I have had Crazy Busy: A (mercifully) Short Book about a (really) Big Problem for about two years now, but I have always been too busy to get to it (hah, get it! too busy to read a book about being too busy). This weekend, I was able to getaway and spend a few hours on the beach reading, and I am so glad that I read this book! Kevin has some great things to say in this book, and some very practical prescriptions to help simplify your life and declutter your schedule.
In Crazy Busy, Kevin DeYoung spends the first chapters listing things to avoid, then spends seven chapters diagnosing the problem, and concludes with the one thing you must do to try to overcome your busyness. God must be first and central in our lives in order to control our busyness. We need to be seeking His will for our lives adn for our priorities. We are created with limited time (168 hours/week), so in order to best use our time we must prioritize what we must do, who our priorities are, and what we are gifted to do. Once we have determined our top priorities, we must focus on those and not get distracted by the less important things that try to steal our time away.
If you are feeling overwhelmed with your schedule, have a hard time saying no, or are uncertain as to what your priorities ought to be, this is a great book that you should read. It is not a self-help book, so don’t expect to have Kevin solve all your problems by the end of the book; that is not the purpose he sets out to accomplish. Crazy Busy has helped me to realize ways that I can prioritize my time, and accomplish the most in my days.
DeYoung, Kevin. Crazy Busy: A (mercifully) Short Book about a (really) Big Problem. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2013. 128pp. Paperback, $7.88.
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