The Next Right Thing

A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions

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Nothing gets our attention like an unmade decision: Should I accept the new position? Which schooling choice is best for my kids? How can I support my aging parents? When we have a decision to make and the answer isn't clear, what we want more than anything is peace, clarity, and a nudge in the right direction.

If you have trouble making decisions, because of either chronic hesitation you've always lived with or a more recent onset of decision fatigue, Emily P. Freeman offers a fresh way of practicing familiar but often forgotten advice: simply do the next right thing. With this simple, soulful practice, it is possible to clear the decision-making chaos, quiet the fear of choosing wrong, and find the courage to finally decide without regret or second-guessing.

Whether you're in the midst of a major life transition or are weary of the low-grade anxiety that daily life can bring, Emily helps create space for your soul to breathe so you can live life with God at a gentle pace and discern your next right thing in love.


"There is no more reliable voice today than Emily P. Freeman. Her consistency and faith have moved and changed me over and over again. The Next Right Thing is exactly that--the next right thing for you to read, for Emily to write, and for us all to live by. I'm so thankful this book exists."

Annie F. Downs, bestselling author of 100 Days To Brave and Remember God

"I confess I've never struggled much with unmade decisions, but I also never thought about the process by which we go about making them. The Next Right Thing enlightened me, brought awareness, and gave me tools I didn't realize were missing in my decision-making. Emily points us to ultimate peace and clarity in our lives in the midst of uncertainty and chaos by gently pulling our focus back to the One who gives them."

Candace Cameron Bure, actress, producer, and New York Times bestselling author

"This book will leave you with confidence, wisdom, intention, and a perspective shift about the big and small decisions in your life. Reading The Next Right Thing is your next right decision."

Myquillyn Smith, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Cozy Minimalist Home

"Emily has a gift for speaking into light things that are already true in most of us but are often dimmed by the clouds of busyness. Her words are a must-read in my own life, and I'm so grateful to call her a friend."

Tsh Oxenreider, author of At Home in the World

"Emily P. Freeman is the real deal. She is wise, a trusted guide, and prepared with just the words you need to hear at the moment you need to hear them. If you are feeling stuck or overwhelmed or are longing for a revitalizing perspective on decision-making that is both practical and life-changing, then The Next Right Thing is the book you have been searching for. You will certainly want to read Emily's words once a year as a refresher on how to live with intention and ease."

Mandy Arioto, president and CEO of MOPS International

"Like all of Emily's writing, this book is both insightful and practical. It teaches us that life is to be lived, not figured out. And the way we live it is one brave choice at a time."

Jeff Goins, bestselling author of The Art of Work

"Emily P. Freeman's voice is gentle yet mighty, and I'm obsessed with every word of this quiet masterpiece. We all find ourselves in times of transition, aching for a final decision, and it's easy to force the finish line. Emily kindly and confidently invites us to a new path where the finish line is secondary. That concept would normally have me running for the hills, but this book held me still, prompting me to breathe and take my next step in love. I'll never make decisions the same way again."

Kendra Adachi, founder of The Lazy Genius Collective

"The Next Right Thing is a book you can go back to again and again, and each time it will hit you in a new and fresh way. If you struggle to make decisions, if you're in the midst of a big life change, if you'd just love some quiet guidance to be more intentional with your days, and/or if you love Emily's writing and podcast, this book is for you!"

Crystal Paine, New York Times bestselling author, founder of, and host of The Crystal Paine Show

"Reading Emily P. Freeman, I start to believe Jesus's promise more--that his yoke is easy and his burden light. The Next Right Thing delivers us from anxious hand-wringing over our uncertain futures."

Jen Pollock Michel, author of Surprised by Paradox

"Relatable, actionable, and inspiring, Emily's words will take you deeper into the process of graciously taking your next step."

Alan and Gem Fadling, founders of Unhurried Living

"Emily has become my decision-making guide. In this book she offers deep wisdom that is easily applied to everyday life. Through stories and images and metaphors, Emily shows us that the next right thing is not only possible but also desirable. This book is both timely and timeless."

James Bryan Smith, author of The Good and Beautiful God

"We live in a time with a crippling, overwhelming number of options and decisions to make. Emily offers a practical guide for discerning 'the next right thing' in the big and small moments of life. I am so grateful for this book!"

Jordan Raynor, bestselling author of Called to Create

The Author

  1. Emily P. Freeman
    Emma Barker

    Emily P. Freeman

    Emily P. Freeman is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Next Right Thing, Simply Tuesday, A Million Little Ways, and Grace for the Good Girl. As host of The Next Right Thing podcast, she helps...

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