DeYoung, Kevin. Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book About a (Really) Big Problem. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2013. 124 pp. $11.99. Purchase at Westminster Books for less.
I have reviewed a few of Kevin’s books (read those reviews here) and have always found him to be an exceptionally practical author. This particular resource looks at an area of life that is becoming a critical need that ought to be addressed more often.
Divided into 10 chapters over approximately 108 pages, this book is a short read. DeYoung begins with a basic introduction that we all struggle with busyness. He proceeds in chapter two to lay out three dangers we need to avoid and then proceeds to give 7 diagnoses from chapter 3-9. Chapter 10 ultimately gives the general answer to our busyness but is not a “silver bullet” to cure the problem.
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Kevin actually places the issue of busyness squarely where the problem is within ourselves — i.e., it is a spiritual problem robbing us of our joy. He writes not as one who has figured out the problem of busyness. Instead, Kevin writes as one who recognizes there is a problem and wants to do something about it. Chances are, you do too.
Personally, I read this book after having read Richard Swenson’s Margin and Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit (Read review here). In a sense, DeYoung does a great job of summarizing both works and placing the impetus on our relationship with Christ – something not done by Duhigg and was a bit limited in Swenson. Regardless, I found DeYoung to be a breath of fresh air that offered a realistic solution to a serious problem in our, but not limited to, western culture.
The diagnoses from chapters 3-9 are legit and understood by all because we all struggle with this area of life. (Yes, I am making an assumption.) His tips to handle the problem are both practical and, believe it or not, doable. It is more a matter of making the change and saying no to others than one might think.
This resource can be read in about 2 hours though you will want to download and use the free study guide.
I can see this book being used as study materials in small group settings, deacons, elders, youth groups, families, etc. I recommend this resource to everyone, Christian and nonChristian, as the advice offered is practical and needed. We are indebted to Kevin for taking time out of his crazy schedule to pen this book.