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The God of All Comfort

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An agnostic, on discussing the subject of religion with the author, told her: "If you Christians want to make us agnostics inclined to look into your religion, you must be more comfortable in the possession of it yourselves. The Christians I meet seem to me to be the most uncomfortable people anywhere around. I, for one, do not care to have that sort of religion." As a res ...more
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Published June 1st 1953 by Moody Publishers
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Dec 11, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jesus, vt-2016
This is one of the best "practical theology" books I have read in a long parts. There were a few chapters that caused this to not be a 5-star book - the chapter on self-examination, for example - but there were other chapters that were positively life-changing. In short, what Mrs. Smith does is hold out the dual truths of the sufficiency of God and the ability of the believer to trust in that sufficiency.
Whether one feels like Jesus is enough does not alter His character, and those fe
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Dec 18, 2012 K.M. Weiland rated it it was amazing
Rarely do we find a treatise on life and Christianity from a source that is both about as straight-shooting as they come and as sweetly encouraging. Smith tells like it is and cuts through the sentimentality and the cliches that are often pushed upon struggling Christians. Instead, she offers unvarnished truth in a way that is always inspiring and never judgmental. One of the best "Christian living" books I've read.
Aug 17, 2009 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If your love receptors are damaged, this is a must to dismantle your untruth with the truth of God and His love for you. She knows how to effectively articulate common misconceptions and faulty thinking on the human part that denies us receiving and believing God about Himself and about what He says about us. For those with broken lives, broken hearts, past failures and wounded by others, this is a journey of healing. You won't be the same after you're done.
Feb 04, 2014 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is for Christians only. Those who are not saved, need to trust in Christ for salvation before they can benefit from this book. Much Scripture is used, however, no Scripture references are used. It is good teaching but very poor in retrieval for later use. There is no subject or topic index of any kind.
Oct 08, 2008 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another wonderful book by Miss Smith. She has a wonderful way of looking at life's crisis with an all powerful, all knowing, all caring God in mind. It is comforting and will help the Christian to look at life's struggles a little differently. A fabulous book that I would love to give to all my christian friends.
Jan 02, 2009 Robin marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Who wouldn't want to read about the secret of this abundant life and victory over defeat?! I'm not sure where this book came from, other than Divine intervention. I look forward to taking the time to read this one!
Jan 24, 2017 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have such mixed feelings about the content of this book! Some of it was EXCELLENT, and other parts I strongly disliked. Overall, I'm happy I read it and was deeply impacted by the parts I loved. I've written a more detailed review on my blog:
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Nov 04, 2013 Sally Ferguson rated it it was amazing
I am fascinated by Hannah Whitall Smith. In The God of All Comfort, she says the many names of God explain who He is. "They reveal some of His special characteristics... These names were discovered by God's people in times of sore need." (p. 79)
If I am to find purpose in suffering, then it would be in discovering more about God's ability to meet me at my point of need. Struggles will never be won in my own power. Creative break-throughs will never come because of my own genius. Only as I rely o
Aug 27, 2011 Sally rated it it was amazing
Excellent book encouraging Christians to keep their eyes fixed on God, not on themselves. She uses very practical examples to exhort and encourage faith. Knowing God is of paramount importance, so that we can live in light of who He is and what that means to us. I was convicted by her reminder that God is bigger than any of our circumstances, and to doubt Him or to worry is to deny His sovereignty and His love.
Feb 25, 2013 Lynda rated it it was ok
Shelves: christian-life, god
This is an o.k. book, but I had a hard time getting interested in it as a whole. There were some good statements but it is slow. After reading Andrew Murray, Ellen White, Oswald Chambers, H.M.S. Richards, etc., this was just not the meat that I was wanting. It is given 4 stars by most, and as I said, it is a good book. Check it out for yourself. She has some good thoughts about what a terrific God we have.
Oct 15, 2014 Tracy rated it it was amazing
Direct and simple, cuts through all your experiences, circumstances, beliefs. Love her straight forward writing style. Incredible book for all stages of Christian walk. I've had a relationship with Jesus for over 30 years and it was so refreshing to read truths again that cut right through all the junk I've let seep in to my beliefs of Him. This was written exactly for me! I highly recommend for all!!!!!
Kate Hooper
Jul 06, 2016 Kate Hooper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has been life-changing for me. She presents simple yet profound truths about the Christian life that ultimately remind us God is enough and our soul can rest in Him alone. This will be a book I return to time and time again. It's worth reading every year.
Jun 02, 2011 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing blessing this book was! A keeper & one I will read again & again, trying to soak in the truths this godly Quaker woman so simply shares. 'Comfort & peace never come from anything we know about ourselves, but only & always from we know about Him.'
Dec 06, 2011 Peggy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such a wonderful book! It addresses soooooooo many issues of our lives in such a practical way. My kind of women! I want to buy the book and read it again and take notes. I would love to teach what she has to share to others at next months small group session. I highly recommend it!:-)
Maria Claudia
It is very difficult to talk about this book. It is just wonderful, not in a commom way. It touches a lot of stuff that trouble us in the christian life. She speaks clearly, deeply and simply. I'd give it a thousand stars, if I may. Highly recomended.
Dec 05, 2012 Gerhard rated it did not like it
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I tried my best but didn't even get half way. I don't know if it's her style or what it was about this book but it took me for ever just to get that far, so I decided to give it up.
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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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