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Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

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    Kevin DeYoung is the Senior Pastor at University Reformed Church

    Kevin DeYoung is the Senior Pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, near Michigan State University and a member of The Gospel Coalition.  DeYoung has authored or co-authored many books and articles, and his book Why We're Not Emergent won the 2009 Christianity Today book award. His book Why We Love the Church won the 2010 Christianity Today Book Award and the Leadership Journal Golden Canon Book Award. 

    His latest book is entitled (2013) Crazy Busy and it is subtitled a (mercifully) short book about a (really) big problem.

    "Busy" seems to be the answer we all give for the question, "How are you doing?" Other people are more direct and they'll just ask you, "Staying busy?" To which we smile sheepishly and shake our heads.  Take a look at the weekly schedule of the American family and you'll quickly see how many meetings, games, reports and projects seem to be pulling as all apart.

    DeYoung tried to narrow the focus of business by boiling it down to a pride thing. "It's ok to be busy at times." DeYoung offers "You can' love and serve others without giving your time. So work hard; work long; work often. Just remember it's not supposed to be about you." (page 41)

    Granted our pride - keeps us busy. The pride to have a better home, earn more income, have above-average children - all of those "goals" stem from our desire to look better and be better. But that's not why God created us. 

    To perhaps slow the pace down, DeYoung offers these tips:

    1. Don't worry so much about your kids
    2. Turn the TV off more and use your time better
    3. Get more rest, meditation, exercise
    4. Expect suffering; Be mentally prepared for trials and suffering, it happens to all of us and so if you are more prepared for it, it won't cause shock waves when it happens

    DeYoung is a smart writer and his books are always informative. This would be a great gift for that person in your life who just can't slow down - and while you're at it, pick up one for yourself.

    Thank you to Crossway publishing for a review copy in exchange for a fair and honest review

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