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The Good Life [Kindle Edition]

Trip Lee , Matt Chandler
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Book Description

Nicer car, bigger house, whatever your heart desires. Everybody
wants to live The Good Life. But what happens when dreams become nightmares
and the promise of freedom leads to a life of imprisonment? What happens when you
discover that all that's gold loses its glitter? Maybe the rich and famous aren't
living The Good Life. Maybe our dreams are rooted in lies. And maybe, just
maybe those who have less really have more. What is The Good Life...really?

In
this book, titled after his acclaimed fourth album, The Good Life, Christian rap
artist and author, Trip Lee, unveils what the world, the flesh and the devil promote
as the ultimate and most satisfying life. He then explains what The Good Life really
is: a life within our reach and yet beyond anything this world has to offer. Imagine:
The Good Life.



Editorial Reviews

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Fresh and faithful. Fun and filling.

-Mark Dever, Senior Pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church and author of 9 Marks of a Healthy Church

 

My entire ministry has been focused on speaking to my generation. As I struggle with my concerns for the next one, Trip Lee erases my worries with this brilliant body of work. Inside each chapter speaks a young man who cares about the streets as well as protecting the Holy Scriptures. I am proud to know truth will continue through Trip Lee.

-Kirk Franklin, Grammy winning gospel artist

 

Trip Lee has been worth listening to for some time. Now we know he is worth reading too. This brief book is an excellent introduction to the Christian faith, communicated in a way that is authentic and accessible. I'm thankful for this wonderful brother, for his humility, for his theological conviction, and for his growing influence. Most of all, I'm thankful for the way he points me to the glory of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ.

-Kevin DeYoung, Senior Pastor at University Reformed Church and author of Just Do Something

 

The Good Life is not a silly book about how to get whatever you might wish for in this life.  Nor is it a book about how to become rich and famous...or even a well-known Christian hip-hop artist. It's a beautiful retelling of the simple gospel story, that all we need is found in our Savior, and all the suffering and waiting for heaven we do in this world is nothing in comparison to the good life that is given us freely in Christ. Our idols will never satisfy us; the good things in our lives were never meant to be our gods, they were meant to tell us that there is something more. The Good Life is a really good book. Buy one for yourself and buy some to give away to friends who need to hear the good news again.

-Elyse Fitzpatrick, Author of Because He Loves Me: How Christ Transforms Our Daily Life

 

Knowledgeable and personable.  Witty and insightful.  Serious and joyful.  Trip Lee makes a wonderful tour guide to the good life.  You'd expect a rapper to be a proponent of all that's worldly and materialistic.  Not this rapper.  Lee explores rival worldviews and points us to that one truly good life established by the only One who is good.  Read and discover what's good.

-Thabiti Anyabwile, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Grand Cayman and author of The Gospel for Muslims and What is a Healthy Church Member?

 

Trip represents the gracious movement of God in the church, calling a new generation to a very old message. Trip is both a skilled communicator and capable theologian, and I gladly commend both this book, and his ministry. What would it look like for Jesus to be Lord of the hip-hop culture? You'll catch a glimpse of it in this book.  

-J.D. Greear, Pastor of the Summit Church and author of Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary

 

The Good Life is like an alarm clock that awakens you to a whole new way of thinking about life.  Trip has done an amazing job of giving us a relevant and revolutionary approach to finding the good life.

-Bryan Carter, Senior Pastor of Concord Church

 

The Good Life is one the most culturally intelligent, biblically saturated presentation of what God intends for men and women that American Christianity has produced in decades. Lee is masterful at applying the scope of the gospel to the idols and disordered loves that tempt all of us to distrust the goodness of God. The Good Life will enrich those who are mature believers as well as those investigating the claims of Christ for the first time.

-Anthony B. Bradley, Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics at The King's College and author of Liberating Black Theology

 

Thankfully there are some clear, biblical, and prophetic voices coming from Christian hip-hop. Trip Lee is one of them. In this book, Trip reminds us that we serve a good God who intends good for his people. This book on the good life is a good read.

-Anthony Carter, Lead Pastor of East Point Church and author of Black and Reformed

 

With Trip having such a transcultural platform and influence I'm grateful that his writings on the essence of a good life are available. He gives potent insight on finding satisfaction in God alone, redefining what most people view as good, and unveiling what God defines as a truly good life. Get it. Read it.

-Lecrae, Grammy nominated rapper and co-owner of Reach Records

 

From the Back Cover

Everybody wants to live the good life. Hip hop artist and author, Trip Lee, in this book titled after his acclaimed album "The Good Life," explores what the good life really is.

 

Maybe money won't solve all of our problems. Maybe life isn't all about us. And maybe the ideas we've been sold are pointing us in the wrong direction.

 

In this book, titled after his acclaimed fourth album, The Good Life, Christian rap artist and author, Trip Lee, unveils what the world, the flesh and the devil promote as the ultimate and most satisfying life. He then explains what The Good Life really is: a life within our reach and yet beyond anything this world has to offer.

 

This book aims to turn us away from the lies that have made us robots, and lead us to true freedom. The road may not be easy, but it's worth it. You can be freed from your robot soul. And you can live the good life.

William Lee Barefield III, better known as Trip Lee, is a Christian hip-hop artist under the Reach Records label. Trip Lee's music has topped Billboard charts, the iTunes chart, and he has received Dove nominations and a Stellar Award.  His Christ-centered and God-exalting music has reached thousands with the good news of Jesus Christ. Trip Lee now resides in Washington, D.C., with his wife and son. Trip's unending desire is to proclaim the grace and beauty of Jesus Christ to anyone who will listen.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1335 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (September 20, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008OUKRS8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,774 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book October 2, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'd recommend this book to pretty much everybody, Christian or Non-Christian, that I know. This book will serve as a wake-up call for most. Even in many "solid churches" most people think of the good life as a synoynm for the American Dream or to be all you can be. Trip does an excellent job of debunking that myth by clarifying the Biblical model for his readers.

For fans of Trip Lee the rapper, this may be the beginning of the end for you. Trip has the chance to become a better author than he is a rapper. His passion for making that transition is evident throughout this work and I anticipate the Lord using The Good Life to open new doors for him. Its rare that a 24 year-old can write something this truthful and culturally relevant. Shout out to Moody Publishers for responding to the need to bring biblical truth from an urban perspective to the marketplace.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Handsome read October 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
You will find yourself unable to stop reading. The first day I started reading, I was planning to simply read a couple of pages and stop. But when I actually did it, I couldn't stop. Very insightful and worth the money. Prepare to think differently again
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'The Good Life' Redefined October 14, 2012
Format:Paperback
As an avid listener of Trip's music, I was excited for this book to release (the three free songs witht he purchase of the book are awesome too!).

Trip sets the tone well at the beginning by letting the reader know, Christian or non-Christian, who he is and what his purpose for writing the book is. Then he sets out to show what we in America have typically defined as the good life. He then goes on to explain what the good life really is through vivid examples and thorough use of Scripture to back up what he says.

I recommend this book to ANYONE. It really is a good overview of why we live, and how we should live in light of God's purposes for us on this earth. Get the book for yourself, and get another copy or two to give to a friend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wisely written November 14, 2013
Format:Paperback
The author of this book, Trip Lee, is an accomplished Christian hip-hop artist. As the biography blurb on the inside back cover states, his "unending desire is to proclaim the grace and beauty of Jesus Christ to anyone who will listen". This is clear in his lyrics, his speeches, and his writing.

The Good Life is a look at what a satisfactory life is. Mr. Lee uses this short book (169 pages in all) to identify the differences between the cultural version of the good life and the biblical version of the good life. He highlights the deceptions in the cultural version of the good life, including how humanity typically interprets free will as our right to declare independence from God. He proudly proclaims what is true, "While we do have the freedom to choose who we will follow, there is only One who we were made to follow. No matter where we live, how old we are, or how wealthy we are, there is only one Lord of all" (pg. 35).

I love his personal touches to the book. For instance, I love what he has to say about heaven on page 153, "Heaven is a popular idea in our culture. People talk about heaven as a place where we will all go when we die. It's a dreamy destination where we strap on angel wings, reunite with our families, and hang out forever...I think the reason our culture longs for heaven is because we all know this world is messed up. There's something inside of us that recognizes this isn't how it's supposed to be." He wisely and accurately uses it all to point to God, and how the good life is only found through life in Jesus Christ.

The book is written in plain language, as if Mr. Lee were sitting in the room with you, talking to you across the dinner table. Mr. Lee is distinctly passionate and knowledgeable. The theology is sound, albeit simple.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A solid book to build on July 31, 2013
Format:Paperback
I have been a fan of Trip Lee's music for several years now. When I heard he was writing a book I immediately became intrigued. His book shares the title of his latest (possibly last) album The Good Life, both are well worth your time. I was not sure what to expect when I received this work, should I expect a hip-hop artist to have some deep theological pondering or shallow thoughts of a merely religious nature.
This book exposes all of the different areas of life that we often try to rely upon instead of Jesus. In the process of cutting away all the things we use to hold ourselves up, he digs away the foundation of our "good life" but he does not leave us without something to rest upon. He always points us to Jesus, breaking apart the societal norms we have been spoon fed for the last half century. While this book is very strong in its Christology, it is not one a seasoned Christian would re-read if they already has the foundation that has been laid in this work. Personally I am not your "average" Christian; I am a seminary student that already has a degree in religion.
I would happily recommend this work to any new believer, or especially to someone who has been living under the teaching of false teachers or prosperity preachers. This work is not extremely large, and if you read quickly it could be consumed in a few hours. But if you do not have the foundation of a solid knowledge of who Christ is then I would recommend taking your time to digest what Trip is explaining and implementing this new found understanding in your walk with Jesus.
I was given a copy of this book for my fair unbiased review, I was under no obligation to write a positive review. Pick up two copies one for you and one for friend and learn how to gain the Good Life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 11six
This book was amazing. I would recommend it to anyone. If you haven't already you should check out trip Lee's music.
Published 3 days ago by Cody
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Its a great book i would recommend to any Trip fans or even 116 fans, he has great comparisons and it's easy to understand
Published 15 days ago by Anonymous coward
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this book, read it and give to a young person!
A book written by the younger generation for the younger generation! Now, don’t take that to imply written by an immature young man. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Book Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars I heard him speak when visiting in Washington D.C.
This man knows our current society and how to relate to people with truth and love. It is a book I've given to seekers and followers alike.
Published 2 months ago by Elizabeth Harms
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Great book for everyone! It inspires mature believers and explains the Gospel of Jesus Christ to non-believers. Well written. Easy to understand. A great blessing.
Published 3 months ago by Darrell M. Dunlap
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously
This book is a must read.!! I promise you'll grow spiritually & realize that the good life is far different what you think.
Published 5 months ago by Veronica
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have
I'm really blown away with Trip Lee in this book. He really demonstrates such a great understanding of what the Christian life is really about. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ryan britten
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book By A Great Artist
At the young age of 26, Trip Lee (born William Lee Barefield III) has been working hard, by God's grace, to glorify Christ. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I bought 5 more to give out! Simple diagnosis and solution to the obstacles to the gospel that we face in today's urban culture.
Published 6 months ago by User Review
5.0 out of 5 stars Go on, brag on Him Trip
It was absolutely refreshing how open and honest Trip Lee is about the true Good Life. Life isn't "good" because of our circumstances or materialistic things. Read more
Published 6 months ago by D Hobbs
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