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Overview More than a century after its first publication, this small treasure is an uplifting guide to the true meaning of the Bible's message: We all have been endowed by our Creator with the strength and spirit to move beyond life's difficulties and attain the shining happiness that is Christianity's promise.
Publishers Description More than a century after its first publication, this small treasure is an uplifting guide to the true meaning of the Bible's message: We have all been endowed by our Creator with the strength and spirit to move beyond life's difficulties and attain the shining happiness that is Christianity's promise.
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HANNAH WHITALL SMITH (1832-1911) was born in Philadelphia to a Quaker family. Her life expressed the joy that is found in complete surrender to the Lord. The secret to a happy life, according to Whitall Smith, is to trust implicitly in the promises of the Bible. Her goal was not to impress the scholar, but to elevate the simple man or woman who longed for a more consecrated way of living. Deeply practical, her writings deal directly with the day-to-day struggles of ordinary people. She is author of The Christians Secret of a Happy Life and The God of All Comfort.
Hannah Whitall Smith was born in 1832 and died in 1911.
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Zigging a little where others zag Mar 18, 2007
Of the reviews listed here as of this date, only one departs from a laudatory amen.
Ms. Smith has offered a perspective which I believe could be an advance for some but possibly a snare for others.
With only a an uncertain grasp of her life gleaned from surfing the net, these thoughts present themselves:
Much like Christ himself, she grew up in a religious tradition (Quakerism) that her spiritual journey required her to depart from. It is fairer to say the book has been written by a religious rebel than by a Quaker.
Again, like Christ, she looks to God the Father.
Like Christ, she attracted followers and supporters.
Like Christ, within the boundaries of loving God, she offers faith and hope. I come away from Christ with more of a sense of the importance of charity than I do after reading Ms. Smith.
Again, assuming that biographical material perused after reading the book is true, the encouragement and success of the book is understandable. However, material is never confronted which might have been had the book title been 'The Joy of Being Crucified With Christ'
This book Needs to be Re-Discovered !!!! Jan 16, 2007
ALL Christians ~ New and Mature NEED to read this book, absorb it, and allow God to work through it, you will never be the same, it is absolutely Life Changing, and yes IGNORE the 1 bad rating, they must have read it looking for "a secret" to be happy, or get happy, or something, not understanding that GOD HIMSELF is the secret. To Know GOD, and not to use HIM.
Your Best Life Now! Dec 7, 2006
Hannah Whitehall Smith was talking to a friend. The friend was telling her that most of the Christians she knew seemed sad and miserable, and if this is what Christianity is like, she can't imagine too many people ever becoming interested in having a relationship with Christ.
This bothered Hannah, so she sought the Lord for the secret of a happy life. This book is the fruit of her discovery. The first part of the book gives the scriptural evidence that God wants us to live a happy Christian life. She refers to Romans 6:1-6, Ephesians 4:22-24, and Matthew 1:21 (It would have been helpful if the author would have put the scripture references next to the quotes as I am doing now, perhaps this probem was alleviated in more recent editions of the book. I am using the 1976 Revell edition). Part one also describes God's role in this life and our role.
Part two is a discussion of the some of the difficulties that we experience as we strive to live the happy life that God wants for us. Whitall Smith deals with temptation, failures, doubts, and our own stubborn wills. She tells stories and gives examples of people who are sturggling, and others who found victory.
The final section of the book describes the results of living the life that God blesses. We experience deliverance from bondage, spiritual growth, joy that comes from our obedience to God, and the blessing of having a special union with God.
This is a Christian classic, and even after all these years, it still speaks. Highly recommended.
ABSOLUTELY LIFE-CHANGING!!!!!!!!! Oct 11, 2006
This book should be given to every person who accepts Jesus as Lord and Saviour the moment they receive Him!!!!! If those who have not yet accepted Him would only read this book, MANY misconceptions about who God is, and what a Christian is, would dissolve, leaving them free to "see Him as He really is"!!!!!!!!!
I HIGHLY recommend this book to ANYONE wanting to get closer to the Lord, realize more deeply His heart for us, and understand more clearly how He works in our lives!
Warmly, Barb Shelton
P.S. I agree with the person who said to ignore the one bad review. They truly did not "get it." Take a look at the other review they wrote.
The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life Jul 21, 2006
This is a Christian classic recommended by a dear friend after the death of my husband. It isn't about grieving, but it gives you a rock solid, wonderful and so simple truth about faith. We tend to get lost in liturgy and dogma, and try to worry ourselves into God's grace. This tells us that we only need to believe - God will do the rest. How freeing and how comforting!