DeYoung, Kevin. Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book About a (Really) Big Problem. Wheaton: Crossway, 2013. 124 pp. 33-page sample PDF.
It’s practical, easy-to-read, and edifying.
If you’re too busy to read it, then get the audiobook.
See the book’s website for more resources.
My favorite part is chapter 6. It’s hilarious. Kevin talks about it in this video:
- The only people busier than single grad students are people who aren’t single and aren’t grad students. (p. 13)
- [W]e can’t do something about everything. But we can care. (p. 49)
- Parenting has become more complicated than it needs to be. It used to be, as far as I can tell, that Christian parents basically tried to feed their kids, clothe them, teach them about Jesus, and keep them away from explosives. Now our kids have to sleep on their backs (no, wait, their tummies; no, never mind, their backs), while listening to Baby Mozart and surrounded by scenes of Starry, Starry Night. They have to be in piano lessons before they are five and can’t leave the car seat until they’re about five foot six. It’s all so involved. There are so many rules and expectations. Parenting may be the last bastion of legalism. Not just in the church, but in our culture. (p. 67)
- It’s harder to ruin our kids than we think and harder to stamp them for success than we’d like. (p. 68)
- [S]low replies and short replies [via email] are not rude. (p. 86)
- You can borrow time, but you can’t steal it. (p. 96)
- Effective love is rarely efficient. (p. 105)
And here’s a pretty funny (awkward) video in which Justin Taylor interviews Kevin DeYoung: