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Unfortunately, we live in a society bent on nursing old wounds and highlighting what is wrong with just about everything. This is where The 4: 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. 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.
Motivation speaker and life coach Tommy Newberry has given a biblical slant to classic motivation bromides in his compact page book The 4: His title is drawn from Philippians 4: Newberry believes that with this sort of mental discipline, people can weather any storms and sustain a feeling of self-confidence and personal joy. In many ways this is a repackaging of motivation speeches that have been around for the past 75 years.
Earl Nightengale's mantra was, "Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Norman Vincent Peale's "the power of positive thinking," which reflected research done by Dr.
Maxwell Maltz of self-perception. Newberry offers nothing very new in this book that you would not have already discovered in the writings of Napoleon Hill, Clement Stone, or even Stephen Covey. The one major difference here, however, is that Newberry insists that unless an individual has a right relationship with Jesus Christ, none of the other rah-rah hoop-la will amount to much. To his credit, Newberry is organized and pragmatic. He provides readers with checklists, quizzes, tests, and discussion questions by which to assess levels of commitment, depression, life goals, and achievement marks.
He also provides rich documentation of biblical statutes and lessons to support his claims about worthy ambition and stress free living. He has a sense of humor, too, both in jibes he takes at himself and in some of the comical examples and illustrations he provides. The reading is not philosophically heavy, but rather fast-paced, conversational, and encouraging. Each chapter ends with a prayer the reader and offer to God regarding a positive life change, followed by an action step to take in making the desire a reality.
The book ends with summary units, recaps, suggestions for biblical memorization, and offerings of exercises for the brain and soul. It's the kind of book readers will underline while reading and then turn back to randomly for an inspirational and motivational shot in the arm. Hensley, Christian Book Previews.
The Principle: The Secret to a Joy-Filled Life (Unabridged) by Tommy Newberry on iTunes
What would you like to know about this product? Please enter your name, your email and your question regarding the product in the fields below, and we'll answer you in the next hours. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. ThIs book has many practical points; however, much of the wisdom of The 4: The chapter starts benignly as distinguishing between green, yellow and green relationships, and the effects these may have on us.
No problem here - green is definitely better than red! But by the end of the chapter the rhetoric becomes condemning and alarmist with such phrases as "disinfect yourself" and "quarantine negativity". This clearly goes against the premiss of the book, which is to think more like God. I was left with questions not addressed by the author - How do we share positive thinking with others? Are there other ways of overcoming negativity besides just avoiding it? Is the admonition of the book to "protect yourself" really our only option in a world of negativity?
How do we do this? Is it truly a 4: This is somewhat of a "self-help" book with Biblical-based support, but it is a good book for anybody in every situation because it is primarily based on intentional thought control which can make anybody a happier and more successful person. Most people let life control their thoughts rather than they control their thoughts which affects "life" and the way they live.
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Often people are careless or ambivalent about what information they take in not realizing what it is doing to their thought life. I would recommend this book to anybody who wants to be a happier person. Just remember - happier people don't just make their lives better, but they make the lives of those around them better too, so if you don't read this book for yourself, read it for your family and friends - they'll appreciate it!
One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. Very easy to read book on how to change your thinking. If you struggle with depression, anxiety, or just are a negative person this book will help you. Read it slow and make the changes in your thinking and it will change your life. This is a great gift idea and great for teens. This book is absolutely amazing and definitely cannot be read quickly, but slowly to get the most out of it.
There is so much packed into this nonfiction work, that I've been taking notes so I won't forget any of it. Basically this book is about our thoughts and how much power they have in our lives. The author offers practical and insightful ways to begin changing the cycle of negative or unthankful thinking by basing the method on Phil 4: Since reading I have begun noticing more the direction of my thoughts, and have used his suggestions to take something I'm stressed or angry about and switch my view to more positive.
It's stopped arguments from happening and kept me calm when normally I would have panicked. The only way this book won't affect you is if you read it and don't implement the advice the author gives. I read this book last summer and fell in love with it before I had even finished the first chapter! I am now leading my Sunday School class and studying this book with them and thrilled to be reading it again!
Outside of the Bible itself, this book would easily make my top three favorite books I have ever read This book is just like any other book on personal Christian growth. In order to make the most of this book, you will need to actively apply what you are reading in each chapter.
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If you run through this book and don't apply anything from it then you will probably think poorly of this book and never look at it again but if you apply the "gold mine" of principles that are stuffed in each chapter of this book then you may never have a bad day again! You will still always have days that are better than others, but it would be very hard to say that you had a bad day if you are truly practicing what you are learning from this book!
Your days will be filled with unbelievable JOY because once you know how to think about everyday life then your perspective completely changes! Things that used to rob you of your joy are no gone because of your changed thinking and new perspective on life! This book will get you thinking like the first century Christians such as Paul who was joyful all the way through his persecutions and even death! More importantly, you will become closer to thinking like God!
I am so thankful God put this book in my life! It has truly changed me! It is these two things that nonbelievers point at in Christians and say, "I don't know what they've got, but I want it! At times this book goes outside of Biblical principles and gets into the "name it and claim it" gospel. I believe we should look at things with a positive mindset, looking for what God is teaching us, opportunities to put our faith to the test under stressful situations. I used this book for a Bible study. Luckily for me, my pastor used it before I did, and gave me some good verses to use that are not in the book.
I also skipped over the parts I thought were a little too "Joel Olsteen" like. This is a good reminder that we need to fight against negativity that seems to surround us, I would just read it with some caution. See all reviews. Most recent customer reviews.
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