Review: “Crazy Busy”
Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem
Crossway, 2013, 128 pp., cloth, $11.99
The principal virtues of this book are simplicity, brevity and honesty. More diagnostic, even descriptive, than prescriptive, the bulk of the pages are given over to an exploration of the battles we face in the modern world to manage our time and energy. Its focus seems actually to be less on busyness and more on distraction. Aiming to help us burn on rather than burn out, DeYoung identifies pride as lying behind many of our problems in this area, and counsels us to embrace rest, rhythm, death to pride, acceptance of our own finitude and the realities of life as servants of God in a fallen world, and trust in the providence of God as the necessary antidotes to a frantic life. Though some may suggest it lacks gravitas and penetration, and others may not need it (or may deny they need it), those who feel themselves afflicted with a crazy busy pattern of being might find a brief and punchy book like this to be just the ticket, prompting reflection toward action to establish our priorities around our relationship with God, and to organise the rest of our life accordingly.