How Joyful People Think: 8 Ways of Thinking That Lead to a Better Life

How Joyful People Think: 8 Ways of Thinking That Lead to a Better Life

How Joyful People Think: 8 Ways of Thinking That Lead to a Better Life

How Joyful People Think: 8 Ways of Thinking That Lead to a Better Life


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Two people can face the same type of adversity and have two vastly different reactions, even when they have the same background and worldview. What makes the difference when one person responds with joy and the other responds with bitterness? Perspective—the way they think about things. Right thinking matters and, thankfully, it's something we can all learn to employ.

In this insightful unpacking of Philippians 4:8, pastor Jamie Rasmussen shows readers how to focus their thoughts and attention on the things in life that God has declared will make a meaningful impact on both a person's outlook and experience. It's the kind of thinking that has the power to change us, pointing us away from self-pity, anger, and resentment and toward contentment and personal peace, which helps us get the most out of life.

Anyone who yearns to live a life characterized by joy no matter what the circumstance will benefit from this thoughtful, practical, and inspiring book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801075759
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/31/2018
Pages: 186
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Jamie Rasmussen (MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is the senior pastor of Scottsdale Bible Church, which is regularly listed on Outreach magazine's Top 100 list in both size and speed of growth for the past ten years. He has been an ordained pastor for more than 25 years and has served growing churches in Detroit, Michigan; London, Ontario (Canada); and Cleveland, Ohio. He lives in Arizona.

Table of Contents

Foreword Dr. Larry Crabb 13

Acknowledgments 17

Introduction 19

1 The Power of a Biblical "Whatever" 25

Eight Ways of Thinking That Will Help You Get the Most Out of Life

2 Two Ways of Seeing 35

Merging Personal Truth with Transcendent Truth "Whatever is true …"

3 Calm, Cool, Collected 53

Embracing Wisdom in a World Gone Mad "Whatever is honorable …"

4 Thoughts That Heal 71

Standing for True Justice "Whatever is just …"

5 The Myth of Individual Holiness 87

A Relational Approach to Purity "Whatever is pure …"

6 Christian Hedonists 103

Why You Should Pursue Pleasure "Whatever is lovely …"

7 Your Life on a Billboard 121

Where Who You Are Meets What Others See "Whatever is commendable …"

8 A New Kind of Awesome 137

Linking Excellence to the Things That Matter "If there is any excellence …"

9 Your Ace in the Hole 151

The Twin Tunnels of Praise "If there is anything worthy of praise …"

10 A Peace-Driven Life 167

Getting the Most Out of Your Thinking "Think about these things … and the God of peace will be with you."

Afterword 177

Notes 181

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