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Can you really be happy in ANY situation? YES!

Contrary to popular belief, happy people aren't born happy. And they face difficulties as we all do. But they have discovered something the rest of us can learn--how to tap into a deep happiness that flows no matter the circumstance.

Filled with practical advice and biblical wisdom, Secrets to a Happy Life shows how true satisfaction is anchored to the soul, safe from the disappointments and stresses at the surface of life. Drawing lessons from the remarkable life of Joseph, who was sold into slavery at a young age and endured much hardship, you will discover how to:

· See all the ways God is working for your joy
· Get beyond the negative emotions that hold you back
· Find rest in God's goodness and control
· View your life from heaven's perspective
· Create--and tap into--your own deep well of happiness

Life will always have its ups and downs, but with the life-changing secrets in this book, you can amplify and sustain the joy already inside you.

About the Author

Bill Giovannetti (DMin, Fuller Theological Seminary) is the senior pastor of the rapidly growing Neighborhood Church in northern California and teaches seminary-level ministry and theology courses. His first book was How to Keep Your Inner Mess from Trashing Your Outer World. His articles appear in Stand Firm Magazine, Focus on the Family, In Touch, Leadership Journal, and other print and online publications. Bill and his family live in Redding, California. Learn more at www.maxgrace.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (June 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764211242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764211249
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #978,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael Taylor TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 3, 2013
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"Secrets to a Happy Life" by Bill Giovannetti is a great read for anyone needing to understand that happiness may be found in whatever situation we find ourselves in. The author is an Italian, my ancestors include: English, German, French and Swiss. The author is from Chicago and lives in northern California. I was born, raised, and except for 5 years living in Virginia while in the US Air Force, have lived in North Carolina all my life (have visited several states and still think NC is the best state to live in!). Despite these differences, the points covered in the book may apply to anyone of various backgrounds.

Among the topics covered include:

1. A pilgrim is detached from the things of this world and attached to heaven.
2. Our loyalty to God is to be larger than anything else and God is much more loyal to us.
3. Rest your heart in God's providence.
4. Don't settle for a lifestyle beneath your true identity.
5. Instead of focusing on the "duty" of being a Christian, focus on the identity you have in Christ.
6. Since God is for you, be the person He wants you to be.
7. Interpreting your life from heaven's perspective is a way to a happy life.
8. 5 rules to follow while you wait for God's timing and intervention.
9. Our lives will be easier when we submit to God's ways.
10. What God has in mind for us is always better than what we have in mind.

The title is around 180 pages and I enjoyed the author's direct writing style, pulling no punches, and sense of humor. You will be encouraged and challenged have God's joy in you no matter the circumstances.

Highly recommended.
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Adversity is inevitable, but misery is optional. It IS possible to be happy, even when life around you is swirling out of control, and Bill Giovannetti tells you why and how in this book. Giovannetti reminds that your sudden need did not startle God from a nice snooze. He saw every opportunity and every adversity in your life a long time ago. He heard every prayer you would pray and all the prayers you should have prayed but didn't. And He not only knew all these things, but He made perfect provision for every single one!

What is a happy life in adversity? A happy life is a "frame of spirit", an all-embracing way of looking at life and finding the contentedness that comes from freely submitting to and delighting in God. Giovannetti leads us through the story of Joseph, his life and all the adversity he faced, and shows us who God is and was through it all. He parallels Joseph's story with the story of how He works in your life, revealing how God orchestrates the best possible outcomes even within the worst possible contexts.

When I first saw the title of this book, I was expecting a false, shallow, health-wealth type book that said God wants you to be healthy and comfortably happy. After reading a little about the author, I decided to read it and give it a chance, and I'm glad I did.

At first I was a little disturbed by the language "life-changing secrets" and "find your dream" and "know your destiny", but reading it all in context, I realized what Giovannetti was doing. He was not writing in "Christianese". He is using fresh word choices from today's culture to explain God's providence. He uses today's vernacular to bring the gospel to the reader and to show how God works in our lives are how we find satisfaction in life.
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Bill Giovannetti's book came into my life at a time when I was finding happiness to be very elusive indeed. Within a few pages, I realized that God was using this book to share His love, as He always does when I need to stop counting my troubles and begin counting my blessings.

In SECRETS TO A HAPPY LIFE, Giovannetti does an incredible job of bringing the Joseph story to life (think technicolor dreamcoat with spiritual significance), and beyond this novel-like get-into-the-character's mind and eyes, he adds dimension with historical facts, comic relief, personal anecdotes, and gut-searing eternal truths. Giovannetti's words will do a better job than mine of conveying the value and strengths of this book. From Chapter One: "God had to peel my fingers off some stuff that brought me happiness so he could bring me to a place of greater happiness." From Chapter Four: "The Bible is, above all else, the story of God's loyalty." From Chapter Nine: "When you integrate divine wisdom into your consciousness. . . . You see yourself as nobody's victim."

SECRETS TO A HAPPY LIFE can be read in a variety of ways: as a self-help book, as a study book (study questions included at the end of each chapter), and for entertainment - you will at times laugh out loud. I guarantee it.

I received my review copy for free; HOWEVER, I just ordered a copy through Amazon to give away on my blog. That's how much I believe in this book.
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Sometimes I come across a book that speaks to me profoundly. Secrets to a Happy Life did just that. I underlined so many parts and dog-eared so many pages. In an unassuming way full of the unforced rhythms of grace, Bill Giovannetti has penned real answers to some of life's deepest questions. In this post-modern era that we all find ourselves wading through, it's good to take time for some introspection. The pages of Secrets to a Happy Life help with that. I was absorbed from beginning to end, and know that I am better because of the reading.

Giovannetti has an easy style of writing and is a masterful storyteller. You can see and feel the scenes from his past that he relays, as well as the scenes from the life of a familiar Bible character. You'll be surprised at how you see this famous person from history in a new light.

The quotes that Giovannetti used in this book really spoke to me. I know I'll be referring to them for years to come.

Secrets to a Happy Life pleasantly reminded me of some of Andy Andrews' books, which have been influential in changing my life. I recommend Secrets to a Happy Life to anyone who wants to press deeper into the healing message of the Bible, or for people who have questions about Christianity in general. And, if you think you're pretty happy in your current season of life, read this book anyway. You'll be glad that you did.
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