Here are some of the especially notable and cool comments people have been making on the book on Twitter, Facebook, blogs, and the Amazon reviews. (I considered a bit whether to do this, but I want to highlight what people are saying, and also say “thanks!”)
“My friend Matt Perman has written the most helpful book on productivity from a gospel-centered perspective I have *ever* read, either as a mom or as a business woman. It’s already changed some entrenched-bad habits and helped me navigate through these crazy days of being a mom/wife/student/health insurance warrior. I can’t imagine what it could have done for my high tech career. It’s already sold out at Amazon, but here’s the link to reviews there anyway. Note that John Piper himself agrees with me, so I must be right.”
“Reading this book has been great. Each chapter contains practical illustrations, bulleted lists, callout boxes, and helpful acronyms. It’s neither condemnatory nor lax, neither overwhelming nor oversimplified. My hope is that you’ll be aware of this helpful resource and you’d want to learn more on the subject.”
“Perman helped me to see that the ordinary activities of my day might not be so ordinary after all. Returning a phone call might lead to an opportunity to encourage. Smiling at the check out clerk at the local store and sincerely asking about his or her day could be the first caring words he or she has heard all day. And organizing your schedule, your desk, and your to do lists, as mundane as these things may seem, are really the things that, if organized well, will result in freeing up more of your time to serve those around you.” (Jeff Kennon)
“If you read only one book this year, it should be What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done by Matt Perman. Yes I mean that.
“The aim of the book is “to reshape the way you think about productivity and then present a practical approach to help you become more effective in your life with less stress and frustration, whatever you are doing.” And the book delivers.
Stop everything and read it.” (Matt Heerema)
“I love the subject of productivity. I love theology. I love the concept of stewardship, particularly time stewardship. I have bookshelves full of books related to those subjects. I’ve read every book, article, and blog post about time stewardship that I could get my hands (or my digital hands) on.
And What’s Best Next is the first book I would recommend to anyone wanting to take his or her time stewardship to the next level.” (Loren Pinilis)
“The rest of the book is broken up into seven parts. That sounds like a lot but they move fast. Perman is an engaging writer who doesn’t waste word in bringing his message to his readers. Over those seven parts, Perman explains why it’s had to get things done but why just getting things done isn’t enough. He presents a better–more realistic and purposeful–approach to effectiveness and productivity. This involves figuring out what’s most important and clarifying your roles. For Perman, the gospel of Jesus Christ becomes a key factor in this part of his productivity.”
“When I finally took the topic more seriously about a year ago, I found many helpful suggestions. But I didn’t feel ‘whole’ about the matter. Besides missing some of the big action pieces of productivity (which Matt speaks about), I was thinking about productivity all wrong. My starting point was wrong. Matt helped me see that I can’t take out the thread of biblical theology that so naturally weaves itself into how one thinks about work, particularly productive work. Beyond that, Matt weaves together in this one book the principles and practical applications of being productive that is connected to faith.”
“Make no mistake, this is no dry book. What’s Best Next is replete with clear examples and personal anecdotes to give more meaningful application of its principles. I found it difficult to stop reading at times because its conversational prose and eye-pleasing format lead me to want to continue to the next chapter and continue from the “what” and the “why” to get to the “how.” If you are serious about maximizing your time and efforts so you can be an effective steward what Christ has given, this book will be an asset to you.”
“What’s Best Next is sure to be a standard for many years to come.”
“May Be One of the Most Important Books of Our Decade.”
“This is the book I have been waiting for. I love the Bible and I love books on productivity & leadership. What’s Best Next is the first book that I have read that effectively connects both.”
“HOWEVER, THIS BOOK ISN’T JUST FOR CHRISTIANS. Though thoroughly saturated with excellently-done Christian theology, I believe that a non-Christian can get a lot out of this book as well. Any fans of Godin, Covey, Allen, Collins, or Ferris will love this book, which synthesizes all of the best productivity and management thinking out there, and puts it all together in a way unlike any other book I’m aware of. (And if another exists, please tell me!)”
“started reading #whatsbestnext – In ch 3 and already blown away! Just what I needed as I start up a business!”
“Take The 12 Myths About Productivity Quiz wp.me/pTOnf-4P4 cc @mattperman #whatsbestnext”
“One key concept I’m learning in @MattPerman’s new book on productivity is that of the importance of “intangibles.” ow.ly/ugb87”
“If you only read one productivity book, make sure it’s this one. What’s Best Next by @mattperman Out today: chrspb.lt/OXYL3v”
“A gospel-driven Christian is known for both their love and sound theology #whatsbestnext”
And, especially great:
“I am finding the book helpful and exciting! Thanks! I’ll be 80 this year and want to make the most of whatever more time God gives me.”
Amen to that. “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).