Book Review: Secrets to a Happy Life

From the book description:

“Filled with practical advice and biblical wisdom, Secrets to a Happy Life shows how true satisfaction is anchored to the soul, safe from the disappointments and stresses at the surface of life.”

My comments:

I’m way overdo in getting this review up. When I was given the book to review I was asked to post a review within a month of receipt of the book. That was in May. May 15. It is now August 2. BUT, I have good reason to be late. Secrets to a Happy Life wasn’t a book I could read through quickly. There was just too much to think about.

To try and describe this book, the following words come to mind: ruminate, savor, ponder. For me, this book was more than a book filled with wisdom and insight. It was an experience. I am a better person for having read this book. Why? Because it made me go deeper and to examine my attitudes and think through how I react in various situations.

One of the things I appreciated about this book was the author’s writing style. Bill Giovannetti has a down-to-earth style and a fresh way of approaching the scriptures, especially the story of Joseph, that brought them alive. He also used lots of personal stories to help drive home his point which helped me translate the concepts he is talking about into my own life. I also appreciated the reflection questions at the end of each chapter which also helped me deepen my understanding of “secrets.”

I do want to mention that at one point in the book there is an “altar call” where the author invites the reader to turn to Christ. As a Catholic, I don’t believe in the “born again” philosophy of other Christians, but I do believe that all of us have to surrender ourselves to Jesus (continually), and the prayer of surrender in the book is a beautiful way to do so. I mention this because some Catholics may be put off by this part of the book but they shouldn’t. It is good to be reminded of what Jesus has done for us and the need we have to turn to him. 🙂

By the way, in case you didn’t realize it, this book isn’t about surface, temporal happiness. In some ways I think the book is mistitled. When I first saw the title I was wary. When I think of the word happiness I think about being bubbly or surface happiness. So, I thought the book would be about some surface happiness but it isn’t, in any sense of the word. This book is about deep abiding happiness that is only found in the Lord. It is about finding JOY.

I absolutely recommend this book and give it four (4) stars.

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Comments

  1. I know about those books to contemplate–and the reviews that take forever to write
    RAnn…recently posted…Sunday Snippets–A Catholic CarnivalMy Profile

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