In a sign of our hectic times, Kevin DeYoung’s “Crazy Busy” has been named the Christian Book of the Year by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.
With chapter headings such as “You’d Better Rest Yourself Before Your Wreck Yourself,” the pastor’s “mercifully short” self-help book mixes references to the Bible with chatty advice about handling the demands of an over-connected life. “If Jesus were alive today, he’d get more e-mail than any of us,” writes DeYoung, who describes himself as “the worst possible person to write this book.” The tireless pastor blogs, tweets, serves as minister of the University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Mich., and is the father of six children.
“Most everyone I know feels frazzled and overwhelmed most of the time,” he writes. “When we are crazy busy we put our souls at risk.… Setting priorities is an expression of love for others and for God.”
Like the poor, this is a subject we have always with us. Psychiatrist Edward Hallowell published a secular book on the subject with the same title back in 2006. Last month Washington Post reporter Brigid Schulte released “Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time.”
The Book of the Year award was presented at the ECPA’s 40th anniversary banquet in Colorado Springs on Monday, April 28. Jerry Jenkins, co-author of the mega-selling “Left Behind” series, served as the host.
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SOURCE: The Washington Post