Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
What's Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done Paperback – September 13, 2016
|New from||Used from|
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
--John Piper, founder and teacher, desiringGod.org; author, Don't Waste Your Life
"...a Christian companion to Getting Thing Done."
From the Author
"I have been learning from Matt Perman for nearly twenty years, and I am eager for leaders around the world to benefit from his work the way that I have. To my knowledge, there is no one writing today who has thought more deeply about the relationship between the gospel and productivity. You will find in these pages a unique and remarkable combination of theological insight, biblical instruction, and practical counsel that would change the world if put into practice. I could not recommend it more highly."
--Justin Taylor, Managing Editor, ESV Study Bible; blogger, "Between Two Worlds"; co-author, The Final Days of Jesus
"The question isn't 'What do I want to do for God?' but 'What does God want me to do?' For a believer, productivity is more than a set of skills. It requires a mindset and worldview. In this book, Matt Perman provides the framework for getting more done and making
a bigger difference in your work."
--Mark Sanborn, bestselling author, The Fred Factor and You Don't Need a Title to be a Leader
"Those of us in management, leadership, ministry, and other kinds of 'knowledge work' often feel overwhelmed with all of the tasks, responsibilities, and relationships that demand our time and attention. This book gives practical, specific guidelines for becoming better organized, more effective, and more productive. But what makes this book stand out is the way Matt Perman integrates all of this down-to-earth advice with the doctrine of vocation--how the Gospel of Christ bears fruit in love and service to God and our neighbors in every facet of life--a truth that animates every page.
--Gene Edward Veith, Professor of Literature and Provost of Patrick Henry College; author, God at Work: Your Christian Vocation in All of Life
"This book has been on Matt's heart and mind for a long time. It's the fruit of experience as well as insight drawn from Scripture and common sense--without doing injustice to either. There is a lot of wisdom here and I look forward to making use of it in daily life."
--Michael Horton, Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California; author, The Gospel-Driven Life
"Plain and simple: learning to effectively manage your time and tasks is one of the most practical and tangible ways you can love your neighbors, coworkers, family members, and the world at large. There is no one who has articulated this better than Matt Perman in this unique book. It has changed the way I think and work, and I commend it to anyone who strives to love their neighbor as themselves."
--Matt Heerema, Owner and Director, Mere Design Agency; Pastor, Stonebrook Community Church
"What's Best Next is both practical and inspiring as it addresses both the "why" and "how to" aspects of productivity. The result is an engaging, motivating, and exciting vision for your work and the things you do every day right along with helpful, clear, and practical instruction on how to become more effective with less stress. Want to be more productive for the glory of God? Read What's Best Next."
--Ed Stetzer, President, LifeWay Research; author, Lost and Found: The Younger Unchurched and the Churches that Reach Them; edstetzer.com --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Matt Perman does just that in this book. His productivity advice is not really anything new--not the nitty, gritty getting stuff done advice. I've read those principles in other books such as "Getting Things Done". However, I always seem to fail eventually with each new "system" I try to implement. But that might be because I've not put into place these activities as such based on scripture and truth and what God is calling me to do in this world.
In my job, I am much more the "delegatee" then the "delegator". Each day I am assigned tasks to do, and I do them as efficiently as possible. Sometimes, as a person who values creativity and leadership, I find this personally frustrating despite the fact that I love my job. Perman helped me to see that in my current vocation (my truly first real "full-time career" apart from a short stint in Social Work and substitute teaching) does make a difference. Not in the tasks that I do, though they are designed to keep the company running smoothly, but rather in the way I love people through my job by being the most efficient I can be and treating my colleagues with genuine love and respect.
I particularly enjoyed the last chapter of the book, where Perman related productivity to global missions, a passion of my heart. As a result of reading the last chapter, I am much more interested in doing some research on globule economics, something I've never really been interested in before. I'm hoping to make a trip to Thailand next year for a mission project, but Perman also opened my eyes to my role in global missions right here in my vocation at home. I loved this quote:
"To begin, we need to remember that serving the poor is about more than just dropping off material goods. We need to understand economics and sound principles of poverty relief so that we can serve in a way that actually helps. We also need to ditch the superiority complex and see ourselves as partners who listen and come alongside, rather than people who think they have all the answers and come in and do all the work."
I saw this truth in Kenya.
My only criticism, if I have one, is that the book is a tad lengthy. I mostly tried reading a chapter a day at the beginning of my "work" schedule, and that went very well. But it possibly could have been shortened some throughout the middle of the book. But that criticism is nit-picky. All in all, I found Perman's scriptural grounding combined with real productivity ideas very helpful and useful. This book was definitely not a waste of my time.
Perman wants to help us think about productivity as Christians. His aim is to reshape the way we think about productivity and then present a practical approach to help the reader become more effective with less stress and frustration, whatever we are doing. He wants to help us live the life that God has called us to live and live it with maximum effectiveness and meaning. He also wants to help equip us to do good in radical, creative ways – for missions, ending extreme poverty and bringing justice.
He introduces us to the concept of Gospel Driven Productivity (GDP), which looks at not only what the Bible has to say about getting things done, but also learns from the best secular thinking. The essence of GDP is that we are to use all that we have, in all areas of life, for the good of others, to the glory of God. He states that true productivity is not first about efficiency – doing things right and doing them quickly – but effectiveness – doing the right things.
He uses the DARE Model, which is:
The author includes a lot of helpful resources, including interviews about productivity with leaders such as Albert Mohler, chapter summaries that include the Core Point of the chapter, a key scripture verse, etc.
One of the main reasons that Perman wrote the book was for the reader to see everything we do in a new light so that we can become an agent for good, right where we are, to the glory of God. And that’s a pretty good reason to read this book.
That being said, if you've never read anything else, productivity-wise, then you could do much worse than start with this book!
As far as theological content, Perman does a good job of situating productivity within the Christian life, for the sake of loving God and loving others.