We all want to make our lives beautiful. We are God's children, and should live as those who have heaven's glory in their souls. We have within us immortal possibilities, and he is as one dead who does not strive to realize the beauty that is folded up in his life.A beautiful life is one that fulfills its mission. In Secrets of a Beautiful Life J. R. Miller aims to guide us through our mission. "Every man's life is a plan of God." One who attains that for which he was made lives beautifully, however lowly his life may be. The aim is to keep God's commandments, to do God's will, to realize God's purpose. James Russell Miller was a popular Christian author, Editorial Superintendent of the Presbyterian Board of Publication, and pastor of several churches in Pennsylvania and Illinois. He was the General field Agent for the United States Christian Commission, an organization established by the Young Men's Christian Association after the First Battle of Bull Run. Miller authored nearly 100 books and articles.