40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life: Living the 4:8 Principle
This book tells how to have a joy-filled life. It has daily readings and exercises for 40 days, with the reader using one section per day. It is based on the Bible verse Philippians 4:8, which the author wrote about in his previous book. I thought this was a good book and had plenty of material and ideas to have a joy-filled life.
August 14, 2013
One of the best devotionals ever!!!
This is one of my top five devotional books of all time. The book, 40 Days to a Joy-filled Life: Living the 4:8 Principle, by Tommy Newberry, is the most practical, applicable and life altering devotional I've seen. Written to parallel Newberry's book, The 4:8 Principle, this is a book of great advice and insight into what causes us to experience joy. Each day has a short reading, two exercises, a thought for the day and a short prayer.
First of all, Tommy Newberry hit the target perfectly when it comes to what it is that builds or destroys our joy. Of all the self-help books I've read, none of them have proven this direct and immediately applicable. Between this book and his book The 4:8 Principle, someone that struggles with negative thought patterns should be able to make significant headway toward breaking those patterns and forming new, more Christ centered habits. He balances Christian scripture, psychology and practical experience well in this book and pulls them all together in an understanding, cohesive way.
The best part of the book, by far, is the exercise sections. Not only are the exercises powerful and directly pertinent, they are not the same old exercises you see in other self-help books. These are short, to the point, and really root out the issues in one's life quickly. Not only could I see this book being used as a personal devotional or as part of a small group study on joy, but this book could be used really well in a counseling/therapist setting.
I highly recommend this book for any Christian or even non-Christian that wants a life full of more joy and fulfillment. This is a book I'll buy multiple copies of to give away at Christmas. We all could use some more joy!
This book was given to me free by Tyndale House Publishers in return for my honest review.
June 17, 2013
Our thoughts become our actions
I picked up "40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life" by Tommy Newberry through a summer reading recommendation and am so glad I discovered it. It is a wonderful tool to use when you are feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders. Each chapter is set up to read in a day with a short passage, an exercise to keep you on track, and practical suggestions. I love the little sticky notes at the end of each day that you could actually copy and put up all around you if you are a visual person and need this reminder. The simple prayer to end each day helps get your thoughts heading in the right direction. Our bodies become what we eat, and what we think and this book will get your body cleansed and ready to live a "Joy-Filled" life.
May 31, 2013
I really enjoyed this lovely devotional. The daily exercises brightens your day. It may be one of my favorite, most practical devotionals I've read. If you read it, and apply the concepts into your daily life, it's certain to fill you with joy.
July 8, 2013