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Simple Secrets to a Happy Life Hardcover – March 12, 2012

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About the Author

Luci Swindoll is author of Celebrating Life and a co-author of various Women of Faith devotionals. She has served as a business executive of Mobil Oil Corporation and as vice president with Insight for Living. She lives in Frisco, Texas.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400203538
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400203536
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

No one enjoys themselves more than Luci Swindoll. She's full of anticipation, fun, and a sense of adventure that just won't quit. Her exuberant love for life has seen her through a career as a corporate executive at Mobil Oil, performances with the Dallas Opera, and a stint as Vice President of Public Relations at her brother Chuck's ministry, Insight for Living. One of Women of Faith's original speakers, Luci has been inspiring women across North America for 12 years now. Author, speaker, photographer, musician, and artist, Luci lives in Texas in a home that is part art gallery, part library, part studio, and all Luci.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Candace on March 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I chose to read Simple Secrets to a Happy Life as my next BookSneeze review title because I have heard lots of good things about Luci Swindoll and her writing! I knew she was a woman full of wisdom that also wrote with a great sense of humor.

What really caught my eye was the little yellow circle on the front of the book that says, "50 ways to make the most of everyday." That sounds good to me, what about you? I find that I do not "cherish the moment" and live in the moment as much as I'd like I thought this book might be helpful and encouraging in that regard!

While this book was full of wisdom from Luci Swindoll, I didn't consider her tips to really be "secrets." :) I admit it, I was hoping for something new to try...some practical ways to cherish the moments of my days. I enjoyed the wisdom that she shared, but I just didn't feel like I got any insight into enjoying my days more. (maybe I really am a helpless cause when it comes to living in the moment!! ha!)

I did like the fact that each of these chapters was short and sweet. This would be a great book to leave laying out and pick up through your day to catch a little snippet of wisdom. As a mom, I often can't handle books that have really.long.chapters. I just can't read it all in one sitting! And then by the time I pick it up again, I have forgotten the beginning of the chapter! So, this book is great for busy moms like me who only can read a few pages at a time!

I'm going to fill you in on a little secret or two. But I'm not going to give away all 50 secrets...just a few to let you know a little more about the book!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Violet Nesdoly on June 2, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
In her latest book Luci Swindoll shares fifty secrets of how to live a happy life. She does this under the broad headings of The Basics, Developing Your Style, Achieving Balance, Living a Good Life, and Staying Connected.

In addition to topics one would expect to see in this type of book (like "Let people know you care," "Write down the important things," and "Look for ways to help") are surprises like, "Know for sure you're insured," "Cook something special for yourself," and "Draw a picture to understand" (where she suggests sketching and drawing as activities to help us understand what we see in the world around us).

Swindoll's writing style is warm, friendly, and encouraging. The stories she tells on herself make the book relatable to life, interesting, and authoritative. Sometimes they add humor. But more often than not they have an "ouch" quality that makes it easy to see why they have stuck with her and underline the important life-lesson they illustrate.

Themes that flow through her "Secrets" are contentment, gratitude, generosity, faith, openness to adventure, common sense, self-awareness, independence, hospitality, and graciousness. It is inspirational cover-to-cover with an uplifting and positive take-away for whatever life-stage you're in.

Simple Secrets to a Happy Life would be an especially great choice for when one is at one of life's crossroads like graduation, starting a new career, marriage, retirement, or simply as preparation for making the next set of New Year's Resolutions.

(I received a digital copy of the book as a gift from the publisher for the purpose of writing a review.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julie on June 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover

I could sum this review up in one sentence.

Everyone should not just own this book, but read it multiple times. Everyone!

I don't know Luci Swindoll, but I honestly felt like I was sitting on the front porch sipping iced tea, listening to her remind me of what's important in life. It seems that some of the Simple Secrets are things our parents tried to teach us as kids, and as adults we seem to forget or just let slide.

When I saw "50 ways to make the most of every day," I wasn't sure I could get through a book with 50 chapters. Especially when I thought I had a pretty happy life as it was. There may be fifty chapters, but there's only 158 pages. So, don't even think twice! Go pick up this book for yourself, and a friend. You'll both be glad you did!

This book IS a simple secret to a happy life.

Thank you Luci Swindoll!

I received a copy of this book from BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review. Thank you, BookSneeze!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Adkisson on March 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Just as Luci Swindoll's mother, when giving instructions to her children, began every request with a verb that required action, so does Luci in her newest book Simple Secrets to a Happy Life. The title of each chapter begins with an action verb. While she doesn't claim to have all the answers regarding how to "live happily ever after", she does claim that there are some secrets she has learned through her life that make living richer and more enjoyable. Each of those fifty secrets require action on our part, whether physical, mental, or spiritual. The book is broken down into five section but Ms. Swindoll begins with the basics such as honoring your Mother and Father, how to treat other people, having a daily devotional, and organization. She then goes on to discuss topics such as focusing on the here and now, integrity, thankfulness, celebrating milestones, and the importance of friends and community. Each chapter contains somewhat of a "memoir" of her life as an illustration.

There are times when all of us need the words Ms. Swindoll has recorded as they do take us "back to the basics" and just some good common sense, moral living. However, don't look to this volume as a perfect fix when your life isn't as you wish it was. Only God can make us truly happy and fill the emptiness in our lives. While the thoughts in this book may make your life and the lives of those who know you a bit more pleasant and joyful (if you act on them), I would be hesitant to say that they will bring you true happiness.

For me, I think this book is a good reminder of habits that I should have in my life and could be a wonderful chapter-a-day book. Each chapter is very short--I don't think any one of them was over 3 pages.
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