Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Book Review: Simple Secrets to a Happy Life by Luci Swindoll

"Simple Secrets to a Happy Life - 50 ways to make the most of every day", by Luci Swindoll, is a treasure of a book. Luci is nearly 80, and has lived a life packed with love and adventure...and she doesn't seem as if she will be giving up the adventure any time soon! Her chatty, intimate style drew me in immediately - I felt as if I were receiving warm and wise advice from a dearest aunt. After all, one would expect that a book written by a woman who's motto is, "if the joy of having something is greater than the pain of paying it off.do it. We only live once" would encourage one to live life to the fullest!

The book is structured as a series of 50 brief (2-4 pages) chapters - each with a specific focus, such as "Be On Time for Everything" and "Decide What is Not Necessary" and "Celebrate the Life You're Given". Each chapter contains anecdotes from Swindoll's own life or the life of a great person (George Washington Carver makes a memorable appearance!) that illustrate her lesson. Each chapter also contains a scriptural basis, or underpinning, for the lesson as well.

Unlike many "be happy" books I have come across, which tend to emphasize selfishness and self-importance, this book advises a healthy and balanced self-love coupled with selflessness and service to others. I highly recommend this title....and it would make a great gift for anyone suffering a case of the chronic "me me me's" ...which certainly pop into my life now and again!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson through BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trace Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."