In Addicted to Busy Brady Boyd has writes a timely reminder that being defined by productivity is a dead end street; he would know. After a national scandal, Brady followed Ted Haggard as the senior pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Though not the main point of the book, he does share some insights about the temptation to work endless hours in an attempt to rebuild a great church. The main point of the book is for us to discover a way to live that isn’t rushed and consumed by the pace of the world around us.
I really enjoyed this book, because by the time I finished reading it, I had no choice but to make changes in my life and embrace more strategic rest. With that being the case, I never felt judged, condemned, or talked down to throughout the book. He convinced me without putting me on the defensive. We all know we are too consumed with technology, social media, and pressure to perform, but Brady poses the question, “What would happen if we lived our lives from a place of revelation? A place and pace that allowed God to speak to us and guide us instead of others peoples expectations of us. Would we even know how to live a slowed down life?”
“When you know better, you do better.” – Maya Angelou
By the time you finish Addicted to Busy, you will know better, and I believe you will do better. It’s worth your time to read this book.
My favorite quotes
“The greatest risk to restfulness is success” (page 34)
“It’s more than a little difficult to pay attention to God’s thoughts, when I can’t even pay attention to my own” (page 42)
“We are a hydroponic society, fed by the drip irrigation of electronic social networks” (page 49)
“By allowing the shiny, successful people in my life to dictate my pace, instead of trusting God to take care of that role, I was unwittingly denying myself rest” (page 68)
“It’s time to rest from our roles and bask in the fact that we’re loved for who, not what, we are” (page 72)
“The world of psychology has a term for this annoying phenomenon of neglecting to pay attention to the person or situation immediately in front of you, choosing instead to see who else is doing something interesting or what else is going on. “FOMO” otherwise known as the ‘fear of mission out’” (page 117)
“The reward I am seeking is the persistent presence of God” (page 172)
“You’ve got to know what makes you come alive” (page 197)
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