Crazy Busy – Book Review

January 22, 2014
Claire Bechard

Review Author: Greg Norwine, Campus Pastor at the Itasca Campus
I-Greg NorwineBook Author: Kevin DeYoung

I’m too busy.  You’re too busy.  And according to Kevin DeYoung, author of Crazy Busy, that puts us at risk of losing our joy, stalling out in our faith, and living superficial lives.

What makes Crazy Busy powerful is what it is not.  It’s not a book on time management or organization. It’s not just trying to help you do what you do more efficiently.

DeYoung offers seven diagnoses that help us examine our hearts and uncover what’s driving us to this insane pace of life.  His list includes:

-You are beset with many manifestations of pride.
-You need to stop freaking out about your kids.
-You are letting the screen strangle your soul.
-You are trying to do what God doesn’t expect you to do.

CrazyBusyI personally found this approach helpful.  I found my heart exposed in several of the diagnoses that made me want to change and gave me some idea how I could.

DeYoung also reminds us that being busy isn’t always the problem.  It’s being busy with the wrong things.  Jesus was busy.  The Apostle Paul was busy.  We might need to be busy, but we want to make sure we’re being driven by the right motives and toward the right activities.

In the end, DeYoung offers one final key to making your busyness God-driven busyness.  I won’t tell you what it is, but it did hit me right between the eyes.

When I put down Crazy Busy I felt moved to change without feeling condemned.  And I had a game plan for moving forward.  Even more importantly, I felt a renewed desire to spend time with Christ.  And when a book has that effect, I can’t help but recommend it.

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