I love Luci! how I wish someday I'll meet her... Luci gives practical advice on setting boundaries in relationships and also ways to refocus our attention on God, I loved reading the stories of Luci shares throughout the book, she is quite an entertaining writer and I think anyone would enjoy this book as well. I love how she payed for what she steal, that was totally entertaining. Good sense of humor. I would recommend reading one chapter a day, more like a devotional, instead of reading the book start to finish. Luci's love for others and God shows through this book. The book is organized into 50 short chapters, only 2-3 pages each, its not a hard to read at all, in fact I've read this for a week.
In this book, Luci Swindoll takes inspiration from her Mother; who would speak to her children in simple five word sentences, beginning with a verb. Growing up, this might often be something along the lines of "Go look for the boys", followed with "Tell 'em to quit it." Not sure how to tackle a mammoth project? "Start with what you know." Bored? "Make something with your hands."
Each chapter in this book is a short essay based around one of these five word sentences (Although not, "Go look for the boys" or "Tell 'em to quit it"). I felt this worked well, although some titles were necessarily a little clunky, in order to fit into the required format.
Does this book contain startling new insights which are going to turn my life around? No; but it has reminded me that my life doesn't necessarily need turning around. That the little things in life really do make a difference, and that it is worth making the effort to do something special from time to time.
There is plenty of food for thought in this book, and it is definitely comfort food. Warm, satisfying, and not overpowering. Reading it makes me want to curl up in a cosy corner with a good Book and a cup of hot chocolate, shutting the world out and enjoying my own company. But it also makes me want to throw my house open to all my friends, clear out the deepest darkest must cluttered and chaotic cupboards, visit my Grandmother, and finish up that lurking craft project. Lucy reminds me to Be Present wherever I am; to take notice of the world around me - the people in it, the beauty of the heavens, and the presence of the Maker.
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Luci Swindoll begins her book by telling the reader that her mother would speak to her and her two brothers in five word sentences that began with a verb when she wanted her children to do something. I really like that. Kids can't remember a long list of things to do - keep it short and sweet!. One of Luci's favorite sayings of her mother is "Start with what you know." To this day, that is what Luci does, even in her 80s.
What she offers are not really secrets. They are common sense ideas that most people already know to do. She organized the simple secrets into 50 chapters of a book. Each of the chapter titles follow the pattern that her mother used, five word sentences starting with a verb - Look For Ways To Help, Thank Others For Their Efforts, and Read Your Bible Every Day, to name a few. Within each chapter, she gives an example from her life as to how she lives that simple secret.
Luci has several Bible verses scattered throughout the book. It's good that she uses the Bible but I don't care for the version she mostly used, The Message. It's wording is very different and to me not even saying the same thing as other versions of the Bible, such as the New International Version and King Version.
The cover of Simple Secrets To A Happy Life caught my eye. I couldn't wait to read it. But as I read through the book, I discovered that I didn't learn anything new.
Simple Secrets To A Happy Life would be a great read for someone looking for more organization or structure in their lives. I would recommend reading one chapter a day, more like a devotional, instead of reading the book start to finish. Luci's love for others and God shows through this book. If you enjoy uplifting personal stories you will like Simple Secrets To A Happy Life.
I received a free copy of this ebook from BookSneeze for my honest review.
The book was very informational and at times it felt a little long. For that reason I would not recommend this book to someone looking for a light read, but for someone looking to dive into the subject of our human desires. The use of personal experiences made it seem like was sitting next to me giving advice; although, this technique also made the book drag in places. his book would make a great gift to someone who is struggling with emptiness and the constant need for more. ravings will disappear. Now, I know this is the message meant to convey. However, it was not always easy to relate to some of the things she shared. Some chapters were very difficult to get into, making it easy to want to skim through them just to be done. he also knows that it is at those desperate moments when we feel like God is so very distant and uninvolved, so we need assurance that He is indeed still there for us. I found myself highlighting new favorite ideas and phrases, It made me dig deeper into the subject and God's Word. t's full of affirmation that we need. It's a great reminder that God loves you right where you are. He loves you in your imperfection. He will always love you. have been more distant from God and this book has really helped with that feeling. I would recommend this book to anyone who is struggling and feeling like they are the only one going through difficult times in their life.
When I got the book in the mail I was instantly attracted by the cover. I loved it, I am a sucker for neat covers, and when it came in hardcover too, I was thrilled :).
I finished it really quickly since it's really lovely organized: into 5 main parts, each containing 10 simple secrets. And the chapters are short as well. She shares from simple things like how to make lists to stay organized to deep spiritual lessons.
What I loved most about the book was really the author's attitude towards life in general. She is a joyful spirit with a positive attitude that is contagious. These simple secrets that she shares in the book are what experience taught her in these years lived fearlessly and with a courageous and curious take towards what life had for her. And that all comes from her strong relationship she has with the Lord. I also loved that throughout the book she seemed to have the right verse or quote for every circumstance she talked about.
I also loved her transparency and wisdom that filled the pages of the book. She lives every second at the fullest, she masters that. You get to know the author and love her. And I think Ann Lamott describes her perfectly in the foreword: "She's the world's soul mate. She is best friends with Jesus, so she shares from abundance, and lives from her core, of tenderness and humor and curiosity. She just wants to share her amazement and gratitude for Christ's love, and the light with which He imbues our earth and our lives".