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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hannah Whitall Smith Narrator: Marguerite Gavin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2004 ISBN: 9781455176847
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Hannah Whitall Smith wrote The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life in 1875, originally as an article for her husband’s magazine. The book subsequently became a worldwide bestseller that has influenced generations of readers.

In the preface she explains, “This is not a theological book. I frankly confess that I have not been trained in theological schools and do not understand their methods nor their terms. But the Lord has taught me experientially and practically certain lessons out of his Word, which have greatly helped me in my Christian life, and have made it a very happy one. And I want to tell my secret, in the best way I can, in order that some others may be helped into a happy life also.”

This classic devotional offers practical advice and a powerful message. Relating to audiences on a personal level, it invites listeners to live full, blessed lives.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the most inspiring and influential books we have ever read.”

    Dale Evans and Roy Rogers

  • “This work...has never ceased to be in demand and [is] a classic in religious literature.”

    Chautauquan, 1893

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thomas Kinsfather | 2/11/2014

    " This book started off good, then died after a few chapters. Finishing it was long and excruciating. I don't recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/10/2014

    " A Christian classic. Practical and inspirational -- and simply explained. Filled with wisdom and insight. It's one I will reread. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 2/8/2014

    " This book changed my life! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy | 2/2/2014

    " after the build-up I got for this book I was kinda disappointed. I think there are better in the same genre, like Celebration of Discipline or Normal Christian Life "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlotte B | 1/28/2014

    " remember liking it... but the book is unfortunately forgettable. don't remember a thing from it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mickeyfogs | 1/25/2014

    " Very meaty and on point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madoline | 1/16/2014

    " Much spiritual wisdom in living the "Christian" life moment-to-moment in this classic. I had to read is slowly to take it in and reflect as I went. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 1/9/2014

    " Too basic to finish reading. It might be good for a new Christian who struggles with the foundational issues of Christianity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 1/6/2014

    " A wonderful book about really makes a Christian happy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candacefaulkner | 1/5/2014

    " One of my top 10 books I've ever read! The most amazing part is that it was written over a hundred years ago! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Rich | 1/5/2014

    " This book is a classic! It reminds me of C. S. Lewis' "Mere Christianity" and challenges the reader to trust in God and to discover the true secrets to happiness. I LOVE THIS BOOK!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca Coday | 12/30/2013

    " It took me a long time to be ready to read this book, and it was a bit difficult due to some archaic language, but this is a classic and well worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becksf4 | 12/26/2013

    " Highly recommend. One of my favs "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 12/18/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grandma | 12/6/2013

    " An absolutely sweet and charming book written long ago, but still relevant today. A help to keep life simple in this hectic, complicated world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glen Grunau | 11/11/2013

    " This woman from a century ago really knows her stuff. I can see why Dallas Willard was so influenced by this book. Very inspiring! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beckynovacek | 9/7/2013

    " this is in my list of top 10 books. i'll always have a copy or two on my bookshelves. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynda Newman | 6/26/2013

    " This is one of two favorites this year. This would be a good book for young women to read. I am already looking forward to reading it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodie | 6/19/2013

    " Excellent inspiraational Book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rofhiwa | 5/25/2013

    " well I got it as an Audio Book, u know the kind u just listen to someone reading it out to ya as mp3 files.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 4/19/2013

    " Fabulous read. It will sit next to Bonhoeffer's The Cost of Discipleship. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katy | 1/5/2013

    " Read in 1993; I remember being quite impressed with the author's ideas. Would like to re-read it and see what I think of it now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Morrow | 12/25/2012

    " This was one of the best books I have ever read, besides the Bible! I could read it over and over again. It was first published in 1870. God used Hannah Whitall Smith to impart such wisdom through this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Read1000books | 8/27/2012

    " Although I disagree with her "quietism" approach to Christian living (let go and let Jesus do it all), this remains a Christian classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 8/22/2012

    " One of those books I like to read once every few years to remind myself of some simple truth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 12/22/2011

    " This book changed my life "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pete Bartel | 11/3/2011

    " Good, practical book on how to live a Christlike life. Shows will versus emotion, dying to self, surrender and trust. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Larry | 10/26/2011

    " a bit on the prosperity, "God will make you happy" side "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josiah | 6/13/2011

    " Read this! (in spite of the title) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josiah | 4/25/2011

    " Read this! (in spite of the title) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 3/28/2011

    " Fabulous read. It will sit next to Bonhoeffer's The Cost of Discipleship. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thomas | 7/22/2010

    " This book started off good, then died after a few chapters. Finishing it was long and excruciating. I don't recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madoline | 1/24/2010

    " Much spiritual wisdom in living the "Christian" life moment-to-moment in this classic. I had to read is slowly to take it in and reflect as I went. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 charlotte | 1/10/2010

    " remember liking it... but the book is unfortunately forgettable. don't remember a thing from it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy | 11/23/2009

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becksf4 | 11/19/2009

    " Highly recommend. One of my favs "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 10/15/2009

    " Really great book. Make me ask myself, am I being a true Christian and am I doing things out of love, fear or duty? One I want to buy and read regularly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glen | 7/11/2009

    " This woman from a century ago really knows her stuff. I can see why Dallas Willard was so influenced by this book. Very inspiring! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Rich | 3/25/2009

    " This book is a classic! It reminds me of C. S. Lewis' "Mere Christianity" and challenges the reader to trust in God and to discover the true secrets to happiness. I LOVE THIS BOOK!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rofhiwa | 11/18/2008

    " well I got it as an Audio Book, u know the kind u just listen to someone reading it out to ya as mp3 files.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 11/4/2008

    " Too basic to finish reading. It might be good for a new Christian who struggles with the foundational issues of Christianity. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Larry | 9/24/2008

    " a bit on the prosperity, "God will make you happy" side "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beckynovacek | 8/8/2008

    " this is in my list of top 10 books. i'll always have a copy or two on my bookshelves. "

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