride thing. "It's ok to be busy at times." DeYoung offers "You can' love and serve others without giving your time. So work hard; work long; work often. Just remember it's not supposed to be about you." (page 41)
Granted our pride - keeps us busy. The pride to have a better home, earn more income, have above-average children - all of those "goals" stem from our desire to look better and be better. But that's not why God created us.
To perhaps slow the pace down, DeYoung offers these tips:
1. Don't worry so much about your kids 2. Turn the TV off more and use your time better 3. Get more rest, meditation, exercise 4. Expect suffering; Be mentally prepared for trials and suffering, it happens to all of us and so if you are more prepared for it, it won't cause shock waves when it happens
DeYoung is a smart writer and his books are always informative. This would be a great gift for that person in your life who just can't slow down - and while you're at it, pick up one for yourself.
Thank you to Crossway publishing for a review copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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Review 2 for Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book About a (Really) Big Problem
DeYoung was crazy busy and knew he needed to figure it out and work on change. So he wrote a book on it.
“I want to understand what's going on in the world and in my heart to make me feel the way I so. And I also want to understand how to change – even just a little.” (17)
He has three dangers to avoid (ruined joy, robbed heart, sick in spirit and body), seven diagnosis questions to consider (pride, God's expectations, priorities, kids, strangled soul, rest, our expectations). He ends with one thing you must do.
DeYoung admits he doesn't have some five point plan to cure our business. But he does have a one point plan – one thing you must do – that involves devotion to the Word and prayer. “Maybe devotion to Christ really is the one thing that is necessary.” (116)
If you are feeling yourself getting more of other stuff and less of Jesus, you need to read this book. He gives us the tools to look at our own life. DeYoung has suggested we have a hearty suspicion toward technology. We need to make boundaries. We need to bring our Christian theology to bear on the digital age.
“Maybe devotion to Christ really is the one thing that is necessary.” (116)
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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Review 3 for Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book About a (Really) Big Problem
From time to time I will receive from a Christian publisher an advance copy of a newly written book about to be released. Such was the case a week or so ago.
Although I love books and plow through them fairly quickly, when I saw the title I placed it in my "someday" pile. (Yes, I have two piles of books waiting to be read. I affectionately refer to them as "next" and "someday").
The title was "Crazy Busy." At the time I was going through one of those...well, crazy busy weeks. Pulled in what seemed to be a hundred directions, the last thing I needed was for someone to tell me how "out of order" my life was.
I was just finishing up a J.I. Packer book and planning to dig once again into a Martyn Lloyd-Jones classic. (Neither of those authors ever wrote a word for bedtime reading! ) Faced with a full schedule, I nevertheless violated my self-ordained protocol and pulled "Crazy Busy" from the "someday" pile and began reading. I'm glad I did.
Perhaps the allurement of being drawn to the book came from the fact that I enjoy reading Kevin DeYoung. He is both humorous and convicting...sort of like telling you that you're ugly in such a way that you say "thank you." "The Hole in Our Holiness," which he wrote last year is one of the most significant books on practical Christian living I have read in years. Besides, the subtitle to "Crazy Busy"--"A (mercifully) short book about a (really) big problem"--threw down the gauntlet for me to read it. After all, how long does it take to read 118 pages?
How about a few short hours...and that counts underlining and taking notes in the margin!
"Crazy Busy" is not intended to add more guilt to one who is already well aware of his shortcomings in the area of time management. In a self-effacing manner, he steps into the role of everyman and addresses how we got to be the way we are. He identifies twelve "killer-Ps" which are manifestations of pride that slowly but certainly drag us into the abyss of busyness.
He then gets specific with seven diagnoses that take aim at the specific areas that consume our time. The reader will identify himself in some of these more than in others, but it is doubtful that anyone will escape unscathed.
"Crazy Busy" is not a "how to" book (I really can't stand those!), but it does hold up for us a mirror in which we are able to see ourselves and, with God's help, make the lifestyle changes that will lead to a more manageable routine.
Several words stand out to me in the aftermath of having read the book. One is "priorities." We all have them, and they are able to be detected by how we are investing our time. As we take stock, we may need to reorder our priorities to reflect God's plan for our lives.
Another word is "rhythm." Unless there is a routine and structure in the way we pattern our lives, we will become slaves to the urgent while the important often slips through the cracks. We need to make sure that we are intentionally investing in those things that count for eternity.
"Devotion" is probably the most important word that I took from the book. As DeYoung points out in his retelling of the story of Mary and Martha, taking time to draw near to our Lord in is the one indispensable ingredient.
I commend the author for not promoting a legalistic list of do's and don'ts. In fact, there is not a great deal of Bible-referencing to be found here, but everything the author says is biblical. Read it for yourself and you'll see what I mean.
If, more often than not, your life seems to be spinning out of control and you never seem to be able to get a handle on what you know you need to be doing, then hit the pause button for a just few hours and read "Crazy Busy." It may just save your life.
Note: I was provided an advance copy of this book for review by Crossway.