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How to Get Unstuck: Breaking Free from Barriers to Your Productivity Hardcover – May 1, 2018
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Perman's new book on productivity goes beyond the how of effectiveness to the why: Why do anything well? The answer is found in our theology: Excellence, attention, and care are all ways that we leaders love our God and our neighbors. Drawing on the wisdom of business gurus, neuroscientists, and pastors, Perman has provided a resource for all of us who desire to steward our time, talents, and resources better so that we can live out the gospel more faithfully and fully in the time we've been given.
-- Katelyn Beaty, former managing editor, Christianity Today, author of A Woman's Place: A Christian Vision for Your Calling in the Office, the Home, and the World
Getting stuck is frustrating, disruptive, and unavoidable. Getting stuck is also not the way it is supposed to be, suggests Matt Perman in his new book, How to Get Unstuck. Gleaning the wisdom from the best of the personal-effectiveness gurus, Perman combines common sense and biblical principles to help you get out of the rut that may have become your new normal. This book will help you joyfully bring more flourishing to the communities God has called you to serve.
-- Hugh Whelchel, executive director, Institute for Faith, Work & Economics, author of How Then Should We Work? Rediscovering the Biblical Doctrine of Work
When I encountered the concisely practical wisdom in Matt Perman's latest book I immediately thought of several friends who would benefit from the tome. Then I took out the log stuck in my own eye and realized how much I needed to take Matt's advice to heart. In Romans, we're called to resist the 'patterns of this world.' Unstuck shows us how.
I'm a big fan of Matt Perman's work. If you can imagine a cross between theologian Jonathan Edwards and Getting Things Done guru David Allen, then you have in your head a picture of Matt Perman. No one combines theological substance with practical and transformative self-management insights like Matt. His What's Best Next was hugely helpful--and I couldn't be more excited about his thoughtful and imminently practical new book How to Get Unstuck. Nothing faddish or superficial here. This is God-centered and gospel-driven wisdom--the best of self-management insights set within a genuinely Christian framework of flourishing in Christ. Highly recommended!
-- Todd Wilson, senior pastor, Calvary Memorial Church, author, Real Christian: Bearing the Marks of Authentic Faith
Christians today need to understand how to live healthy and productive lives, not only in the home, but especially in the workplace. Productivity is hard-wired into our DNA by God who created man in His image and likeness. This is why I'm so excited about How to Get Unstuck by Matt Perman. This book will help readers learn how to be productive in a short, easy-to-digest manner. I encourage you to pick up a copy of this book and learn how to become even more productive via a Christian worldview.
-- Dave Jenkins, executive director, Servants of Grace Ministries, executive editor, Theology for Life Magazine
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"I doubt there is a person on the planet who knows both theological issues and time management literature to the depth and extent Matt Perman does." -- John Piper, founder and teacher, desiringGod.org, author, Don't Waste Your Life. From the foreword to What's Best Next.
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"How to Get Unstuck" opens a door to a world that asks, "What could you accomplish for the glory of God if you were unhindered by all that weighs us down?" That sounds awfully lofty, to be sure, but that is the goal of the book. What if instead of sitting in the giant mud bog waiting to be towed out or sink to the bottom, you could flip a switch in your life to turn on your 4x4 and climb out. Even better, what if your life could avoid driving through the giant mud bog to begin with? This is what Perman strives for. "So," he writes, "being unstuck is ultimately a positive concept. It's not just about overcoming obstacles; it connects to broader principles of work and life purpose. It is ultimately about the positive side: flourishing." I have wrestled with what it means to live a fruitful and flourishing life in Christ for sometime and this book has helped clarify some things.
While "How to Get Unstuck" is not revolutionary in the sense that "What's Best Next" is, Perman has taken many wide and far sources and distilled them into one volume that should serve as the launching point for anyone who wants to take the next step in learning what it means to live a fruitful life of influence for the glory of God. That said, I found his chapters on flourishing and deep work (approximately 1/4 of the book) to be worth the price of admission alone. If you have not read "What's Best Next" yet, start then and then read this book. Some books you read once and then move on. In "How to Get Unstuck", Perman gives us another book to add to a small group of books to read again (and again!) to continue to mine the depth of his research. I highly recommend this book!
Disclosure: I did receive a promotional copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I have since purchased the book in electronic format with my own funds. My thoughts are my own.
Perman’s knack for bringing forth what matters, and what’s best next!
I was given an advanced copy. As with any non-fiction, I start reading by skimming through each page and found myself being continuously captured, bogged down even. Finally, after diving into parts of the book, I went the beginning and read it through. Then! Then I took out my pen and began marking it up.
I’ll let others through out the nuggets here and on various blogs. There’re too many to list.
Well done Perman.
By the way, this book offers the best explanation for how to know the difference between what's urgent and what's really important that I have read yet. And the last six chapters are a real toolbox for overcoming typical obstacles that make us stuck in life and work. Highly recommended.
This book is absolutely crucial in our current knowledge-work economy. Skill in dealing with information overload is a basic survival life skill in the age of the smartphone, and What's Best Next compiles and synthesizes all the best material on the subject.
"How to Get Unstuck" is a necessary next step and answers many of the questions that have come up over the past few years as I've consulted, advised, and mentored on the principles that WBN espouses.
My favorite part about the book, however, is not the principle-set that Matt lays out, which is helpful and correct, but rather his openness about his personal life. He wrote this book out of a personal need and from personal experience.
How To Get Unstuck will help you no matter what is "sticking you". Info overload, lack of clarity, depression, you name it, you will be helped by this book.
Do yourself a favor: grab a copy.
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For those familiar with time management material: Permans book is a wonderful almost anthology of the best of productivity literature brought...Read more