My copy of Bill Giovannetti’s “Secrets to a Happy Life” bears all the marks of a book well read: bookmarked pages, scrawled notes cluttering the margins, and profuse highlighting…This is a book that deserves to be carefully read, digested, and internalized, and though it may appeal most immediately to those who struggle with chronic unhappiness, dissatisfaction, un-forgiveness, resentment towards God, or disappointment with life, it is no less applicable for the reader who has already tapped into some of the “secrets” of a happy life.
Coming from a religious upbringing that frowned on happiness and enjoyment as being carnally-minded, and drawing from the lesson learned in a personal endeavor to resist God’s calling on his life, author Bill Giovannetti is able to connect with readers from a variety of backgrounds. His writing style is at times overly-casual (some might call it irreverent) as he tries to appeal to a broad audience- from the non-believer to the mature follower of Christ. But behind the breezy, informal tone you will find serious wisdom in the eleven ‘secrets’ Giovannetti extracts from his examination of the extraordinary life of Joseph, the Old Testament figure who thrived in any circumstance, be it grim or glamorous.
Ordinarily, I run from books whose titles imply that if you just do these 10 things, or unlock these hidden secrets, then you will discover joy, success, happiness, wealth, etc… But “Secrets to a Happy Life” gets it absolutely right. This book offers “no tricks, no shortcuts, no gimmicks,” in the words of the author, but rather an excellent and insightful analysis of the life of Joseph, and how principles from his life, applied to yours and mine, will result in lasting fulfillment and happiness – regardless of circumstances.
There are many books aimed at helping you improve your life, your outlook, or your faith, but so often they are read and quickly forgotten. “Secrets to a Happy Life” will be one that gives you a new perspective, leaves a lasting imprint, and that you will want to pass on to family and friends.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Bethany House Publishers. 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.