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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400203538
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400203536
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,139,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Author, Women of Faith® speaker to over 350,000 women a year, photographer, musician, artist, and world traveller, Luci Swindoll loves to share her joy of life with everyone she encounters.

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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.

Customer Reviews

Everyone should not just own this book, but read it multiple times.
Julie
Whatever it was that drew me in, Luci Swindoll's easy writing style, real life stories, sense of humor, and simple advice for life kept me there!
Eleanor Biddulph
Simple secrets to a happy life by Luci Swindoll gives 50 ways to "make the most of every day".
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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 to...so 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 E. 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie on June 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Review:

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 Lavish Bookshelf on April 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Book summary: Luci Swindoll, sister of Chuck Swindoll, dishes out advice and helpful hints that she has learned in her 80 years on Earth.

Book quote: "I've come to realize that Mother spoke to us more often than not in five-word sentences, always starting with a verb. Since the verb is the part of speech that requires action (and that's what Mother wanted), that verb held the key to making her desires know, so we'd get on with it - make tracks, do our chores, think right thoughts, behave in the manner she asked of us...it's out of those learned patterns that I'm writing this book...Every chapter title stars with an imperative verb and is five words long." (Simple Secrets to a Happy Life, introduction paraphrased, pages xi-xii)

My thoughts: Luci Swindoll is a famous Christian motivational speaker and world traveller, so I was very eager to read her latest book, Simple Secrets to a Happy Life. I was hoping for insights and inspirations and I head down my path of downsizing my possessions.

Unfortunately, this book really failed to deliver any real genuine insights or inspirations at all. With clever little ditties of advice such as ""Thank Others for Their Efforts" or "Be on Time for Everything," this book felt more like a giant list of things that one simply must "do" in order to be happy.

In fact, my biggest disappointment with this book was the whole "do" idea behind it. The entire premise of this book is based on the idea that Luci Swindoll's mother would direct her own children by starting her sentences with an imperative verb. In turn, Luci Swindoll has written this book with a similar tone of motherly imperative diction.

I must admit, after reading 50 suggestions of things I must "do," I was, quite honestly, overwhelmed and depressed.
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