Friday, October 11, 2013

Too Busy? This Book Can Help: Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung

If you feel like you're racing on a wheel like an out of control gerbil, always saying yes to requests for help, never feeling like you have time for yourself, this book is for you. While Kevin DeYoung doesn't have all the answers, he asks the right questions. I was particularly impressed with his generosity in sharing his own experiences with being too busy.

While the whole book was interesting and gave good advice, I found two chapters particularly important. Chapter three about the manifestations of pride should be read by everyone whether you're crazy busy or not. DeYoung makes the point that too often we're not doing things because we want to, we're doing things because we want people to like us, or look up to us. Doing good things to feed your pride isn't a good use of your time. Doing things to be of service because you want to, and you want to serve God makes a tremendous difference. You may be busy, but you'll be doing things for the right reasons and the craziness will go away.

The other chapter I especially liked was Chapter Four about setting priorities. I think setting priorities is one of the hardest things to do. Some of us feel that putting our own needs first is wrong, but it isn't. You can't serve others if you are so strung out wanting to get everything done that you can't give proper attention to the task at hand. It's a way to turn in a shoddy performance. It's all right to be able to say 'no' sometimes.

I highly recommend this book. It's short and easy to read, but it's packed with ideas that you'll remember for a long time, particularly if you learn to manage your time and serve God for the right reasons.

I reviewed this book for Crossway.