Think 4:8: 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life for Teens

Think 4:8: 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life for Teens

by Tommy Newberry, Lyn Smith (With)

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ISBN-13: 9781414387161
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 240,853
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 12 - 16 Years

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Think 4:8: 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life for Teens 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Louisa_May More than 1 year ago
Challenging Book I Wish I'd Had as a Teen! I wish I'd had this book when I was a teenager! Natural optimist that I am, I still struggled with insecurity and fear. I still allowed myself to dwell and wallow in negative thoughts when life wasn't going my way. I don't believe there isn't a teen who couldn't benefit from the principles in this book--whether they're an optimist or a pessimist or somewhere in between. Each devotional for the day is short but sweet, and it will make any reader reflect and think. The book highlights the importance that what you allow your mind to think about directly impacts your ACTUAL life, the choices you make, and that those thoughts can/will affect the rest of your life. The devotions are broken into the joy of things like free will, decisiveness, perspective, knowing whose you are, words, truth, discovery, focus, His presence, self-discipline, yadda yadda.... pretty much everything is covered, and it's covered in a way that I believe is fitting for either guys or girls. What I especially like is that the book is life-changing and not watered down. I've seen so many teen devotionals that are all fluff with very little substance--this one isn't like that. It will challenge the reader to think and will challenge them on their walk with God. Highly recommend!
AnotherBibliophile More than 1 year ago
Inspiring and Worthwhile. This little book is great for inspiration. It is aimed at young teens, with simple tasks and clearly explained verses. Even adults would do well to internalize these precepts. As others mentioned, it is geared toward younger teens by being simply written, but has a few concepts that may be inappropriate except for the older teens. It is upbeat, engaging, and helpful. It encourages focus on God. Its lessons are worthwhile. I will remember this one: Replace negative thoughts with gratitude.
thedeena63 More than 1 year ago
The entire book is based on basically one verse, and one that is pivotal to living a joyful and abundant life. Directed toward teens, the readings are brief and to the point. For forty days the reader focuses on a particular concept, then follows up with several steps to live out what was just read. Work it, is a brief activity, Talk It is a group activity. Stick It is a thought to carry throughout the day to meditate on, and then a brief prayer closes out the daily reading. After forty days, a new way of thinking helps to transform the reader's life. The really cool thing is, since the book is brief, if you read through it three times you can cover an entire year with positive thinking based on Scripture--well, almost. My thanks to my friends at Tyndale Publishing for my sneak peek at "Think 4:8" in exchange for an honest review. This is a great tool to help a negative or discouraged mindset. However, if you're really struggling with thoughts of sadness or depression, get the help you may need, and add the book to your regimen!
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
I really like this 40 day challenge for teens. In a world of uncertainty, pressures and chaos, it's essential to have teens immersed in sound Biblical principles. This book, rightfully titled Joy 4:8, is based on Phillipians 4:8 "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." Joy 4:8 is a rewarding journey that isn't so time consuming that teens will lose interest. A great gift for any teen in your life.
J4Life5 More than 1 year ago
Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about - Philippians 4:8 Newberry offers another book focused on thinking positive, uplifting thoughts to change reader's lives. This book has a similar format to Newberry's previous book - 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life, but with a twist. This one is geared towards teens. Some of the topics covered in this book are the Joy of Appreciation, the Joy of Words, the Joy of Daily Solitude, and the Joy of Owning It. I recently read Newberry for the first time and fell in love with his writing style and his simple, yet effective way of communicating his ideas. He writes in an engaging, easy to understand and apply manner, with interesting stories and ideas. In this book, I love the Work It sections. They are brief enough that teens are able to commit to completing them daily - to reap the rewards of consistent study and implementation. However, although they do not take too long to complete, they are relevant to the lives of teens today and issues that they struggle with. Teens today are faced with pressures that parents might not be equipped to understand, and this book might provide some support to teens. I think this is a great book that could greatly benefit teens. Each day is a quick read and I think teens could easily commit to completing all the readings in 40 days. I enjoyed reading through it. As far as my recommendations for this book, I highly recommend it. However, I would recommend that teens work through this book alongside parents working through 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life. Purchase both books and reap the rewards of a joy-filled life and a closer relationship. One additional note, because of the writing component of this book, I recommend that readers purchase the print version of this book as opposed to an ebook. That way you can write directly in the book to complete the exercises. I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.