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Now with a new foreword by Rosalie De Rosset. Though her life was difficult, Hannah Whitall Smith's message was joyful. In the Christian's Secret of a Happy Life , she writes, "Jesus came to save you fully now, in this life, from the power and dominion of sin, and to deliver you altogether." Passionate and practical, Whitall Smith's classic of the Holiness movement focuses not on human effort but on simple, stubborn faith in the Savior and Sanctifier...

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A Christian Classic

Smith has written a classic that will continue to bless long after her passing. The book is divided into three main parts: 1. The Life (how to enter into the Christ life). 2. Difficulties concerning: faith, the will, guidance, doubts, temptation, failures). 3. Results of the Christ-life (growth, service, joy of obedience, practical results in everyday life, etc.). Written by a Quaker, the book will encourage Christians of all denominations. Read, enjoy, and be encouraged in the Lord. Highly recommended!

Very encouraging book

I highly recommend this book. I read it while stationed in Iraq and it encouraged me very much in that situation. It is thoroughly orthodox in its theology and praxis and has nothing to do with modern "psycho-babble" as one other reviewer mistakenly suggested. The book was written over 100 years ago. If it was written today the author most likely would use the term "joyful life" in the title rather than "happy life", but it's clear that her meaning is a happiness that comes from the Lord and is not based on circumstances (which nowadays we would probably call "joy"). Mrs. Smith's secrets to the happy/joyful Christian life are: surrendering all to the Lord, trusting implicitly in the Lord, and immediate obedience to Him. Hard to be more orthodox than that. She gives many anecdotal stories to help the reader understand how much God loves us and how surrender, trust, and obedience result in our abiding more deeply in Christ and consequently having joy in all circumstances.

The Christians Secret to a Happy Life is a Christian Classic

I read it 22 years ago in my first Sunday School class after becoming a Christian. Now, I am using it to teach an adult Sunday School Class. My son, a Bible student at Criswell in Dallas has also found it to be extremely accurate doctrinally. It is an inspiring book that SHOWS us that the "deeper walk" is simply the walk God intended for His children to have in the first place. The chapters on the WILL and avoiding LEGALISM are wonderful in guiding God's children into the wonderful truth in God's Word. Serving and knowing God as H.W.S. indicates is a liberting experience! Matt 11:28-30

A MUST READ for ALL Christians! Complacency WILL be gone!

I have an original copy of this book and it is amazing how over 100 yrs ago, Christians were having problems in the same area we as Christians are having today. This book puts things so simply that anyone could understand and put into practice these steps to a happier life. HIGHLY RECCOMENDED!

One of the Devotional Classics of Christianity

I've read Hannah's book twice and the chapter "Is God in Everything?" several more times. This book is thoroughly biblical, very helpful, and highly recommended for new Christians. She wisely distinguishes between internal temptations and sin (something I remember struggling with as a new Christian - and I didn't have this book, unfortunately) and shares with the greatest of Christian mystics the truth revealed in the chapter "Is God In Everything?" I put this book right up there with "Abandonment to Divine Providence" by Jean-Pierre de Caussade, "Centuries of Meditations" by Thomas Traherne, and "A Testament of Devotion" by Thomas Kelly. The latter book is another Quaker classic. - Brad Clark
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