Enjoy: Finding the Freedom to Delight Daily in God's Good Gifts

Enjoy: Finding the Freedom to Delight Daily in God's Good Gifts

Is It Okay to Enjoy This Life?Watching a gorgeous sunset. Sharing a laugh with a friend. Tasting a sun-ripened strawberry. Each day is full of opportunities for you to savor the countless gifts the Creator has given.But do you feel free to delight in God’s abundant gifts, or is your joy sometimes distorted by guilt, fear of idolatry, or simply an overwhelming awareness of...

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Title:Enjoy: Finding the Freedom to Delight Daily in God's Good Gifts
Author:Trillia J. Newbell
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ISBN:1601428529
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:224 pages

Enjoy: Finding the Freedom to Delight Daily in God's Good Gifts Reviews

  • Jennifer Grisham
    Feb 04, 2017

    This book is basically Randy Alcorn's Happiness in a shorter form, with more application and less Hebrew/Greek translation. The ability to enjoy things as gifts from God directly combats the exaltation of frowny-face Christians, who confuse enjoyment with idolatry. Newbell wants readers to avoid the equally paralyzing ditches of idolatry and indifference toward God's good gifts. She doesn't assume that life is a "box of chocolates" but trusts that God gives good things because he is good. I part

    This book is basically Randy Alcorn's Happiness in a shorter form, with more application and less Hebrew/Greek translation. The ability to enjoy things as gifts from God directly combats the exaltation of frowny-face Christians, who confuse enjoyment with idolatry. Newbell wants readers to avoid the equally paralyzing ditches of idolatry and indifference toward God's good gifts. She doesn't assume that life is a "box of chocolates" but trusts that God gives good things because he is good. I particularly enjoyed her chapters on work and the arts.

  • Jamie Holloway
    Nov 26, 2016

    Love! Here is my review on my blog.

  • Patricia
    Dec 06, 2016

    Trillia Newbell invites us to dive deep into God-ordained joy in her latest book, Enjoy: Finding Freedom to Delight Daily in God's Good Gifts. The author kicks things off by laying out that God has given us good gifts and these gifts point back to Him, but there are enemies to enjoying these gifts. She identifies discontentment, ingratitude, and guilt as barriers to properly understanding and freely celebrating our blessings. Over the next 10 chapters, readers learn about practical ways to battl

    Trillia Newbell invites us to dive deep into God-ordained joy in her latest book, Enjoy: Finding Freedom to Delight Daily in God's Good Gifts. The author kicks things off by laying out that God has given us good gifts and these gifts point back to Him, but there are enemies to enjoying these gifts. She identifies discontentment, ingratitude, and guilt as barriers to properly understanding and freely celebrating our blessings. Over the next 10 chapters, readers learn about practical ways to battle those enemies as we seek to enjoy our relationship with God and others, work and rest, sex, possessions, food--all of life.

    Enjoy is immensely practical, Christ-centered, and Gospel-focused. Newbell always weaves in the Fall to Redemption narrative and every chapter is saturated with Scripture. At the end of each chapter, there are questions and ideas for what the author calls The Enjoy Project, which is a great way to remember and practice what you learn from the book. The Enjoy Project is useful for people who love to journal, for bloggers as a series of posts, as conversation starters or discussion questions for groups. The last step for every Enjoy Project section is to Preach the gospel to yourself--the best way to enjoy both gift and Giver.

    The book itself is a joy to read and it covers a broad range of topics that apply to a variety of people (for example, she addresses single people when talking about intimacy and does not limit the chapter to just married folks). It's a book for everyone looking to find rest and freedom to enjoy blessings with loose hands, no guilt, and overflowing praise and gratitude.

    I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review.

  • Amanda Emerson
    Jan 31, 2017

    I'm super excited to finally be reading one of Newbell's books. This author has been on my "to read" good reads shelf for a long time. I found this book both incredibly encouraging and challenging rolled up into one. I even took the time to journal through the questions at the end of a few of the chapters. Throughout this book Newbell touches on what it means to truly delight daily in good gifts from the Lord. Enjoy was a true joy to read. Please note that I did receive a review copy of this boo

    I'm super excited to finally be reading one of Newbell's books. This author has been on my "to read" good reads shelf for a long time. I found this book both incredibly encouraging and challenging rolled up into one. I even took the time to journal through the questions at the end of a few of the chapters. Throughout this book Newbell touches on what it means to truly delight daily in good gifts from the Lord. Enjoy was a true joy to read. Please note that I did receive a review copy of this book from Blogging for Books.

  • Amy Langmaack
    Dec 31, 2016

    In Enjoy, Newbell shares 11 different areas of your life in which God has given you good gifts. We've been gifted so many things - each other, intimacy, work, rest, money and so much more. But more than a book, Enjoy is a journey into what it looks like to actively enjoy all of these areas. She invites us into The Enjoy Project, a journey that examines seven different ways to begin to embrace the gifts that are discussed.

    I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books. This review is my

    In Enjoy, Newbell shares 11 different areas of your life in which God has given you good gifts. We've been gifted so many things - each other, intimacy, work, rest, money and so much more. But more than a book, Enjoy is a journey into what it looks like to actively enjoy all of these areas. She invites us into The Enjoy Project, a journey that examines seven different ways to begin to embrace the gifts that are discussed.

    I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books. This review is my honest opinion.

  • Danny
    Jan 04, 2017

    I enjoyed the book, although it is more geared towards women instead of men. Still has a lot of valuable information and does reference the Bible great

  • Andrea Draper
    Jan 12, 2017

    Will give you a different outlook on life. You will learn to enjoy the little things and be happy in the moment and phase in your life.

  • Rachel
    Feb 07, 2017

    This book is a refreshing dose of encouragement in an otherwise dark and depressing world right now. Newbell tackles tough topics like sex, relationships, food, money, work (among other things in life) and examines, through the lens of the gospel, how they are meant for our joy and, ultimately, should lead to a deepening worship of the One who created all things. I found Enjoy to be so refreshing because, sometimes, Christianity is known more for what you can’t do or you’re not supposed to do.

    This book is a refreshing dose of encouragement in an otherwise dark and depressing world right now. Newbell tackles tough topics like sex, relationships, food, money, work (among other things in life) and examines, through the lens of the gospel, how they are meant for our joy and, ultimately, should lead to a deepening worship of the One who created all things. I found Enjoy to be so refreshing because, sometimes, Christianity is known more for what you can’t do or you’re not supposed to do. Rather, Newbell susses out how, as Christians, we should be people who live in freedom, and that freedom should lead us to joy and delight in the good things God has given to us. I particularly found her chapter on intimacy to be a good word to me, personally, for the season of marriage I’m in, and I would recommend it to anyone for that chapter alone.

  • V Luttrell
    Jan 27, 2017

    This book shows the many blessings God gives us ever day. So often we forget to look at them, Trillia helps us focus. Think of nature and how it praises God. Read this book and learn how God wants us to enjoy his world.

  • Nicole
    Feb 13, 2017

    Throughout

    , Newbell incorporated references to Bible verses and also “The Enjoy Project” at the end of chapters – making this read not only perfect for a discussion setting but great for including in personal devotion time.

    can be savored as a light read, but also used as an in-depth tool for spiritual growth. Having those options was one of the best parts of reading this book.

    Newbell's novel to encourage and show us that God's creation is a gift to us - not meant to cause us guilt,

    Throughout

    , Newbell incorporated references to Bible verses and also “The Enjoy Project” at the end of chapters – making this read not only perfect for a discussion setting but great for including in personal devotion time.

    can be savored as a light read, but also used as an in-depth tool for spiritual growth. Having those options was one of the best parts of reading this book.

    Newbell's novel to encourage and show us that God's creation is a gift to us - not meant to cause us guilt, but to be savored as pointing to our Creator.

    Not Only For Women:

    Although primarily geared towards women,

    is applicable towards men as well, and can be a useful tool for either sex. As evidenced by the title, Newbell crafted a novel to show us that we can enjoy (no pun intended) God’s creation without feeling guilty. Creation is one of God’s many gifts to us! Without shirking from touchier subjects (like sex), Newbell gently helps us discern whether we are enjoying something, or idolizing it.

    Newbell helpfully added some perspective to several verses, including Genesis 1:28 within the pages of

    ; on pg. 15 she reminded us that “we must steward his [God’s] world to the best of our ability”. We have dominion over the world, but also a responsibility to it because of the privilege we have been given.

    An immensely thought-provoking read,

    helped me to notice aspects of everyday life that I never thought significant before. It also helped me realize where I have some correction to apply in my own life. For instance, on pg 7 Newbell brings our attention to the fact that God knew man would turn from Him even as He created us, and yet He still declared all that He had made, including man, very good! (Genesis 1:31)

    Included Recommendations:

    Several times while reading

    , I noticed that Newbell included recommendations for works by other authors. It is wonderful to see not only that she supports other writers, but that additional support is given on various topics that aren’t addressed as thoroughly in this novel.

    Reading

    inspired me to start a project of my own to savor God’s creation and gifts to us more thoroughly. I recommend this book to any reader who wants to be challenged and grow spiritually.

    Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.