Hannah Whitall Smith

As a young Christian I read Hannah Smith’s book, “The Christian’s Secret Of A Happy Life.”

Philip Yancey in his book,”Reaching For The Invisible God”writes that Smith’s book beckoned millions of Victorian-era readers upward to a higher plane of living.However she never found much happiness herself.

Her husband,a famous evangelist,concoted a new formula for ecstasy that satisfied spiritual longings with sexual thrills.Later,he drifted into a pattern of serial adultery and denied the faith.Hannah stayed with him,growing disillusioned and embittered.None of her children kept the faith.One daughter married the philosopher Bertrand Russell and became an atheist like her husband.Russell’s own depiction of his mother-in-law describe anything but a victorious woman.

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