- Tapa blanda: 172 páginas
- Editor: Moody Press,U.S. (1 de octubre de 2012)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0802408583
- ISBN-13: 978-0802408587
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The Good Life (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 1 oct 2012
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Nicer car, bigger house, whatever your heart desires. Everybody wants to live The Good Life. But what happens when dreams become nightmares and the promise of freedom leads to a life of imprisonment? What happens when you discover that all that's gold loses its glitter? Maybe the rich and famous aren't living The Good Life. Maybe our dreams are rooted in lies. And maybe, just maybe those who have less really have more. What is The Good Life...really?
In this book, titled after his acclaimed fourth album, The Good Life, Christian rap artist and author, Trip Lee, unveils what the world, the flesh and the devil promote as the ultimate and most satisfying life. He then explains what The Good Life really is: a life within our reach and yet beyond anything this world has to offer. Imagine: The Good Life.
Everybody wants to live the good life. Hip hop artist and author, Trip Lee, in this book titled after his acclaimed album "The Good Life," explores what the good life really is.
Maybe money won't solve all of our problems. Maybe life isn't all about us. And maybe the ideas we've been sold are pointing us in the wrong direction.
In this book, titled after his acclaimed fourth album, The Good Life, Christian rap artist and author, Trip Lee, unveils what the world, the flesh and the devil promote as the ultimate and most satisfying life. He then explains whatThe Good Life really is: a life within our reach and yet beyond anything this world has to offer.
This book aims to turn us away from the lies that have made us robots, and lead us to true freedom. The road may not be easy, but it's worth it. You can be freed from your robot soul. And you can live the good life.
William Lee Barefield III, better known as Trip Lee, is a Christian hip-hop artist under the Reach Records label. Trip Lee's music has topped Billboard charts, the iTunes chart, and he has received Dove nominations and a Stellar Award. His Christ-centered and God-exalting music has reached thousands with the good news of Jesus Christ. Trip Lee now resides in Washington, D.C., with his wife and son. Trip's unending desire is to proclaim the grace and beauty of Jesus Christ to anyone who will listen.
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Trip Lee does a good job of developing an understanding of what the good life truly is in simple terms yet with refreshing revelation. The book has this big brother appeal which really grasps a young readers attention. My students felt they could connect with the voice of the speaker, some felt he was "telling their story".
However, this book is not only for young people. Trip Lee does a good job of telling it like it is--how so many adults have bought into the lie or the world perspective of the good life and have become children's & mentee's misinformed teachers. It leaves you asking the question of yourself--who am I really and what gospel truths as a Christian am I displaying in this world?
Am I still connected to my old robot life and ways?
This book is definitely a Romans 12:2 type of read---a real mind renewal
The first thing I do when I pick up a book is take a look at the endorsements. If there are authors whom I read and opinions in respect, then the author has pretty much won me over. Granted, I usually read a few pages of the introduction or the first chapter, but endorsements by my favorite writers pretty much guarantees a sale. Trip Lee's book, "The Good Life" shares its name with his most recently released studio album. (Which, by the way, is phenomenal. Get it here if you don't have it yet.) To put it plainly, his book is about is about what it is titled as - the good life. Trip explains the good life as, "a life within our reach and yet beyond anything this world has to offer."
Trip's book consists of 12 short chapters divided into four easy to read sections. Although each section leads into the next, I believe that each section has the ability to stand on it's own.
Section one introduces the reader to the good life. This section is three chapters of Trip comparing and contrasting what believers know to be the good life with what non-believers, i.e. the world, believes to be the good life. He slowly unpacks the three great liars in this life - "the world, the flesh and the Devil" (p.19) and lets the reader know how these lies have "promised the good life, but in reality they only kept us from it and leads us to death" (p.26). From this point, Trip beings to delve into the everlasting truths of the Savior.
Sections two and three are where Trip really starts to unpack the goodness of Christ. You can see from the chapter titles alone where he is taking the reader:
- Ch 4: The Good News
- Ch 5: The Good Book
- Ch 6: Good People
- Ch 7: Good Works
- Ch 8: Good Stuff
- Ch 9: Good Dreams
- Ch 10: Good Times
I appreciate how Trip is ever so careful to explain the gospel (what it is and the importance of it) and the scriptures. He is purposeful in the words he chooses and how he explains the concepts of repenting and being saved. But even further, he explains how there is nothing we, in and of ourselves, can do in our saving. He points the glory to whom rightfully deserves it - God. Even in his explaination of "how to live the good life" (section three), he is careful to give God the praise in his initiative of offering salvation to undeserving peoples.
The fourth and final section of the book is Trip explaining the good that comes from a good God. How we are called to have unwavering faith because "God has not promised to prosper, watch over, or bless those who rebel against Him" (p.141). He again encourages repentance and encourages the reader that no one, not even Satan himself, can hold your sins against you once you have submitted your life to the authority of Jesus Christ. He ends to book talking about the "forever good life" in heaven (p.152). An appropriate end to an encouraging book.
I particularly like he ends each chapter with an excerpt of the lyrics of a song from his album that relates to the subject matter of said chapter. Nice touch.
I believe Trip Lee has written an excellent book that I would feel comfortable recommending to believers and non-believers alike. I think it would be excellent to use in a teen study. I've thought about picking up another copy so that my daughter and I could go through it together. His writing is refreshing, energizing, and comfortable. A reader decently versed in theology could tell that he is tackling some deep truths, but in no way is he speaking over the head of the reader. At 26, I believe Trip has a platform to speak to teens and young adults in a way that meets them on their level of life experience, and he can relate the scriptures to them in a way to show how meaningful and relevant the Bible is to their day to day lives. On the other side, he writes with a maturity that an older crowd, well versed in life and scripture, would have no problem gleaning some nuggets of truth from book about living a good life. Bottom line - this is a well done book by a godly brother whose life is genuinely lost in Christ.
For fans of Trip Lee the rapper, this may be the beginning of the end for you. Trip has the chance to become a better author than he is a rapper. His passion for making that transition is evident throughout this work and I anticipate the Lord using The Good Life to open new doors for him. Its rare that a 24 year-old can write something this truthful and culturally relevant. Shout out to Moody Publishers for responding to the need to bring biblical truth from an urban perspective to the marketplace.