If you follow us on Facebook then you know from my occasional updates that our Internet Service Provider has been having technical difficulties and we've been without Internet for about 3 weeks now. What have I been doing with my cyber-free time? Well, I've been running a farm, of course… and I've also been reading. I do love to read a good book!
It's been interesting to read Luci Swindoll's book Simple Secrets To A Happy Life during a time that I have not had access to the Internet. I often think of generations past as being a simpler time that is simply not achievable in this day of age. What I discovered without internet is that I am still busy. Crazy busy. Reading this book helped me to realize that being busy or not, having a simple life or not isn't necessarily about shortening the length of my to-do list. Sometimes it's simply about perspective. Farm and household chores will always be here. I can't control that. What I can control is my response… my attitudes and my perspective. Luci Swindoll has such a charming, endearing way of writing. When I read this book I felt like she was sitting next to me… whispering in my ear… reminding me of all this and encouraging me. The chapters are short… appropriately short for a book about simplicity… and her 50 suggestions for simplifying your life reach the soul. The ideas presented are varied: “Read Your Bible Every Day” … “Set the Table for Company”… “Find Contentment in Doing Without” … “Take Jesus With You Everywhere”… “Thank others for their efforts” … “Stay Proactive About Your Health” are some of my favorites. Some suggestions are more challenging than others, but they are all easily do-able, to some level, for anyone.
This season of life has been particularly busy for me and Luci Swindoll is a refreshing breath of fresh air… what a wonderful gift Simple Secrets to a Happy Life would make for anyone needing a wee boost or an extra dose of encouragement!
Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion in this review.