Crazy Busy By Kevin Deyoung

How I found this book:

I found this book while noodling through my Facebook feed when a book review for “Crazy Busy” floated by me from The Gospel Coalition. I felt that clearly this was the book I needed.

In retrospect it’s quite ironic to be taken by the title Crazy Busy when idling on Facebook, but that is what happened.

What I liked

  • It was honest – very honest
  • It wasn’t the fix or the answer to busyness (and didn’t try to be)
  • It was hyper realistic and aware of the pressures of life and in our day

“Crazy Busy”, while it is a book on busyness, isn’t a 12 step implementable matrix for eliminating busyness from your life.  Rather I found it to be a healthy reflection on the busyness of life.
DeYoung worked to strike a balance between our lives which simply WILL be busy and our need for rest.  He found common ground with me as a reader as he worked through areas that draw against our limited bandwidth:

  • Our pride,
  • Servanthood,
  • Technology (web/social/television).

My copy is damaged.  With my reading style that is a sign of enjoyment, I’m very guttural like that.  I resonate with cultures that belch after a meal to show a deep felt appreciation.  If you follow the Church’s twitter (@transcendchurch) you’ll doubtlessly have seen tweets that are DeYoung quotes.  Some of the quotable sections that Transcend Church tweeted were:

 

“By all accounts, we are sleeping less than ever before”

“The average American gets two and a half fewer hours of sleep per night than a century ago”

 “But getting to the place where my conscience can rest has been a process”

Deep Calls to Deep

In my favorite chapter “Deep Calls to Deep” DeYoung States:

Cultivate a healthy suspicion toward technology and ‘progress’ I’ve already said that technology improves our lives in many ways, so I’m not suggesting we renounce anything with an on/off switch (though that would make your flight attendants happy).  But we could do with a little more ‘distance’ from technology, a little more awareness that there was life before the latest innovations and there can be life without it.  Neil Postman’s admonition is wise: technology ‘must never be accepted as part of the natural order of things.’.  We must understand that ‘every technology – from an IQ test to an automobile to a television set to a computer – is a product of a particular economic and political context and carries with it a program, an agenda, and a philosophy that may or may not be life-enhancing and that therefore requires scrutiny, criticism, and control'”.

Ultimately, if you’re “Crazy Busy” this may have already been too long for you, you should wrangle your life in more and THEN, read books.  However, if you recognize that you’re busy and know that some reflection could be of benefit this is a great book for that purpose, get it!