“Crazy Busy” Book Review


A few weeks ago I received a package from Crossway Publishers  which had an advanced copy of a new book titled Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung in it. I’d love to say that this is a common experience for me with publishers begging me to read their books and offer reviews of them (much like Tim Challies does), but truthfully this is the first time this has ever happened to me and in case you’re wondering, yes I’m totally going to let this go to my head Smile.

So, while I was camping with the family at Lake Tahoe I set about my newly assigned task of reading Kevin DeYoung’s Crazy Busy and as someone who struggles with busyness on a day to basis I’m very glad that I did.

Who is this book written for?

The subtitle of Crazy Busy really sums up who the book is written for. It’s “a (mercifully) short book about a (really) big problem.” In other words, this is a short book about a big problem that you are almost certainly dealing with.

This is a book for pastors, professionals, young moms, soccer moms, retirees…it’s basically written for anyone who lives in western society.

Would you recommend this book?

I would absolutely recommend this book with no reservations whatsoever. One of the most enjoyable experiences in reading is when an author says something with crystal clear accuracy that you’ve already been thinking about for a long time. In reading through Crazy Busy I was privileged to have that experience again and again. At times it almost felt like DeYoung was reading my mind and confirming many of the things that I’ve been thinking about when it comes to the crazy busyness of life.

What’s the big idea?

Most of the books in this genre offer grandiose claims of radically transforming your life so you can only work four hours a week or so that you can attain absolute mastery of your environment. DeYoung’s purpose and the big idea behind what he’s writing is much more modest. He writes, “I don’t promise total transformation. I offer no money-back guarantees. My goal is more modest. I hope you’ll find a few ways to tackle your schedule, several suggestions for how to reclaim your sanctity, and a lot of encouragement to remember your soul.”

The good news is that he succeeds in this goal and really outdoes himself in exposing the dangers associated with busyness, some of the reasons for our busyness and the one thing that we must do before we do anything else about our busyness.

What are some of the best quotes?

“How many moments of pain are wasted because we never sat still enough to learn from them…The seed of God’s Word won’t grow to fruitfulness without pruning for rest, quiet, and calm.”

“The disorder of daily life is a product of disorder in the innermost places of the heart. Things are the way they ought to be because we are not the way we are supposed to be.”

“The person who never sets priorities is the person who does not believe in his own finitude.”

“It’s taken me a while to see this, but now I do. And I absolutely believe it. I can’t serve others effectively without setting priorities…Stewarding my time is not about selfishly pursuing only the things I like to do. It’s about effectively serving others in the ways I’m best able to serve and in the ways I am most uniquely called to serve.”

“Parenting may be the last bastion of legalism. Not just in the church, but in our culture. We live in a permissive society that won’t count any sin against you as an adult, but will count the calories in your kids’ hot lunch.”

“The biggest deception of our digital age may be the lie that says we can be omni-competent, omni-informed, and omni-present. We cannot be any of these things. We must choose our absence, our inability, and our ignorance – and choose wisely. The sooner we embrace this finitude, the sooner we can be free.”

“We won’t say no to more craziness until we can say yes to more Jesus…It’s not wrong to be tired. It’s not wrong to feel overwhelmed. It’s not wrong to go through seasons of complete chaos. What is wrong – and heartbreakingly foolish and wonderfully avoidable – is to live a life with more craziness than we want because we have less Jesus than we need.”

You can get a copy of Crazy Busy on kindle here or a “real” copy here.

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September 23 2013 04:00 am | Blog and Book Reviews

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