Set Aside Busy-ness of Life to Read "Too Busy to Live"
- Monday, August 01, 2005
This book should be required reading – even if it means cutting out a couple of hours of useless TV watching in order to do it. Your mental and physical health may depend on it. This is no exaggeration. Today, people are dying of heart attacks and strokes related to stress, caused by simply trying to do too much.
When Rev. Dennis Reynolds, pastor of Harvest Time Assembly of God Church in Brentwood, California, was told the title of the book – "Too Busy to Live: The Addiction America Applauds" (Fair Havens, 2005) – he said, "That's so true. We are just too busy." Then my daughter-in-law, Cindy, came through, saw the title, and said, "Isn't that the truth?"
Being too busy has become an exasperating fact of life and is very much on everyone's mind, even though nobody knows what to do about it.
Just try reading this book while on an airplane or sitting in a doctor's waiting room. You will become acquainted with just about everyone in the area (as I found out while trying to read an advance copy). After glancing at the book cover, they will tell you they agree with the title, and then talk about how times have changed.
But nobody can tell you exactly what did change, when and how, and why we seem to be on the go constantly from wake-up to bedtime, with so little personal time. The long commute to work is often cited as one major reason, and others allude to the Industrial Revolution (when people began working farther away from their homes) as the culprit. These are indeed part of the problem.
However, the reader will be startled to learn that these are only "shadow reasons." The clear and thoroughly documented facts show that we have been skillfully manipulated to believe that this busy-ness is essential if we expect to be viewed as "successful." In this book, we are shown how to break free of this manipulation and the trap we have been caught in ... learn to live life ... smell the roses ... and still get more done.
As this problem began reaching epidemic proportions, ministers in their pulpits (and some leadership books) tried to address the issue, stating that we must do something about it by re-organizing our lives, but without offering any substantial ways to do it. In my opinion, this is the first book to tackle the issue effectively.
"Too Busy to Live" gives a specific road map of how to deal with the busy-ness of life. The book gives some wonderful history showing how we got so busy – would you believe that the invention of concrete, resulting in magnificent buildings connected by a network of roads, marked a turning point in history that ushered in busy-ness and the ultimate breakdown of families (page 23)? And you will be fascinated by how the invention of the light bulb contributed to the whole mess (page 52).
The reader will see how the writings of Darwin affected the decline of the church in Europe. And how American professors, sent by their Protestant seminaries to study in Europe, returned with a liberal form of Christianity that questioned its historical roots and the divine inspiration of the Bible.
The fall of the Puritan work ethic drastically transformed our overall value system to greed and profit, and, with the growing wealth of America, consumer spending could not keep up with production. Fractional reserve banking solved that problem by making easy credit available to consumers, making them lifetime debtors for instant gratification with products that they were psychologically conned into believing were necessary as well as symbols of strong identity and success.
The book explains how and why the drug culture and the hippie movement began, and it gives the best explanation of what the New Age movement really is, how it came into being, and its destructiveness. This information alone is worth the price of the book.
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