The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions

The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions

by Emily P. Freeman

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Emily P. Freeman is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Simply Tuesday and A Million Little Ways. As host of The Next Right Thing podcast, she helps create space for the soul to breathe, offering fresh perspective on the sacredness of our inner life with God. Emily and her husband live in North Carolina with their three children. Connect with her online at www.emilypfreeman.com and on Instagram @emilypfreeman.

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ISBN-13: 9780800736521
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 7,267
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Emily P. Freeman is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Simply Tuesday and A Million Little Ways. As host of The Next Right Thing podcast, she helps create space for the soul to breathe, offering fresh perspective on the sacredness of our inner life with God. Emily and her husband live in North Carolina with their three children. Connect with her online at www.emilypfreeman.com and on Instagram @emilypfreeman.

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The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
"Where to begin? I would have to say, the author, Emily P. Freeman's gentle spirit is what makes her thoughts and practices resonate and come to life for me. Emily is able to convey her thoughts in an easy manner that I can continue to ponder for days and I can easily implement. Her ""next right thing"" way of walking with God has done a lot to ease my stress and tension. I was one of those who grew up not being able to do enough or do it fast enough. Consequently I've had to work to have a renewed mind, a free mind. In the 6th chapter, Be a Beginner, she discusses how beginnings aren't really a problem for us, it's being a beginner. She goes on to tell about an experience she had as an ASL interpreter when she was being evaluated by a supervisor. She said the supervisor gave her this review, ""Good work for a novice interpreter."" Emily didn't know what ""novice"" meant at the time, but now she does. She had hoped it meant savant or something similar, instead of a beginner. ""We often don't give ourselves permission to be new within them. Instead, we want to rush ahead to mastery"". This need to not feel like a beginner has often paralyzed me from doing ""the next right thing"". Emily's gentle words give me permission to walk my journey with ""my friend, Jesus"", at my own pace. Chapters like, Stay in Today, Be Where You Are, and Walk into the Room, give me an opportunity to breathe and to find the courage to simply do ""the next right thing"" in love for myself, and as I love myself, I am more able to love others.
Meg Bucher 6 days ago
“We make better decisions by making decisions, not by thinking about making decisions.” Emily P. Freeman, “The Next Right Thing.” This book will cause readers to fall in love with author, and the position from which she meets readers to encourage us all as we swim though the ever-nagging doubt of each day’s decisions. From beginning to end, Freeman’s passion to help us break chains of indecision shine through her spectacular way of talking to her readers. Her prose feels like talking to a friend on a breezy summer day at the beach, in full confidentiality with a life-long friend. She is easy to relate to and kind with her convictions. “God is less interested in where we end up,” Freeman writes, “than he is in who we are becoming.” Though the book is lengthy, with 24 chapters and closing in on 250 pages, it is an easy read that flows gracefully from chapter to chapter. Each starts with a quote that is more than just inspirational, but rather gut-checking, and ends with two sections to help us remember the lessons at hand: “A Prayer,” and “A Practice.” Praying specifically is very powerful, and putting what we absorb into immediate practice cements the shifted perspective readers gain from these pages. I highly recommend this book to those who struggle with making decisions, carry regret from ones previously made, or fear what they cannot see in the future. “Our choices shape our lives,” Freeman writes, “and they shape us. But we remain in God’s hand no matter what.” (I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.)
michelemorin 3 months ago
Decisions are hard, and we want to make good ones. I, personally, want divine guidance on the level of sky writing: “Buy the Silver Honda” in puffy, white lettering against a blue sky of clarity. Since this has never been my experience, I’m in the market for quiet wisdom that will heighten my listening skills for the guidance God does choose to provide, and so I found myself pausing and paying attention to Emily’s gentle suggestions for discovering my Next Right Thing. “Do the next thing” as a mantra and as marching orders came into its own through the ministry of Elisabeth Elliot, but it actually has its roots in an anonymous poem, assuring believers that “Many a questioning, many a fear, Many a doubt, hath its quieting here. Moment by moment, let down from Heaven, Time, opportunity, and guidance are given. Fear not tomorrow, child of the King, Trust that with Jesus, do the next thing. Certainly Jesus held to a “next right thing” mindset in his ministry among people. Whenever he told someone to hold out a hand, pick up a bed, wash in a pool, or go home, he was offering an object lesson in the importance of small acts of faithfulness. Thoughts on Decluttering Simple, soulful practices offered in The Next Right Thing bring grace to the reader’s cluttered table. For example, pro/con charts have been toxic for me in the past because I’m intent on (obsessed with) a successful outcome. These thoughts felt like someone opened a window to the light and the fresh air: “You can only make decisions based on what you know at the time. We live in an outcomes-based culture where the correctness of our choice seems based on the success of the result… Successful outcomes might look great on paper, but we want to build our lives on love, faith, connectedness, redemption, laughter, wholeheartedness, joy, and peace.” “We make our list alongside Jesus and bring these things to him, asking him in every situation what he wants us to do. And then we trust that our desire can be trusted because he isn’t just with us; he lives within us and he’ll let us know what we need to know.” Doing the next thing in love lightens the decision-making load by fine-tuning our focus. Following Jesus certainly involves multiple and complex choices over the course of a lifetime, but this is accomplished by following Jesus for the next ten minutes. And then the next. He has promised us light for our path, but most of the time my eyes are darting off the path, worried about eventualities that never materialize. By faith, we can clear away the clutter of indecision and walk with confidence and joy in the light that’s given as we do the next right thing. Many thanks to Revell for providing a copy of this book to facilitate my review, which, of course, is offered freely and with honesty.
JenniferMcLucas 3 months ago
Emily P Freeman has done it again! She has written a book that speaks directly to the need of my soul. Her words are empowering as I wrestle with the "whats" and "hows" and "whys" of life. I feel motivated and full of courage as I look at my next right thing. Emily's book starts with the same simple truths that she always shares so beautifully and bravely. She begins with a reminder that "love is the important thing." Immediately that woman inside me, the one wringing her hands with worry, has to sit down as my soul comes up for a long-awaited breath. Such a beautiful moment as the "piles of everyday life" move out of the way so that my soul can come alive again. Emily's chapter about becoming a "soul minimalist" was both profound and obvious at the same time. I just love how Emily does that! I think the chapter that was most beneficial to me was the one about being where you are. I realized that I am asking myself to keep doing all the outside tasks I was doing 3 kids, 4 pets, and a diagnosis ago. No wonder I feel so much stress! This chapter helped me to realize that my next right thing is to honestly reassess where I am today and recognize that, now that things have changed, I probably need to let go of some things. It was such a powerful observation, and yet so obvious looking at it now. That is what I love most about Emily P Freeman's books. She speaks so tenderly about things that are probably obvious to everyone but me. She reminds me that I'm only human and that if I want to have anything close to extraordinary I need to draw closer to Jesus. More than that, she shows me where that closeness might be lacking and how it's possible to close the gap. And her answer is so easy, at least in theory- be still in His presence. It should be the easiest thing in the world, so why is it so difficult? If you are at a point of decision or going through any kind of transition, please pick up a copy of this book. Let Emily P Freeman remind you who you really are and why that's really the most important thing.
SincerelyStacie 4 months ago
Three summers ago we started an addition on our home. The work started while we were on vacation and continued into the fall. It was hard because it was during the summer when all of us were at home during the day and most of our main floor was under construction. The decisions about where to put our current living items, how to cook meals, and of course, all the decisions about flooring, paint, windows, landscaping, etc were overwhelming. I remember saying to my husband at one point that I couldn’t make any more decisions. We all have decisions to make every single day. Which outfit to wear, what route to take to our job, what things to do on the to-do list, or what to cook for dinner. But there are also those big life decisions that pop up every so often….do I accept the job offer, should I go to college or start working, should we move away from our family for a new experience, can I afford to buy this house, is it the right time to start a family? All of these decisions can be difficult to make and if you are like me, you get out your pen and notepad and make a pros/cons list. But, Freeman takes the decision making process a step further. She helps those of us with decision fatigue or those of us who need to make big life-altering decisions with clearing the murky waters. She lays out the process for finding peace in making the decision that is right for you and right for that moment. In THE NEXT RIGHT THING, Freeman helps you do just that. She encourages you to “do the next right thing.” That next right thing can be small or large, but doing it gets you closer to making the final decision. Each chapter offers a way to look at the decision at hand in a new way, closing with a prayer and a practice. She offers support for making decisions from the Bible. Freeman shares personal experiences and stories that offer insight for making these suggestions a new habit in decision making. In the chapter, Don’t Give Your Critic Words, I found myself highlighting numerous passages. Not giving the critics in our lives words, not naming their criticism, not giving them the floor, not giving them the opportunity to have any sort of influence on your life. The critic no longer has power, even if that critic isn’t real and is only in your mind. I realize I give the critic power over my decisions and that needs to stop. Another part of her book spoke to me as well. I tend to over-extend myself with commitments to others. I’m too quick to offer a “yes” when my answer should be a “no”. Rather than being a scattered person unable to do anything, I want to be a gathered person equipped to do her next right thing in love. The result for me was frustration, feeling overwhelmed, and the sense that I was trying to do everything but not doing any of it well. On a good day, I could only do most of it by half. These two quotes resonated with me on many levels. I’ve read several books dealing with this very topic and each one gives me another nudge to level my responsibilities, find my joy, and say no to the things that need a no. In fact, I did that today. My time was requested and even though it would have been an easy yes, it would have taken time away from other things that I needed to complete today. I paused, took a breath, and said no. That may not be a big deal to most of you but it is a big deal for me. I like to help. I like to be needed. I like to give back. But, today, I didn’t have the time and I recognized it. I stayed in my moment for today
JLYoung 4 months ago
This is the best book I’ve read all year. I set high reading goals for myself… I read a lot. So to say a book is the best one I’ve read all year is pretty significant. This is one of those books that you need to recover from. By recover I mean change the way you function in life after reading it. It’s impossible to leave this book and not feel different. It put words on things I couldn’t articulate. It felt hard at times. It felt funny at times. It was eye opening. The goal of the book is to help you create space for your soul to breathe so you can discern your next right things. This goes right along with my word for the year: Together I got this word from Colossians 1:16-17 “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” I started the year wanting to walk together with God, not running ahead, and to live in intentional Christlike community together with others. I wanted 2019 to be a year of community. A year of together. And this book goes right along with that theme and has helped me align myself more with the Lord. One of the ways the book helps guide the reader towards creating space for our souls to breathe is to name the unnamed things. This is hard for me. I have a hard time putting a word on it. My go to is to push the unnamed things into a box and store them for later. But later that box comes tumbling down and all the contents fall out in a heap and cause chaos. This book encouraged me to spend time with the Lord to name the unnamed things so that I can process and deal with them instead of numbing out and pushing them aside til later. The book also encourages the reader to seek out others. Live in community! God created us for community and we need each other. The short chapters hook together like rings on a chain. As you continue to read through the book they build on each other. Each chapter ends with A Prayer and A Practice. The first time through the book I just read through these parts. I didn’t spend much time in reflection. My plan is to reread this book and go slowly, taking time to reflect on the questions and further ingest the material. This is definitely a book you read and reread. Work through it slowly so you can experience the great benefit of personal reflection. The author writes with great clarity. She gives her stories freely but not in a condescending or trite way. She offers her experience as an example, giving God the glory for conforming her and teaching her. The reader can see how her life has been changed and that is so encouraging. Her voice is easy to “listen” to. As soon as I saw her reference Ruth Haley Barton I knew this was an author I would follow! Love Emily Freeman’s podcast as well. Don’t miss this book. It’s life changing. I gave this book 5 stars! I received a copy of this book from Revell. I was in no way required to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
Teadrinker 4 months ago
Let's face it. Some days adulting is hard. On those days, it can be difficult to make a decision about what to have supper, let alone what step to take next to work towards find a new job or something big like that. The Next Right Thing by Emily P. Freeman offers solid advice as you work towards making good decisions in your life. The Next Right Thing contains 24 chapters FULL of advice and stories as you consider how you make decisions. Each chapter focuses on one aspect of a decision making process and ends with a prayer and a practice. The practice section gives you something practical to do to help you learn, grow and/or make changes and decisions. This is a book that I marked up and took notes in my journal. To get the most out of the book, you may want to use a notebook or journal to answer questions she poses along the way and to work on the practice exercises. Also, to get the most out of this book, I think for most people it is a book to read in bite-sized pieces rather than all at once. I know there have been times in my life when I wished God would just audibly tell me the next best step to take. Since that has never happened for me, it has helped to have some guidance on making decisions when we feel indecisive and especially at times when I am tired and worn out for some reason. I think that is what makes this book so helpful--Freeman shares advice on how to take the next step on your path when you need direction. In reading The Next Right Thing, I felt like Freeman was offering me solid pieces of advice, whispering in my ear and guiding me as I look to make big and small decisions in my life. I also truly appreciated the heartfelt stories that Freeman shared throughout this book from her life. From my point of view, she comes across as caring and sort of conversational. On page 194, she shares how a friend told her that she appreciated her friendship and felt pastored. I have to say I felt somewhat pastored after reading this book. The few times I have talked to pastors and asked for advice they have been helpful and caring. She did share in this book that some of the material was generated through her podcast, but I have never listened to her podcast. In The Next Right Thing, I felt like Freeman was encouraging and supporting me through her stories, advice and Scripture. For me, this book is a timeless classic and a keeper. I think I will refer to this book many times in the future and one that I will recommend. It is also one to keep on hand for a truly helpful graduation or life change gift. I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.
Belovedbrat 4 months ago
Title: When Life Doesn’t Match Your Dreams: Hope for Today from 12 Women of the Bible Author: Jill Eileen Smith Pages: 224 Genre: Non fiction Rating: 4 stars When Life Doesn’t Match Your Dreams is the first non-fiction book by Jill Eileen Smith. In which she looks at 12 women from the Old Testament to give Biblical examples of what happens and what you can do when life doesn’t match your dreams. The Lessons that one can learn from each these twelve women, what to do and what not to do. Whatever state of life you’re in as a woman, whatever age there is something in this book for you. There is some lesson that is just for you. Each woman who reads I feel will take away something different from the book. I myself is looking at a life that didn’t got the way I dreamed or planned but after reading When Life Doesn’t Match your dreams, I trust even more that it went the way God planned it even there were a few detours and tears along the way. Everything we go through in life good or bad works out for our good. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
MrsBishop 4 months ago
*I received The Next Right Thing book from Revell in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.* The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions by Emily P. Freeman came to me at the best time in my life. A juncture in which I am struggling to make important decisions about my future, work wise and in my life- as a mother, leader, and friend. A quote from the book sums up exactly what I’m going through right now- “When you catch a tiny glimpse of the future, be sure not to smother it with your own agenda.” Is anyone else guilty of this? I mean I am the queen of this. The control freak, keep it all together, do NOT ask for help so help me God—the WORST. I am so guilty of taking charge and not being willing to wait. I get an idea and want to implement it right away. I want to do it all. Juggle ALL the things. But, unfortunately- and also fortunately, that’s not how life works. On the other hand- I also deeply struggle with really asking myself if this is MY decision or if I am letting fear, pressure, or anything else force it upon me. Freeman really knocks it out of the park when she says, “The sad thing is many of us move through our entire lives not knowing what we want before, during, or after a decision. As a result, we live our lives as a shadow of our true selves, not fully knowing who we are and, in turn, who God is in us.” Knowing who WE are, what we want, who GOD is and what He wants to do in our lives, is a huge part of the decision making process. And one that I don’t always take into consideration when I’m trying to come to a conclusion. This is a major focus of this book- and Freeman really gives us the tools to help us reach these decisions. But, she does it in such a gentle way. Not forcing more work on our shoulders- but allowing us to make up our minds without so much pressure. I love that she also acknowledges fear, and how we allow it to affect our decision making processes. Sometimes forcing us out of doing something- or even the opposite, forcing us into doing something because we’re afraid of what will happen when we don’t. But, she also reminds us to let that fear know- hey we see and acknowledge you- but that fear doesn’t get the final say. That’s up to us! I’m also working on finding a ‘No Mentor’ thanks to her guidance- someone who is willing to give you the final push into saying “no” when you know that it’s the right decision, but you’re hesitant to make the jump. We need encouragers in our journey, but also people who can hold our hands and remind us that maybe we need to put on the breaks. Ultimately when we’re trying to decide on the next right thing in our life- we really need to “come home to ourselves.” Because- “What if your next right thing is to settle in right where you are and come back home to yourself? Sound strange? Consider this: the only person you’re guaranteed to be with every day of your life is you. It doesn’t get much more home than that. So maybe it’s time to make some peace.” This book has really helped me to take a step back and really give my decisions a moment to sink in before I make my final say. To ask myself, is this what I want? What God wants? What’s best in the present/ the future? I’ll sum it up with my favorite quote from the book, “It doesn’t always matter which road you choose. What matters is God is with you.” Truth. When I’m struggling on deciding my next right thing, that’s really the only truth I need.
knowltonnest 5 months ago
The Next Right Thing: A Simple Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions by Emily P. Freeman is a delightful and heartfelt read from a popular podcast presenter. Her vision is simple, do the next right thing. If you struggle with "decision fatigue" as Emily refers to it, this book will show steps to "create space for your soul to breathe." Each chapter begins with a timely quote on the topic of the chapter. Emily weaves her story along with inspiring actions and new ways of thinking to address the topic. She ends the chapter with a short and hopeful prayer along with a simple practice to guide the reader to give life to the actions outlined in the chapter. Emily is a master in keeping the attention of her readers as she shares her thoughts and musings. The ideas presented are shared in quiet expectation. She is inviting her readers on a magical journey by just choosing the next right thing...today. Last summer a friend of mine who knows I listen to podcasts asked if I had heard of Emily P. Freeman's The Next Right Thing Podcast. I had not, but as soon as I heard the title I knew I had to check it out. I started at the beginning and devoured the words I heard through my ear buds. Emily's sweet voice floated through my mind and caused me to unearth some hidden thoughts and ideas that I never knew existed. I was so excited to read this companion book and I could almost hear Emily's voice reading it to me as I devoured it too. I crave the simple and quiet spaces in my soul where I can breathe and connect with who I really am. Emily's book is just the right pace to spur me to make decisions with ease and confidence.
chattynatty 6 months ago
Thank you to Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, for sending me this book to review. I first heard of Emily Freeman on Jen Hatmaker's podcast For the Love. When this book was offered as a review book I knew I needed to jump on it. The premise of the book is dealing with decision fatigue, and just doing "the next right thing". I found it interesting that some famous people, whom I really respect and love, have used a version of this quote. Mother Teresa, Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., Theodore Roosevelt, and Anne Lamott. pg 13 "It's become a common catchphrase for coaches and athletes, in boardrooms and corporate motivational speeches. So what is the advice? Do the next right thing." I found this book just OK. I really thought her set up of the chapter was great. She gives content and then has a prayer and practice activity that coincides with the chapter's message. She writes beautiful prayers and those really spoke to me. I'm not good with praying so I felt her words could be used as my own prayer practice. Where I became a little "meh" about the content was there was at times too much "filler" for me and I just wanted to get to the "what to do" about x, y and z in regards to decision making. I also at times felt uncomfortable with her answer being "God's in control", "God's got a plan", and "God knows what will happen."(my own paraphrasing). I think this is my own deal though and not on Emily Freeman to "fix" or "sell me on". Work in progress regarding my faith journey. I did take several things from this book and surprisingly think I will read it again sometime. I'm also planning on sharing it with a family member who is struggling with decision fatigue and I think it would give them some ideas on how to approach decision making in a more peaceful, helpful, healthy manner. Some of my favorite quotes from the book: pg 18 Prayer: O God, I am open. The decisions I'm facing have become too much. Ease my fatigue with your presence and my hesitation with your peace. Here is an issue that has me tied in knots, will you begin to untangle me? What do you want me to know today? O God, I am open. pg 34 "to know a person's names is to know something of them." pg 93 "Make the Most Important List" "Is the life you're living the same life that wants to live in you? Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you."- Parker J. Palmer, Let Your Life Speak This chapter had you write a Life Energy List. It is to replace the old school Pro/Con list. You look back on your "season you just experienced" and ask yourself these two questions: What was life draining? What was life giving? pg 99 "We can't always eliminate the life-draining things... We will always have things we have to do in our lives, no matter how we feel about them... But the truth remains: we always have things in our lives we say yes and no to based on knee-jerk reactions, expectations, or fears, and it's helpful to know what they are. pg 100 "The Life Energy list is simply one tool to help you pay attention to your actual life so that you can discern what your next right thing might be." pg 208 "Dallas Willard says ' If a discipline is not producing freedom in me, it's probably the wrong thing for me to be doing." A timely book as "life seasons" are changing and decision need to be made. The reminder mantra "the next right thing" is one I think all of us could bene
summer_no9 6 months ago
A SIMPLE, SOULFUL PRACTICE FOR MAKING LIFE DECISIONS This book was a power full writing, inspiring and compelling to read with that also will guiding you to get to decide with the life that we are all living right now it full of to choices and when it come to make one what it would be a right or a wrong decision that we have to make no matter big or small. This book will help you to see the clear way to do success when it time we have come to make one. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this book from Revell Reads for this reviews”.
Amaack 6 months ago
This book was timely for me. The reminders to create space and discern what I'm feeling in my soul as I make decisions was incredibly helpful. I'm walking away from this book armed with tools for finding peace and making space in my life. The reason this book is 4 stars instead of 5 for me is that I found it to be a repeat of the podcast. Freeman states in the podcast that the idea of The Next Right Thing needed to be a podcast before it was a book, but I found most of what was included in the pages of this book to be a repeat of what I've already heard Freeman say in my earbuds. It's definitely worth a read because it's nice to hold the prayers and practices in your hand. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review was my own, honest opinion.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I sometimes struggle with making decisions, big and small. I like to weigh my options carefully and am often worried about what will happen if I make the “wrong” choice. This often leads to “analysis paralysis” where I am stuck in a position of doing nothing because I cannot decide which path to take. In The Next Right Thing, Emily P. Freeman gives us a Biblical framework for making life decisions. Freeman does not recommend simply making pro/con lists and going along with the longer column. Instead, she shows us how to listen to God’s direction for us and to analyze the decision in the bigger context of his plan for our lives. At the same time, Freeman shows the reader why it is important to focus on what Jesus wants us to do next, rather than be consumed by our own ten-year plans. I found The Next Right Thing to be an interesting and helpful book. Freeman offers several examples of decision-making situations from her own life and her writing style makes her relatable. I would recommend The Next Right Thing to anyone who is facing an important life decision.
sesquius 6 months ago
Excellent book. Well written and thought provoking. This is a book that I hope to keep for years to come. Recommending to others while holding onto this book, refusing to loan out. Too many books that I loan forget their way back to me. I know of four right now that I consider gone considering how long they've held on to them. Everyone has decisions in life but sometimes decisions are larger than what are we going to have for dinner tonight. The type of decisions that are life changing that can come in the form of a new job potential. Usually I have a way of inadvertently sabotaging myself because I'm suddenly swarmed with a slew of "what if's" and fear of making the wrong decision. Even if it is something I want to do, I'm paralyzed. This book however, I wish I had read months ago when I received it. It helps muddle through the cobwebs in the brain that are determined to help you make a poor decision. It invites you to really think of the process of choice and change.  This first read I went through rather quickly, but there is so many great things that Emily says that I plan on re-reading again and making notes along the way. Superb book. Worth giving to anyone who is on life's journey. A bonus, it's hard back and meant to last. The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy.
Christianfictionandmore 6 months ago
Emily P. Freeman offers valuable insight into the miry clay that clogs our ability to make decisions, and offers practical ways to extract ourselves and to position ourselves to discern the next right thing to do. Chapters in this book are short, to the point, include relevant examples and Scripture, and end with a prayer and a way to practice the targeted skill or behavior. Freeman is quite articulate; her writing holds a sense of peace and has a calming influence. I can see this book being one that I will return to, and am grateful to have received a copy from Revell in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation.
PrincessGlor 6 months ago
This is my first introduction to Emily's writing but it won't be my last. I have had some of her previous books on my to read pile for awhile and after reading this one, I am going to make sure to read the others super soon! This book is full of practical and prayerful steps to figuring out your next decision whatever it may be. Emily breaks up the wisdom she shares into easy to follow chapters and includes great quotes throughout the book. A very quick easy to follow read with lots of great insight. Definitely recommend this book! I received this book from the publisher through their RevellReads program. I was not required to post a positive review, all thoughts are my own.
Julie12 6 months ago
I love this book because it encourages me to slow down, breathe and trust God in doing the right thing as I make decisions. I used to be rather great at making decisions but as life has change so many things in my life, I've started to doubt myself and agonize over what to do - asking trusted family members over and over what they think I should do. This is very confusing and I'm not talking to the One who knows exactly what I should do - God. This book takes me back to that important square one of turning to the Lord when I'm not sure what the right next thing to do is. Emily shares practices that we can apply to our decision making that has made it so much easier for me in my life. I really love the practical advice and common sense that she brings to this book, but most of all, I love that it's God-centered and Biblical. There are so many great quotes throughout this book! I highlighted extensively throughout! One of my very favorite quotes was on page 79, "We can’t prevent storms from coming, but we can decide not to invent our own.” How profound is this? I am definitely a "what if" girl and this quote brought me back and grounded me in not inventing my own storms. I also think her advice of putting down our phones, our tablets, and just being silent and connecting back into our lives is great. I'm realizing that social media can actually suck the like out of us and keep us from doing what is right for ourselves. Being quiet, talking and listening to God, are vital for making the right next decision. I highly recommend this book! It's such a great book and truly life changing. It's a book that I will refer to again and again and I plan on reading it again right away. I give it 5 stars. *This book was provided to me by Revell. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.
benhli38 6 months ago
While I want to praise Emily Freeman's book, The Next Right Thing, as well as her ability to write well, I also find it hard to give this book all the merit it's due. One thing I do like is the tag line for this book: A simple, soulful practice for making life decisions. I see that tag and I have this glimpse of Jesus Christ walking up a mountain to take time to settle down and spend time with God, the Father. While He sits there to quiet Himself, and to spend prayer time with the One who called Him to give His life a ransom for many, He sees His disciples out on the Sea of Galilee getting tossed and driven by waves and wind. Don't go and get me wrong, I'm not about to just trash this book. As I said, Emily has a gift for writing and she proves that with this book. I love how she starts off the book: "The admissions building smells like initiative, angst, and Y2K." It actually has a wonderful hook there. I want to read more. So I do. I get all of a few chapters in and then I have this thought, "This kind of sounds like a self-help book." I've never been a big fan of books like that. However, before I make it sound I hate this book, which I actually do not feel about it, there are redeeming qualities about it. With chapter titles such as Do the Next Right Thing, Become a Soul Minimalist, Picture God, Stay in Today, Don't Rush Clarity, Don't Give Your Critic Words, and these last two gems: Expect to be surprised as well as Wait with Hope, the reader becomes aware that Emily is showing us how to get to the point where Jesus did with God; simply to find time to get alone, to pray to Him for needed guidance, and to do "the next right thing." I love how Christ's brother James said it, "Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world" (James 1:27, Berean Study). Overall, the book has its good notes and possibly a couple sour notes as does a good piano concert (I don't mean it's awful at all, just there are movements within the larger context that seem a bit, "meh"). Really and truly, Emily has done a great job with her book. It hits the overall message she's looking and desiring for. It's why it's #11 on Amazon's Christian Women's Issues. So, really and truly I believe most women may actually enjoy the book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell for an honest and fair review.
Nanna51 6 months ago
All of us have decisions to make on a daily basis, and many of us are in a quandary about which way to go. This is absolutely the best book that I have read to help to make those difficult choices in our lives. Based on Biblical principles and practical advice from life experience, this book gives you a clear path to making decisions without hesitation and without regret. With chapters that appeal to the soul of the person on the brink of making a life-changing decision, this book also offers a prayer at the end of each chapter as well as an exercise that you can do to help you to sort out what the next right thing to do is. I loved how the book was written and the advice that it gives is a challenge to make decisions that are the right ones because you have thought them though, prayerfully. This book will appeal to anyone who is faced with choices that seem overwhelming and for those of us just trying to make everyday choices that are so numerous. Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”
CEL76 7 months ago
If you're already a fan of Emily's work, you won't need any convincing to buy this book! If you don't know about her work, this is a great starting point. She offers a point of view about decision making that is holistic and aims to teach you how to live a life where decisions can be made more easily and without the usual chaos. It has helped me tremendously in many ways and I encourage everyone to read it.
mississippimomreads 7 months ago
The Next Right Thing by Emily Freeman is a great guide for those of who struggle to make decisions, whether major or minor. Emily's kind and personable perspective is a breath of fresh air. Emily provides approachable for both deciding what our next right thing is, as well as granting us room and grace as we pursue the next right thing. Emily is an accomplished author and has a strong fan-base and when reading this book, I can understand why. This book offers scriptural support but doesn’t come across as preachy but yet in a spirit of love and guidance for those who may be at a crossroads in their life with decision making struggles.
PamelaRenee 9 months ago
Have you ever had a decision to make, big or small, that completely took over your every thought and emotion? Then you know the power that decisions have over your life. The Next Right Thing is a genius of a book, focusing on you, the person making the decision, rather than the decision itself. Emily P. Freeman masterfully walks you through simple steps and practices to help you do the next right thing, nurturing your soul and continuing your spiritual formation as you go. The beauty of this book is in the rhythms of life it encourages you to adopt so that when those overwhelming decisions come along, you are ready to face them, because, as Emily says, “I’m convinced God is less interested in where we end up than he is in who we are becoming.”
jodi_mrs_back40life 9 months ago
I am plagued with indecision, so it was a no-brainer for me to read The Next Right Thing when I cam across it recently. I have loved the encouragement to be kind and gentle with ourselves, and to work on creating room "for our souls to breathe" - oh how I need that! I love the process Emily steps the reader through and I know I will come back to this book time and again when faced with big decisions. When I started the book, I didn't have any large decisions looming, however just yesterday, one popped up out of the blue. I felt much more equipped to take a step back, evaluate, and begin to do "the next right thing" even if that didn't result in making the ultimate decision. I immediately knew my next step, and knew I could take it with confidence, knowing that the Lord will continue to lead and guide me until the actual decision is made. I love that Emily encourages us to think beyond "the decision" itself - that it isn't necessarily the end goal, but to instead focus on simply being with the Lord. I think this book is a fantastic resource - one I can definitely see myself sharing over and over again! And I can't wait to delve into the companion online course, "Discern & Decide" to help further refine my decision-making process in the coming days.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Lauren Mavroulis "This book is full of grace, peace, and the most gentle prodding. Somehow, Emily P Freeman manages to write as if she is speaking to me on such an individual level through this book, in a way that relates to so many of the decisions and ""next steps"" of my life circumstances from the small and mundane to the weighty and life altering. She never tries to tell you what to do or how to do it, but it's a guide to allow your soul to breathe, and to slowly turn and follow in the direction that is ""the next right thing"" for you. She said on her Next Right Thing podcast that she sees her goal as to ""create space for your soul to breathe"" and that is exactly what she does in this book. Each chapter is short, and ends with a prayer and a ""practice."" They read like an inhale and exhale. I needed this book, but I had no idea how much I needed it. My copy is full of highlights and I know I will return to this again and again. ""I'm learning that the decision itself is rarely the point. The point is becoming more fully ourselves in the presence of God, connecting with him and with each other, and living our lives as though we believe he is good and beautiful."""