Seven weeks ago I shared how Crossway generously gave me an electronic copy of a new book in exchange for a review. My hope was the following: “Over the next few weeks I hope to interact with it and you as I read it, and then conclude with a review.”

Like I just said, that was SEVEN weeks ago. Wow. What’s really ironic (if you haven’t spotted it already), is that the book I was given is called “Crazy Busy.”

Am I crazy busy? Yep, I guess so!

And I’m probably too busy right now to even be writing this. But, I really should write something on this book and make good on my promise to read it and review it.

So here goes.

I’ve just finished chapter 1 entitled “Hello, My Name is Busy.” The chapter was basically an introduction to the book. What I took away from it is that DeYoung gets it. His life is crazy busy. It’s been that way since his high school days, and it still is. He writes out of many years of experience of being crazy busy. Just like us.

At this point, I’m not exactly sure what he means by the term “crazy busy,” but one story he shared from the first chapter might give us insight:

I read an anecdote once about a woman from another culture who came to the United States and began to introduce herself as ‘Busy.’ It was, after all, the first thing she heard when meeting any American. Hello, I’m Busy—she figured it was part of our traditional greeting, so she told everyone she met that that’s who she was (pg. 16).

In other words, our entire culture here in America is one of busyness. We’re all busy almost all the time. While being busy can be good at times, an extreme, crazy, busyness constantly happening 24/7 is not so good.

What can we learn from DeYoung’s book so far? Well, I haven’t gone past chapter 1 yet, so I’m not sure. He doesn’t promise a total transformation or a money-back guarantee. But he does hope that through reading his book “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” (18). He hopes to accomplish this through looking at three dangers to avoid, seven diagnoses to consider, and one thing you must do. I hope to share what these things are as I read them and reflect.

Thanks for hanging in there with me. We’re all crazy busy. Hopefully, we can all gain some theological insight from this book that we can put into practice to bring more glory to God through our (already) busy lives.

Question to Discuss: Would you consider your life “crazy busy”? If it is, would you say that this is a good or bad thing? Why?

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