Getting Things Done, God’s Way

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What’s Best Next
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y Matt Perman
Zondervan, 352 pages
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I admit that I’ve always been a bit skeptical about books on productivity. I don’t really know why, but I think I just assumed that reading a whole book and developing a comprehensive system for ‘time management’ was overkill. Surely all it needs is a bit of common sense, right? After all, I already make to-do lists, I have a diary and a basic weekly schedule, and I take time out to make sure that what I do gels with my overall goals.

Still, in the back of my mind, I knew I should get around to reading one of the books that everyone recommends. I’d seen the way books like Getting Things Done (David Allen) or First Things First (Stephen Covey) had helped my friends. I’d just never been quite motivated enough to make the time for it myself. Continue reading

Book Reviews: Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung, plus the best of 2013

If you’re looking to put together a summer reading list, here are five ideas to get you started. These are some of the best books I’ve read in 2013. Enjoy!

Book Cover - Crazy BusyCrazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung (Hard copy | eBook)
Kevin DeYoung is one of my favourite Christian writers, mostly because his books are thoroughly biblical. He refuses to use Scripture superficially, but digs deeply and carefully into the riches of the Bible in all his books. In doing so, he helps you see how to handle the Bible for yourself. On top of that, he is just a flat-out good writer, particularly because he gets that clarity (not obscurity) is a virtue for anyone wanting to expound the Bible and help people to understand the things of God.

The title of his latest book, Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book About a (Really) Big Problem, probably grabs your attention without much help. If you don’t know what it is to feel crazy busy, then rejoice and be glad – and skip this book. But if you’re among the other 95% of the population, then it’s absolutely worth your time. DeYoung doesn’t just dig through the Bible to find some self-help bromides to aid us in our busyness. Instead, he goes back to basics, addressing the theological roots of why our lives feel so manic, yet managing to apply his findings to real-life situations like parenting, setting good priorities, and monitoring your use of technology. The publishers have also produced some excellent resources at crazybusybook.com (including a study guide) which will help book clubs or staff teams wanting to read the book together. Continue reading