Simple Secrets to a Happy Life – A Real Treat

It was a real treat to read Luci Swindoll’s book “Simple Secrets to a Happy Life”.  In the book, Luci shares with her readers 50 ways to make the most of every day.  The book is divided into five areas: Beginning with the Basics, Developing Your Style, Achieving Balance, Living the Good Life and Staying Connected.
Taking a play from her Mother’s handbook, each chapter begins with an imperative verb and the title is five words long.  The chapters are short, but filled with some good thoughts to ponder and actions to take such as: Make Something with Your Hands; Find Contentment in Doing Without; Establish Integrity in Your Life; Get Doctrine Under Your Belt; and Forgive Others Over and Over. 
I found it quite enjoyable to read one or two chapters in the evening.  Luci talks about things she was taught as a child that have served her well, which she continues to do to this day and the lessons she has learned over 79 years.  She’s open and transparent and shares about her successes and failures, and how she enjoys life.
In “Simple Secrets to a Happy Life” you get a feel for who Luci Swindoll is; a woman who loves the Lord, her family, friends and life.  She seems purposeful and intent on living with integrity, developing lifelong friendships and making the most of this gift called life. 
I highly recommend “Simple Secrets to a Happy Life” by Luci Swindoll.  This is a book you will want to read again and share with your friends. 
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com 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.”

“Moments of Truth – Unleashing God’s Word One Day at a Time” by John MacArthur – Equip Yourself To Win in the Truth War!

I highly recommend Pastor John MacArthur’s daily devotional, “Moments of Truth”.  In a day and age in which the thought that “truth is relative” has even crept its way into the church, it’s imperative that Christians equip themselves with biblical truth which will help them be effectively equipped for the spiritual battle. 
Pastor MacArthur takes a stand for truth and is undergirded with the authority of God’s Word.  In “Moments of Truth” he tackles topics such as parenting, marriage, growing as a Christian, end times, and sin, evil and temptation. 
Each day’s devotional starts with a scripture verse which Pastor MacArthur expands on, supporting his view with other scripture and illustrating his point with current concerns or historical events.  The reader is given bite size pieces of biblical truth to meditate on day by day over the course of a year.  
What I most appreciated about this book is Pastor MacArthur’s humility knowing that he, like all believers, is a sinner saved by God’s grace.  “Being a Christian is not about us; it’s not about our self-esteem.  It’s about our being sick of our sin and our desperation for forgiveness.”  At the same time he is unashamed of the gospel message and the life changing truth in God’s Word.  “Spiritual warfare is all about demolishing evil lies with the truth.  Use the authority of God’s Word and the power of the gospel to give people the truth.”
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com 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.”

“Max on Life” by Max Lucado – A book worth pondering

When Max Lucado’s new book “Max on Life – Answers and Insights to Your Most Important Questions” was made available to read and review, I quickly jumped at the opportunity and I was not disappointed. 

In his latest book Max has compiled his responses to 172 questions that he has received over the years.  The questions are grouped together by topic such as hope, hurt, help, him/her, home, have/have-nots and the hereafter. 

What I appreciate about Max’s style of writing is his ability to simplify and put into practice his faith based on the solid foundation of God’s word.  He doesn’t make apologies about some Bible passages that people may take offense to when they are suffering or going through a difficult time in their life.  While taking God at His word is simple, it’s not easy.  There are many things we won’t have an answer to this of heaven.  Yet, that doesn’t stop the author from speaking the truth from the word of God into people’s lives with love and compassion. 

Some of topics I found powerful were on forgiveness, growing closer to God, faith in the face of cancer, prayer, the Holy Spirit, marriage, family, sex, male/female differences, and heaven and hell. 

While the book was very good, I found myself wanting Max to be stronger in his responses about sin and repentance, salvation, and abortion.  An area I wish Max had covered was about the holiness of God and how a holy God views our sin. 

I do recommend Max Lucado’s newest book “Max on Life”.  It’s the kind of book that would be good to have on your nightstand so you can read some of the questions and answers before turning in or when waking up.  There were many of Max’s answers and scripture references that I found myself pondering and meditating on.  It’s well organized and there is a topic and scripture index for quick reference.
 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com 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.”