Monday, October 7, 2013

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

By: Tommy Newberry with Lyn Smith

The Think 4:8 Principle is based off of the scripture Philippians 4:8 (TLB) which reads:

“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 it.” 

This is a devotional written for teens.  Each day contains a scripture, a short teaching, and sections titled: Work It, Talk It, Stick It: Thought of the Day and Pray It.  Authors Tommy Newberry and Lyn Smith challenge teens to take forty days to get their thoughts in line with God’s way of thinking.  I think this is a very good book for teenagers as it is easy to read and provides action items.  If teens choose to follow the action items they will find themselves not just reading but putting into practice what they learned. 

I enjoyed many of the devotionals especially Day 4 which is titled “The Fifteen-Minute Miracle: The Joy of Daily Solitude”.  Lyn discusses how her father would wake her up thirty minutes before she needed to be up for school.  Her father instilled in her the importance of waking up early and spending time with The Lord.  While it has not always been easy, Lyn is grateful that her parents taught her the importance of spending this time with The Lord.  Although this book was written for teens I think it would make a good family devotional as well.  I believe teens and adults can both learn something for this book.      

Disclaimer:  Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.


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