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The 4:8 Principle: The Secret to a Joy-Filled Life [Hardcover]

By Tommy Newberry (Author)
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Advises readers to focus on the message contained in Phillippians 4:8 in which the apostle Paul urges his listeners to seek out and focus on the positive aspects of life as a means of finding fulfillment and purpose.

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Tommy Newberry's message is simple, relevant, powerful, and timeless. In this "New York Times" bestseller, 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.

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Studio: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Pages   219
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.18" Width: 5.25" Height: 0.84"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2007
Publisher   Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN  1414313047  
ISBN13  9781414313047  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Tommy Newberry is the "New York Times" best-selling author of "The 4:8 Principle", "40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life", and "Success Is Not an Accident", and the founder of The 1% Club, a life-coaching firm equipping entrepreneurs and families to live on purpose. His clients include hundreds of small business owners as well as numerous corporate giants. Tommy lives in Atlanta with his wife, Kristin, and their three boys. Connect at

Tommy Newberry currently resides in Atlanta, in the state of Georgia.

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This is a terrific book  May 6, 2010
My wife read it first and loved it. I am learning a lot about being filled with joy as a Christian. I highly recommend this book.
4:8 principle  Feb 28, 2010
I am very pleased with this book and bought several to share with people in my life
Love this book  Feb 22, 2010
My husband and I love this book. It has such a positive approach to life!
The secret to a joy filled life  Oct 26, 2009
The title, "The 4:8 Principle" comes from Philippians 4:8. It is about making life changes, using timeless advice from the Bible, dating back to between A.D. 53 to 59. It is contained in a letter that the apostle Paul wrote to the church at Philippi.

Paul told them to think on these things:*Whatever is true
*Whatever is noble
*Whatever is right
*Whatever is pure
*Whatever is lovely
*Whatever is admirable
*Anything that is excellent or praiseworthy

All good advice. I have studied this passage before and I understand that it is the right thing to do. However, understanding it and believing it and then actually practicing it are different things. Focusing my thoughts on these words doesn't help. They need to be fleshed-out and made real to me. Even then, thinking on those things in a steady, continually basis is difficult. My mind often tends to take off on its own without any guidance or control on my part.

This book is, in effect, a course in changing thinking habits. It is getting away from the common way of thinking and turning thinking habits into a way that opens up the potential for experiencing joy. The author, Tommy Newberry, says that while there will always be both junk and greatness in life, we can choose not to focus on the junk and deliberately choose to focus on the greatness.

"The 4:8 Principle" is divided into three main sections.1.Discovering your joy. This involves understanding that life is meant to be joyful, focusing on that which produces joy and embracing the person God created us to be.
2.Developing your joy This involves fortifying your self-concept and authentic self-esteem, taking charge of your emotional life and starving negative emotions.
3.Defending your joy This involves guarding your heart, having a healthy mind and living with gratitude.

This book involves more than a quick read through - at least for me. It requires taking notes and actively focusing on the principles. Each chapter concludes with a prayer and one activity (homework) that brings home the theme of the chapter.

"The 4:8 Principal" is a fascinating and very useful book. It closely follows biblical principles and doesn't go off into the self-serving visualization that some similar secular books have promoted.
Pure Joy.  Aug 14, 2009
It was beautiful to see this book dove-tail with other books I am reading: the joy in John Piper's books, the joy in C.S. Lewis and Dallas Willard's books and
oddly enough, the joy in Juliana of Norwich's "Revelations of Divine Love" which was written in the 14th century!! This 4:8 book is a terrific 200 page introduction to the Christian life--suitable for a beginner's group study or as a fabulous review for those older in the faith. The write up on the author near the back is quite interesting and it sounds like he practices what he preaches--Smile!

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