As a practicing Christian, I like to read Christian literature to help with the growth of my faith and I am very lucky that my church has it’s own book club to help me with this. Our last book was Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster, after which we took an extended break for Easter and the arrival of the vicar’s fourth bundle of joy! Fortunately while the vicar is still very busy someone else has stepped up to get the group back up and running, with our first book back being: Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung.
In Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem, the best-selling author, Kevin DeYoung rejects the modern day, crazy-busy lives we lead. With our long days of work, extended by emails at home; all our church activities and responsibilities; and phones, computers and other gadgets that keep us constantly connected and distracted. DeYoung argues that these lives of constant ‘busyness’ are far from what God intends for us and instead hopes to offer us the restful cure we are all in need, but have been too busy to find for ourselves.
As a senior pastor, a popular blogger and the author of several popular books, DeYoung brings warmth, humour, honesty and a life-time of experience to this book. Which at only 118 pages long with short, snappy chapters, it really is a mercifully short book and is ideal for reading in 5-10 minute bites. Each chapter discusses different elements and habits that may be causing unnecessary busyness in our lives for which DeYoung recommends what different actions and mindset could help cure them. Except for the chapter on children, I found all these chapters really helpful and insightful.
Overall, I found Crazy Busy to be a quick, down-to-earth and helpful read, from which there are many tips I will be taking forward to help lighten and de-stress my own life. My book club will be meeting to discuss this book later this month. Next month we will be reading Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi. Great read.
Have you read this? Have you read anything else by Kevin DeYoung?