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  • Age Range: 12 - 16 years
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414387164
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414387161
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Focus on the Good Stuff!
Your mind is a powerful tool. What you choose to think about and focus on today can impact the rest of your life.

So take forty days to get your thoughts rolling in the right direction—to help you reach your goals and live the successful, purposeful life God has planned just for you. When you follow this forty-day game plan, you will start erasing weak, unhelpful thoughts and replacing them with strong, productive thoughts.

Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about. Philippians 4:8 (The Living Bible)

Think this, not that—start today, and live a joy-filled life.

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Great book for teens struggling with negative thoughts.
Trudy M. Johnson
It is important for teens to find the good things in their lives since they seem to focus so much on the bad things that happen to them.
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This book has a similar format to Newberry's previous book - 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life, but with a twist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C on January 19, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
All this to be said, I think God can certainly use this book in someone's life, but there should be a deep knowledge of these Bible truths to balance out the affirmations/'you are in control' side to it that occur in this book:

I heard about this book as a recommendation, but there are many problems with it that cause it to be somewhat unbiblical. In the very first chapter, a number of false supposed truths exist-the primary one being 'I think therefore I am.' This is deceptive. The Bible says to come to God in repentance to then be changed by the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38, 2 Cor 3:18).

The Bible also says that God will give good things to those who ASK Him, not to those who think they are something when they are, in fact, not (Matt 7:11, Gal 6:3). This is the lie of 'affirmations'. The author tries to graft in the science of the brain into a book, but it has little to do with walking in the Spirit and God's commands in His Word.

This book encourages you to focus and visualize YOUR dreams and goals, not God's commands, in contrast to the great commission: Matt 28:19-20, and Ecclesiastes 12:13-14: to fear God and keep His commands.

The author also discourages "negative" attitudes such as anger, when there is a time "for everything under the sun" including hate, war, weeping, and morning (Ecc 3:1-8). Paul also praises God for the result of grief: 'As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us.' (2 Cor 7:9) and Jesus was "a man acquainted with grief"(Isaiah 53:3).

In chapter 8, the author says "Do you see yourself as an awesome child of God?" when, in fact, we must realize we are sinners in need of a Savior first.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deena Peterson on July 3, 2014
Format: Paperback
The entire book is based on basically one verse, and one that is pivotal to living a joyful and abundant life. Directed toward teens, the readings are brief and to the point. For forty days the reader focuses on a particular concept, then follows up with several steps to live out what was just read.

Work it, is a brief activity,

Talk It is a group activity.

Stick It is a thought to carry throughout the day to meditate on, and then a brief prayer closes out the daily reading.

After forty days, a new way of thinking helps to transform the reader's life. The really cool thing is, since the book is brief, if you read through it three times you can cover an entire year with positive thinking based on Scripture--well, almost. My thanks to my friends at Tyndale Publishing for my sneak peek at "Think 4:8" in exchange for an honest review. This is a great tool to help a negative or discouraged mindset.

However, if you're really struggling with thoughts of sadness or depression, get the help you may need, and add the book to your regimen!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trudy M. Johnson on July 3, 2014
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Great book for teens struggling with negative thoughts. I'm a professional counselor and this a great resource to help teens concentrate on the positive!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Kinney on September 30, 2013
Format: Paperback
It is hard to find a devotional for teens that is does not dummy down Biblical principles. This book is the right balance between the basic truths of Scripture yet with the deep meaning. It also challenges teens to live out their faith in a way that is meaningful yet still do-able.

The chapters are a quick read with enough depth to really challenge the teen reader. At the end of each chapter are hands-on activities for application of the truth. The author does not just tell the read what to do but gives the reader an opportunity to apply what is taught to real life.

Although I did not read The 4:8 Principle, I could easily apply the principles while reading this book.

Tyndale has provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for my review which I freely give.
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Format: Paperback
I wish I'd had this book when I was a teenager! Natural optimist that I am, I still struggled with insecurity and fear. I still allowed myself to dwell and wallow in negative thoughts when life wasn't going my way. I don't believe there isn't a teen who couldn't benefit from the principles in this book--whether they're an optimist or a pessimist or somewhere in between. Each devotional for the day is short but sweet, and it will make any reader reflect and think. The book highlights the importance that what you allow your mind to think about directly impacts your ACTUAL life, the choices you make, and that those thoughts can/will affect the rest of your life. The devotions are broken into the joy of things like free will, decisiveness, perspective, knowing whose you are, words, truth, discovery, focus, His presence, self-discipline, yadda yadda.... pretty much everything is covered, and it's covered in a way that I believe is fitting for either guys or girls. What I especially like is that the book is life-changing and not watered down. I've seen so many teen devotionals that are all fluff with very little substance--this one isn't like that. It will challenge the reader to think and will challenge them on their walk with God. Highly recommend!
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Format: Kindle Edition
Think 4.8 is a book that discusses how powerful the mind is and how our thoughts can affect our future. The author uses Philippians 4.8 to teach his readers the importance of thinking thoughts that are positive and uses a practical, step-by-step plan that applies this verse to everyday life. This is a good book for teens and adults because most actions are the result from a thought. This book will help readers realize how thoughts shape personal attitudes, actions, and one’s well-being as well as future. I found several key principles that applied to my own life and I am sure that every reader will find something in this book that will speak to them too.
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