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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...


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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.




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.



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 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, DC with his wife and ^is finishing his Biblical and Theological Studies degree with Boyce College. Trip's ^unending desire is to proclaim the grace and beauty of Jesus Christ to anyone that ^will listen. Ultimately, he hopes this journey will someday lead to pastoring a ^church.


BOOK SECTIONS:


Section I: What ^is the Good Life? (Chapter 1: Don't Eat the Fruit; Chapter 2: The Good Teacher; ^Chapter 3: Redefining the Good Life)


Section II: How Do I ^Live the Good Life? (Chapter 4: The Good News; Chapter 5: The Good Book and "Good" ^People; Chapter 6: Good Choices; Chapter 7: Good Stuff; Chapter 8: Good Times; Chapter ^9: Good Outcomes


Section III: What Kind of Good from God ^Should I Hope For? (Chapter 10: No Good Thing Withheld; Chapter 11: Great Expectations; ^Chapter 12: Your Best Life Later)




I was eleven years old. I was sitting on the floor ^in my bedroom, shoes off and headphones blaring. There was nowhere else I'd rather ^be than in my space, with my music. The deep bass piercing my eardrums was supplied ^by Jay-Z's Vol. 2, The Hard Knock Life, my favorite album at the time.


On ^track fourteen, Jigga and JD brag, "In the Ferrari and Jaguar switching four lanes, ^top down, screaming out money ain't a thing."1 Yes, I had the clean version, so ^my ears were shielded from the foul language, but not from all harm. There is no ^edited version that removes worldviews.


What I thought was just fun music ^was actually far more. When I hit play on my portable CD player, I was going to ^class. They weren't teaching me math and grammar, but they were teaching me how ^to view the world. They were lecturing me about what my aspirations should be, and ^what is most important in the world. And unknowingly, I was a star pupil. I ate ^it up and believed the lie that Ferraris and Jaguars are what life is largely about. ^If I wanted the good life, I needed the money, the cars, and the girls.


Rappers ^weren't my only teachers though. I heard lessons every day from my parents, my schoolteachers, ^my friends, and my favorite TV shows. Every day I was bombarded with messages and ^images that shaped my perspective on life. And I'm not alone. Every single one of ^us has an idea about what "the good life" is, and we've learned it from somewhere. ^In the same way our region dictates the accent we speak with, our environments and ^influences shape our ideas about life.


Every time you hear an idea or observe ^a behavior, you're being presented with a message. And as we take those messages ^in, we can either reject or accept them (though we often do this subconsciously). ^We shouldn't be asking whether or not we're being taught; there's no question about ^that. We should be asking whether or not we're being taught well...We need a better ^teacher.


Lyrics rom"Robot"


Hey I was born "less than human," ^I know it sounds crazy


But I was really born a robot as a baby


No ^real life in me, I just played my role


No self-control, I just did what I ^was told


I got my first order, I was just a day old


But I didn't have ^a chance 'cause my heart was way cold


My heart took the orders, it couldn't ^break the mold


I was sold under bondage and I couldn't take control


So ^I was just chillin' in my robot clothes


With my robot friends and my robot ^flow


Livin' robot ways 'cause that's all I know


Till I heard I could ^be freed from my robot soul.




Fresh and faithful. Fun and filling.


-Mark Dever, Senior Pastor ^of Capitol Hill Baptist Church and author of 9 Marks of a Healthy Church


 


My ^entire ministry has been focused on speaking to my generation. As I struggle with ^my concerns for the next one, Trip Lee erases my worries with this brilliant body ^of work. Inside each chapter speaks a young man who cares about the streets as well ^as protecting the Holy Scriptures. I am proud to know truth will continue through ^Trip Lee.


-Kirk Franklin, Grammy winning gospel artist


 


Trip ^Lee has been worth listening to for some time. Now we know he is worth reading too. ^This brief book is an excellent introduction to the Christian faith, communicated ^in a way that is authentic and accessible. I'm thankful for this wonderful brother, ^for his humility, for his theological conviction, and for his growing influence. ^Most of all, I'm thankful for the way he points me to the glory of God and the gospel ^of Jesus Christ.


-Kevin DeYoung, Senior Pastor at University Reformed Church ^and author of Just Do Something


 


The Good Life is ^not a silly book about how to get whatever you might wish for in this life.  Nor ^is it a book about how to become rich and famous...or even a well-known Christian ^hip-hop artist. It's a beautiful retelling of the simple gospel story, that all ^we need is found in our Savior, and all the suffering and waiting for heaven we ^do in this world is nothing in comparison to the good life that is given us freely ^in Christ. Our idols will never satisfy us; the good things in our lives were never ^meant to be our gods, they were meant to tell us that there is something more. The ^Good Life is a really good book. Buy one for yourself and buy some to give ^away to friends who need to hear the good news again.


-Elyse Fitzpatrick, ^Author of Because He Loves Me: How Christ Transforms Our Daily Life


 


Knowledgeable ^and personable.  Witty and insightful.  Serious and joyful.  Trip ^Lee makes a wonderful tour guide to the good life.  You'd expect a rapper to ^be a proponent of all that's worldly and materialistic.  Not this rapper.  ^Lee explores rival worldviews and points us to that one truly good life established ^by the only One who is good.  Read and discover what's good.


-Thabiti ^Anyabwile, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Grand Cayman and author of The Gospel ^for Muslims and What is a Healthy Church Member?


 


Trip ^represents the gracious movement of God in the church, calling a new generation ^to a very old message. Trip is both a skilled communicator and capable theologian, ^and I gladly commend both this book, and his ministry. What would it look like for ^Jesus to be Lord of the hip-hop culture? You'll catch a glimpse of it in this book. ^ 


-J.D. Greear, Pastor of the Summit Church and author of Gospel: ^Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary


 


The ^Good Life is like an alarm clock that awakens you to a whole new way of thinking ^about life.  Trip has done an amazing job of giving us a relevant and revolutionary ^approach to finding the good life.


-Bryan Carter, Senior Pastor of Concord ^Church


 


The Good Life is one the most culturally intelligent, ^biblically saturated presentation of what God intends for men and women that American ^Christianity has produced in decades. Lee is masterful at applying the scope of ^the gospel to the idols and disordered loves that tempt all of us to distrust the ^goodness of God. The Good Life will enrich those who are mature believers ^as well as those investigating the claims of Christ for the first time.


-Anthony ^B. Bradley, Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics at The King's College and ^author of Liberating Black Theology


 


Thankfully ^there are some clear, biblical, and prophetic voices coming from Christian hip-hop. ^Trip Lee is one of them. In this book, Trip reminds us that we serve a good God ^who intends good for his people. This book on the good life is a good read.


-Anthony ^Carter, Lead Pastor of East Point Church and author of Black and Reformed


 


With ^Trip having such a transcultural platform and influence I'm grateful that his writings ^on the essence of a good life are available. He gives potent insight on finding ^satisfaction in God alone, redefining what most people view as good, and unveiling ^what God defines as a truly good life. Get it. Read it.


-Lecrae, Grammy nominated ^rapper and co-owner of Reach Records


 




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 what The 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. ^




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.



-Publisher

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Trip Lee

Trip Lee is an author, teacher, hip-hop artist, and thought leader. A pastor-in-training in Washington, D.C., he regularly preaches and teaches at Christian conferences and events, and has performed his music for thousands of listeners around the world. As a hip-hop artist, Lee's music has received critical acclaim, while reaching a large and growing audience. His third album, "Between Two Worlds", won a Stellar Award and was nominated for two Dove awards. A

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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.


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