What's Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done

What's Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done
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Perman, Matthew


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Publisher's Description

Productivity isn't just about getting more things done. It's about getting the right things done—the things that count, make 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.

Includes a Foreword by John Piper

About the Author

Matt Perman formerly served as the senior director of strategy at Desiring God Ministries in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is a frequent speaker on the topic of productivity from a God-centered perspective. He has an MDiv from Southern Theological Seminary and a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute. Matt regularly blogs at www.whatsbestnext.com and lives in Minneapolis with his wife and their three children.

Book Details

351 Pages
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication Date: February 2014
ISBN 10: 0310494222
ISBN 13: 9780310494225

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, former Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church; author, Don’t Waste Your Life

This amazing volume offers a wealth of practical, real-world productivity solutions, all framed within the context of the gospel. Matt 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; MichaelHyatt.com

This book is 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.
– Michael Horton, Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California; author, The Gospel-Driven Life

A refreshing, lively, remarkably insightful, deeply God-centered approach to productivity. 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

You will find in these pages a unique and remarkable combination of theological insight, biblical instruction, and practical counsel that will change the world if put into practice. I cannot recommend it more highly.
– Justin Taylor, Managing Editor, ESV Study Bible; blogger, Between Two Worlds

The question isn’t, What do I want to do for God? but, What does God want me to do? This book provides the framework for getting more done and making a bigger difference in your work.
– Mark Sanborn, author, The Fred Factor and You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader

A Christian companion to Getting Things Done.
– Hugh Whelchel, Executive Director, Institute for Faith, Work and Economics; author, How Then Should We Work?

Love your neighbor at work! This book shows you not only why you need to do this but also how. No matter who you are or what your work is, this is a reliable, exciting, and encouraging guidebook on getting things done, from a God-centered perspective.
– Brad Lomenick, President, Catalyst; author, The Catalyst Leader

This book 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; www.edstetzer.com

Matt Perman approaches the task [of being productive at working] not only from his personal experience but from a Christian worldview. Fol- low his model to align what you do with God’s purpose in your life— and in particular in your work.
– B. Joseph Pine II, coauthor, The Experience Economy and Infinite Possibility

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 to our neighbors in every facet of life—a truth that animates every page.
– Gene Edward Veith, Professor of Literature and Provost, Patrick Henry College; author, God at Work

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. No one has articulated this better than Matt Perman in this unique book.
– Matt Heerema, Owner and Director, Mere Design Agency; Pastor, Stonebrook Community Church