Praise for The Secrets to Living A Fantastic Life

"In picking up a copy of "The Secrets to Living a Fantastic Life" I found more than a book, I found a journey. Learning about Dr. Lycka and Harriet's stories was remarkable. To think about the trials that these people went through and didn't stop, didn't quit, kept pushing; even in the face of death is inspiring. When you look at that, and then take the stories, making these take-aways actionable in everyday life, just adds substance to the concept. This is a wonderful book that truly becomes a manual for changing your every day. I highly recommend this book as a testament to survival and to the lessons learned."
— Amanda Meyer


"Barry Allen Steven Lycka and Harriet Tinka teach us how to have confidence and be stress-free. This book is an excellent guide on how we can achieve our goals and be happy even after experiencing troubled times. This book helps us understand that we are the result of all our experiences, and everything happens for a reason. However, that does not mean that we cannot change.The Secrets to Living a Fantastic Life: Two Survivors Reveal the 13 Golden Pearls They've Discovered contains several autobiographic stories that can help us to be positive, creative, passionate, and ultimately conquer happiness. I recommend this book as it is inspiring and well written. You can expect thorough explanations that aim to help the reader to solve his daily issues. I enjoyed how the author keeps encouraging us to move on and be positive. Negative words attract negativity, so let us cut those words from our vocabulary! It is a breath of fresh air! Give it a try, I am sure you will love it!"
— Jay-Dee Netter


"I had some reservations about reading The Secrets to Living a Fantastic Life. But after reading it, I can say that it is one of the most inspirational books I've read so far. This book inspired me to never give up and to keep on going no matter what. Like the authors said in the book, "It's not what happens to you. It's what you do with what happens." If these two authors can overcome seemingly impossible obstacles, then so can you. I'd recommend this book to anyone who's going through a tough time, or anyone who needs a little bit of inspiration to keep going."
— Elvis Best


"I loved the approach used by the authors in writing this book. They used dialogue, where they would discuss each pearl covered in this book. In their interaction, they told stories, shared inspirational quotes and alluded to various individual experiences that had helped to transform their lives. Some diagrams were used to illustrate and spice up the discussions. The interactive approach adopted by the authors is the main strength of this book. As I read along, I could laugh at their jokes and almost shed tears when they recounted painful memories. I easily identified with them and understood their reactions to the challenges that they overcame."
— Kanda the Great


"The Book itself has the theme “It’s not what happens to you: It’s what you do with what happens”, as mentioned in the book. It featured what happened in those challenging times for both of them and how they were able to begin moving on from such events. The book is mostly dialogue but there’s a little bit of narration. You can see what Dr. Lycka is saying and what Tinka replied or vice versa. Reading the book gives you the aura of it being friendly. Like usual friends, there are times when you joke around or when you support each other and a little bit of competition with one another. I also do like how they made use of both experiences and different fields of study. They gave points that could provide new insights. It strikes me to consider and apply what I have learned and now be more positive in my life. Some points shocked me because I never thought that they would include these points."
— Nerdy Ash


"Knowing the difficult journey both the authors underwent, it is inspiring to see the optimism and positivity they exude in the book. It makes you wonder if these ‘Golden Pearls’ definitively work because it seems these two survivors have made it work for them. That in itself is uplifting though much of the book recedes to subjective advice on how to overpower daily struggles. The book ends with a sketchy touch on the current pandemic grappling the world. The book is professionally edited as there were no apparent grammatical faults or typing errors. Harriet Tinka’s depictions of her unfortunate encounters with the stalker would qualify as graphic violence but on the whole, there were no scenes of unnecessary horror or profanity. The book is aimed at readers of motivational and self-help genres."
— Dafanie K


"I found this book not only motivating but very emotional as the stories shared provided inspiration, sometimes sad and sometimes humorous, but all with gems of wisdom. As a person who has been through a traumatic experience, I found the authors insights to be thoughtful and knowledgeable. They spoke from the heart as people who have experienced trauma and understand how hard it is sometimes to move on from a bleak place and believe life will ever get any better. I thought the book offered a lot of practical help in a remarkably simple and understandable format. I would definitely recommend it for people struggling to overcome trauma or abuse in their lives. I would also recommend it to people who work with the survivors of trauma and abuse, as an insight into what can be accomplished with the love and support from the people helping them."
— Trudi NZ