I recently wrote about my season of burn-out and what I did to turn things around. Since that time, I’ve been reading every book I can find on the topic of balancing work and rest.
By far, “Crazy Busy” by Kevin Deyoung is the favorite one that I’ve read on the topic. He writes as a fellow journeyman who suffers from business like the rest of us. He doesn’t claim to have conquered the issue…but believes that he is making more progress than backsliding. In this book, he provides an excellent set of diagnoses on why we struggle with the busy addiction. Here is a short summary of his chapters:
- We are constantly coping with pride issues
- We are trying to do more than God expects
- We can’t serve others without setting priorities
- We should stop freaking out about our kids (the chapter where I learned the most)
- We should stop letting the screen strangle our soul (most guilt felt here)
- We better rest before we wreck ourselves (my biggest mistake)
- We suffer more because we don’t expect to suffer at all (a powerful theology lesson)
He has suggestions but few prescriptions. He writes with the belief that if we (the reader) can understand the root of the problem, then we will be able to make our own improvements to improve our busy lives.
The final chapter (only 5 pages long) is called “The one thing you must do” and is the predominant advice he offers. For me, this book is a keeper. I will re-read it again and again.
Thanks for listening.