Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book About a (Really) Big Problem, Kevin DeYoung (Crossway, 2013).
DeYoung writes as a fellow struggler who is seeking to bring his busyness under better control. He says, “I hope you’ll find a few ways to tackle your schedule, several suggestions for reclaiming your sanity, and a lot of encouragement to remember your soul.”
He identifies three dangers to avoid.
- Busyness can ruin our joy.
- Busyness can rob our hearts.
- Busyness can cover up the rot in our souls.
He discusses seven diagnoses to consider.
- You are beset with many manifestations of pride.
- You are trying to do what God does not expect you to do.
- You can’t serve others without setting priorities.
- You need to stop freaking out about your kids.
- You are letting the screen strangle your soul.
- You better rest yourself before you wreck yourself
- You suffer more because you don’t expect to suffer at all.
He concludes with one thing we must do to overcome crazy busyness.
Regularly make time for the Word of God and prayer. This will help us avoid living a life “with more craziness than we want because we have less Jesus than we need.”
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DeYoung openly shares his struggles with busyness and some ideas that have been helpful to him. Reading this 118-page book seems more like a face-to-face chat than an essay.
In response to the overcommitted and stressed-out he offers not time management tips but rather commonsense insights. The book is for those too busy to read it, those slaves to their digital devices, those guilty of over-programming their children, those who take no time to rest, and to those exhausted at trying to please and control others. Restoring order in one’s life requires perspective, priorities, and discipline.
I found Chapter 7 “From Deep to Deep” dealing with a digital addiction to be especially perceptive. While the digital age has many values, it also has some threats: addiction, diversion from spiritual focus, and a loss of privacy when millions can intrude into your life most any time. DeYoung gives some suggestions for making your digital devices your servant rather than your master.
Crazy Busy was chosen as the 2014 Christian Book of the Year by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Read it. You’ll like it!