The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions - eBookEmily P. FreemanRevell / 2019 / ePub$9.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 36 Reviews
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KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Hit the spotSeptember 1, 2019KavRCanadaGender: femaleHa! Love the author's dedication -- "To anyone who's ever made a pro/con list in the middle of the night." With terms like 'chronic hesitation' and 'decision fatigue' I knew this book might have been written just for me. :-)
This quote really grabbed me -- I had to read it a couple of times before I got it. "It doesn't matter what the specific decision is. Unmade decisions hold power. They pull, they push, they interrupt where they aren't wanted and poke us awake at night." (p 12) Reading this book was like getting a huge, comforting bear hug. What sweet relief!
Because I'm surrounded by those annoyingly decisive types who sail through life making the right snap decision every time. Meanwhile I'm the waffler floundering in ambiguity. Always worried that whatever decision I make will be the wrong one and that leads to our friend procrastination which leads to putting off the inevitable decision making and just goes to prove that point about unmade decisions holding power. Now you see why I need this book. :-)
Love the way the author brings prayer into the decision making process. Each chapter ends with a kind of prayer starter/guideline that really helps me focus my intention and brings clarity to wayward thoughts that thwart my decision making efforts.
Freeman has an easygoing writing style which is helpful to reluctant nonfiction readers like me. Easy to understand, inviting to read and lots to ponder. I've read it through once so that I could write a review but now I'm going to start over, using this book as a kind of devotional with specific decision making goals in mind. I'm actually kinda excited at the thought of ...dare I say it...making a decision!
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Coast and Anchor5 Stars Out Of 5Simple, yet full of practical wisdomJuly 2, 2019Coast and AnchorQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Emily P. Freeman's book, The Next Right Thing, was a turning point for me. She writes with such simplicity yet her words are deeply rooted. Every chapter is titled with an "action phrase", like Chapter 2 is Become a Soul Minimalist and Chapter 13 is Don't Rush Clarity. This alone is one of my favorite things about the book. You can just read the Contents page and you will already be on the path to The Next Right Thing. Simple statements that make an impact.
She punctuates each chapters end with a prayer and a practice section. Both are great sections to meditate on and absorb. Even if you don't have clarity, you must act as mentioned in the book. The chapters flow with simple, soulful practices and wisdom that will guide you to keep moving forward.
If you are not looking for another guru, but rather a simple step by step guide you will not be disappointed. The Next Right Thing is on my favorites list!
*Thank you to Revell for my copy in exchange for my honest book review. All opinions are my own.
debsMaineAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5The Next Right Thing ~ Emily P. FreemanJune 30, 2019debsMaineAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5This book is like having a life coach in your hands. Emily covers decluttering your life, by getting rid of the emotions and "things" that are dragging you down. She takes each chapter and works on one aspect of your life that you need to stop and think about. This book is very updated and works with today's society and technology. Each chapter has one subject, an explanation with her life and another person that has the same thing going on, prayer and a practice exercise to help you take steps to improving your daily life by making and doing the right thing.
This book is hard cover and contains alot of good and useful information. I would recommend this book for anyone at any age that would like to be able to stop the worry, anxiety and pressures of today's world. It will give you a new outlook on life and allow you to enjoy the adventure and journey of everyday life.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Books. 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.
Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Is It Time to Declutter Your Soul?June 17, 2019Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Decisions 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.
Academy2524 Stars Out Of 5An encouraging read...June 11, 2019Academy252Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is the latest nonfiction from Emily P. Freeman. It falls into Christian nonfiction somewhat self-help and somewhat devotional in nature. Each chapter is a short vignette with spiritual thoughts on how to know what to do next. It is all about making good decisions as a Christian. She uses scripture and personal experience to help us find clarity in times of hesitation and questioning.
I spent a few weeks reading this book. It has 24 shorter chapters which could easy be used as a devotional text. She has a prayer and a practice at the end of each chapter to encourage you to seek the Lord and practice decision making. I love that she says it is like so many other things in life the more we do it the better we get.
I enjoy Freeman's writing style very much. She is personable and encouraging. She is not afraid to share her journey and this has made her ministry richer. She has a heart for the things of God and takes her role as a Christian writer very seriously. If you are in the midst of wrestling with decisions in your own life I think you would benefit greatly from this book.
I have also listened to her Next Right Thing podcast for quite some time. If you have listened to them you might consider this a companion guide as well as a transcript of many of her podcast episodes. She repeats much of what she has shared already but it was good to see it in book form. It gave me a chance to underline and write a few things in the margin.