Thursday, February 6, 2014

Book Review: "The Secrets of Happy Families" by Bruce Feiler

The Secrets of Happy Families Bruce Feiler
Published: February 19, 2013
ISBN: 9780061778742
Genre: Parenting
Source: LitFuse Publicity Group
Highly Recommended

Summary: 
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.

My Thoughts: 
I'm not sure how much new information there is in the world of making your family happier--there are, after all, thousands of books on the subject.  I will say my family is pretty happy, so I didn't pick up this book out of desperation...more out of curiosity.

I'll come out and say it...I didn't find anything truly ground-breaking in this book.  However, I will also say that I found it immensely readable and entertaining.  In some ways, it reminds of A.J. Jacobs' books--although I felt Feiler does a much better job of that "try anything and everything" style than Jacobs.

This is not a book where you will find references to psychologists, neurologists and the like.  Feiler takes a different route.  His "experts" include Silicon Valley types, a sex-talking Mom, the Green Berets, and the cast of Modern Family.  He has a very welcoming and humorous style that I think would be accessible for any reader.

Feiler also acknowledges that this isn't a "how-to" book.  Some things will work for some families and some things will work for others.  There were a couple of ideas in this book that made me roll my eyes, but that was to be expected.

There are countless parenting books out there but this is one of the better ones I've come across.  If you are looking for a book to help your family, check this one out first--it might be all you need.

I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review.  I received no other compensation for this post.


In The Secrets of Happy Families, New York Times bestselling author Bruce Feiler has drawn up a blueprint for modern families — a new approach to family dynamics, inspired by cutting-edge techniques gathered from experts in the disciplines of science, business, sports, and the military. Written in a charming, accessible style, The Secrets of Happy Families is smart, funny, and fresh, and will forever change how your family lives every day.

Bruce is celebrating the release of his book with a family fun "Happy Family" Kindle HDX giveaway.
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  One winner will receive:
  • A brand new Kindle Fire HDX
  • The Secrets of Happy Families by Bruce Feiler
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on February 15th. Winner will be announced February 17th on the Litfuse blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by the Litfuse blog on the 17th to see if you won.



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