Saturday, February 15, 2014

Book Review - The Secrets of Happy Families


The book that revolutionized our view of what makes families happy . . .

Determined to find the smartest solutions and the most cutting-edge research about families, bestselling author and New York Times family columnist Bruce Feiler gathered team-building exercises and problem-solving techniques from the most creative minds---from Silicon Valley to the Green Berets---and tested these ideas with his wife and kids. The result is a lively, original look at how we can create stronger parent/child relationships, manage the chaos of our lives, teach our kids values and grit, and have more fun together.

The Secrets of Happy Families includes more than two hundred unique practices that will help your family draw closer and make everyone in your home happier. It has already changed the lives of millions of families, and it can do the same for yours.


Bruce Feiler writes a column in contemporary families for the New York Times and is the author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including The Council of Dads. He is the host of several series on PBS, a popular lecturer, and a frequent commentator on radio and television. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and twin daughters.

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I found this book extremely interesting from the point of view that Mr. Feiler pulls information from several different companies, the Green Berets, and several families and applies them to the family. Like any ideas, there are some that will work for you and some that will leave you scratching your head.

I especially liked the chapter that focused on "The Five Love Languages" by Dr. Gary Chapman. As a Christian Mom, this was the part of the book I most identified with. I also thought it was great that Mr. Feiler emphasized how important faith is as part of a strong family.

There were things that I found questionable in the book. For instance, allowing children to criticize their parents when they felt something was unfair did not seem Biblical or wise to me. I do think we need to allow our children to feel free to respectfully come to us if they feel hurt by something we've said or done, but criticism both ways is never a good thing. Perhaps the author didn't mean it this way, but it came across this way to me.

The book was enjoyable from the point of view that the author does share personal stories and there is a lot of humor pulled into the book. There are some real grains of wisdom that can be applied to our families and I do think it's always good to try and make our families happier. Our homes and families should definitely be a soft place to land for us all.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

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Blessings - Julie

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