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

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

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by Kevin DeYoung
     
 

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Winner of the 2014 Christian Book of the Year Award

“I’M TOO BUSY!” We’ve all heard it. We’ve all said it. All too often, busyness gets the best of us.

Just one look at our jam-packed schedules tells us how hard it can be to strike a well-reasoned balance between doing nothing and doing it all.

Overview

Winner of the 2014 Christian Book of the Year Award

“I’M TOO BUSY!” We’ve all heard it. We’ve all said it. All too often, busyness gets the best of us.

Just one look at our jam-packed schedules tells us how hard it can be to strike a well-reasoned balance between doing nothing and doing it all.

That’s why award-winning author and pastor Kevin DeYoung addresses the busyness problem head on in his newest book, Crazy Busy — and not with the typical arsenal of time management tips, but rather with the biblical tools we need to get to the source of the issue and pull the problem out by the roots.

Highly practical and super short, Crazy Busy will help you put an end to “busyness as usual.”

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/26/2013
DeYoung (The Hole in our Holiness)is a smart guy, and he offers a refreshing (and refreshingly short) take on the plague of modern American life: the too-long to-do list and the overscheduled calendar that produce the frazzled response "busy" to the innocent question "How are you?" DeYoung doesn't offer time management but rather theology. God wants you to use your talents, but God is not nearly as big on the idolatry of self-importance that often motivates overcommitment. Some of this could well have been said in a sermon, which would have been even shorter. But DeYoung is clever ("If Jesus were alive today, he'd get more emails than any of us."), his analysis is well-organized, and he brings theological thinking without moralizing. If you are someone who checks your email before going to bed and as soon as you wake up, DeYoung has your number, and this is your book. (Sept. 30)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781433533419
Publisher:
Crossway
Publication date:
09/23/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
169,480
File size:
342 KB

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“Everything Kevin DeYoung writes is biblical, timely, and helpful for both life and ministry. You can’t afford to miss what he says here in Crazy Busy. He rightly reminds us to beware of the barrenness of a busy life, since activity and productivity are not the same thing.”
Rick Warren, #1 New York Times best-selling author, The Purpose Driven Life; Pastor, Saddleback Church

“I’m a fan of Kevin DeYoung’s writing, partly because I know what to expect. He’s always clear, biblical, and to the point—with a good dose of humor peppered in. Crazy Busy is no exception. It’s a quick and engaging read that busy people can find time for. DeYoung helped me think about the heart issues behind my busyness, and even gave me some practical ways to fight it. As a pretty busy guy, I encourage other busy folks to squeeze this little book into their schedule.”
Trip Lee, hip-hop artist; author, The Good Life

“DeYoung is a smart guy, and he offers a refreshing (and refreshingly short) take on the plague of modern American life: the too-long to-do list and the overscheduled calendar that produce the frazzled response ‘busy’ to the innocent question ‘How are you?’ DeYoung doesn’t offer time management but rather theology. God wants you to use your talents, but God is not nearly as big on the idolatry of self-importance that often motivates overcommitment. Some of this could well have been said in a sermon, which would have been even shorter. But DeYoung is clever (‘If Jesus were alive today, he’d get more emails than any of us.’), his analysis is well-organized, and he brings theological thinking without moralizing. If you are someone who checks your email before going to bed and as soon as you wake up, DeYoung has your number, and this is your book.” (September 30, 2013)
Publisher's Weekly

“DeYoung shows how trusting in God’s providence helps us work hard without going crazy.”
World Magazine

"Informal and friendly, [Crazy Busy] prompts readers to take a long, unsparing look at the things they say and do." (September, 2013)
Christianity Today

“A great book for the stressed-out. DeYoung shows that Jesus was busy and Christians should be busy discipling nations, parenting children, and bearing burdens. He rightly differentiates that from ‘crazy busy,’ a frenzied trying to please some and control others—and he shows how biblical rhythms and trust in God’s providence can keep us sane. Also a great book for parents who live in a Kindergarchy, over-programming their children: DeYoung says let them play, because it’s not easy either to ruin them or to assure their success.”
Marvin Olasky, Editor in Chief, World News Group

“Habitual, sinful busyness is something that many struggle with and yet, it’s rare to hear teaching on this important topic. With refreshing transparency and his trademark humor, Kevin DeYoung identifies the problem and gives helpful practical instruction on how to find our rest in Christ. DeYoung has served the church well (once again). I highly recommend this book.”
Shai Linne, hip-hop artist

“I’m glad to take time out of my busy life to endorse Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung. As Kevin makes abundantly clear, our busyness can be evidence of our faithfulness or, on the other hand, evidence of our pride, ambition, and unbridled activity. As always, Kevin DeYoung is a careful thinker, a gifted pastor, and a writer who keeps the reader on the edge of our seat.”
R. Albert Mohler Jr., President and Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Kevin DeYoung goes after our busyness with all the best of Reformed theology: we don’t need to manage our busyness better, we have a busy heart, seeking approval from others. The problem isn’t too much to do, but a heart out of tune with God’s calling, forgetting its limitations, seduced by the siren calls of ‘the perfect family’ or ‘the successful career.’ In a world where speed and accomplishment is everything, DeYoung calls us to return to the rhythms of a Sabbath rest.”
Paul E. Miller, Executive Director, seeJesus; author, A Praying Life and A Loving Life

“Busy, hectic lives are the bane of the modern world. This book is not profound; rather it simply offers a lot of that most unfashionable commodity—common sense. DeYoung exposes the nature of busyness, the various ways in which it deludes us, and offers some basic advice on what to do about it. A fine, short book which deserves a wide readership.”
Carl R. Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary; author, The Creedal Imperative and Luther on the Christian Life

“If you are like me and think you are too busy to read this book, trust me, you are too busy not to. As a mom of two little ones at home, I find my days are long, busy, and exhausting. However, after reading Crazy Busy, perspectives, priorities, and order were put back in place. This has been one of the most helpful books I have read to date. Whether you are a mom of two or a CEO of 200, this book will point you to the one and only thing your soul truly needs . . . Christ.”
Ali Deckard, stay-at-home mom

“If you’re like me, you’ll see yourself in the mirror of DeYoung’s experience and will be prompted to make changes based on the biblical diagnosis we find in these pages. Trust me. You’re too busy not to read this book.”
Trevin Wax, Managing Editor, The Gospel Project; author, Gospel-Centered Teaching, Counterfeit Gospels, and Holy Subversion

Meet the Author

Kevin DeYoung (MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is senior pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, and chancellor's professor of systematic and historical theology at Reformed Theological Seminary. He blogs at the Gospel Coalition and has authored or coauthored numerous well-known books such as Just Do SomethingThe Hole in Our Holiness, Taking God At His WordWhat Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality?, and The Biggest Story, as well as the award-winning books Why We’re Not EmergentWhy We Love the Church (with Ted Kluck), and Crazy Busy.

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Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
mojo_turbo More than 1 year ago
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
paulDare 23 days ago
A very short book, this little gem from Pastor Kevin DeYoung out of East Lansing, MI is a great read. His writing style is wonderful. I’m sure I’m a bit biased since Kevin is about my age, but I get all of his analogies and cultural references so he’s very readable for me. DeYoung challenges the status quo and really takes us to task on our assumption that our lot in life is to be running from one thing to another with no buffer time or breathing room. This just isn’t the Biblical pattern of life and DeYoung lays out the Scripture’s teaching on work and rest and then offers several practical things to both think about and implement in our lives to help regain balance. The answer is neither to try to get everything done or to do nothing. The answer is not to frantically work ourselves into a tizzy or drop the whole enterprise of grueling labor altogether. The answer is to embrace the busy seasons of life but also proactively build in margin into our schedules. And wouldn’t you know, this is the exact pattern we see in the life of our Lord Jesus. He worked tirelessly. He was often tired, wanted a break and tried to leave, but then chose service to people over rest (Matt 6:31-34). But he also left the crowds when there was plenty of work left to do, plenty of folks that needed help and healing (Mark 1:35-38). Jesus worked harder than any of us. Jesus rested harder than any of us. DeYoung brings it all down to Luke 10 and Mary and Martha. Martha wasn’t sinning necessarily. She was just distracted (v. 40) and not choosing the best thing at the moment. We can learn a lot from both of these ladies. Service is good. Anxious service is not. Hospitality is wonderful. Frantic, stressed out, irritable hospitality is no good. What we need is to spend some time with Jesus. Not so the food never gets cooked and the dishes pile up. So that we will cook the food and cleanup with the correct perspective and Christlike attitude. Some might say that the conclusion of this book is too simple, not profound enough. I would argue that usually the right thing is the most obvious (and hardest) thing that God has been saying all along – “We have to believe that the most significant opportunity before us every day is the opportunity to sit at the feet of Jesus….I’m not telling you how much time to spend…A few unhurried minutes are better than a distracted hour, and a consistent habit is better than a sporadic burst of fits and starts….I can tell you that no single practice brings more peace and discipline to life than sitting at the feet of Jesus. Maybe devotion to Christ really is the one thing that is necessary.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago