Busy for Self, Lazy for God

Meditations on Proverbs for Diligent Living

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Just because we're doing a lot doesn't mean we're doing well. Reorient and invigorate your priorities, ambitions and goals to the glory of the Creator. This modern classic, appearing here in English for the first time, has shaped a generation's understanding of what it means to live diligently and deliberately for God.

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  • Foreword
  • Preface to the Second Edition
  • Introduction (by Peter A Lillback)
  • PART I: To Those Very Familiar and Intimate with Laziness
  • 1. Laziness and the Christian Life
  • 2. Robbed by a Thief (Proverbs 22:13)
  • 3. The Desire for and Development of Laziness (Proverbs 21:25)
  • 4. The Carelessness of Laziness (Proverbs 24:30–31)
  • 5. The Way of a Hedge of Thorns (Proverbs 15:19)
  • PART II: Saying Good bye to Your Close Friend
  • 6. Laziness and Sleep, Part 1 (Proverbs 19:15)
  • 7. Laziness and Sleep, Part 2 (Proverbs 20:13)
  • 8. Laziness Hates Passion (Proverbs 19:24)
  • 9. When Boredom Meets Laziness (Proverbs 26:16)
  • 10. The Sluggard Gives God Grief (Proverbs 10:26)
  • 11. An Image Forever Burned into the Heart (Proverbs 24:32–34)


Author Nam Joon Kim
ISBN 9780998005188
Format Paperback
First published 2018
Dimensions 140mm x 203mm x 15mm
Language English
Pages 239
Publisher Westminster Seminary Press

In these days when self-indulgence is seen as a virtue, my good friend Dr. Nam Joon Kim shows us that the true way to honor and joy is diligently obeying God’s will for God’s glory. His practical meditations on Proverbs expose the ugliness of the sluggard. They also unveil how busy people may be surprisingly lazy in the things that matter most. A much-needed book for our day!

Joel R. Beeke

President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; Pastor, Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation, Grand Rapids, MI

My friend Nam Joon Kim is a leading reformer in Korea and beyond. A Korean best-seller, this provocative book is finally available in English. I never knew how much Proverbs focused on laziness and self-love before reading this book. This is a very needed challenge to us all in this age of comfort and affluence.

Michael S. Horton

J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California

A church planter, professor, and, most of all, a faithful pastor, Nam Joon Kim is widely known and dearly beloved in Korea. The author of more than 50 books, he is oftentimes called the John Piper of Korea for his love of Jonathan Edwards, the Puritans, and much of the rest of the history of Christianity as well. This book is one of his best. In his typically godly manner, Kim exhorts us in these wonderful meditations on the Proverbs to shun laziness and spend our lives joyfully for God. This is a lesson Pastor Kim him- self learned through ardent struggle, and develops with humility. It is a lesson, I hasten to add, that needs to be heeded very closely in the English-speaking world. I am eager to commend it whole- heartedly to you. I pray that God will use this book to wean your affections from the comforts of this world (as the Puritans used to say) and inspire you to diligence for Christ and his kingdom.

Douglas A. Sweeney

Professor of Church History and the History of Christian Thought, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

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