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Every life includes sorrow...but we also have opportunities for joy! Without dismissing or diminishing difficult realities, Newbell challenges us to enjoy the daily gifts that God provides---from human relationships and spiritual joy to the taste of a simple chocolate cake. Learn to freely appreciate God's abundance amidst a fallen world! Includes discussion questions. 224 pages, softcover from Multnomah.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 1601428529
ISBN-13: 9781601428523

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Is It Okay to Enjoy This Life?
Watching a gorgeous sunset. Sharing a laugh with a friend. Tasting a sun-ripened strawberry. Each day is full of opportunities for you to savor the countless gifts the Creator has given.
But do you feel free to delight in God s abundant gifts, or is your joy sometimes distorted by guilt, fear of idolatry, or simply an overwhelming awareness of sin s effects on this world?
Trillia Newbell explains how we often miss opportunities to participate in God s divine delight because we re discouraged, fixated on selfish fulfillment, or paralyzed by guilt. "Enjoy" serves as an encouraging reminder of God s gracious gifts and also challenges women to view all of these gifts from relationships and careers to food and sex as reasons to rejoice in the Lord and grow in our understanding and appreciation of who He is.
This thought-provoking book invites you to explore the truth of God s Word and discover how to nurture daily a spirit of gratitude and deep satisfaction.
"Enjoy" will open your eyes and your heart to the freedom of fully enjoying all God has given us "

Author Bio

Trillia J. Newbell is the author of two previous books, Fear and Faith and United. Her writings on issues of faith, family, and diversity have been published in the Knoxville News-Sentinel and Relevant Magazine, as well as on numerous websites, such as Desiring God, Christianity Today, and the Gospel Coalition. She is the director of community outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Trillia lives near Nashville with her husband, Thern, and their children.

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"In Enjoy, Trillia Newbell draws us toward a better understanding of the goodness of God. She invites us to give ourselves permission not just to see his goodness, but to savor it in tangible ways in the simple pleasures of life. Her message is challenging and freeing, practical and personal, spoken with the graciousness that characterizes her life and ministry. I was drawn to reflect on my tendency to misuse or take for granted God’s good gifts, and I was reminded that enjoying them as they were intended to be enjoyed is nothing less than an act of worship."
—Jen Wilkin, Bible teacher and author of Women of the Word

"Can we honor God by enjoying his good gifts? Boldly and simply, Trillia Newbell says yes. Take up her practical and biblical challenge to find delight in the everyday. Most important, let your heart brim with gratitude and praise for the Giver of all good things."
—Jen Pollock Michel, award-winning author of Teach Us to Want and Keeping Place

"Trillia Newbell writes with wisdom and grace on why Christians can and should take joy in the gifts that God has given us. This practical book will help all Christians see how the gospel transforms every part of our lives. Trillia Newbell is a gift to the church."
—Russell Moore, president, Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

"Are you weary of contrived checklists and lackluster limitations that stifle faith and steal your joy? This book is the breath of fresh air you’ve been craving. In this delightfully refreshing read, Trillia invites us, indeed, to taste and see that the Lord is good—and so is this glorious world and everything in it. God has given us all good things to enjoy, and this book sets us free to relish every moment of every aspect of our lives."
—Deidra Riggs, author of One: Unity in a Divided World and Every Little Thing

"In her new book Enjoy, Trillia Newbell warmly invites us to the forgotten feast of joyful living. She reveals how we can find delight in our duties, pleasure in our play, fellowship in our friendships, and wonder in our world. Most of all, she faithfully encourages our enjoyment of God as we enjoy the gifts he’s given."
—Melissa Kruger, author of The Envy of Eve and Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood

"I grew up in the church. I’ve heard literally thousands of messages canvassing almost every topic you can imagine. Almost. I have never in my life heard a single message that God has green-lighted me to simply enjoy him and all of the gifts he has for me—until now. My friend Trillia Newbell has done both Christians and those curious about Christ a great service. She’s eulogized the ’curmudgeon God,’ portrayed by so many Christians throughout the centuries and has unleashed a smiling God who wants his children to come alive through the gifts he’s given us. I so wish I had read this decades ago."
—Bryan Loritts, lead pastor of Abundant Life Christian Fellowship and author of Saving the Saved

"Trillia J. Newbell has an infectious joy. Her joy in the Lord and the good gifts he gives us bursts forth from these pages like a firecracker on a summer night, like a flow of water between the rocks, like an uncontainable word of praise for a job well done. This book, like its author, is a delight."
—Karen Swallow Prior, PhD, author of Booked and Fierce Convictions

"As you walk with Christ and mature, you come to realize true Christians live in a state well described by the apostle Paul: ’Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing.’ Trillia Newbell has the ability to point you to real joy in Jesus while not ignoring the pain that’s an ever-present reality for us all. You will find real comfort in her biblical exposition of this world’s beauty without sugarcoating the bitter parts of Christian life. I truly appreciate an author capable of such balance."
—Aixa López, blogger at Corazón a Papel (Heart to Paper); pastor’s wife; and board member, Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) of Guatemala

"God is mighty and powerful, all knowing and everywhere at once. These are good truths. God is also a loving Father who gives good gifts to be enjoyed deeply by his children. Christians should belly laugh often, enjoy dinner with friends, and be awestruck by the beauty of God’s creation. In Enjoy, Trillia does a masterful job of helping us learn to enjoy God’s good graces to us."
—Matt Chandler, lead pastor, teaching, The Village Church

"I can’t think of anyone who better epitomizes the theme of this book than Trillia Newbell! Her joyful spirit and big-as-the-world smile are infectious and emanate from a woman who, in the midst of a broken world, has found true, robust joy in our God who is making all things new and has given us countless good gifts to enjoy."
—Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, author, host/teacher of Revive Our Hearts

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    In "Enjoy," Trillia Newbell hopes to help readers realize that the many nuances of life can all be enjoyed for the glory of God. Newbell asserts that God has graciously placed in each of our lives numerous opportunities, things, and people of which we can freely enjoy. Although the Fall has significantly twisted the ability for us to appreciate and experience the pure pleasure that existed when God created the world, we can still receive these blessings with thanksgiving, gratitude, and joy. Throughout the chapters, Newbell discusses many different aspects of everyday life including relationships, art, work, marriage, music, rest, possessions, food, and creation. In each of these areas, the author highlights how we can turn what seems to be mundane into opportunities to capture a glimpse of God's beauty and magnificence in what He has placed in our lives. For example, in one chapter, she argues for a renewed appreciation of food as a gift that God gives us to enjoy both individually and corporately. Combinations of different flavours and cooking styles allow us to appreciate the creativity of God and the diversity of His creation. Meals enjoyed in the context of family and friends help foster loving bonds and lasting relationships. Moreover, the Communion meal we partake as members of God's household remind us that Christ is the eternal bread and wine which saves us. Thus, the food we eat in the present is not only for sustenance and pleasure but is also a foretaste of the wedding banquet that we will participate in when the Groom returns to wed His bride. Throughout the book, the author is cautious to steer away from prescribing instructions so as not to inadvertently promote legalism when one should simply be enjoying what God has given. However, Newbell does provide a set of suggestions at the end of each chapter to help readers being to look for ways to view life with a transformed perspective that focuses on both the small joys of the present and the grand joy we will experience in the future. At the end of the book are discussion questions pertaining to each chapter which would be of use to those engaging in group study.

    I would recommend this book to those who struggle to find joy in the lull of the routine activities and occurrences in life. Newbell reminds readers that God's manifold blessings are signposts that point to Him as the ultimate Giver and Source of all good things. Thus, instead of unmitigated indulgence or frugal abstinence, God calls us to take hold of and experience the beautiful things and people that He has placed in our lives in the present. While doing so however, we are to keep our eyes fixed on the eternal blessings that we will one day receive when Christ returns. What I find most compelling about Newbell's book is the call to slowly and thoughtfully savour the goodness that God graciously showers upon us. When we allow these ordinary occurrences to slip through, we lose crucial opportunities to receive, relish, and praise God for the grace and love He lavishes upon us.

    In compliance with Federal Trade Commission guidelines, I received a review copy from The Crown Publishing Group in exchange for a book review.
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    Very encouraging bok by a brilliant writer!
    December 11, 2016
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    I have loved Trillia Newbells vivacious spirit ever since I saw her speak at The Gospel Coalition Womens Conference a few years ago, and that spirit really comes across in this book. Newbell is a brilliant woman and a great writer, and in this book she invites readers to take the time to enjoy Gods good gifts as a way of showing gratitude to the Creator of all things. She discusses how guilt in our enjoyment is really a manifestation of selfish ingratitude, and offers the freedom to enjoy things such as relational intimacy, beauty in the arts, work, food, and much more. This is a very encouraging book, and I highly recommend it!

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. I was not required to write a review, and all opinions are my own.
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