Thursday 20 September 2012

BookSneeze review - Simple Secrets to a Happy Life, by Luci Swindoll

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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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

1 comment:

increase happiness said...

I would love to read this book. I’m a huge fan of books that are all about leaving happy living. Can you give me a link where I can purchase it?


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