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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Secrets to Becoming a Wiser, More Confident and Happier You is an inspirational self-help book written by Mrs. Faithaline Hippolyte. Using quotations from Scripture and her own experiences with life, Hippolyte offers a 21-day self-improvement course designed to take little of your time yet give back big results. Her book is divided into three week-long sections on: Becoming Wiser, More Confident and, Ultimately, Happier. Each day, she tells the reader a story about something that happened, for instance, on Day One her son was asked to stop attending karate classes. How was she to react? For one thing, her son wasn’t happy with the lessons and had told her so. Would she still be outraged at the instructor’s behavior? The conclusion she comes to is shared in her section entitled the Aha Moment. She follows each of the days’ tales and Aha Moments with questions for reflection, and a bonus section of questions designed to help the reader more fully assimilate the material covered. She also includes a bonus section which shares insights gained from owning her first car.
Mrs. Faithaline Hippolyte’s nonfiction inspirational self-help book, Secrets to Becoming a Wiser, More Confident and Happier You, is well-written and very accessible. Hippolyte’s writing style is conversational and smooth, making it seem as though she’s there in person as she tells you her stories and shares her observations on life. While she does use quotations from Scripture, her material is suitable for anyone regardless of their spirituality or religious beliefs. I enjoyed seeing how she used calm reflection to fine-tune her reactions to the various stressors she encounters, and I appreciated how her questions for reflection and bonus questions help to make sure the messages from the text come through. I especially liked her bonus section about her automotive experiences. This section is frank, funny and not to be overlooked. Secrets to Becoming a Wiser, More Confident and Happier You is highly recommended.