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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 (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #549,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Hardcover
Simple Ways to Be Happy by Luci Swindoll was an enjoyable read. I just felt like I was sitting with Luci and soaking up some of the wisdom she has to share from nearly 80 years of living. Anne Lamott states in the forward, Luci is every one's best friend and soul mate--and I felt like she was mine as I read through the book.

These couple of sentences from Luci some up the book from my point of view. "Someday when my life is over, I'd like to be remembered for three things, that I was gracious, generous, and grateful. If I can achieve that, I'll feel like I've lived a life of meaning and richness. . .We can have money, fame comfort, belongings, titles, and all that comes with each of those, but if we are not grateful or generous, we've missed the mark of being happy. And if we don't treat other people graciously, we'll never have friends."(from chapter 50) Lucy goes on to say that her prayer for the readers of her book is to live a rich life filled with thanksgiving and love.

While I don't know that any ONE of the things she discusses will bring you happiness, I think they will bring enjoyment to your own life as well as the lives of those around you if you apply them. Some of Luci's 50 chapters include: Let People Know You Care, Focus on what is Important Now, Build Yourself a Small Library, Get Doctrine Under Your Belt, Listen With Your Whole Heart and Invite People To Your Home. Each chapter offers ideas to help improve your life, Scripture to go along with many of them, and real life examples that Luci shares from her 80 years of living.

I have heard Luci speak at two Women of Faith events as well as on Focus on the Family's radio show. I enjoy her wonderful sense of humor and how "real" she seems to be. I admire her zest for Christ and living an adventurous life.
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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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