Monday, September 9, 2013

Think 4:8

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.
~Phillipians 4:8 NIV

  Think 4:8: 40 Days to a Joy-Filled Life for Teens is a 40 day devotional for teens that will bless their socks off! Adapted from the book "The 4:8 Principle", Tommy Newberry and Lyn Smith have written 40 days worth of devotionals for teens specifically. Each day starts with a Bible verse, then an short devotional, an activity to make the teen get into the nitty gritty of it all, a discussion point, a thought for the day, and finally a prayer (or prayer prompt).

We have been through a lot of devotionals in our house and we have found some great ones for our younger children and even for ourselves. While I have also found some good ones for teens, I really like this one because the focus is finding the joy in the teens life. Too many times I hear about what all my child doesn't have or the bad things about his day instead of him finding joy each day. His birthday is tomorrow. He will officially be a teen. Guess what he is getting as part of his birthday present- this book. I am going to focus on him doing the scripture and devotional parts in the morning while eating breakfast and then the written applications and discussions in the evenings with his homework.

It is important for teens to find the good things in their lives since they seem to focus so much on the bad things that happen to them. (I also realize that when they get older those bad things will seem so trivial that they will laugh at them.) That's why I think that this book would be a great gift for any teen in your life. It is fun, informative, and short enough that they will not lose focus. Great book!

**I was provided a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.**

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