Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book About a (Really) Big Problem (Crossway, 2013)

Kevin DeYoung’s newest book, Crazy Busy, is not what I expected it to be. I expected to read another time management book filled with tips and tricks to make better use of my schedule. Thankfully, that is not the approach presented. Many of us have read those kind of books with the result that we increase being busy trying to keep up and organize new strategies.

Instead of that approach, DeYoung provides a book that is both theological and practical. He targets three dangers of busyness as they target our souls. The approach may be through our bodies or our minds, but the problem is that we suffer at the core of our being.

In subsequent chapters, he writes as a doctor treating an illness. He offers seven diagnoses that create an unhealthy schedule that has costly consequences.

In the end DeYoung points us to the one answer for curing this malady – sitting at the feet of Jesus. Does that sound like a spiritual answer that lacks practical application? Then you need to read the book. By the end you will see the wisdom in such advice.

Since DeYoung is a pastor, he uses illustrations from his life about the schedule of a church pastor. For the non-pastor, it gives a peak into the life of our own pastors and yet what he writes is easily applicable to those who do not serve in full-time ministry.

The book is well written and flows. While reading I could easily relate though my setting is different from the author’s. I found myself challenged but encouraged. I also chuckled more than a few times at the wit in the stories. He does not write as an expert with every minute of life well ordered. He offers wisdom from a fellow sojourner in this world.

I could offer countless quotes, but will share from the final chapter:

If you are sick and tired of feeling so dreadfully busy and looking for a one-point plan to restore order to your life, this is the best advise I know: devote yourself to the Word of God and prayer. This means public worship and private worship (p. 113).

So the answer here is not simple willpower: “I will spend more time with Jesus! That won’t last. We have to believe that hearing from God is our good portion. We have to believe that the most significant opportunity before us every day is the opportunity to sit at the feet of Jesus. We won’t rearrange our priorities unless we really believe this is the best one. (p. 115)

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