Book Reviews

The Secrets to Living a Fantastic Life | Dr. Allen Lycka & Harriet Tinka

  • Authors: Dr. Allen Lycka and Harriet Tinka
  • Print Length: 166 pages
  • Language: English
  • Genre: Non-fiction, Self-help

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Life is never easy; never fully rosy. Life is never smooth; neither too sweet nor too sour. Life has shades – both black and white and we see them as we grey. Life is not straight but curvy; it is not perfect but it sure is worthy. Worthy of being lived fully!

The Secrets to Living a Fantastic Life by Dr. Allen Lycka and Harriet Tinka is an insightful read depicting 13 golden pearls, courtesy the wisdom of its authors. Through their conversation set around a bit of humor and loads of wise words, the authors put forth 13 essential ideas for living a fulfilling life. The key ideas include love, tenacity, gratefulness, vulnerability, to name a few. Towards the end, the readers get a bonus chapter on a crucial subject – fear.

The authors are survivors of extreme situations in their respective lives. They have fought, they have persevered, and they succeeded. They are victorious because they have been vulnerable. They managed to move on and inspire others because they let go of their past by forgiving people. They are now on their path to bring nuggets of wisdom for those who need it the most.

The book comprises a chapter on love that explains seven types of love – philos, eros, storge, ludus, agape, pragma, and philautia. It essentially speaks of the traumatic experiences resulting in the inability to love. Isn’t it so true? Moving on, they detail upon the lessons they learned from their experiences including their favorite movies, talk shows, idols, etc. It was a heartening experience to read bits of their lives where they also insert quotes by famous people and emphasise their points. 

The language and the writing is easy, pretty much to the point. The conversational tone is a great idea. However, sometimes it appeared unnatural to me. Apart from this, I liked the overall presentation which is engaging and fun. If you’re the one seeking some meaningful quotes and inspirational ideas in an easy language, you might pick this one up!


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