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The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions Hardcover – April 2, 2019
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A simple practice for making life decisions with ease
When we have a decision to make, what we want more than anything is peace, clarity, and a nudge in the right direction.
If you have trouble making decisions because of either chronic hesitation or decision fatigue, Emily P. Freeman offers a fresh way of practicing familiar but often forgotten advice: simply do the next right thing. This simple, soulful practice will help you
- clear the decision-making chaos
- quiet the fear of choosing wrong
- find the courage to finally decide without regret or second-guessing
Whether you’re in the midst of a major life transition or are weary of the low-grade anxiety that daily life can bring, Emily helps create space for your soul to breathe so you can live life with God at a gentle pace and discern your next right thing in love.
Emily P. Freeman
EMILY P. FREEMAN is the 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.
What others are saying about the next right thing
Annie F. Downs, author of 100 days to brave and remember god
“There is no more reliable voice today than Emily P. Freeman. Her consistency and faith have moved and changed me over and over again. The Next Right Thing is exactly that – the next right thing for you to read, for Emily to write, and for us all to live by. I’m so thankful this book exists.”
Candace Cameron Bure, actress, producer, and author
“I confess I’ve never struggled much with unmade decisions, but I also never thought about the process by which we go about making them. The Next Right Thing enlightened me, brought awareness, and gave me tools I didn’t realize were missing in my decision-making. Emily points us to ultimate peace and clarity in our lives in the midst of uncertainty and chaos by gently pulling our focus back to the One who gives them.”
Myquillyn Smith, author of Cozy Minimalist Home
“This book will leave you with confidence, wisdom, intention, and a perspective shift about the big and small decisions in your life. Reading The Next Right Thing is your next right decision.”
"Reading Emily P. Freeman I start to believe Jesus' promise more--that his yoke is easy and his burden light. The Next Right Thing delivers us from anxious hand-wringing over our uncertain futures." -Jen Pollock Michel, author of Surprised by Paradox
"Emily has become my decision-maker guide. In this book she offers deep wisdom that is easily applied to everyday life. This book is not only timely but timeless."
"We want what we do to grow out of who we really are. This is a life of resonance--a life of unity. One of our favorite guides into this way of living is Emily P. Freeman. Relatable, actionable, and inspiring, Emily's words will take you deeper into the process of graciously taking your next step." -Gem and Alan Fadling, founders of Unhurried Living
"Emily P. Freeman is the real deal. She is a wise, trusted guide and prepared with just the words you need to hear at the moment you need to hear them. Funny, honest, and deeply hopeful, you will certainly want to read Emily's words once a year as a refresher on how to live with intention and ease." -Mandy Arioto, President and CEO, MOPS International
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· clear the decision-making chaos
· quiet the fear of choosing wrong
· find the courage to finally decide without regret or second-guessing
Whether you're in the midst of a major life transition or are weary of the low-grade anxiety that daily life can bring, Emily helps create space for your soul to breathe so you can live life with God at a gentle pace and discern your next right thing in love.|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.
- Item Weight : 1.06 pounds
- ISBN-10 : 0800736524
- ISBN-13 : 978-0800736521
- Hardcover : 256 pages
- Dimensions : 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.6 inches
- Publisher : Revell (April 2, 2019)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In Emily P. Freeman’s latest book, she writes about how she was in an Uber with her bestie, and the driver told started to tell her a story about a difficult passenger she had driven. But instead of telling the two women about this passenger she said, “But we’re not going to give her words, ‘cause that’s exactly what she wants.’”
Each time I have tried to decide what my next right steps are, my inner hag bellows out all the reasons I’m choosing wrong: all the ways I can fail, all the things that might go wrong, and all the ways I’m going to disappoint not only myself but all those around me. It’s crippling and it keeps me from moving forward.
Emily’s book offers gentle and compassionate ways for you to consider what’s keeping you from making your next right step (and I resonate with almost all of them), as well as practical steps to help you to move forward.
This book came at a perfect time. I’m in a period of transition in my life, and my husband is getting ready to make a big decision that will impact our family in many ways. This is a book I will be reading again. Next time I’m going to go slower and take more notes. I highly recommend it
After personally spending the last two years making some major life decisions, I have found myself to have decision fatigue. Emily addresses this in her own life and authentically shares her struggles with decision making, even opening up about decisions her family has faced. Emily gives suggestions at the end of each short chapter along with a prayer to point us in the direction of decluttering our soul and discovering ways to make room for silence, to look for the arrows in our life, and to seek life-giving endeavors.
This book could be read at your own pace or digested quickly based on the format. The depth of the material though will have you lingering, and picking it back up as your work on learning to decide and discern and to do the next right thing.
I have been in a season of change over the past nine months or so, since my youngest child graduated from college. I have been trying to discern my “next right thing”. When I learned that The Next Right Thing book was being published I seized the chance to read it as soon as I could. Freeman does not disappoint in the book.
The quote near the end of the book exemplifies its purpose for me. “We want to make good decisions, but the decision is rarely the point. We want to live a good life with our good and beautiful God. Doesn’t it all come down to trust?” This book serves a thoughtful guide for the person who has change occurring in her life and wants to make good decisions.
The chapters are short and each of them end with a prayer and a short suggested action.
Freeman has a beautiful writing style and the stories in each chapter are personal and illustrate her points perfectly. If you read this book and take the actions which are appropriate for you, I think you will draw closer to God and be more confident in your choices. As Freeman says, “it’s not a black-and-white world, which means decisions are rarely right or wrong. It doesn’t matter which road you choose. What matters is God with you.”
I highly recommend The Next Right Thing for anyone who wants to grow in her spiritual walk with God.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher on Net Galley in exchange for a review of this book.
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.
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I've read Emily' other books and couldn't wait for the release of this one. I've never been disappointed in her writings. The podcast of the same name, "The Next Right Thing", is one that supports this book as well
This book has stories, explanation, journey etc but the biggest of all it develops a faith in God. Though being an atheist it's always a question, despite being an atheist I would say that one should read this book. Whatever one struggles to take decisions, it's helps you do the next right thing with the belief on God. Also the book has certain chapters stretched which wasn't necessary, still I think the author wants to take the reader through the journey which is more imp than start or destination.
So even if you are an atheist, do read it once.