Many people spend a great deal of their lives searching for “happiness” and never truly finding it. They look to circumstances, possessions, or position in life hoping that the next “thing” will make them happy. Disappointment often follows.
In his book, Secrets to a Happy Life: Finding Satisfaction in Any Situation, author Bill Giovannetti, attempts to challenge his readers to look deeper as he describes the eleven secrets to a happy life. Truly happy people find their satisfaction in the deeper recesses of their soul and in their faith in God. Giovannetti artfully weaves the biblical story of the life of Joseph through the book to illustrate how even when “bad things” happen, a person can remain content, satisfied, and “happy” (or using a biblical term – joyful) throughout his life.
I found the book to be engaging, thoughtful, encouraging, and very practical. Secrets to a Happy Life makes it clear that being “happy” is a choice. It all comes down to how we view our situation. Not everything in life is good or easy. The life of Joseph exemplifies that! But like Joseph, we can find peace and joy even in the midst of chaos. We can entrust our lives to a God who loves us unconditionally. We can anchor our soul in that. This book inspired me to look at situations differently and trust that God can work in and through any situation. I can choose to be happy, or I can choose to be miserable. It’s my choice!
Each chapter concludes with a series of questions for reflection and discussion, making it a book that could be used in a small group study. The questions help you process the information you just read and allows you apply it to your own life situations. I definitely would recommend this book to anyone who would like to discover what true happiness is!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.