Review of Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung

I just finished the audio version of Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem by Kevin DeYoung. I typically enjoy DeYoung’s work. He is a good author with a pastoral heart. This was no exception.

I will admit, I was nervous about this book because of the title. I know North American’s are busy, but the last thing I was looking for was another book about how much we need to practice Sabbath topped with a dollop of condemnation! What you get instead is an honest wrestle with DeYoung’s personal battle with busyness. He starts by saying “I am the worst possible person to write this book. And maybe the best.” He is not writing from the perspective of someone who has got it all figured out, but as a way to help figure out how to achieve some kind of balance.

The book is primarily theological in content rather than practical. It helps the reader diagnose the theological problems behind busyness, such as pride. The diagnostic component makes up the bulk of the book, and it shines.  However, the book only contains one chapter of application, and concludes with the admission that DeYoung is yet to figure out his problem. For this reason, the book may leave you disappointed, but it will surely encourage you to consider how busy you are and to make some moves to improve, you will just have to make the application explicit for yourself.

If you plan to listen to this book, you can buy it at Christianaudio.com. I highly recommend this format as the narrator was terrific, and still sounds good at 2x speed (which is nice since some narrators don’t sound good at that speed). The content is also the right type for the medium–not too heavy, and not too light, and it is a quick read (only 3 hours).

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