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.
The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life has outlived the years, not for its holy optimism alone, but more because there is nothing shallow or shadowy in its optimism. It is a rock of a book, solid and immovable, built upon the inexhaustibility of God and the unfolding of His everlasting truth. This is no quickly written “how-to-be-successful-and-popular” treatise, no ill-conceived experiment in “new thought.” This is truth and proof of truth as Hannah Whitall Smith found it and lived it. She took her Bible promises literally, tested them, and found them true as tested steel. She stepped out of conjecture into certainty, and from that moment on she found no shadows on her path. Greater still, she shows us how we may do it!
She writes here, not for the spiritual genius, not for the world-forsaking saint, but for those who are in the world and of it, for the great little ones who long for God as they struggle for bread. She writes in their language—plainly; the confusing theological speech of the scholar is not here; the secret is revealed in countless illustrations from the common walk of life. It is as simple and understandable as the language of Jesus Christ.
“Helpful to generations of Christians.”—Catherine Marshall
About Hannah Whitall Smith
Hannah Whitall Smith was the spiritual mentor of many, including Catherine Marshall. Born into a Quaker family in Philadelphia in 1832, she grew up tirelessly investigating the religious life. She and her husband, Robert Pearsall Smith, immigrated to England to… More about Hannah Whitall Smith
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Published by Ballantine Books Jul 12, 1986| 224 Pages| 4-3/16 x 6-7/8| ISBN 9780345335869