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  • Hardcover: 219 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers (1 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414313047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414313047
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.3 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 586,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

What are you thinking about?

Research indicates that the average person thinks approximately 50,000 thoughts per day. Each thought moves you either toward your God-given potential or away.

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.

In Philippians 4:8, the apostle Paul challenges us to seek out and dwell on the positives in our lives. When used as a filter, this New Testament verse is the "true secret" to vibrant health, satisfying relationships, and lasting fulfillment.

Whether you are at a low point or a high point in your life, "The 4:8 Principle" can help you experience joy by design-"God's design." You'll quickly discover life as it was meant to be!

Unleash the power of the 4:8 Principle today!
It really is the secret to a joy-filled life!

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Better health.
A more successful career.
A stronger marriage.
A purpose-filled life.

They're all within your reach.

Each moment is a fresh start . . . when you change the way you "think!"

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I've read all the classic self development books, internalized them, and have tried my best to act on the concepts I've learned. This book by Tommy Newberry has supplies the missing link, and has allowed me to align the principles learned in other sources with those he presents. And so although his primary emphasis is on quality of thought, using St. Paul's epistle to the Philipians as a reference, his approach is to explain all those inputs that effect this quality of thought, and how to change those inputs. And so although I am a big proponent of the work done by the late Dr. Covey, and also the thinking of Jim Rohn (and even Napoleon Hill's work), and have read everything in between, and it appears so also is Tommy Newberry (as there is obvious material from those other sources), it is this book that I will use going forward.
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This is a fantastic book for anyone who would like to make a positive change to their life. It is well written, easy to apply and contains lots of ways to restructure our thinking to fully appreciate life and its opportunities. It has really helped me to appreciate myself and to empower me to live life to the full.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Unusual Book-Great Message! 5 Sept. 2007
By Lynn Stine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The 4:8 Principle is an interesting mix of spiritual truth and practical wisdom. I've never read a book that has so many ideas that you can really use and would want to use. It's easy to read and you even feel better as you are turning the pages. The best part of the book is probably the two chapters on managing negative emotions. Newberry identifies what he calls really awful thoughts (RATs) and how you can eliminate them by changing your perspective about them. Almost anyone could relate to this material and it is very helpful for anyone, but especially for couples. The other thing that I liked is the end of chapter prayers which summarize the main ideas from each chapter. Overall, it is a book to use with a highlighter. Given all the negativity in the world, this book comes at a great time.
35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You are what you think about 5 Sept. 2007
By Kenneth Ashley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In a VERY negative world, I found this book to be just what I needed to focus on the positive. One really can live a more enjoyable and fulfilled life if you will simply be intentional about your thoughts. Tommy Newberry has done a masterful job in creating a very worthwhile but fun book. This is a great book to give to anyone struggling in life, or those just beginning (college graduates for example). It's a quick read and well worth your time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for adults 6 Sept. 2007
By Paul Matthew Hawkins, Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A friend gave me Mr. Newberry's book yesterday and I read it from cover to cover. The content was encouraging, interesting and enlightening. That being said the principles are not new but come from the greatest book ever written. I would especially recommend The 4:8 Principle for teenagers and since I have 5 kids they will all be getting a copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars JOY is a choice!!! 3 Sept. 2007
By Sid Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Every so often a fresh, truly useful book appears on the self-help scene. This is one of those books. I picked up this book thinking it would be full of recycled inspiration and maybe a few nuggets worth remembering. What I found was a deep, well presented argument for thinking not just positively but also productively, regardless of what life throws at you. The book doesn't just tell you what to do, it shows you how in more detail than any other book I've read. This is like a modern version of As A Man Thinketh by James Allen, but with a lot more meat. The interesting part of this book is that the whole thing is based on a single bible verse that doesn't get mentioned very often. Great read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars >> The Master Secret the Rules All << 12 Sept. 2007
By Randy Gilbert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book. I'm already on my second read, taking my time and making lots of notes. I believe Tommy Newberry has really nailed it.

I'm a firm believer in the Law of Attraction, and that what you think on the inside is revealed on the outside. However, this book takes me way beyond that, because the guidance provided by the 48 principle makes it clear that I need to choose the right things to think about.

Just this morning I wrote out these affirmations based on the 4:8 principle:
** I am living the life God intended for me
** I have a clear compelling vision of the future
** I am meditating and investing time alone with God each day
** I have people who hold me accountable to my best
** I consistently make choices for health producing foods and drink
** I exercise in some way every day
** I get sufficient sleep most nights
** I have 3 close personal encounters each day
** I have 'extra time' built into my schedule to have a margin of safety
** I am focused on progress rather than perfection

One of the things that I particularly enjoy is that the strategies Tommy recommends are practical. Although I know that following them will take some discipline, I believe they are already paying off.

I interviewed Tommy on Inside Success Radio for three reasons: 1) I believe that speaking with an author is the best way to know a book is genuine, 2) it gives the author an opportunity to summarize the main points, which creates a type of "Readers Digest" version of the book, and 3) during an interview you often get additional "golden nuggets" that aren't found in the book.

During the radio interview I asked Tommy about what he calls RATs, (Really Awful Thoughts) and I'd like to share a little of his response.
"Really awful thoughts, or RATs, take you down a path you don't want to go. Yet for most of us, heading down the wrong path doesn't happen dramatically. It happens subtly and as a result, we don't do anything about it. Thankfully, getting rid of your RATs is made easier by using the 4:8 principle. By choosing to ask yourself the right questions, you can choose to think on what is lovely, pure, gracious, and worthy of being called excellent to judge what is best for you to think and say"

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I usually try to identify the type person who might NOT enjoy reading this book. This book is probably not for people who are offended by talking about God (yes, believe it or not, there are some out there.) Since you're reading this review, that probably isn't you.

The rating I give books is based on a combination of how much I believe a proactive person might enjoy reading them and how much they might help you to be a more proactive person.

This book easily earns 5 stars...and I recommend it to you with no reservation.

DrProactive Randy Gilbert, producer of "Inside Success Radio"
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