I love reading. I use to hate it, but sometime around my senior year of high school and my freshmen year of college I started to really enjoy reading. Throughout college I read all the time. Between my Bible college reading and personal reading, I was going through multiple books a month. However, now that I am married, in full-time ministry, and doing seminary I struggle to get through a book or two a month. I’m just too busy. That’s why it’s ironic one of the best books I have read in the last year and half was Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung.
Crazy Busy is a little book that is packed with practical and theological insights for people who just feel too busy. Our culture is one that is filled with people who feel this way. I certainly feel this way as I juggle marriage, ministry, and seminary. No matter what’s on your plate, most of us can admit to feeling too busy.
DeYoung spends most of the books (Chapters 3-9) talking about seven diagnoses to consider when it comes to being busy. These are practical, yet theological at the same time. It’s a good balance. Before getting into the diagnoses, DeYoung talks about three dangers to avoid (Chapter 2). These are not physical or mental dangers, even though DeYoung admits those are important to consider (page 26), but these three dangers he shares are spiritual dangers. He says, “When we are crazy busy, we put our souls at risks. The challenge is not merely to make a few bad habits go away. The challenge is to not let our spiritual lives slip away” (page 26). I will let you read the book yourself and find out what these dangers are. DeYoung ends the book with a chapter on “the one thing you must do” (Chapter 10). When the busyness won’t stop and you feel like you are running a billion miles per hour there is one simple thing you must always do and never let the busyness stop you from doing it. So what is that one thing? DeYoung says, “If you are sick and tired of feeling so dreadfully busy and are looking for a one-point plan to help restore order to your life, this is the best advice I know: devote yourself to the Word of God and prayer” (page 113). Spend time with Jesus! No matter how busy you are, don’t let that slip away. Make that your number one priority.
This book didn’t help me stop being busy. In fact, I’m probably more busy now then I was when I started reading this book. However, I learned a few things and found some practical advice in this book from a guy who is obviously very busy himself (see chapter 1), but loves Jesus and wants to helps other loves Him as well. If you feel crazy busy, this book is for you.