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Hannah Whitall Smith (1832 - 1911)
Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker Hannah Whitall Smith in text and pdf format. Was a lay speaker and author in the Holiness movement in the United States and the Higher Life movement in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. She was also active in the Women's suffrage movement and the Temperance movement. Hannah Whitall Smith’s book The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life (1875) is an extremely popular book of Christian mysticism and practical Holiness theology. It is still widely read today. She wrote her spiritual autobiography, The Unselfishness of God And How I Discovered It, in 1903.
In 1870 Hannah Whitall Smith wrote what has become a classic of joyous Christianity, The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life. The title barely hints at the depths of that perceptive book. It is no shallow "four easy steps to successful living." Studiously, the writer defines the shape of a full and abundant life hid in God. Then she carefully reveals the difficulties to this way and finally charts the results of a life abandoned to God. What is the Christian's secret to a happy life? It is best summed up by her chapter entitled "The Joy of Obedience." Joy comes through obedience to Christ, and joy results from obedience to Christ. Without obedience joy is hollow and artificial.
The Christian's Secret to a Happy Life - Bondage or freedom.
There are two kinds of Christian experience, one of which is an experience of bondage, and the other an experience of freedom. In bondage the soul is controlled by a stern sense of duty and obeys the law of God either from fear of punishment or from expec ... read more
The Christian's Secret to a Happy Life - Difficulties concerning consecration.
It is very important that Christians not be ignorant of the temptations that seem to stand ready to oppose every step of their progress. These temptations are especially active when the soul hungers and thirsts after righteousness and begins to reach out ... read more
The Christian's Secret to a Happy Life - Difficulties concerning doubts.
Many Christians are slaves to the persistent habit of doubting. I do not mean doubts about the existence of God or the truths of the Bible. Rather, they doubt the forgiveness of their sins, their hopes of heaven, and their own inward experience. They are ... read more
The Christian's Secret to a Happy Life - Difficulties concerning failures.
The title of this chapter may startle some readers. "Failures," they will say. "We thought there were no failures in this life of faith!"
I would answer that there should not be failures and need not be failures, but there sometimes are failures, and ... read more
The Christian's Secret to a Happy Life - Difficulties concerning faith.
After consecration, the next step in the soul's progress out of the wilderness of a failing Christian experience into the land that flows with milk and honey, is that of faith. And here, as in the first step, the soul encounters certain kinds of difficult ... read more
The Christian's Secret to a Happy Life - Difficulties concerning guidance.
Now you have begun the life of faith. You have given yourself to the Lord to be completely His. You are now entirely in His hands to be moulded according to His own divine purpose, into a vessel unto His honor. Your most earnest desire is to follow Him wh ... read more
The Christian's Secret to a Happy Life - Difficulties concerning temptations.
In the life of faith, some very great mistakes are made concerning the matter of temptation.
First of all, people seem to think that temptations will cease after one is saved. They think that they will be delivered from yielding to temptation and from ... read more
The Christian's Secret to a Happy Life - Difficulties concerning the will.
When the child of God completely trusts the Lord for all areas of his life, and begins to know something of the blessedness of the life hid with Christ in God he may face a difficulty. If his experiences of peace and rest have somewhat subsided, or if he ... read more
The Christian's Secret to a Happy Life - Divine Union.
All the dealings God has with the soul of the believer are to bring it into oneness with Himself, that the prayer of our Lord may be fulfilled: "That they all may be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in us....I in t ... read more
The Christian's Secret to a Happy Life - God's side and man's side.
There is much misunderstanding about the subject of the life and walk of faith because its two sides are not seen clearly. People are apt to think that there is only one side to it. They dwell exclusively upon the one they happen to see more clearly, with ... read more
The Christian's Secret to a Happy Life - Growth.
A great objection made against those who promote this life of faith is that they do not teach growing in grace. According to them, the soul arrives in one moment at a state of perfection which cannot advance. All the scriptures that point toward growth an ... read more
The Christian's Secret to a Happy Life - How to enter in.
Having sought to settle the question regarding the scriptural basis of actually living a life hid with Christ in God, and having also shown a little of what it is, the next point concerns how it is to be reached and realized.
First of all, I would say ... read more
The Christian's Secret to a Happy Life - Is God everything?
One of the greatest obstacles to an unwavering experience in the interior life is the difficulty of seeing God in everything. People say, "I can easily submit to things that come from God. But I cannot submit to man which is the source of most of my trial ... read more
The Christian's Secret to a Happy Life - Is it Scriptural?
The potential for a happy abundant Christian life is available to all who would make Jesus the Lord of their lives, yet there are many Christians whose lives lack the joy and fullness of a truly happy life. A keen observer once said to me, "You Christians ... read more
The Christian's Secret to a Happy Life - Practical results in the daily walk.
If all that has been written in the preceding chapters on the life hid with Christ is true, its results ought to be very noticeable in our daily walk as Christians. The people who have entered into the enjoyment of it ought to be "peculiar people, zealous ... read more
The Christian's Secret to a Happy Life - Service.
Upon entering this life hid with Christ in God, there is, perhaps, no part of Christian experience where a greater change is known than in the matter of service. In all the ordinary forms of Christian life, service is more or less a type of bondage in tha ... read more
The Christian's Secret to a Happy Life - The chariots of God.
It has been well said that "earthly cares are a heavenly discipline." However, they are even something better than discipline they are God's chariots, sent to take the soul to its high places of triumph.
They do not look like chariots. Instead, they l ... read more
The Christian's Secret to a Happy Life - The joy of obedience.
Having spoken of some of the difficulties in this life of faith, let me now speak of some of its joys. The joy of obedience is foremost.
Long ago I came across this sentence: "Perfect obedience would be perfect happiness, if only we had perfect confid ... read more
The Christian's Secret to a Happy Life - The life on wings.
This life hid with Christ in God has many aspects, and can be considered under a great many different figures. One aspect has been a great help and inspiration to me. I think it may also help some other longing and hungry souls. It is what I call the life ... read more