The Good Life

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Nicer car, bigger house, whatever your heart desires. Everybody wants to live The Good Life. But what happens when dreams become nightmares and the promise of freedom leads to a life of imprisonment? What happens when you discover that all that's gold loses its glitter? Maybe the rich and famous aren't living The Good Life. Maybe our dreams are rooted in lies. And maybe, just maybe those who have less really have more. What is The Good Life...really?

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Overview

Nicer car, bigger house, whatever your heart desires. Everybody wants to live The Good Life. But what happens when dreams become nightmares and the promise of freedom leads to a life of imprisonment? What happens when you discover that all that's gold loses its glitter? Maybe the rich and famous aren't living The Good Life. Maybe our dreams are rooted in lies. And maybe, just maybe those who have less really have more. What is The Good Life...really?

In this book, titled after his acclaimed fourth album, The Good Life, Christian rap artist and author, Trip Lee, unveils what the world, the flesh and the devil promote as the ultimate and most satisfying life. He then explains what The Good Life really is: a life within our reach and yet beyond anything this world has to offer. Imagine: The Good Life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802408587
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 318,640
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 6.84 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

WILLIAM LEE BAREFIELD III, better known as TRIP LEE, is a Christian hip-hop artist under the Reach Records label. Trip Lee's music has topped Billboard charts, the iTunes chart, and has received Dove nominations and a Stellar Award. His Christ-centered and God-exalting music has reached thousands with the Good News of Jesus Christ.Trip Lee now resides in Washington, DC with his wife and is finishing his Biblical and Theological Studies degree with Boyce College. Trip's unending desire is to proclaim the grace and beauty of Jesus Christ to anyone that will listen. Ultimately, he hopes this journey will someday lead to pastoring a church.

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I was eleven years old. I was sitting on the floor in my bedroom, shoes off and headphones blaring. There was nowhere else I'd rather be than in my space, with my music. The deep bass piercing my eardrums was supplied by Jay-Z's Vol. 2, The Hard Knock Life, my favorite album at the time.

On track fourteen, Jigga and JD brag, "In the Ferrari and Jaguar switching four lanes, top down, screaming out money ain't a thing."1 Yes, I had the clean version, so my ears were shielded from the foul language, but not from all harm. There is no edited version that removes worldviews.

What I thought was just fun music was actually far more. When I hit play on my portable CD player, I was going to class. They weren't teaching me math and grammar, but they were teaching me how to view the world. They were lecturing me about what my aspirations should be, and what is most important in the world. And unknowingly, I was a star pupil. I ate it up and believed the lie that Ferraris and Jaguars are what life is largely about. If I wanted the good life, I needed the money, the cars, and the girls.

Rappers weren't my only teachers though. I heard lessons every day from my parents, my schoolteachers, my friends, and my favorite TV shows. Every day I was bombarded with messages and images that shaped my perspective on life. And I'm not alone. Every single one of us has an idea about what "the good life" is, and we've learned it from somewhere. In the same way our region dictates the accent we speak with, our environments and influences shape our ideas about life.

Every time you hear an idea or observe a behavior, you're being presented with a message. And as we take those messages in, we can either reject or accept them (though we often do this subconsciously). We shouldn't be asking whether or not we're being taught; there's no question about that. We should be asking whether or not we're being taught well...We need a better teacher.

Lyrics rom"Robot"

Hey I was born "less than human," I know it sounds crazy

But I was really born a robot as a baby

No real life in me, I just played my role

No self-control, I just did what I was told

I got my first order, I was just a day old

But I didn't have a chance 'cause my heart was way cold

My heart took the orders, it couldn't break the mold

I was sold under bondage and I couldn't take control

So I was just chillin' in my robot clothes

With my robot friends and my robot flow

Livin' robot ways 'cause that's all I know

Till I heard I could be freed from my robot soul.

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Table of Contents

BOOK SECTIONS:

Section I: What is the Good Life? (Chapter 1: Don't Eat the Fruit; Chapter 2: The Good Teacher; Chapter 3: Redefining the Good Life)

Section II: How Do I Live the Good Life? (Chapter 4: The Good News; Chapter 5: The Good Book and "Good" People; Chapter 6: Good Choices; Chapter 7: Good Stuff; Chapter 8: Good Times; Chapter 9: Good Outcomes

Section III: What Kind of Good from God Should I Hope For? (Chapter 10: No Good Thing Withheld; Chapter 11: Great Expectations; Chapter 12: Your Best Life Later)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2012

    Free sample

    The sample does the book no justice. Spend the money and get the whole book. Definitely worth it!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2012

    You will be blessed by this book!!

    Insightful and fresh, as the Word of God always is. Trip lee gives us practical wisdom for our everyday walk as a follower of Christ. He points us in the direction of our Savior and thus leading us to the Good Life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2012

    TRIP IS DAT DUDE LEGGO!

    Trip really kills it, awesome book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

    awesome book, had to write a review on this book. For some time

    awesome book, had to write a review on this book. For some time i have had similar ideas of what Trip Lee states like acquiring everything and getting the highest job wont give you happiness if thats what you pursue over everything. Walk in faith is the true life!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2013

    Love Trip Lee and Andy Mineo

    :o

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    Cool

    Awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    Embrace the Old

    James turner changed the world. Its been a month scince my last assasin and the world was in the brink of decay. South Amarica and Australuia have gone to anarchy. The people are eather dead or infected. It started hen i was st my trip from killing Jack Dame a drug dealer. I slit his throat with my hunting knife. The toxins had no affect on me. Although he splashed me with it. I triped backwards into the air vent which gave the building its circulation. The sticky green slime ran all over my body and even in places where things shouldnt be. Later Jack Dame stood up and looked at me his eyes strangley red. Drool dripped from his mouth and he looked rigid. He picked one of his cruelest whips and walked toward me. In close range i saw foam forming and his teeth have gone red yellowish. He snaped the whip ate me the end caught my arm. It stung like crazy. Then he became strantger and stranger. He bit at my arm but i kicked him in te face with my heavy combat boots. He didnt seem fazed but he tried biting my leg. I swung my dirk at him and buried it in his temple. He feel to the floor pink blood came out...pink blood? Yes his brain had turned from solid to liquid. I hypervenelated andpassed out. It was thre hour late that i came to. The sun had set and someone was banding on the door. I quickly hid in the upper celing vent and watced scared out of my mind. Suddenly the door cracked and the pple ran in. I nearly screamed

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  • Posted January 3, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Trip Lee is da man

    Great book, can't wait for his next book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Awesome

    I haven't even read the sample and I love this book! Great!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2012

    Must read

    This book is awesome. It makes you look at todays image of the good life and defines the true defenition of the good life. Its an easy read with a powerful message. DEF a MUST read!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2012

    Sample

    I paid for the book but im only get to viewthe sample.. why is this so? Did i do something wrong?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2012

    The good life

    Excellent.......a must read for all people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2012

    Buy the boook!

    Trip lee speaks truth into your life! Buy the book its worth the money.

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    Posted October 25, 2012

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