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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 sin’s effects on this world?
 
Trillia Newbell explains how we often miss opportunities to participate in God’s divine delight because we’re discouraged, fixated on selfish fulfillment, or paralyzed by guilt.  Enjoy serves as an encouraging reminder of God’s gracious gifts and also challenges women to view all of these gifts—from relationships and careers to food and sex—as reasons to rejoice in the Lord and grow in our understanding and appreciation of who He is.  
 
This thought-provoking book invites you to explore the truth of God’s Word and discover how to nurture daily a spirit of gratitude and deep satisfaction.
 
Enjoy will open your eyes and your heart to the freedom of fully enjoying all God has given us!

Praise

“In Enjoy, Trillia Newbell draws us toward a better understanding of the goodness of God. She invites us to give ourselves permission not just to see his goodness, but to savor it in tangible ways in the simple pleasures of life. Her message is challenging and freeing, practical and personal, spoken with the graciousness that characterizes her life and ministry. I was drawn to reflect on my tendency to misuse or take for granted God’s good gifts, and I was reminded that enjoying them as they were intended to be enjoyed is nothing less than an act of worship.”
—Jen Wilkin, Bible teacher and author of Women of the Word

“Can we honor God by enjoying his good gifts? Boldly and simply, Trillia Newbell says yes. Take up her practical and biblical challenge to find delight in the everyday. Most important, let your heart brim with gratitude and praise for the Giver of all good things.”
—Jen Pollock Michel, award-winning author of Teach Us to Want and Keeping Place

“Trillia Newbell writes with wisdom and grace on why Christians can and should take joy in the gifts that God has given us. This practical book will help all Christians see how the gospel transforms every part of our lives. Trillia Newbell is a gift to the church.”
—Russell Moore, president, Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

“Are you weary of contrived checklists and lackluster limitations that stifle faith and steal your joy? This book is the breath of fresh air you’ve been craving. In this delightfully refreshing read, Trillia invites us, indeed, to taste and see that the Lord is good—and so is this glorious world and everything in it. God has given us all good things to enjoy, and this book sets us free to relish every moment of every aspect of our lives.”
—Deidra Riggs, author of One: Unity in a Divided World and Every Little Thing

“In her new book Enjoy, Trillia Newbell warmly invites us to the forgotten feast of joyful living. She reveals how we can find delight in our duties, pleasure in our play, fellowship in our friendships, and wonder in our world. Most of all, she faithfully encourages our enjoyment of God as we enjoy the gifts he’s given.”
—Melissa Kruger, author of The Envy of Eve and Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood

“I grew up in the church. I’ve heard literally thousands of messages canvassing almost every topic you can imagine. Almost. I have never in my life heard a single message that God has green-lighted me to simply enjoy him and all of the gifts he has for me—until now. My friend Trillia Newbell has done both Christians and those curious about Christ a great service. She’s eulogized the ‘curmudgeon God,’ portrayed by so many Christians throughout the centuries and has unleashed a smiling God who wants his children to come alive through the gifts he’s given us. I so wish I had read this decades ago.”
—Bryan Loritts, lead pastor of Abundant Life Christian Fellowship and author of Saving the Saved

“Trillia J. Newbell has an infectious joy. Her joy in the Lord and the good gifts he gives us bursts forth from these pages like a firecracker on a summer night, like a flow of water between the rocks, like an uncontainable word of praise for a job well done. This book, like its author, is a delight.”
—Karen Swallow Prior, PhD, author of Booked and Fierce Convictions

“As you walk with Christ and mature, you come to realize true Christians live in a state well described by the apostle Paul: ‘Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing.’ Trillia Newbell has the ability to point you to real joy in Jesus while not ignoring the pain that’s an ever-present reality for us all. You will find real comfort in her biblical exposition of this world’s beauty without sugarcoating the bitter parts of Christian life. I truly appreciate an author capable of such balance.”
—Aixa López, blogger at Corazón a Papel (Heart to Paper); pastor’s wife; and board member, Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) of Guatemala

“God is mighty and powerful, all knowing and everywhere at once. These are good truths. God is also a loving Father who gives good gifts to be enjoyed deeply by his children. Christians should belly laugh often, enjoy dinner with friends, and be awestruck by the beauty of God’s creation. In Enjoy, Trillia does a masterful job of helping us learn to enjoy God’s good graces to us.”
—Matt Chandler, lead pastor, teaching, The Village Church

“I can’t think of anyone who better epitomizes the theme of this book than Trillia Newbell! Her joyful spirit and big-as-the-world smile are infectious and emanate from a woman who, in the midst of a broken world, has found true, robust joy in our God who is making all things new and has given us countless good gifts to enjoy.”
—Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, author, host/teacher of Revive Our Hearts

About Trillia Newbell

Trillia J. Newbell is the author of two previous books, Fear and Faith and United. Her writings on issues of faith, family, and diversity have been published in the Knoxville News-Sentinel and Relevant Magazine, as well as on numerous websites, such as Desiring God, Christianity Today, and the Gospel Coalition. She is the director of community outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Trillia lives near Nashville with her husband, Thern, and their children.

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Product Details

240 pages | Published by Multnomah

On Sale Date: Dec 20, 2016

Trim Size: 5-3/16 x 8

Carton Quantity: 24

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About Enjoy by Trillia Newbell

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 sin’s effects on this world? Trillia Newbell explains how we often miss opportunities to participate in God’s divine delight because we’re discouraged, fixated on selfish fulfillment, or paralyzed by guilt.  Enjoy serves as an encouraging reminder of God’s gracious gifts and also challenges women to view all of these gifts—from relationships and careers to food and sex—as reasons to rejoice in the Lord and grow in our understanding and appreciation of who He is. This thought-provoking book invites you to explore the truth of God’s Word and discover how to nurture daily a spirit of gratitude and deep satisfaction. Enjoy will open your eyes and your heart to the freedom of fully enjoying all God has given us!

Press Release

How Do We Live an Abundant Life in a Fallen World?
 
“Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.”
-from the Westminster Shorter Catechism
In Enjoy: Finding the Freedom to Delight Daily in God’s Good Gifts (Multnomah, December 20, 2016), Trillia Newbell shows how God gives believers much to be thankful for, celebrate and enjoy even in the midst of hardship, brokenness and sadness.
Trillia Newbell loved cycling. She relished time spent exercising outdoors, admiring God’s creation as she rode. But simply enjoying time on the bike felt wrong – she felt pressure to somehow legitimize the time with deeper meaning.
“I began to ask myself why I felt I couldn’t have a hobby solely for the purpose of enjoyment,” writes Newbell. “Why did I wrestle with the guilt over time spent riding my bike, feeling as if it were a waste of time unless I turned it into something greater? Could a leisure activity possibly be a way to glorify God? I’ve discovered the answer is a definite yes.”
Newbell, Director of Community Outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, invites reader to explore what it could look like if true, God-given enjoyment of God’s gifts permeated all areas of life. But Newbell doesn’t write from an unrealistic perspective; she recognizes there are unique and difficult challenges to enjoying God’s gifts in the midst of a fallen world marked by pain, suffering and sadness. Enjoying isn’t always easy or natural, but it’s critical for the life that finds deep joy and pleasure in the giver of all good things.
 
Each chapter is a biblical, practical exploration on celebrating different gifts from God as well as discussing how they have been broken and can be misconstrued because of sin. Topics covered include:
·         Relationships
·         Work
·         Rest
·         Sex
·         Possessions
·         Art and culture
 
“My prayer is that in learning to better enjoy, recognize, and appreciate these gifts, we’ll learn to more clearly see and more passionately worship the provider of these good gifts,” Newbell writes.
 
Enjoy also contains The Enjoy Project, additional material and suggestions at the end of each chapter designed to equip readers with practical ways to pursue and find enjoyment in each covered topic.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
Trillia J. Newbell is the author of Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves (2015) and United: Captured by God's Vision for Diversity (2014). Her writings on issues of faith, family, and diversity have been published in the Knoxville News-Sentinel, Desiring God, Christianity Today, Relevant Magazine, The Gospel Coalition, and more. She is the Director of Community Outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. Trillia is married to her best friend, Thern, they reside with their two children near Nashville, TN.
 
Visit her online:
Website: http://www.trillianewbell.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TrilliaNewbell/
Twitter: @trillianewbell
 
Praise for Enjoy
 
“In Enjoy, Trillia Newbell draws us toward a better understanding of the goodness of God. She invites us to give ourselves permission not just to see his goodness, but to savor it in tangible ways in the simple pleasures of life. Her message is challenging and freeing, practical and personal, spoken with the graciousness that characterizes her life and ministry. I was drawn to reflect on my tendency to misuse or take for granted God’s good gifts, and I was reminded that enjoying them as they were intended to be enjoyed is nothing less than an act of worship.”
—Jen Wilkin, Bible teacher and author of Women of the Word
 
 
“Trillia Newbell writes with wisdom and grace on why Christians can and should take joy in the gifts that God has given us. This practical book will help all Christians see how the gospel transforms every part of our lives. Trillia Newbell is a gift to the church.”
—Russell Moore, president, Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
 
 
“I grew up in the church. I’ve heard literally thousands of messages canvassing almost every topic you can imagine. Almost. I have never in my life heard a single message that God has green-lighted me to simply enjoy him and all of the gifts he has for me—until now. My friend Trillia Newbell has done both Christians and those curious about Christ a great service. She’s eulogized the ‘curmudgeon God,’ portrayed by so many Christians throughout the centuries and has unleashed a smiling God who wants his children to come alive through the gifts he’s given us. I so wish I had read this decades ago.”
—Bryan Loritts, lead pastor of Abundant Life Christian Fellowship and author of Saving the Saved
 
“God is mighty and powerful, all knowing and everywhere at once. These are good truths. God is also a loving Father who gives good gifts to be enjoyed deeply by his children. Christians should belly laugh often, enjoy dinner with friends, and be awestruck by the beauty of God’s creation. In Enjoy, Trillia does a masterful job of helping us learn to enjoy God’s good graces to us.”
—Matt Chandler, lead pastor, teaching, The Village Church

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I am currently reading a book called "Enjoy - Finding the freedom to delight in God's good gifts" by Trillia Newbell. I received this book from 'Blogging for books'. I have done two book reviews so far, "How to own it" by Sallie Krawcheck, and "The Women of Easter" by Liz Curtis Higgs. 

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By Jessica Hnatiuk

 Mrs. Newbell knows how to stop you dead in your tracks & enjoy your life! I loved her writing style, more relaxed than preachy. The art work on the cover looks so real I actually thought it was a photo! This book is fantastic for the upcoming Summer season, making you look forward for those slow & steady days instead of the rat race days. It would be perfect for any adult!

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By Emmaline Gravel

Title: EnjoyAuthor: Trillia J. NewbellGenre: Christian, Nonfiction, Women, Self-HelpPlot: Have you ever found yourself enjoying a delicious piece of dark chocolate and then feeling guilty about it later? And then your guilty feelings prompt you to eat more chocolate, less enjoyably this time around? Well, Trillia Newbell's new book will help you to break that cycle by offering you this one radical new thought: God wants you to enjoy that...

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By Chris MacLeavy

I'm one of those people who always tries to make the most of every opportunity. Need to get in the car? I'd better listen to a Christian podcast and learn something on the drive. I can sometimes find myself in low-level guilt if I simply play or relax without infusing it with more purpose. But can we honour God by doing things for no other reason than that they bring us pleasure? In her new book 'Enjoy: Finding the Freedom to Delight Daily in...

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By Amanda Buck

Wow.  So easily do these truths in this book get overlooked.  I definitely will be reading this book again.  God did not create us to be entitled, but to enjoy the gifts he gives us.  I was given this book to read in exchange for a truthful evaluation for Blogging for Books.  This would be a good women's Bible Study.

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