Often when you ask someone, “how are you?” the reply is, “Busy”. For many folks, this seems to be the common experience, but also what some of us might view as normal. Most of us struggle to keep up with our day to day responsibilities and schedules, feeling trapped in an endless cycle of activity with little time for the meaningful things in life. For those struggling with a frenetic lifestyle, the book “Crazy Busy” by Kevin de Young is a timely help.
If you are looking for a book that is exhaustive on the issue of busyness, then you will be slightly disappointed in reading “Crazy Busy”. As the cover suggests, this is a “mercifully short book about a really big problem”. The focus of Kevin de Young’s book is not so much on numerous practical steps to make your daily planner more manageable, but rather on the various principles you need to follow when you plan your week. It seeks to explain what the important things in life are that should tell you what to say “yes” to and what to say “no” to.
Why read this book? As Kevin de Young highlights in Chapter 2, there is a real danger that in our busy lives we ruin our joy, rob our hearts of true life and become blind to our own problems. This book is written to expose and combat these dangers in our busyness. As one reviewer puts it, “De Young 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”. For that alone, this book is worth it.
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