Crazy Busy–A Review

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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.

  1. Busyness can ruin our joy.
  2. Busyness can rob our hearts.
  3. Busyness can cover up the rot in our souls.

He discusses seven diagnoses to consider.

  1. You are beset with many manifestations of pride.
  2. You are trying to do what God does not expect you to do.
  3. You can’t serve others without setting priorities.
  4. You need to stop freaking out about your kids.
  5. You are letting the screen strangle your soul.
  6. You better rest yourself before you wreck yourself
  7. 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!

Taking God at His Word–A Review

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Kevin DeYoung, Taking God At His Word: Why the Bible is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me (Crossway, 2014).

Summary

Kevin DeYoung’s goal with the book is to get the reader to fully embrace and love the truth in the Word of God. He states, “I want to convince you . . . that the Bible makes no mistakes, can be understood, cannot be overturned, and is the most important word in your life, the most relevant things you can read each day.”

Taking God at His Word  is not an defense of why we believe the Bible or how to understand the Bible. It is not a technical academic book. “This is a book unpacking what the Bible says about the Bible. . . . a doctrine of Scripture derived from Scripture itself.”

He sees Psalm 119 as a love song affirming what we can believe, feel, and do with the word of God. The word is true, demands what is right and provides what is good.    We should feel delight in the word (Psalm 119:14, 24, 47, 70, 77, 143, 174), have a love  for it ((119:48, 97, 119, 127, 140, 167), feel a desire to keep it (119:5, 10, 17, 20, 40, 131), and to know and understand it (119:18, 19, 27, 29, 33, 35, 64-66, 74, 124-125, 135, and 169), and depend on it as Jesus did (Deut 8:3; Matthew 4:4).

The certain truth of Scripture is emphasized in the second chapter based on 2 Peter 1:16-21 which identifies two kinds of evidence: eyewitness testimony and authoritative documents. The Bible accounts are not myths. Any view that denies miracles stands at odds with Scripture. “The most important claims of Christianity are historical claims, and on the facts of history the Christian religion must stand or fall.”

Peter’s passage teaches three truths about Scripture:

1. Scripture is the word of God. The prophetic word refers to God’s revelation in Scripture. “The authority of God’s word resides in the written text–the words, the sentences, the paragraphs–of Scripture.”

2. The word of God is no less divine because it is given through human instrumentality.” “God used the intellect, skills, and personality of fallible men to write down what was divine and infallible.” “The divine authorship of the Scriptures does not preclude the use of active human instrumentation, but as human participation does not render the Scriptures any less perfect and divine.”

3. “The Bible is without error.” The source of Scripture is divine not human.”The ultimate authorship of Scripture, Peter informs us, is God himself.” “And if it is God’s word than it must all be true, for in him there can be no error or deceit.” “When we reject inerrancy we put ourselves in judgment over God’s word.”  “There is no more authoritative declaration than what we find in the word of God, no firmer ground to stand on, no ‘more final’ argument that can be spoken after Scripture as spoken.” Continue reading