This is the best book I’ve read all year.
I set high reading goals for myself… I read a lot. So to say a book is the best one I’ve read all year is pretty significant. This is one of those books that you need to recover from. By recover I mean change the way you function in life after reading it. It’s impossible to leave this book and not feel different. It put words on things I couldn’t articulate. It felt hard at times. It felt funny at times. It was eye opening.
The goal of the book is to help you create space for your soul to breathe so you can discern your next right things. This goes right along with my word for the year:
I got this word from Colossians 1:16-17 “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” I started the year wanting to walk together with God, not running ahead, and to live in intentional Christlike community together with others. I wanted 2019 to be a year of community. A year of together. And this book goes right along with that theme and has helped me align myself more with the Lord.
One of the ways the book helps guide the reader towards creating space for our souls to breathe is to name the unnamed things. This is hard for me. I have a hard time putting a word on it. My go to is to push the unnamed things into a box and store them for later. But later that box comes tumbling down and all the contents fall out in a heap and cause chaos. This book encouraged me to spend time with the Lord to name the unnamed things so that I can process and deal with them instead of numbing out and pushing them aside til later.
The book also encourages the reader to seek out others. Live in community! God created us for community and we need each other.
The short chapters hook together like rings on a chain. As you continue to read through the book they build on each other. Each chapter ends with A Prayer and A Practice. The first time through the book I just read through these parts. I didn’t spend much time in reflection. My plan is to reread this book and go slowly, taking time to reflect on the questions and further ingest the material. This is definitely a book you read and reread. Work through it slowly so you can experience the great benefit of personal reflection.
The author writes with great clarity. She gives her stories freely but not in a condescending or trite way. She offers her experience as an example, giving God the glory for conforming her and teaching her. The reader can see how her life has been changed and that is so encouraging. Her voice is easy to “listen” to. As soon as I saw her reference Ruth Haley Barton I knew this was an author I would follow! Love Emily Freeman’s podcast as well. Don’t miss this book. It’s life changing.
I gave this book 5 stars!
For more information visit Emily P. Freeman’s website at https://emilypfreeman.com/
One of my favorite of her podcasts is titled “4: A Beginners Guide to Self-Reflection” and can be found here https://emilypfreeman.com/podcast/the-next-right-thing/84/
I received a copy of this book from Revell. I was in no way required to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.