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The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  885 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Settle down on this one thing, wrote Hannah Whitall Smith, that Jesus came to save you now, in this life, from the power and dominion of sin, and to make you more than conquerors through His power. The exciting message of freedom-from the bondage of sin, to the life of Christ-is what has made The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life a favorite for more than a century. Smith' ...more
Paperback, 299 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Barbour Publishing (first published 1883)
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This book is not for any but the true seeker of knowledge because the author's language is dated and difficult to follow. For me, it was a gem. The author answered many questions that I did not know I had about my spiritual life. Questions like "If I have truly turned my life over to Christ, why am I still so flawed?" and "How does one really "turn your burden over to him?" I know why it has been a Christian best seller for 150 years. I love her approach to Christianity. The chapters are really ...more
Aug 05, 2007 Jessica rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christians who desire meat!
This title really seems a bit trite for the magnitude of wisdom and mature Christian discipleship which it's pages contain.
Plan to be enlightened (seeing biblical principles and scripture in a new way-even though the book was authored in 1875). Plan to be challenged (all our modern self focused-self absorbed Christianity is refuted bit by bit). After all this we see through a clearer glass, a more simple Christian life wich does indeed bring happiness- or what I would refer to as true biblical j
I read this some years before and was not all that impressed, but this reading earned the book a top rating. There was so much wisdom. The book was definitely clear on the difference in salvation and discipleship. The secret is rest in God's provision and discipline in daily living. It was clear what God has done for us and what we need to do to obey Him.

"He disciplines and trains by inward exercises and outward providences."

"What are the chief characteristics of a little child, and how does it
Sin and repent. Sin and repent. Sin and repent. Did Jesus sacrifice himself on the cross to give us eternal life in the future and leave us under the power of Satan in our present lives, repeatedly subject to his lies and deception and suffering the consequences of sin? The Hannah Whitall Smith book Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life reminds Christians we have the power to live free from sin. She points out that Christ removed the curse, power, and love of sin from us and gave us the power to li ...more
This book is overly simplistic. If you are looking for easy answers to complex issues, even if they are near impossible to accomplish, then you will love this book. I was looking for encouragement in this text, but I instead spent too much time discussing with my husband the logical roadblocks contained within its pages. Which led me to ask, "who is this woman, and why am I reading her book?" After reading a brief biography, I realized this woman must have doubted her own propositions as much as ...more
Oct 08, 2008 Sue rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who is walking the Christian life.
Recommended to Sue by: Cheryl Harlow
I have read this book a number of times. It is one of my favorite books. Miss Smith has a wonderful way of looking at the Christian life. She is able to look at real life and talk about how we as christians are to walk in it. This is not always easy, but I have found that her answers to common situations a christian faces are biblically sound and very practical and useful. I get new insight on how to continue in this life every time I read it. I would encourage any christian to read it and see h ...more
This book is not presented in a ten easy steps-type format, thank goodness. After a while that gets pretty tiring. This book is based directly from scripture and was written by a Quaker.
this is in my list of top 10 books. i'll always have a copy or two on my bookshelves.
This book written so many years ago is still 'on the money' and relevant today. Throughout the ages there are clearly people who really have 'got it' and yet generally speaking, overall, we just don't seem to get it. It seems like we as a people are still drinking milk and have never, and, at times, it feels like, will never, get to the solid food.

How do we - as a people, not as individuals - 'get it'? I guess at the end of the day that is not our responsibility. It is in fact God's. All that is
I was thrilled when Ben found an old copy of this at a bookseller's in Boston. I'd long heard about it, and having a hardback, thick-paged, decades-old version seemed to give it even more weight. It's interesting to read this as a reflection of its time, with its answer to any doubts or troubles in life simply being, "believe more." It seems that now, the conversation in Christian and theological circles has turned, viewing doubt as not necessarily a bad thing. I find myself feeling in between: ...more
Connie Adams
Jul 24, 2012 Connie Adams rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: classic
This book, " The Christians Secret Of A Happy Life" by Hannah Whiteall Smith, has had a profound effect upon my life. I read it first time in the 50's from a very worn copy given to me by one of the elders, who was a founder and charter member of the church I was attending, knowing I was seeking to better know God and walk in happiness. It made an impression on my mind & heart but as I grew older I visited it many times finding as I matured as a woman and spiritually, it had deeper meaning. ...more
I can see why this is regarded as a classic by some, because some of the chapters and content is quite good - although the rest is not so. The book is a bit floaty some times, using way to much adjectives and words to describe the menaing or the nature of more simple concepts and thus fail to properly explain things. This combined with the type of language used, it simply was mostly boring to read - especially in the way I read it - out of curiosity.

It may be that If you read one chapter a day
Rick Boyer
A very helpful devotional volume, full of wisdom for the living of the Christian life; written by an ancestor of one of our church members. Some of the suggestions/encouragements to pious and holy living, while true and worthy, are occasionally presented in a way that makes them seem easier to accomplish than they actually are; at least in our twenty-first century world. But one point that the author makes that is very, very helpful is her emphasis on the fact that the life of growing faith is a ...more
Rachel Ramm
This book is such an encouragement, treating common spiritual difficulties practically. The tone is like a good friend, compassionate yet for your own good is not afraid to tell you what you're doing wrong. I especially appreciated the chapters addressing the unfortunate tendency for people to use their feelings/emotions to gauge how they are doing spiritually or even to know what they believe. Smith does a great job clearing this up, and even uses the analogy of a mother-child relationship to d ...more
This book is written in old English and can be difficult to follow, but I found it quite helpful. It is considered a Christian classic.
I was hesitant to read this, but a couple of my friends rated it well so I thought it was worth trying. I was so pleasantly surprised and I can't remember the last time I was so influenced by a book. The perspective she opened up and the analogies she gave were new, yet familiar. I have been a Christian my entire life, so I didn't expect to get much out of it, but was humbled to realize that I have much more to learn. After I finished the first few chapters I thought she would just go over the s ...more
I have just completed this precious book for the fifth time and found it to be life-transforming once again. It contains such simple yet deeply profound Truth while also containing many excellent practical helps. I know I shall reread this book throughout my life and should also be understood in the context of the author's own highly challenging life and times (especially for women); it truly is one of my top five must reads for any Christian who truly wants to live a victorious, fulfilled and h ...more
I don't agree with Smith on all her points, but she writes a great book. I find it so complelling that it was written over a hundred years ago, but addresses the more fashionable question of our time; happiness. She purposes that true Christian Happiness lies in total surrender and union with God. She covers the topic from several angles (which might have been dull if I had read it all at once, but broken down over a matter of weeks was no trouble), and even gives practical advice and real life ...more
Reading this with an understanding of God's sovereignty in salvation (that God is the one who saved me apart from anything I did), this book is so great! I think, if one had a faulty understanding of salvation and whose work it really is, this book could be detrimental. I loved it! It set me free to live a trusting life; it challenged me to live a holy life but doing so with joy and freedom. The author, as always, has an issue or two that came out later in her lfie, but I was greatly encouraged ...more
Kung ikaw ay Kristiyano, dapat basahin mo 'to.
Ang buhay ay di isang mathematical equation na happiness = success + a + b + c raised to the nth power.
Tingnan mo ang underlying principle at teorya ng buhay mo that greatly influences how you conduct your daily affairs.
Life is much like economics: may demand at supply curve na periodically tume-trending (rising upward, or rapidly declining). Kung hindi ka marunong tumingin sa mga essential indicators at lifetime trends, pwes, umpisahan mo na.
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Dec 03, 2014 Lisa marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction-faith
Recommended by Emily P Freeman
Leroy Seat
I first read this book, at least part of it, when I was in college in the mid-1950s. I read it again, partly for nostalgia reasons. I was happy to read it again, but I probably enjoyed it far less this time than when I read it the first time. Not only has my theology and view of Christianity changed over the last fifty years, but the general milieu of American society and American churches have changed quite a bit also--except, perhaps for fundamentalist churches.

Stephanie Blake
Absolutely one of my favorites. She tackles the hard spiritual questions.From the very beginning of that Christian classic, my thoughts were molded by her teaching. Although this book is still in print and for sale, you can also read it online. I especially recommend the first chapter: God’s Side and Man’s Side. To paraphrase the author, God’s part is to do all the work, your part and my part is to trust Him.
Wanda Wright
I just finished reading this book and it will definately be a permanent book for my personal bookcase. I was raised in a christian home and I still had questions about finding joy in my salvation especially when things get difficult. This book makes you clearly think about how we put ourselves in bondage when God wants to set us free! Many times we really need to let go and let God move and trust without worrying
I was told this was my Great Aunt Kathryn's favorite book. She gave copies to many people in her lifetime.
This spells out basic concepts of Christianity that are frequently forgotten/missed/misunderstood in all different Christian denominations. I studied theology, Bible, and Catholic apologetics for six years during school, and somehow the fundamental ideas that Hannah Whitall Smith articulates were completely lost to me. This book is valuable.
This is one of those read-every-year books. Depending on where you're at in your life, you will always take away something new and different from it after you've read it. Written in the late 1800's, sometimes the prose is a little complicated, but sticking with it, one will glean much from the book.
I liked some of the beginning chapters, but then she got a little weird and I looked up the author's biography and discovered she ended up become quite the heretic after writing this book. Then, I didn't feel it worthwhile to finish. I'm disappointed because I enjoyed the beginning
This little book did not seem at all dated or stuffy though it was written in the mid-nineteenth century. That was quite a surprise. I liked Hannah W. Smith's style as well as her down-to-earth, simple advice living a happy life as a Christian.
Betsy Hayes
A real gem of a book. This was originally written as a magazine article, but was such a success, it was printed into book form. Small enough to carry in your purse, with the kind of wisdom that will suprise you.
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Hannah Whitall Smith was a speaker and author in the Holiness movement in the United States and the Higher Life movement in the United Kingdom. She was also active in the Women's suffrage movement and the Temperance movement, helping found the Women’s Christian Temperance Union.
Hannah was no stranger to the difficulties of life. Although she had seven children in all, only three survived to adult
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