We’re all busy. There seems to not be enough time at the end of the day. We want to be effective, involved and helpful, but there isn’t enough time to cram all the opportunities or responsibilities into a 24 hour day. If we’re not careful, it can lead to burnout or overload. It most certainly will lead to ineffectiveness.
Enter Kevin DeYoung. He struggles with the same issues as everyone else, maybe more than most. So, to see a book about busyness from one who is crazy busy is refreshing. He makes 7 diagnoses that plague all of us, which include pride, expectations and priorities to name a few. He addresses issues about our attitude toward our children, about our constant need for screen time (computers, tablets, phones, etc…), about our need to make sure we’re getting enough sleep, and finally about our attitude toward suffering. He uses clear biblical examples as well as examples from his own life to help readers grasp the importance of recognizing these 7 diagnoses he presents.
But don’t get too excited about finding a 3-step plan to eliminate busyness in your life from this book. Indeed, DeYoung explains why only one thing is needed. Using the story of Mary and Martha, he explains that there is only one thing that will help one prioritize, say ‘yes’ when it’s appropriate and say ‘no’ when it’s needed.
This book is recommended to anyone who struggles with finding time to get things accomplished, or to anyone who has trouble distinguishing between when to say ‘yes’ and when to say ‘no’. Get it here!