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The 4:8 Principle

Tommy Newberry

Do you want more joy in your life?  What are you thinking?  Are your thoughts moving you towards achieving your full God-given potential or are they dragging you down? Are you interested in learning the secret to a joy-filled life?

This book will help you change your thinking about thinking which will increase the joy in your life.

As I was reading this book, I found myself underlining key concepts.  Here are a few of them:

If you desire a future that is a lot better than your present, you will need to change a lot about the way you think.

Joy is an outward sign of inward faith in the promises of God.

… thinking, talking, and worrying about what you don’t want can never bring you what you do want.

Emotions don’t reveal the quality of your life; they reveal the quality of your thinking at any particular moment.

Only the really thoughtful are truly grateful.

I also underlined several quotes, including:

All things be ready if our minds be so. – William Shakespeare

I believe the choice to be excellent begins with aligning your thoughts and words with the intention to require more from yourself. – Oprah Winfrey

Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he could be and should be and he will become as he could be and should be. – Johann von Goethe

Nurture great thoughts, for you will never go higher than your thoughts. – Benjamin Disraeli

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not but rejoices for those which he has. – Epictetus (Greek philosopher)

I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened. – Mark Twain

In addition, I particularly liked the portion where Tommy Newberry lists “Forty Joy-Producing Thoughts.”  Now, you ought to read the book to find out all forty of these.  Here is the first one to whet your appetite:

“1. I expect the best, and it shows!”

The 4:8 Principle is based on the following verse:

“… whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

Would you like more joy in your life?  Have you unleashed the power of The 4:8 Principle?

11 Comments to The 4:8 Principle

  1. Brendon Mar's Gravatar Brendon Mar
    Mar 12, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    Great quotes Arthur! Truly inspiring for any one who needs it most and to uplift the day if one has a day and it does not go as it should!

    More to come I hope?

    • John C. Anderson's Gravatar John C. Anderson
      Mar 13, 2013 at 5:23 am | Permalink

      I have always liked that quote by Goethe.
      I will look into the book, The 4:8 Principle
      Thanks for the tips!
      John C. Anderson (Documentation)
      Creation Technologies
      St. Peter, MN

  2. Dwayne Bernitt's Gravatar Dwayne Bernitt
    Mar 13, 2013 at 6:02 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the recommendation, Arthur. I look forward to reading the book; while reviewing some of the quotes above it reminded me of one I heard at a seminar: “Your attitude determines your altitude.”

  3. Lisa Parrish's Gravatar Lisa Parrish
    Mar 16, 2013 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    Thanks Arthur! Some of those quote hit me really deeply today. I’ve always understood that concept and God’s been taking me deeper in that area, but your highlights today challenged me so much! I will definitely be writing out some of them to post in my office.

  4. Tammy Chabot's Gravatar Tammy Chabot
    Oct 1, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never heard of the book, but that’s one of my favourite Bible verses…whenever I have questions or doubts, or just wonder what is “appropriate” in our environment today, I measure all things by these words. I agree from my own experience that it’s the key to joy-filled living…must say I especially loved the quotes you included by Epictetus and Mark Twain (one of my favourite American authors). How very needed in our society are the concepts you’re sharing! Thanks for the uplifting thoughts. May you be cheered and blessed today.

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