Thursday, May 9, 2019

Book Review - The Next Right Thing by Emily P. Freeman


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 hesitation you've always lived with or a more recent onset of decision fatigue, Emily P. Freeman offers a fresh way of practicing familiar but often forgotten advice: simply do the next right thing. With this simple, soulful practice, it is possible to clear the decision-making chaos, quiet the fear of choosing wrong, and 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 and on Instagram @emilypfreeman.


I love this book because it encourages me to slow down, breathe and trust God in doing the right thing as I make decisions. I used to be rather great at making decisions but as life has change so many things in my life, I've started to doubt myself and agonize over what to do - asking trusted family members over and over what they think I should do. This is very confusing and I'm not talking to the One who knows exactly what I should do - God. This book takes me back to that important square one of turning to the Lord when I'm not sure what the right next thing to do is.

Emily shares practices that we can apply to our decision making that has made it so much easier for me in my life. I really love the practical advice and common sense that she brings to this book, but most of all, I love that it's God-centered and Biblical.

There are so many great quotes throughout this book! I highlighted extensively throughout! One of my very favorite quotes was on page 79, "We can’t prevent storms from coming, but we can decide not to invent our own.”  How profound is this? I am definitely a "what if" girl and this quote brought me back and grounded me in not inventing my own storms.

I also think her advice of putting down our phones, our tablets, and just being silent and connecting back into our lives is great. I'm realizing that social media can actually suck the like out of us and keep us from doing what is right for ourselves. Being quiet, talking and listening to God, are vital for making the right next decision.

I highly recommend this book! It's such a great book and truly life changing. It's a book that I will refer to again and again and I plan on reading it again right away. I give it 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me by Revell.  I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.

Blessings - Julie

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