Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions” as Want to Read:
The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

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

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  4,826 ratings  ·  811 reviews
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
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Next Right Thing, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
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)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.34  · 
Rating details
 ·  4,826 ratings  ·  811 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions
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 Moerman
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. 💖
April-Sterling Mills
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Whew. Not only helping me see the BIG decisions more clearly, but just the day to day moments of my life. A great read. 👏🏼
Christy Ryan
Feb 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
First, I'd pretty much listen to her read the phone book (if those were still a thing.) And second, since I'm the girl that is constantly thinking of lists, plans, tomorrow, efficiency, and multi-tasking, I love her message of slow, pause, reflect, listen and ponder. In honor of that, I took a (wild) step and listened to this entire book on 1.0 speed. Message received. ...more
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A great book to kick off a New Year! Oftentimes it is the timing of a book that makes it most meaningful, yet it was also the calm tone of the author, the wise but practical insights, and the soulful writing found within the pages of The Next Right Thing that all carried its encouraging message to my heart. This book isn’t a how-to manual on decision making, but rather a reflection on what it is that my soul is seeking in the waiting and in the deciding; this book held exactly what I needed to h ...more
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
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
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
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  *MotherLambReads*
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Kaycee  Owens
Jun 07, 2021 rated it liked it
I liked much of what she had to say and this book did help me think through a few upcoming decisions in light of doing “the next right thing.”

I feel overall, however, that the book lacked cohesion - each chapter seemed like a short and separate thought. I wanted her to go deeper on different ideas she addresses. I realized recently that each chapter was probably a podcast episode and that I might have enjoyed the book more if I had been a listener.

Also, if you’re going to bring up “friend Jesus
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. ...more
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? ...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
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
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
2020 September:
Loved it reading the second time! Perfect timing about making decisions? Aren't we always making decisions day in and out?

2019 June:
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.
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.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Lazy Genius Way: Embrace What Matters, Ditch What Doesn't, and Get Stuff Done
  • That Sounds Fun: The Joys of Being an Amateur, the Power of Falling in Love, and Why You Need a Hobby
  • Share Your Stuff. I'll Go First.: 10 Questions to Take Your Friendships to the Next Level
  • Welcome Home: A Cozy Minimalist Guide to Decorating and Hosting All Year Round
  • Rhythms of Renewal: Trading Stress and Anxiety for a Life of Peace and Purpose
  • Be the Bridge: Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation
  • You Are the Girl for the Job: Daring to Believe the God Who Calls You
  • Try Softer: A Fresh Approach to Move Us out of Anxiety, Stress, and Survival Mode--and into a Life of Connection and Joy
  • Shadow and Light: A Journey into Advent
  • Get Out of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts
  • Cozy Minimalist Home: More Style, Less Stuff
  • The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry: How to Stay Emotionally Healthy and Spiritually Alive in the Chaos of the Modern World
  • All Things Reconsidered: How Rethinking What We Know Helps Us Know What We Believe
  • Don't Overthink It: Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life
  • You Be You: Why Satisfaction and Success Are Closer Than You Think
  • Growing Boldly: Dare to Build a Life You Love
  • Get Your Life Back: Everyday Practices for a World Gone Mad
  • The Liturgy of Politics: Spiritual Formation for the Sake of Our Neighbor
See similar books…
See top shelves…

News & Interviews

These twelve books are so consistently adored, they have become regulars month after month in our data of most popular and most read books on...
134 likes · 52 comments
“Just because things change doesn't mean you chose wrong in the first place. Just because you're good at something doesn't mean you have to do it forever.” 5 likes
“Sometimes it looks like you're going nowhere or that you're headed in the wrong direction. I'm learning that the decision itself is rarely the point. The point is becoming more fully ourselves in the presence of God, connecting with Him and with each other, and living our lives as though we believe He is good and beautiful. The point is being honest about where you are and what you need and then looking around in your own community for people to walk with you and with whom you can walk. I spent years wishing people would support me only to later realize I was waiting around for something to come to me when I was perfectly capable of going out and getting it. I'm convinced God is less interested in where we end up then He is in who we are becoming. Whether we're employed or unemployed, encouraged or discouraged, filled with vision or fumbling in the fog. More than anything, our Father just wants to be with us. The most common way He shows His "withness" to us is in the actual, physical presence of other people.” 5 likes
More quotes…