Simple Secrets to a Happy Life [NOOK Book]

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“Everyone falls in love with Luci. Everyone reads one of her books and wants to know this woman personally. Everyone feels that sweet sense of connection, where it seems that she is sharing from her plainest, deepest self, and seeing into yours . . . She’s the world’s soul mate.” –Anne Lamott

Is it possible to stay full of life, laughter, love, and the Lord through eight decades in this crazy world? Is that even realistic? Yes! There is hope, and Luci Swindoll is living proof.

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Overview

“Everyone falls in love with Luci. Everyone reads one of her books and wants to know this woman personally. Everyone feels that sweet sense of connection, where it seems that she is sharing from her plainest, deepest self, and seeing into yours . . . She’s the world’s soul mate.” –Anne Lamott

Is it possible to stay full of life, laughter, love, and the Lord through eight decades in this crazy world? Is that even realistic? Yes! There is hope, and Luci Swindoll is living proof.

With heart and humor, this best-selling author and beloved speaker lays out the truths that can help us all become a little more creative, organized, healthy, and happy. This is not a complex prescription for how to become superwoman. These are simple secrets, the wisdom produced by years of walking with God and living well.

We don’t need more tips for “having it all,” but we could all use insight on “having what matters,” and there is no better guide than Luci Swindoll.

Luci has spent eight decades accumulating the stories, memories, verses, and practical tips that make up Simple Secrets to a Happy Life. Whether traveling the world or building life-long friendships, singing in the opera or working for Mobil Oil, every step has taught her a little more about how to love God, love her neighbor, and love herself.

The result is both personal and universal. Organized into fifty short chapters, her reflections form a simple and profound outline for making the most of the lives God has given us.

We could all use a little more joy in our lives, which means we could all use a little more Luci. Visit her through these snapshots of wisdom. You’ll find yourself drawn back again and again.




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  • ISBN-13: 9781400203543
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/13/2012
  • Sold by: THOMAS NELSON
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 686,977
  • File size: 511 KB

Meet the Author

Author, Women of Faith® speaker to over 350,000 women a year, photographer, musician, artist, and world traveller, Luci Swindoll loves to share her joy of life with everyone she encounters.

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simple secrets to a happy life


By Luci Swindoll

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2012 Luci Swindoll
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4002-0353-6


Chapter One

Honor Your Father and Mother

Most of us know it by heart even if we can't remember where we first heard it. It's the beginning of the fifth commandment listed in Exodus 20. You may have learned it as a child, but knowing this verse from memory and practicing it are two different things. Yet it's a basic tenet when it comes to enjoying a happy life. Interestingly, the commandment is to children, not parents, and since we are all children of parents, this verse applies to every one of us.

Initially, I interpreted the verse to mean "respect your mom and dad," but I now realize that showing honor to them is much weightier than respect. The word in the original Hebrew language meant "to be heavy, rich, honorable, and glorious," and it was most commonly used in reference to God's glory. Therefore, to give one's father and mother honor is to say that we (the children) understand the weighty responsibilities that come with parenting.

The apostle Paul repeats this commandment in Ephesians 6:2 and 3: "Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise) so that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth" (NASB). And the Greek word for honor here means "to show high regard for; to revere." I find that very thought provoking and have come to understand there are several reasons why this powerful instruction is one of the Ten Commandments.

First of all, this commandment upholds the principle of authority, without which we would not have a society that works. The first time a child sees authority is in the home, and if this authority is negated or neglected, the child will likely grow up to be irresponsible—and irresponsibility leads to a chaotic life and society.

Second, let's say you had very little love for your parents when you were growing up. Loving someone is not the same as giving them honor. All honor asks is to respect the position parents hold even if we don't like their personalities, lifestyles, or politics. It's similar to respecting the president of the United States simply because of the office he or she holds. The position itself commands honor.

And third, when there is honor on the part of the offspring, that honor will manifest itself in actions that protect, give care and goodness, exhibit generosity, and go the extra mile even though there may be no reciprocity on the part of the parent. In other words, when your parents grow older and cannot take care of themselves, you (as their child) will honor them by seeing that they are taken care of in a manner that is safe and healthy. Even if your parents are unbelievers, it's possible when you honor them in this manner that a door into their hearts will open to God because of your kindness and desire to regard them highly.

I have a dear friend who is a believer. She's an only child and her mother is a reprobate in every sense of the word and a rank unbeliever. To my knowledge, she's never taken personal responsibility for her daughter, herself, or anyone else. Ever. She's currently living in a care facility. Nevertheless, my friend has not missed a moment of seeing after her mother's needs in her old age. That is honoring to her mother, even though they couldn't be further apart in their beliefs and lifestyles. The daughter cares for her mother out of obedience to God. She's created careful and wise boundaries around the care she provides, doing what her mother needs without permitting her to control the money, time, or relationship.

In so many ways, I see God's provision for them both. As my friend cares for her mother, God cares for my friend and it "goes well with her," although it can be painful and confusing at times. I believe it's very possible, through my friend's kindness, that her mother may ultimately see her need for God and invite Christ into her heart. Who's to say? God works in mysterious ways to bring us into his kingdom. Anything is possible.

Chapter Two

Be On Time for Everything

When I graduated from college in the spring of 1955, I went to work at an orphans' home, teaching water sports in the summer and art in the fall. Most of the teachers were still wet behind the ears from graduation, but we became good friends since we all lived in a nearby apartment house affiliated with the school. It was a fun time in life when each of us was just getting our moorings regarding careers and how they might play out in the future. There was always lots of input from everybody. We had the world by the tail and were ready to answer all questions when asked.

One evening Beverly, the music teacher, and I were casually chatting when she threw out an invitation for me to come to breakfast in her apartment the following Saturday. Beverly said some thing like, "Come to my house, and I'll make you a fancy breakfast."

Without giving it much thought, I responded, "Sure," never really intending to go—or not go. The invitation went in one ear and out the other. So on Saturday, when it wasn't all that convenient for me to actually get there for breakfast, I just stayed home. Later in the day I dropped by Beverly's place, and when she answered the door I could see she'd been crying.

"Where've you been, Luci?" she asked. She proceeded to tell me she'd prepared a gourmet recipe that morning, something she thought I would especially like, and all week she had been looking forward to our time together. When I didn't come, she wondered if I'd gotten sick or been hurt or had just forgotten about it. Embarrassed and chagrined, I apologized. Then I confessed that I remembered her invitation but simply hadn't taken it seriously. I was in the wrong. She accepted my apology and was kind in her response, but I could tell she was very hurt.

That experience taught me a huge lesson about keeping my word. I knew better than to just not show up. After all, my father had always insisted his children be prompt, courteous, and on time for everything. But for some reason, it hadn't seemed to matter that day. The thought that has really stuck with me through the years, though, was Beverly's question, "Where've you been, Luci?"

It made me realize how important it is to pay attention. It taught me to listen to what is being said and how I'm responding. If I'm not serious or paying attention, even in a casual conversation, it's not fair to the other person—who might just be inviting me to do something fun or interesting! I never want to disappoint someone again the way I disappointed Beverly, and I don't want them to wait on me, wondering, She said she was coming ... but is she?

To help ensure that I'm on time for everything to which I've committed, I make it a habit to listen, to be focused in a personal conversation, to really hear another's words, to clarify when I don't understand, and to fully engage in whatever I'm doing and whoever is with me. Always. All the time.

Eventually, what started as a conscious effort has become a natural pattern and a personal habit; today it serves as a corollary secret that helps me be on time for everything. Focusing firmly on what's being said to me isn't always easy, but it's always kind.

Here's my A-list for being fully present in a conversation:

? Be sure I listen.

? Be sure I understand what's being communicated.

? Be sure I'm clear about what's involved before I commit to something.

? Be sure I can do what I say I will do.

? Be sure I show up on time!

I remember this list because it started with Beverly, a name that begins with a B, and that reminds me of the word be. That little verb carries a lot of weight. Be has movement in it. It means being alive, inside and out. But it's up to us as to how alive we want to be—how responsible, how engaged, and, ultimately, how trustworthy.

Shakespeare got it right: "To be or not to be: That is the question." One of the simple secrets of a happy life is to be on time for everything.

Chapter Three

Take Jesus with You Everywhere

I can hardly remember a day in my childhood when my mother wasn't somewhere in the house singing. She had a beautiful soprano voice and would spontaneously break into song. Not only would she sing, but also on occasion she'd dance down the hallway to music on the radio or grab the broom and waltz with it as her partner around the kitchen. Sometimes as she sang she would motion for one of us kids to add harmony. She knew many hymns by heart and sang them frequently and heartily as she did her chores or cooked a meal.

I well remember a favorite of hers was an old hymn called "Take the Name of Jesus with You." Mother believed every word she sang:

    Take the name of Jesus with you,
    Child of sorrow and of woe;
    It will joy and comfort give you–
    Take it, then, wher-e'er you go.

    Precious name, O how sweet!
    Hope of earth and joy of heav'n,
    Precious name, O how sweet!
    Hope of earth and joy of heav'n.

Interestingly, just writing those words forms a picture in my mind of something that happened more than sixty years ago. I can see it clearly in my head. I remember leaving for school with Mother singing that at the kitchen sink, and when I said goodbye, she looked over her shoulder and said, "Take Jesus with you today, honey."

I knew instinctively that Mother wanted to assure me Jesus would be with me regardless of what happened that day for good or bad. He would be in my thoughts and actions—with me on my walk to school, down the hallways, in my classrooms, when I talked with my friends, or answered questions from the teacher. He'd be with me on the court when I played volleyball after school or met with the swim team. And Mother wanted me to know that on my way home, Jesus would go before me, protecting me and bringing me home safely. She didn't want me to spend a minute of the day without the consciousness of his presence. Although I was walking out the door that morning, I was not alone. I was never alone.

Now that I look back over many years of living, I can tell you it's one of the best lessons Mother ever taught me. She had no idea when she casually threw that phrase over her shoulder what a valuable tool she was giving me.

Or maybe she did.

Trusting that God was with her (and with her family) seemed second nature to Mother. She was a student of his Word and rested in his faithfulness. She didn't worry, fret, or fear. She believed God and knew he could be trusted completely. She didn't just "preach" it, she lived it and sang of it with confidence. What I first saw in my mother, I came to experience on my own; I don't struggle with the sovereignty of God or his faithfulness, and I've never seen doubt in either of my brothers. How do I explain it? There may be many reasons, but certainly one is the assurance of faith in God that our mother demonstrated, both in her words and her example. She reflected the truth of Colossians 3:16 and 17:

Let the word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.

Chapter Four

Let People Know You Care

Several months ago, Mary Graham and I were talking about kindness, having a tender spirit, and caring about other people, and I asked her to tell me the most caring individual she's ever encountered in life. Since Mary's in her sixties and has lived a long, full life of reaching out to thousands of people all over the world through Campus Crusade and now as the president of Women of Faith, I could hardly wait for her answer. After a couple of minutes she said, "I'd have to say Thidwick."

"Who?"

"Thidwick, the Big-hearted Moose by Dr. Seuss."

"You've gotta be kiddin' me! There's a moose named Thidwick?"

"Yes! Dr. Seuss wrote a book about him sixty years ago. I memorized it when I was a freshman in high school. It's a poem that tells the story of Thidwick letting all these little animals live in his antlers for free. There's a bug, a spider, a couple of birds, four squirrels, a bobcat, a turtle, on and on. Even a fox, a big bear, and a whole swarm of bees. Thidwick had such a big heart he couldn't say no, so everybody moved in and took over. I've quoted that poem to all my nieces and nephews through the years as I babysat them because it has such a good moral—although in the end, Thidwick took the concept a little too far."

I loved the fact Mary knew that book and answered my question with a moose. (Never look a gift-moose in the mouth!) Being generous, softhearted, and sweet to others is almost a lost art in today's world. Even though there are lots of Scriptures that make reference to caring, it takes time to care, and few people want to give that kind of time. Matthew 5:7 says, "You're blessed when you care." And in 1 Corinthians 13 we're reminded, "Love cares more for others than for self."

But the story of Thidwick teaches another truth about caring that might be more important and leads to an even happier life. It's learning how to say no to those who want to take advantage of us when we care. The bevy of animals living in Thidwick's antlers wanted too much. They called the shots, told him where to go and what to do, and invited more "guests" to live with them.

Some of us are like that. We move in and invite others to come along. Or we allow others to move in and invite guests.

Where's the balance between caring and being careful? Where's the boundary line? As caring people, when we let others run over us and take advantage of us, we're in a pickle before we know it. That's what happened to Thidwick:

You couldn't say "Skat!" 'cause that wouldn't be right. You couldn't shout "Scram!" 'cause that isn't polite.

So when should a boundary line be drawn? When the degree of caring negatively affects our quality of life and inadvertently invites carelessness on the part of the other person. Dr. Seuss himself once said, "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better."

That's true, but as he beautifully illustrated in the life of Thidwick, balance is required. In order to do the two simultaneously (and it can be done), we need to turn the whole ball of wax over to God, who gives us balance. For guidance, look to the promise in Psalm 91:14–15: "I'll give you the best of care if you'll only get to know and trust me. Call me and I'll answer, be at your side in bad times; I'll rescue you, then throw you a party."

As Christians, we're to show kindness to others and care for them. But while God's Word teaches us to put others' needs before our own, it also reminds us to care for ourselves as well—as his cherished children whom he created with love. That means striking a balance as we care—with caution.

Chapter Five

Learn to Organize Your Stuff

If your stuff isn't organized, it has the potential to drive you crazy. For me, I simply can't concentrate when things are out of whack: my files are a mess, my closet's in chaos, or dirty dishes wait in the sink. I may try to ignore out-of-place things, but they're so distracting. All I can think about is straightening things up. Call me crazy, but it's the truth. People often ask how I manage to keep "order in my court." If you're one of those people, here are half a dozen ideas that might help:

1. Decide what you want organized and find time to do it.

Take time to figure out what's important to keep—and what can be stored or given away. Start there. Don't rush. Look through what you've treasured all these years and make sure it's still important in your life. Even if this chore takes weeks or months to finish, it'll be worth the effort. If you decide to keep it, find a place for it right there and then. Don't put it off.

2. Make lists and follow them carefully, marking off what gets done.

Lists keep you on track and your sanity intact in this chaotic world. Write down where you put things, what you want to keep, and what means something to you. You can store the list in your iPhone or BlackBerry, but write it down somewhere. In a busy life, how do we remember things without lists?

(Continues...)



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Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword by Anne Lamott: An Immersion in Matters of the Soul....................vii
Introduction: Start with What You Know....................xi
ONE Honor Your Father and Mother....................3
TWO Be On Time for Everything....................7
THREE Take Jesus with You Everywhere....................11
FOUR Let People Know You Care....................15
FIVE Learn to Organize Your Stuff....................19
SIX Keep Your Word Every Time....................23
SEVEN Make Something with Your Hands....................27
EIGHT Do All Your Homework First....................31
NINE Treat Other People with Kindness....................35
TEN Read Your Bible Every Day....................39
ELEVEN Draw a Picture to Understand....................45
TWELVE Accept Events As They Happen....................49
THIRTEEN Stay Proactive About Your Health....................53
FOURTEEN Value the Things You Have....................57
FIFTEEN Focus on What's Important Now....................61
SIXTEEN Decide What Is Not Necessary....................65
SEVENTEEN Write Down the Important Things....................69
EIGHTEEN Allow Yourself to Be Sad....................73
NINETEEN Acknowledge Your Need for Help....................75
TWENTY Find Contentment in Doing Without....................79
TWENTY-ONE Build Yourself a Small Library....................85
TWENTY-TWO Establish Integrity in Your Life....................89
TWENTY-THREE Engage People in Fun Conversation....................93
TWENTY-FOUR Remember to Notice Things Today....................97
TWENTY-FIVE Disregard What Isn't Your Business....................101
TWENTY-SIX Think Before You Say It....................105
TWENTY-SEVEN List Your Thoughts and Dreams....................109
TWENTY-EIGHT Rise to the Occasion Often....................113
TWENTY-NINE Thank Others for Their Efforts....................117
THIRTY Acquire a Brand-New Skill....................121
THIRTY-ONE Get Doctrine Under Your Belt....................127
THIRTY-TWO Look for Ways to Help....................131
THIRTY-THREE Tell It Like It Is....................135
THIRTY-FOUR Know for Sure You're Insured....................139
THIRTY-FIVE Batten Down All the Hatches....................143
THIRTY-SIX Figure It Out for Yourself....................147
THIRTY-SEVEN Discover What Makes People Tick....................151
THIRTY-EIGHT Fight Resentment Before It Festers....................155
THIRTY-NINE Cook Something Special for Yourself....................159
FORTY Celebrate the Life You're Given....................163
FORTY-ONE Listen with Your Whole Heart....................169
FORTY-TWO Communicate Often with Loved Ones....................173
FORTY-THREE Set the Table for Company....................177
FORTY-FOUR Trust Friends for the Truth....................181
FORTY-FIVE Forgive Others Over and Over....................185
FORTY-SIX Invite People to Your Home....................189
FORTY-SEVEN Share the Bread of Life....................193
FORTY-EIGHT Support Your Community with Love....................197
FORTY-NINE Give Your Time, Energy, Money....................201
FIFTY Live an Attitude of Gratitude....................205
About the Author....................208
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  • Posted April 16, 2012

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    ~ loved reading and picking up tidbits from this book. Right now

    ~ loved reading and picking up tidbits from this book. Right now I'm feeling overly stressed during the week with my new job and then coming home to homework and dinner/chores. Reading this book made me stop and find some joy in the day. The chapters are short and sweet and to the point. I enjoyed reading Mrs. Swindoll's stories about her life and what she has learned through out her years. It's an added bonus that the cover is simply cute too!~

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  • Posted January 19, 2013

    Book Description Is it possible to stay full of life, laught

    Book Description




    Is it possible to stay full of life, laughter, love, and the Lord through eight decades in this crazy world? Is that even realistic? Yes! There is hope, and Luci Swindoll is living proof.




    With heart and humor, this best-selling author and beloved speaker lays out the truths that can help us all become a little more creative, organized, healthy, and happy. This is not a complex prescription for how to become superwoman. These are simple secrets, the wisdom produced by years of walking with God and living well.




    We don't need more tips for "having it all," but we could all use insight on "having what matters," and there is no better guide than Luci Swindoll.




    Luci has spent eight decades accumulating the stories, memories, verses, and practical tips that make up Simple Secrets to a Happy Life. Whether traveling the world or building life-long friendships, singing in the opera or working for Mobil Oil, every step has taught her a little more about how to love God, love her neighbor, and love herself.




    The result is both personal and universal. Organized into fifty short chapters, her reflections form a simple and profound outline for making the most of the lives God has given us.




    We could all use a little more joy in our lives, which means we could all use a little more Luci. Visit her through these snapshots of wisdom. You'll find yourself drawn back again and again.




    My Review




    This is an interesting book, a very bite sized and easy reading book.
    I haven't read any of the Luci Swindoll books and didn't know what to expect
    but this was really easy reading. The tips for a happy life are broken down into 50 chapters
    each small but simple truth. i love how she mentioned that a happy life is really manageable one step at a time.
    i like how the tips are broken down into chapters and each chapters are very small and readable.
    i also like how the chapters are further broken down into different theme.




    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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  • Posted November 7, 2012

    The book that promises 50 ways to have the best of every day is

    The book that promises 50 ways to have the best of every day is a compilation more of reminders than anything else. All the tips are aleady in our common sense, they are things we know we should do, but sometimes we forget, delegating to others or just procrastinating because of the rush of everyday life.
    I like the simple and fun way the author writes, and despite devoting only two or three pages to each of their tips she can pass her message very well. These are little things that we leave behind, but when accumulated, we miss them.

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  • Posted September 4, 2012

    A nice book. ¿Everyone falls in love with Luci. Everyone reads

    A nice book.

    “Everyone falls in love with Luci. Everyone reads one of her books and wants to know this woman personally. Everyone feels that sweet sense of connection, where it seems that she is sharing from her plainest, deepest self, and seeing into yours . . . She’s the world’s soul mate.” -Anne Lamott

    Is it possible to stay full of life, laughter, love, and the Lord through eight decades in this crazy world? Is that even realistic? Yes! There is hope, and Luci Swindoll is living proof.

    With heart and humor, this best-selling author and beloved speaker lays out the truths that can help us all become a little more creative, organized, healthy, and happy. This is not a complex prescription for how to become superwoman. These are simple secrets, the wisdom produced by years of walking with God and living well.

    We don’t need more tips for “having it all,” but we could all use insight on “having what matters,” and there is no better guide than Luci Swindoll.

    Luci has spent eight decades accumulating the stories, memories, verses, and practical tips that make up Simple Secrets to a Happy Life. Whether traveling the world or building life-long friendships, singing in the opera or working for Mobil Oil, every step has taught her a little more about how to love God, love her neighbor, and love herself.

    The result is both personal and universal. Organized into fifty short chapters, her reflections form a simple and profound outline for making the most of the lives God has given us.

    We could all use a little more joy in our lives, which means we could all use a little more Luci. Visit her through these snapshots of wisdom. You’ll find yourself drawn back again and again.

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  • Posted June 13, 2012

    When I got the book in the mail I was instantly attracted by the

    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”.
    And that’s what you see throughout the book.

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  • Posted May 16, 2012

    I If you are wanting to know Luci better this is a perfect book

    I If you are wanting to know Luci better this is a perfect book for that. After reading it you feel that you know her a little better. The title is VERY good, but this is not the key that will unlock the "secret" to making your life happy. Most of her chapter headings would make a great start in build the blocks you would need to get your life organized and moving toward to better life, but it's really up to YOU to make your life happy.



    This would make a great coffee table book for the chapters are short. It's an easy read but she leaves you hanging as far as helping you start some of these habits in your life. What do you do when your parents were not great role models? How would you tell a person to start taking the steps to getting their life on track with their Lord. What if you are not a student who loves to do homeworkers, what steps would you share with them to help them get motivated or getting organized. This is where the book lacks.

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  • Posted April 14, 2012

    This was the first book I read by Luci Swindoll. Unfortunately i

    This was the first book I read by Luci Swindoll. Unfortunately it fell flat for me. The title and introduction warn that the advice is simple. A simple reading of the table of contents as a bulleted list might have been as satisfying as the couple hundred pages of text.

    That is not to say that Simple Secrets is without merit. There are lots of interesting tidbits about the Swindoll children including her brother, well-known pastor and author Chuck Swindoll. From reading the book, Luci Swindoll seems like a very pleasant and interesting woman, with a great deal of wisdom to share. Sadly, as far as this book is concerned, that wisdom could have been condensed into a pamphlet.

    The publisher provided a copy of this title through BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review.ot

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  • Posted April 3, 2012

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    Doesn't everyone need a course in a happy life? Luci Swindoll's

    Doesn't everyone need a course in a happy life? Luci Swindoll's book, Simple Secrets to a Happy Life, 50 ways to make the most of every day, is a book full of great topics to help you do just that. Luci breaks down the secrets into five parts: Beginning with the Basics, Developing Your Style, Achieving Balance, Living a Good Life and Staying Connected. Each part is composed of ten secrets. Each simple secret is short and sweet and colored with examples to drive home the author's point. Many secrets are laced with scripture or other quotations to encourage and uplift the reader. The author also provides practical steps to help the reader achieve these simple secrets. These secrets to a happy life cover a variety of topics from spiritual disciplines to organization and creativity to personal relationships with others.

    I found this book to be a worthwhile read. The author draws in her readers with personal stories from her childhood as well as her adulthood. Each secret is only a couple pages in length and can be quickly and easily read. I find the more difficult part is deciding to take action and implement it into my personal lifestyle. Luci Swindoll has written more than a dozen books and curriculum studies. This is the first of her works I have read, hopefully not the last. I found this book to be very encouraging and would recommend it to my friends and family.

    I received this book for free from the publisher through the Booksneeze program for my unbiased review of this book.

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  • Posted March 31, 2012

    Simple Suggestions that can change the way you live....

    To live life to the fullest, try to keep it simple. Be diligent, honest, caring and above all love one another. Be willing to try something new often. Share your blessings with others. Nuggets of wisdom overflow, in this publication and give you an insight of the larger than life character, Luci Swindoll has always been and still is.

    After reading Luci Swindoll’s book, Simple Secrets to a Happy Life, I feel the above synopsis encapsulates the messages given in this down-to-earth and easy to read book.

    Taking each of the fifty steps, and applying the principle to the way you live your life could very well change forever, you way you live.

    She has been inspiring readers for many years. She speaks for and on behalf of Women of Faith, where her sharp wit and her wisdom have drawn many devoted followers. Her humor must be heard to be believed! She can be hilarious!

    Luci writes with empathy through life experiences, and with a deep understanding and love of and for God.

    Chapter topics covered are Let People Know You Care; Keep Your Word Every Time; Focus on What’s Important Now; Allow Yourself to be Sad; Communicate Often with Loved Ones and many more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    I received a copy of SIMPLE SECRETS TO A HAPPY LIFE by Lucy Swi

    I received a copy of SIMPLE SECRETS TO A HAPPY LIFE by Lucy Swindoll, from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze. I was excited, as I love self-help books. They always have interesting stories and helpful tips for living better – this book was no exception. The chapters, fifty total, are short enough that you can read them in one sitting, and then ponder the message throughout the rest of the day. My favorite chapter is Forty-Six: Invite People to Your Home. It reminded me that I really do not have company over very often, but when I do, it is always a special moment.

    I was a little disappointed, however. Many of the “secrets” were obvious things I do every day, such as being kind to others and learn to organize your stuff. Do people really not know that they should treat others with kindness? Despite the obviousness of the chapter subjects, I still enjoyed reading the tidbits within.

    This makes an excellent gift for someone hoping to improve his or her life, or someone who needs a boost. I recommended it to my friend, who is a high school English teacher, and she reads a chapter a day to her students before class. They then write a summary about how to incorporate that into their lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2012

    This book was so disappointing! It should be called "Things

    This book was so disappointing! It should be called "Things my mother taught me" or "Good manners" or "Tips and Habits" or something. The book is nearly void of God and is all about how to live happy, orderly and with others. Maybe this should be called "Good housekeeping."

    I was disappointed by all the parts that had nothing to do with God, Jesus, and Christianity. For example: Be on time, be organized, never sign something unless you are sure, make something with your hands, do all your work before you play, draw pictures, be proactive about your health, value the things you own, outside of God focus on whats important now, write down things, be sad, build a library, have fun conversations, think before you speak, thank others, learn a new skill, cook for yourself and more!

    The parts that did include some lip service to Christianity was very shallow: Take Jesus with you today, treat others with kindness, read your bible everyday. Ummm... and that's about it! Barely anything at all to do with God in this whole book of 50 tips.

    One part was just plain weird: teacher took a dead duck home to study because she loved ducks. Luci writes, "Don't you just love that?" Uhh... I can't say I do and I'm not just being negative, but yuk!

    Disclaimer: I gave my honest review. I received this book from the publisher but a positive review was not required

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  • Posted March 9, 2012

    Want a Simple Life?

    Have you ever heard Luci Swindoll speak? Or maybe you have read a book by her? If you haven't had the opportunity, you need to seek out reading one of her books! They are fantastic! I cannot say enough good things about her books. They make you feel like God has you right where you're SUPPOSED to be!


    I had the opportunity to review "Simple Secrets to a Happy Life" and let me tell you, this is full of humor, little life secrets and a book full of blessings! Reading this book, you step into the life of Luci Swindoll and feel like she is your best friend. Luci has a way of taking the reader into her world and feeling important.





    This could be a 1 Chapter of a day kind of book. You don't have to read the whole thing from cover to cover, although I do recommend reading the whole book, you could read a chapter each day. The book covers various topics including: organization, health, crafting, contentment, integrity, family, friends and various other topics to make the most of every day. This book is a great reminder to take a step back and examine our lives. Luci does a great job in bring humor, love and warmth into each chapter.

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