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

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Nothing gets our attention like an unmade decision: Should I accept the new position? Which schooling choice is best for my kids? How can I support my aging parents? When we have a decision to make and the answer isn't clear, 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
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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Melissa Idk I'm 10 minutes into the audiobook and there already has been a lot of talk about Jesus telling people to go make lunch and that God moves through …moreIdk I'm 10 minutes into the audiobook and there already has been a lot of talk about Jesus telling people to go make lunch and that God moves through us all. I'm tapping out. (less)
Kelly Even though this book is more practical than several others I've read by Freeman, it still doesn't have too much practical "application" -- if you lik…moreEven though this book is more practical than several others I've read by Freeman, it still doesn't have too much practical "application" -- if you like to highlight pithy quotes and more philosophical points, you may prefer a hard copy, otherwise content is more thought-provoking and self-reflective (maybe better to just have a journal handy to jot down thoughts and introspection). Hope this helps.(less)

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Laura Tremaine
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love my friend Emily P. Freeman’s podcast and her new book. She speaks such truth and wisdom into my life.
Megan Ericson
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: minimalism
I have made more than one life-changing decision reading The Next Right Thing, and I just finished the book yesterday! Emily gives clarity about how to make a decision that does not include checklists or pro/con lists but gives you a path for making decisions at the soul level that you can carry throughout your whole life.

I expected to find a step-by-step process. However, instead of a one-size-fits-all solution, I found many spiritual practices to try and practical advice that would help lead m
Michael Ann
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who has to make decisions ever
If you’ve been around me for more than 5 minutes, I’ve probably pointed you to Emily P. Freeman and her podcast The Next Right Thing. Great news! She’s written a book by the same title, and it’s amazing! Emily loves the Lord, and He's blessed her with with great wisdom, especially when it comes to teaching us how to make decisions. (Decision fatigue, anyone?!?) Emily is also stinkin' funny, so there's that too! The book by itself will be a TRUE help.

Emily challenges me in every chapter to slow
Rachael Marsceau
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Very conflicted here. I loved Emily's two books Grace for the Good Girl and Simply Tuesday, but her voice is changing and I don't think we're really headed in the same direction anymore.

I liked her advice on saying no to things, and getting quiet enough to really figure out what's going on in your thoughts and desires. I love her emphasis on God's work being done in the right-now, mundane moments, just as it's being done in the huge, life-altering ones.

But throughout the whole book any kind of
Rachel A.  Dawson
I nearly ran out of flags reading this one — it’s THAT good. I’ve had this one for months but it needed to be read right now, and I’m grateful for it. I savored this one (as it should be) and resonated deeply with her wise, warm way of inviting us all into a truer and better way of living, one grounded in Jesus and guided by love as we take little steps forward day by day. Hear me when I say that none of that is how I naturally live, but it is truly a gift to be reminded that such a way is not o ...more
Valerie Woerner
Highly recommend! The topic will make you think about things we don’t naturally slow down to think about in our busy worlds. Also Emily is so poetic, I found myself wanting to highlight lines just because they were so stinkin beautiful.
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
**I received an advanced reader copy on netgalley

You know how sometimes a book comes along and meets you where you’re at?! This book is THAT book for me, for 2019.

I’ve been following Emily P. Freeman for a few years now and recently discovered her podcast and it met me at such a deep place. Imagine my excitement when I found out she’s writing a book based on her podcast #thenextrightthing

If you have a decision to make, or if you will-because who doesn’t-pick this book up. Preorder it, actually,
Hannah Van Dyk
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
i was soothed + comforted by this book. i read it slowly, which isn’t always my thing — but it was a gift to pause in between. there were sentences that took my breath away and i know it’ll be a book i return to annually. thankful for the gift of beautiful words + practical exercises to work towards doing our next right thing. 💖
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ha! 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 bo
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: personal-growth
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 ...more
Susy C. *MotherLambReads*
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-books
I was able to be on the launch team for this gem! Love the story behind the book and readers must listen to her Podcast---> The Next Right Thing.
I love how Emily speaks and writes. Her voice is just so calming. She reads her own book too. All of her books have resonated with me.
The biggest thing I've learned from her and the podcast and this book is "soul minimalism" and the need for "soul white space" in such a digital clutter works. Also just!
I need physical co
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You Must Read This Book!

As I read The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice For Making Life Decisions by Emily P. Freeman, I could not put this book down. It is beyond fabulous! The Next Right Thing gets to the core for making decisions, that is the soul. Emily P. Freeman discusses the importance of caring for our souls to make wise, intentional, and thoughtful choices. She describes practices or exercises that when applied, bring the soul to quietness and stillness. This is the place of
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. It's a simple easy read and full of wisdom. It is a great resource for those who struggle with indecisiveness or for people how have a big decision to make. Even if you aren't in a season of making decisions, this book is great for helping you become grounded in life. I love that a) this book has a Christian focus and I love how the book talks about listening to your soul and figuring out (along with prayer) what it is that you want in life. Great read.
Kaytee Cobb
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, library, christian
I really loved two chapters in here and thought the other 22 were well written but not revolutionary. Perhaps I'd like it more if I were a listener of her podcast?
Kara Mulligan
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Emily P Freeman does it again! If you were already a listener to the Next Right Thing Podcast, image more wisdom on decision making in a form were you can highlight, underline, and star. Emily not only talks about picking one thing or the other, but she helps us to prepare our minds, make room, introduce practices and rhythms, and focus on today. The short chapters have been great for reading before bed which gives me time to reflect and journal. I think this book is a must-read not only because ...more
Liz Wine
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-favorites
(Disclaimer: I received an advance review copy, all opinions are my own).

I was thrilled to get my hands on Emily P. Freeman's newest book. In a world of loud, often angry people, it is great to hear from a quieter soul who speaks lovingly and encouragingly. Her book is full of practical strategies that the reader can implement immediately.

Her book makes remarks on the decision making process that I continue to ruminate over such as: "We make better decisions by making decisions, not by thinking
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Being an Enneagram 1, I have a very loud inner critic. I call her my inner hag. My inner hag uses a megaphone to remind me that my biggest weaknesses revolve around fear: fear of failure, fear of doing the wrong thing, fear of not being good enough, and fear of making the wrong decision.

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
Apr 13, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is unlike any other I have read on making decisions. It is more about why we decide and who we are when we decide rather than the decision making process itself. Rather than a technique, Freeman helps us know ourselves, finding what we really want, and establishing soul clarity before deciding.

Her concept is that decision making is part of our spiritual formation experience. She writes about being a soul minimalist, helping us get rid of soul clutter. We are reminded of the importance
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s rare that a book in this space doesn’t feel condescending, too sensitive, or altogether cringe-worthy to me- but Emily P. Freeman’s book is full of practical reminders, timely insights, and gentle encouragement. A few times, I had to wonder if she had been camping out in my head. As someone who regularly doubts, second-guesses, and craves that gut feeling to drive her to the right decisions, I find Emily’s words a comfort and a guide. While some readers may not be looking for faith-based gu ...more
Jun 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
*Blinkist* DNF

I had to stop listening because of how much the author talks about god. I have no use for a self-help book that de-emphasizes my role in making decisions and guiding the course of my life and trusts instead in “god’s” unseen plan. Maybe if I were omniscient, I’d be able to make decisions better than just what feels like the “next right thing,” but since I’m not, the title tells me all I need to know and I don’t need to waste my time reading further. If you’re religious, this review
Šarūnė Ti
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved listening to this book. It is thoughtful, full of practical activities, calming and not overwhelming. Absolutely loved every single chapter of it. It's clearly visible that every single one of these chapters was thought through very well
Lisamarie Landreth
Gorgeous and full of pink highlighter.
Allison Anderson Armstrong
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian-life
Reading this for our book club with some friends from iglesia and I was pleasantly surprised. I had read in the past "Grace for the Good Girl" by the same author and was not overly impressed, but this book is a great one, and I'm already re-listening through and might even buy a hard copy to read and mark up. (high praise from a cheap-o) I was frustrated in the first few chapters because I have big decisions to make in my life and I wanted fast answers and "how-to's" - basically, "how to make a ...more
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don’t think I have read a book just like this. It isn’t a devotional yet I enjoyed reading it at a slow pace. It’s not a spiritual memoir but she does weave in many personal stories of her own growth and life. It is a book about making decisions, yet so much more.

What I love about her and her books is the way she leaves you slowed down, unhurried and plenty of margin to take a deep dive into your own personal story and connect it all back to our Creator. Do I have decision fatigue? I didn’t t
Laura Thomas
As a fan of Emily's podcast of the same name, I have been looking forward to this lovely little book! And as I intend to savour each chapter and read through the book deliberately and thoughtfully when my life slows down this summer, I decided to listen to the audiobook first—on a road trip with my husband. GOOD DECISION. The audiobook is a treat! As Emily reads the book with that gentle, pleasant voice of hers, she offers encouragement to readers/ listeners with insightful and practical wisdom ...more
Michelle Woodman
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I cannot yet begin to express how I needed (and need still) this book, the wisdom shared, and the hope provided through Emily’s sharing of her own story as she lives life with Jesus, one next right thing at a time.

Honestly, I cried a couple of times reading the last chapter alone with how certain spots spoke to my heart.

If you struggle with decision-making at all, wonder if you’re in God’s will for your life, and/or crave a simpler way, this book is for you.
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All of Emily Freeman’s previous books have changed my life and The Next Right thing is no exception. At minimum, it feels a though Emily is sitting next to you, encouraging you with kind workings and helping you to feel seen and known. And yet— this book also holds within its pages the power to help you determine and take action on your next right thing, not your friends next right thing— but your own. You will not regret reading this book.
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It was given to me by a friend that loves the podcast and assumed the book would be great also. I hadn’t heard the podcast before so I had no expectations on it, but I identified so much with the author. (I wonder if she’s an enneagram 6??) The chapters are short and the writing is well done. I didn’t have any big decisions that I was making, but the chapters just lend to a better life overall I think. Excellent book!
Jen Yokel
"I'm convinced God is less interested in where we end up than he is in who we are becoming."

Since it launched in 2017, The Next Right Thing has become one of the few podcasts -- maybe the only one -- where I haven't missed an episode. It's a fixed part of my week by now. On Thursdays, when I commute to work, I queue the new episode up in my driveway and let it carry me to the edge of the first signs of city traffic. It arrived during a difficult time, and Emily's gentle wisdom has come to feel l
Terri Conlin
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We all have decisions to make, some small and some big, and some small that turn out to be big. The uncertainty that we might not have made our best decision may be what keeps us from deciding at all. In her lyrical style that speaks gently to the soul, Emily reminds us that “the decision is rarely the point.” The bigger story is who we are becoming as we make our decisions. The Next Right Thing takes big scary decision-making moments and gives them room to breathe and come down to size. Emily m ...more
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