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Book Review ~ Simplify Your Life From The Inside Out by Mark Wayne Smith

About the Book

Simplify Your Life from the INSIDE OUT: The 7 Keys to Finding Inner Peace

“I just wish things could be simpler!” If that has been your lament, and if you still haven’t found anything that really helps…or lasts…you are not alone.

As the world gets busier and faster, your life can easily become more complicated, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In Simplify Your Life from THE INSIDE OUT: The 7 Keys to Finding Inner Peace, you will find the practical and effective advice that you’ve been seeking:

✔ How to rediscover the peaceful way to live.

✔ How to recognize and overcome the barriers to a life of simplicity.

✔ The 7 Keys that will guide you in your journey and help you stay on your path.






4.5 Stars


This book is interestingly candid…like a direct, concise, but necessary conversation between two people who are not unaware of each other’s struggles, however unique these struggles may be to each individual, with the endgame of one offering useful advice that will help the other in their troubled place in life. Its literary style is presented in a mode of familiarity which impresses upon the reader the truth that their life’s negative experiences and the burdens these experiences inflict on their soul, while being unique to that individual, can be overcome with the same wisdom that leaves you with the desired simplified life. Smith takes his unique situation/story and makes the lessons he’s drawn from it available to anyone who would pay attention to the poignant wisdom he’s laid out in this book, and in a way that’s both relatable and easy to understand/apply.

Simplify Your Life From The Inside Out aims to lead its readers down a path that reveals that a lot of the theories and beliefs that the average person clings to, are, in fact, what complicate life and cause people to experience more angst than they necessarily should. In this book, you’ll learn that there’s a better way to live, a more peaceful side to life, and a mindset that could be less inclined to angst—all of which are relatively possible if a person is so inclined to go on the journey that the book persuades. Smith doesn’t necessarily tell his story, but simply and frankly offers the wisdoms he’s gained, with the belief that his readers will pick up something useful, and so wouldn’t have to go through the many difficulties he did to arrive at a simplified life—valuable nuggets of wisdom that anyone tired from a fast-moving world would accept as a gift.

About the Author

Mark Wayne Smith is a self-described ‘contented stay at home house husband’ and author. In his 25+year career as an engineering and management consultant he was engaged by clients across the country in industries as diverse as health care, basic manufacturing, hi tech, government and hospitality. While each engagement was unique, the common thread running through them all was uncovering the hidden simplicity inside every complex problem.

In the prime of his career his life was changed forever in 2007 when he entered treatment for alcoholism. On the outside, it seemed like the career he loved was coming to an end… and it did… but God had bigger plans for Mark than he ever realized. What seemed like the closing of one door was actually the gateway to another, brighter future where he discovered more about his own identity, his walk with God and his calling.

Today, as an author, his passion for problem solving continues…helping others see the possibilities in setbacks and finding the hidden simple solutions lurking inside every complex problem. He both speaks and writes with passion about the typically unseen possibilities in every ‘problem’ situation, and relishes the moments when he is privileged to be a part of someone’s ‘a-ha’ moments.

With a special talent for transferring knowledge in simple and useable fashion, he has always been regarded as a teacher figure by his clients. Throughout his career he received many personal accolades from Board chairmen, managers, and hourly employees alike who thanked him for helping them find solutions for problems they thought were ‘un-solvable’. In all of his achievements, he continues to give all the glory to God and remembers the One who has given him everything.

Whether one is listening to his message or reading his work, it’s clear that Mark’s goal is to share his experiences and guidance to help others see that “Every problem has a solution, and it’s probably simple. Every setback is an opportunity to grow…but only if it’s seen through new eyes.”

Mark has been married to his wife, Bonnie, for over 34 years and together they have two adult children, both accomplished pianists, who found and married…two more musicians. Their nest is hardly empty, however, thanks to their four rescue cats. Outside of writing, Mark enjoys running, swimming, and kettlebells, cooking (and eating!) and sports of all kinds. He has done extensive genealogical research for both his and Bonnie’s families, and has discovered among other things: two signers of the Declaration of Independence and  a ‘perhaps tenuous but still there’ lineage back to Charlemagne.