In the audio version of this New York Times best seller, Tommy Newberry takes a single biblical principle and teaches us how one simple truth can magnify the joy we experience in our marriage, with our parenting, and in our life as a whole.
Unfortunately, we live in a society bent on nursing old wounds and highlighting what is wrong with just about everything. As a result, we have grown accustomed to viewing the world, our lives, and ourselves through a lens of negativity, and that negativity stands in direct contrast to the passionate, purpose-filled people God wants us to be.
This is where The 4:8 Principle grabs our attention. First, the author skillfully persuades us to acknowledge the link between the thoughts we choose to think and the joy we experience. Next, he shows us how we can grow our potential for joy by refusing to dwell upon the problems and pressures that are enduring and inevitable. Finally, he challenges us to pay the price of joy by becoming "extraordinarily picky" about what we read, watch, and listen to on a consistent basis.
The strength of the book, though, is in Newberry's ability to clearly explain how to put this principle into daily practice through a series of quick, easy, and even fun adjustments. The 4:8 Principle is loaded with specific suggestions and helpful advice for going beyond the ordinary and experiencing life as it was meant to be.
Here are the nine lessons:
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Tommy Newberry has the most wonderful way of reminding me about what is most important in life! The 4:8 Principle puts it in front of me every day, as I listen on the way to work. The biblical passage upon which this book is based was my university's credo, but Tommy brings it to life in a way that I can live out on a daily basis. He really gets it right. I will recommend this book to my co-workers, church friends and family members, and I will continue to listen regularly, because I can never hear this message too many times.
I love this book. It is in permanernt rotation in my driving library. Fill your head with good stuff and that squishes out bad stuff. A particular technique that I seem to use everyday now is this. When I start to lose my cool because of some injustice, I immediately let go of the idea that there is an injustice to contend with emotionally. I instead say out loud "I am Responsible".
This helps me remember that I am commander of my emotions getting disproportionately out of control. This feels great. And I can begin to consider that what made me angry was very unlikely an intended offense.
Furthermore, in the rare occaission that someone was deliberately attacking me, then I have more mental and emotional capability to decide my words and actions.
Overall the book is very practical and gives you excellent biblical principles to follow. Well it doesn't clearly explain Philippians 4:8, such as what each of the words mean and how do I apply each one it does give the basic idea and how to think more biblically.
The content of this book is a great brain adjuster! Gets you in line with God's word and what is says about us.
I really enjoyed this book. Just finished listening to the audio book for for the 4th time, after having read it previously. This is the kind of book that you should always have, and have it near by, rather than checking it off your list of "books you've read" read it and read it often. Practice implementing at least 1 highlight from each chapter every week, and see transformation!
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