The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life  (Old Tappan, New Jersey: Fleming H. Revel Co., 1966)

Hannah Whitall Smith’s book, The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life

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    • Smith and her husband were both perfectionists

    • Smith sought a church “glorious, holy, and without blemish”

    • To her, Sanctification meant a willingness to abandon the self forever in a step of surrender and trust

    • She made constant comparison to the “moderate Christians around you”

Hannah Whitehall Smith was a Quaker born in Philadelphia in 1832. Her life expressed the joy that is found in complete surrender. The secret to a happy life, according to Whitehall Smith, is to trust implicitly in the promises of the Bible. Her goal was not to impress the scholar, but to elevate the simple man or woman who longed for a more consecrated way of living. Deeply practical, her writings deal directly with the day-to-day struggles of ordinary people. Hannah Whitehall Smith died in 1911.

Hannah Whitehall Smith [1832-1911] was raised in a Quaker home in Philadelphia, where she learned to look to the Bible for answers to her daily concerns. Throughout her lifelong search for religious truths, she clung to the Bible’s promises and found them to be true as tempered steel. A devoted homemaker, Hannah Smith also was a charming and eloquent speaker, evangelist, and social reformer, popular on both sides of the Atlantic. She is the author of more than a dozen books, THE CHRISTIAN’S SECRET OF A HAPPY LIFE, which has sold well over two million copies.

Hannah Smith

  • Born: 9 Aug 1641, Stamford, Fairfield Co, Connecticut, USA
  • Marriage: Caleb Knapp 26 Mar 1660, Stamford, Fairfield Co, Connecticut, USA
  • Died: 18 Jun 1685, Stamford, Fairfield Co, Connecticut, USA





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