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.
Here are the nine lessons:
Introduction: Thinking Like God Thinks and Session One: Life as It Was Meant to Be
Session Two: A New Beginning
Session Three: Wow, That's Me!
Session Four: Your Potential for Joy
Session Five: You Make Me So Mad
Session Six: Head Games
Session Seven: Your Personal Firewall
Session Eight: Junk-Proof Your Mind
Session Nine: Thanks for Everything
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By Susan on 21-02-12
Keeps me positive!
Tommy Newberry has the most wonderful way of reminding me about what is most important in life! The 4:8 Principle puts it in front of me every day, as I listen on the way to work. The biblical passage upon which this book is based was my university's credo, but Tommy brings it to life in a way that I can live out on a daily basis. He really gets it right. I will recommend this book to my co-workers, church friends and family members, and I will continue to listen regularly, because I can never hear this message too many times.
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By Ken Wells on 03-03-16
Fill Your Head with Good Stuff
I love this book. It is in permanernt rotation in my driving library. Fill your head with good stuff and that squishes out bad stuff. A particular technique that I seem to use everyday now is this. When I start to lose my cool because of some injustice, I immediately let go of the idea that there is an injustice to contend with emotionally. I instead say out loud "I am Responsible".
This helps me remember that I am commander of my emotions getting disproportionately out of control. This feels great. And I can begin to consider that what made me angry was very unlikely an intended offense.
Furthermore, in the rare occaission that someone was deliberately attacking me, then I have more mental and emotional capability to decide my words and actions.