A wonderful classic first published in the late 19th century, God of All Comfort is as fresh and new as today’s news – fresher, some of today’s news is pretty rotten. Wife, mother, and noted Bible teacher and speaker Hannah Whitall Smith answers these very modern queries: has Jesus been overrated, or has He been under-trusted? When He says, “Whoever listens to me shall dwell safely,” (Prov. 1:33) is it for real?
She answers these questions amply and satisfyingly, with a resounding yes. Why? Because it is so written and God does not lie. Scripture's statements are incontrovertible fact. We do not need to rely upon our own feelings. Basing all her teachings solidly in Scripture, Smith looks at these questions from many sides. Our Lord is our Shepherd and in Him is all comfort. Don’t get trapped into thinking you have to deserve His care, rather, study the meanings of the names of God found in Scripture. Don’t examine yourself to the point of leaving the Lord out of it. Because He holds you, you can be unshaken, encouraged, shouting with faith, giving the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and conformed to His image. Definitely, God of All Comfort does not attempt to domesticate God, rather it is the opposite – to help us see how we need to be tamed by God in order to receive His full benefits.
If you have never read any of Hannah Whitall Smith’s books, or do not know much about her, perhaps you would enjoy reading first the biography which concludes God of All Comfort. The peace, joy, and comfort which form the theme of this book were hard come by for Hannah; but once she discovered these truths, her life changed and she went on to become a loving, forthright minister of God’s word.
Let me share a blessing with you. This last batch of review books I received contained two classics: God of All Comfort, and God’s Passion for His Glory, which contains an introduction from contemporary author John Piper and 18th century Bible teacher Jonathan Edwards’ thesis, 'The end for which God created the Earth.' It is wonderful to make contact via their ageless books, with two of that great cloud of witnesses spoken of in Hebrews. The ideas they propound are as real and true today as they were when first written. God’s Word does not change, nor do the needs of God’s people or their work for Him. – Donna Eggett, Christian Book Previews.com
In the Introduction to her book, Hannah Whitall Smith gives her reason for writing this book: "I was once talking on the subject of religion with an intelligent agnostic, whom I very much wished to influence, and after listening to me politely for a little while, he said, 'Well, madam, all I have to say is this. If you Christians want to make us agnostics inclined to look into your religion, you must try to be more comfortable in the possession of it yourselves. The Christians I meet seem to me to be the very most uncomfortable people anywhere around. They seem to carry their religion as a man carries a headache. He does not want to get rid of his head, but at the same time it is very uncomfortable to have it. And I for one do not care to have that sort of religion.'
"This was a lesson I have never forgotten, and it is the primary cause of my writing this book. . . . I want, therefore, to show as best I can the grounds there are in the religion of the Lord Jesus Christ for that deep and lasting peace and comfort of soul, which nothing earthly can disturb, and which is declared to be the portion of those who embrace it."