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Constant busyness is dangerous for our souls. In this short, honest, and often humorous book, DeYoung rejects the “busyness as usual” mindset, helping us to make time for the things that really matter.
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About the Author
Kevin DeYoung (MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is the senior pastor at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, North Carolina. He serves as a council member at the Gospel Coalition and blogs at DeYoung, Restless, and Reformed. He is assistant professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte) and a PhD candidate at the University of Leicester. He is the author of several books, including Just Do Something; Crazy Busy; and The Biggest Story. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have seven children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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
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.”