Simple Secrets to a Happy Life

June 4, 2012 in books

So as a blogger, there is an amazing opportunity to review books. Publishers send out lists of books available and you pick one, they send it to you, you review it on your blog (good or bad) and that’s all. Awesome. Welcome to my first official book review. The book was provided to me free of charge by Book Sneeze in exchange for an honest review. 

Simple Secrets to A Happy Life: 50 Ways to Make the Most of Every Day 
By Luci Swindoll

First I always assumed Luci Swindoll was Charles Swindoll’s wife. Wrong. She is his sister. And prior to reading this book, I knew nothing about her. 

Turns out she lived quite the life. Opera Singer, high level business executive with Mobil Oil, PR director for Insight for Living, single and loving it, highly adventurous and full of joy. Despite the resume I was turned off by all the quotes of endorsement for the book because they seemed to praise Luci more than her message. 

Really this book is a mentoring book. It is written in 50 short chapters (most are 3 pages). Each chapter is a different piece of advice for living with joy. She covers everything from : take Jesus with you every where to set the table for company. 

What I ended up loving about this book, in spite of my initial distrust, was feeling like I was sittting down with a woman who has followed God for a long time and soaking in her words of advice. Ever wish a beloved grandma had written down all her advice for living? That’s what this book is like. Wise advice written in a friendly, persuasive, chatting way. 

Luci’s range of topics are comprehensive too. By the end of the book you’ve read about faith, relationships, organization, communication and health. The short chapters make this book an easy read that doesn’t take much time out of the day. 
Overall it is inspirational and I would recommend it. 

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Blond Duck June 5, 2012 at 10:27 am

I’m going to check this out from the library! Sounds like just what I need.


misssrobin June 5, 2012 at 4:48 pm

It sounds like a great summer read. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for sharing.

Stopping by from SITS.


Renee September 19, 2013 at 11:56 pm

Great review. I love to find books that I can read as devotionals…..and that’s what this sounds like…I will check it out…thanks….


pruningprincesses September 20, 2013 at 10:01 am

Renee, it i a great book. I lent it to a friend who then moved away and I never got it back. I’ve been wanting to return to it and miss it. Thank you for stopping by.


Renee September 20, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Have you check on Amazon for a used one? I can usually find really good deals there…will check for myself too…


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