Book review and Kindle sale: What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done, by Matthew Perman

June 25, 2014

I recently had the chance to read What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done, by By Matthew Perman (and foreword by John Piper). This nonfiction book was released on March 4, 2014 by HarperCollins.

About this book (from the back cover):

Do Work That Matters. Productivity isn’t just about getting more things done. It’s about getting the right things done—the things that count, make a difference, and move the world forward.In our current era of massive overload, this is harder than ever before. So how do you get more of the right things done without confusing mere activity for actual productivity?

When we take God’s purposes into account, a revolutionary insight emerges. Surprisingly, we see that the way to be productive is to put others first—to make the welfare of other people our motive and criteria in determining what to do (what’s best next). As both the Scriptures and the best business thinkers show, generosity is the key to unlocking our productivity. It is also the key to finding meaning and fulfillment in our work.

What’s Best Next offers a practical approach for improving your productivity in all areas of life. It will help you better understand:

  • Why good works are not just rare and special things like going to Africa, but anything you do in faith even tying your shoes.
  • How to create a mission statement for your life that actually works.
  • How to delegate to people in a way that actually empowers them.
  • How to overcome time killers like procrastination, interruptions, and multitasking by turning them around and making them work for you.
  • How to process workflow efficiently and get your email inbox to zero every day.
  • How your work and life can transform the world socially, economically, and spiritually, and connect to God’s global purposes.
By anchoring your understanding of productivity in God’s purposes and plan, What’s Best Next will give you a practical approach for increasing your effectiveness in everything you do.

My Verdict: My husband is a theology nerd, and I requested this book for him when I saw it had a foreword by John Piper, who we both love. As Piper says, regarding this author: “I doubt there is a person on the planet who knows both theological issues and time-management literature to the depth and extent Matt Perman does. This combination is at times mindboggling.” I agree with Piper when he says, “This book is simply extraordinary.” What’s Best Next has sections on the theology of productivity, which was really interesting, as well as sections on speed reading, task management, and a lot more. Perman includes an amazing selection of quotes from Christian history, which I loved. The main reason this book was so appealing to me was that it was such an interesting blend of theology and business management. As a believer, my theology and my worldview influence everything in my life, including my work, and that’s what makes this book so unique: Perman offers insightful advice for time and work from a wholly Christian perspective. As Dietrich Bonhoeffer says (in a quote included in this book): “Every Christian must be fully Christian by bringing God into his whole life, not merely into some spiritual realm.” So if you’re not a Christian, would this be a good book for you? Maybe; try it out. If you’re not opposed to reading great business advice from someone who has a Christian worldview, I believe you can benefit from the techniques listed in this book. If you’re interested in things like theology and time management, this is definitely a good read for you.

If you’d like to check out What’s Best Next it is currently on sale for $7.99 for the Kindle version right now, which is 60% off (Regularly $19.99.) If you prefer a physical copy the hardcover version is currently on sale for $15.92. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. This site is an Amazon affiliate, and purchases made through Amazon links (including linked book covers) may result in my receiving a small commission (at no additional cost to you). I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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