Hannah Whithall Smith’s critics have noted that the title of her most famous book, The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life, is ironic, given the difficulties she faced throughout her life. Why take advice from someone whose life was so fraught with disappointment? you might ask. How is Hannah Whithall Smith’s life a model for happiness? She dealt with the deaths of her children; her husband’s mental health issues, his multiple infidelities, and their increasing estrangement; her daughter Mary’s scandalous affair and subsequent divorce; her daughter Alys’s depression and suicide attempt; and a prolonged custody battle for her two grandchildren. Yet in spite of these challenges, Hannah persevered in her faith, growing more confident in God’s love as she aged.
The final words of her last book, published five years before her death are a simple but powerful testament of her faith. “God is enough!” she wrote. “God is enough for time. God is enough for eternity. God is enough!”
~Michelle DeRusha in 50 Women Every Christian Should Know: Learning from Heroines of the Faith
In the stillness,
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