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December 21, 2021

Simple Secrets to a Happy Life by Luci Swindoll ~ a Review

by Donna Huber


Back in November when I was putting my books back on my new bookshelf I didn't have quite enough room to put all my review copies on one shelf. This shelf is for books that I accepted for review quite some time ago. I was so excited to be pitch books that I didn't do a good job of saying no or really knowing how many books I could read in a year. Well, I couldn't fit one book on the shelf so I decided to read one. I picked up Simple Secrets to a Happy Life Luci Swindoll.

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Simple Secrets to a Happy Life
March 2012; Thomas Nelson; 978-1400203536
ebook, print (208 pages); Christian nonfiction

Since it was November at the time and I was reading nonfiction, I thought I would keep it up. Back in October, I reviewed a devotional book and I read the two short passages each day, so I thought I would take that same approach with this book. Though it isn't really a devotional book, the chapters are short - most are 3 or 4 pages. It made it perfect for the short periods I had while baking cookies, doing laundry, etc. when I just had 5 or 10 minutes.

This approach is also beneficial as these short chapters pack a lot of food for thought and only reading a chapter at a time gave me time to ruminate and digest the information.

Simple Secrets to a Happy Life is Swindoll's last book. She died in October 2020. She was in her 80s when she wrote the book which was published in 2012. I wanted to read this book because I was familiar with her brother's ministry. I found it interesting that she never married yet she lived a very fulfilled life. There aren't too many never-married single women that can serve as a role model, but Luci Swindoll was definitely someone I would want to emulate - if I lived half the life she did I would be thrilled.

January is quickly approaching and this book would be great to read to help you keep any New Year's resolutions you plan to make.

While Swindoll is a Christian and that is the perspective she has with her tips, the book is not preachy and the mentions of faith are subtle. There is only one chapter that would be considered evangelical but it is more about sharing her own personal life.

As much as this is a self-help book, it is also a memoir of sorts as we learn quite a bit about Swindoll herself.



Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.


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