"Crazy Busy" by Kevin DeYoung

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Title: Crazy Busy
Author: Kevin DeYoung
Start Date: 2/17/17
End Date: 2/19/17
# of Pages: 128
Edition: Crossway paperback (2013)
ISBN: 9781433533389
Purchase: Amazon

Quick Take: practical

Source: Mark Kalenak

Why I Chose It: Busyness is a problem in my life and (from what I can tell) the lives of those around me. When I seek out friends to get together and we end up planning for a date two months from now...maybe we are too busy. In any case, I was interested in thinking about the good and bad aspects of busyness, and my friend Mark recommended this "(mercifully) short book".

Quotes: (1) "You and I have a problem. Most mornings, we drag ourselves out of bed, start the day's routine, and hope against hope that we can simply hold our ground." (2) "There are two realities of the modernized, urbanize, globalized world that most everyone else in human history could not fathom: our complexity and our opportunity... The result, then, is simple but true: because we can do so much, we do do so much. Our lives have no limits. We eat (most of) what we want, buy (most of) what we want, and said yes to (too much of) what we want." (3) "'Margin,' Swenson says, 'is the space between our load and our limits.' Planning for margin means planning for the unplannable. It means we understand what's possible for us as fine I creatures and then we schedule for less than that." (4) "how many moments of pain her wasted because we never sat still enough to learn from them?" (5) "but we easily forget the whole point of hospitality. Think of it this way: good hospital-ity is making your home or hospital. The idea is that friends and family and the wounded and weary people come to your home and leave helped and refreshed." (6) "... Notice, the word is effective, not efficient. Caring for people is often wildly inefficient. People are messy, and if we are going to help them we will wait into a lot of time-consuming messes." (7) "[God] also offers us Sabbath as a test; it's an opportunity to trust God's work more than our own." (8) "the land won't produce a harvest if it never lies fallow."

Other Notes: The book reads like a series of short blog posts, which isn't a bad thing - it is a concise, practical collection of personal reflections by a self-proclaimed busy guy who is able to self-assess fairly well and draw helpful conclusions.

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