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40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life: Living the 4:8 Principle Paperback – October 2, 2012
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-JANET PARSHALL, Nationally syndicated talk show host
"Tommy Newberry's book 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life is a surefire primer for finding authentic joy in the center of God's will. And thank the Lord, Tommy is honoring God by writing books like this one."
-DON PIPER, New York Times bestselling author of 90 Minutes in Heaven
"The 4:8 Principle is one of only a small handful of books that have deeply influenced me over the last decade. I have shared it with many friends and thousands of youth leaders across the country. In 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life, Tommy Newberry amplifies his call for joy and shows us, step by step, how to activate 4:8 throughout our lives. Read this book and spread the joy!"
-DR. JEANNE MAYO, President of Youth Leader's Coach; youth communicator; author
"If we desire more joy, then we need to line up our thinking with the apostle Paul's advice in Philippians 4:8. Tommy coaches us to put this powerful principle into practice! With 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life, you'll be inspired to leave your comfort zone behind and start living in the joy zone."
-BRYANT WRIGHT, Senior pastor of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church; president of the Southern Baptist Convention
"40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life is a powerful and practical resource. It is a must read for anyone interested in improving their quality of life and their relationship with God."
-GREGORY A. DALE, PHD, Professor of sport psychology and sport ethics at Duke University; author of It's a Mental Thing!
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Top Customer Reviews
During my "past life" in direct sales, I read countless self-help books. But I can tell you, reading a book is not going to change your life. Only YOU can do that, of course with God's help. My point to my prelude is this: Change takes effort, focus, a ton of hard work and a lot of prayer.
So, if you are ready for some work, this book is a good start. In addition to the 40 daily life lessons and prayers, there is homework. This is where you can truly engage and really make some progress...or check out. The amount of effort you put into this will directly effect the reward. I found that most lessons and their homework took only about 10-20 minutes, and remembering the Thought of the Day helped to reinforce the earlier lesson.
All in all, I do believe that our thoughts can determine our outcomes and that God created us to be powerful, purposeful, and positive people. And just like anything else, our dreams and attitudes need some exercise from time to time. This book is a good workout.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided with a free copy of this book by Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion.
I'm not naturally a "Pollyanna" type personality and confess that books like this tend to irritate me more than encourage me but I was pleasantly surprised as I read this one. The approach isn't a chirpy rah-rah speech every day (thank you, Mr. Newberry!) but rather takes a realistic approach to helping the reader discover a way to think more positively in specific circumstances while acknowledging that it doesn't come easily for most of us. I appreciated the "think this, not that" approach with suggestions I could comfortably embrace; things like thinking compassionate thoughts rather than harsh ones, bold instead of comfortable, serving instead of self-centered, victory instead of defeat, etc.
Each day offers a 2-3 page reading on a specific topic, followed by an application exercise, thought for the day, and a prayer. One reading that I especially appreciated was on Day 8: Stop Identity Theft. This devotional dealt with seeing ourselves in the positive light and truth of scripture and what God says about us rather than being defined by worldly influences. Other topics include Take a Vacation From Yourself, The Gift of the Present, Feeling vs. Fact, Harboring Gratitude, Whatever Your Hands Find to Do, to name a few.
I do like this devotional and look forward to continuing my journey through it. With Christmas coming up, this would be a great gift to give to friends and family.
I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher as part of their blog review program but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.
I loved the 4:8 Principle and it changed me in so many positive ways. I learned that my feelings always follow my thoughts, and I am in charge of what thoughts I dwell on. As I taught the book, I realized that some people who do bewtter with "hands on" learning had some difficulty making it stick. This book is perfect for them and anyone else who did not have the opportunity to read the first one. *****Awesome book!!!
I wanted to read 40 Days because I loved The 4:8 Principle. It seemed very simplistic at first...the ideas are so basic and common sense that I was thinking (Duh) to myself. But I would read a couple of pages and almost immediately feel more positive. And the practical applications, things like "think of 5 things you are looking forward to" were also basic, but I realized I didn't do them enough, and needed practice at thinking positive thoughts. And gradually, I started to become a happier person.
40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life is more of the same, but with LOTS of practical applications. Every day has a theme, like "Focus Creates Feeling: The Joy of Awareness". This theme is about how whatever we think about will affect our mood. From the book..."Our lives tend to imitate the thoughts that we entertain most consistently." And it's true! I have ruminated so much on one bad year of my life that happened 15 years ago... it's time to quit dwelling on it. So... then the book sets a goal of looking for at least 4 positives every day, and reflect on them.
I look forward to reading it again. Some of the challenges are probably better suited to a week of practice, and I will take my time this time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really inspirational and life changing if you follow their advice and really give to ideas and stay positive. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Brenda C.
This book was given to me as a gift. So many of the days contain gems of revelations. I noticed about Day 20 that something inside my mind and spirit finally began to shift. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brenda LaTorre
I loved how this book is broken down into easy to follow daily studies. The avtivies and reading only took between 10 and 20 minutes total but the things it promoted in my brain to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by annadel nelson
I read this book so many times that it came apart from the binding. I will have to order another.Published 2 months ago by cynthia m ford
This book is life-changing. It will make you see things slightly differently day-by-day. It's like cognitive behavioral theory in that it gets to the root of how you're thinking. Read morePublished 2 months ago by BarbInCali
This book got me out of a slump & restored my hope, making me more thankful for all God's blessings! Tommy is one of today's most inspiring motivational authors!!!Published 4 months ago by Singing4Him