Am I Crazy Busy?—Yep, I guess so!

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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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Are you Crazy Busy?

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I’M TOO BUSY! We’ve all heard it. We’ve all said it. All too often, busyness gets the best of us. In this (mercifully) short book about a (really) big problem, award-winning author Kevin DeYoung puts an end to ‘busyness as usual,’ helping us to strike the balance between doing nothing and doing it all.

Thanks to the generosity of Crossway, I have been given a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.  It’s a brand new book from pastor and author Kevin DeYoung that will release on September 23. Over the next few weeks I hope to interact with it and you as I read it, and then conclude with a review.

Has Kevin DeYoung mastered busyness? He wishes. Here’s how he describes himself:

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You can get the book 50% off at WTS books by clicking the image above!

I do not write this book as one who has reached the summit and now bends over to throw the rope down to everyone else. More like the guy with a toehold three feet off the ground, looking for my next grip. I’m writing this book not because I know more than others but because I want to know more than I do. I want to know why life feels the way it does, why our world is the way it is, why I am the way I am. And I want to change (pgs. 11-12).

So, he’s just like us. Struggling with how to juggle all the responsibilities of life. Good for us, though, is that DeYoung is a very perceptive thinker and writer. Through his blog and prior books, he has said a lot of beneficial and edifying stuff. So, we’re in a for a treat. As I go through this book and share stuff with it from you, stay tuned for insights from DeYoung on our crazy business. I hope we can learn how to manage the craziness better, how to glorify God more in the midst of our busy schedules.

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