What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done is a God-centered, gospel-oriented perspective that addresses the proper motivation to drive your productivity — seeking the good of others and the glory of God. This motivation is the path to finding the greatest possible meaning in your work and, paradoxically, is also the path to greatest effectiveness.
What’s Best Next first shows us how to understand our productivity, work, and the things we do every day in relation to God’s purposes, and then gives a practical approach for improving our productivity in all areas of life. This approach integrates its own unique insights together with the best thinking from resources like David Allen’s Getting Things Done and Stephen Covey’s The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, on a gospel-centered foundation.
- Foreword, preface, introduction, and first chapter (PDF)
- Table of contents
- Cover and flap copy (PDF)
For other related resources, see “A Theology of Workflow,” my interview with Christianity Today, and “Monday Morning Motivation,” my video interview with Collin Hansen of the Gospel Coalition on the book and the doctrine of vocation:
Here’s what a few readers had to say about the book:
“This book has such fruit-bearing potential I wish I’d started a blog years ago for the sole purpose of recommending it today. If you struggle to manage the number of things on your plate and want to serve people more effectively with the time that you have, you need to embrace and apply the principles in this book.”
“Wow! This book is amazing! I have been reading a lot of leadership/ productivity books this past year and this one was by far the most useful and gospel centered.”
“The table of contents made me want to stay up all night.”
“This is a timely, biblically grounded, disciple-equipping book that excels above the secular field that has dominated much of the business practice and personal development market.”
“This book is simply extraordinary…. 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.”
—John Piper, founder and teacher, desiringGod.org; author, Don’t Waste Your Life
“…a Christian companion to Getting Thing Done.”
—Hugh Whelchel, Executive Director, Institute for Faith, Work & Economics; author, How Then Should We Work?
“In this amazing volume, Matt Perman offers a wealth of practical, real-world productivity solutions, all framed within the context of the Gospel. He provides the know-how and the know-Who we need to be faithful stewards over the gifts we have been given.”
—Michael Hyatt, New York Times bestselling author of Platform; MichaelHyatt.com
“A refreshing, lively, remarkably insightful, deeply God-centered approach to productivity. I kept taking notes about ideas that I wanted to implement in my own life. Everyone from any walk of life who reads this book will be helped and encouraged by it.”
—Wayne Grudem, Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies Phoenix Seminary; author, The Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution
“No matter who you are or what your work is, this is a reliable, exciting, and encouraging guidebook on making things happen and getting things done, from a God-centered perspective.”
—Brad Lomenick, President of Catalyst; author, The Catalyst Leader
“As Christians, we are called by God to work with all our heart, because our work is–or should be–directly for the Lord. But beyond platitudes no one has really approached being productive at working, until now. Matt Perman approaches the task not only from his personal experience, but from a Christian worldview. Follow his model to align what you do with God’s purpose in your life–and in particular in your work.
—B. Joseph Pine II, co-author, The Experience Economy and Infinite Possibility
“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
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