Book Review of “What’s Best Next?”

_240_360_Book.1237.coverBook: “What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done”

Author(s): Matthew Aaron Perman and John Piper

Publisher: Zondervan


Book Description (From Publisher)

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.


“What’s Best Next” is a brilliant theology manifesto on productivity. The fact that John Piper wrote the forward sets the stage for a truly good read. It definitely appeals to the Christian Hedonism subset of Calvinism which Piper coined some years ago. This does not diminish the book’s value however if one is against such a theology.

What Perman does well is a clear communication of what matters the most and that is the Gospel. Perman dares the reader to put Christ first in all aspects of their lives and get things done in His name. To be clear, this is not works based salvation lingo, Perman is offering a clear and distinct approach to shifting focus from simply getting things done in life to getting things done that glorify God.

The addition of secular quotes and contributions make the book suitable for a broader audience. Obviously, someone who is not a Christian would have a difficult time with the concept of glorifying Christ, the productivity approach that Perman presents of doing what matters is a principle that transcends barriers.

The book is a relatively light read by page number (350) and is broken into seven sections. It is very well organized and does not waste time with incoherent rambling. Rather, the message is clear and concise while also being heavy in context.

I recommend this book for anyone trying to find themselves in the world and discern what God is calling them to. This book was truly a blessing in my life and hope it blesses others.

4/5 Stars from this Arminian Methodist!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.


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My name is Charlie Tinsley and I blog about The Bible. I post theology and have leaned towards an emphasis on domestic violence and forgiveness. I serve as Ambassador for the state of Virginia in the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse. I hold a Masters of Divinity from Eastern Mennonite Seminary and Bachelors Degree in Science in Religion Summa Cum Laude with a Biblical Studies Minor from Liberty University. I have studied in the two “major fields” of theological thought. I am married and have been for several years and I currently reside in Virginia.

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