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I find it difficult to "get into" devotional literature from the 19th Century -- the language and style get in the way. Somehow, this reading moves through and past that problem. The reader's conversational style makes the wording sound very natural.
What is the the "secret" spoken of in the title? It is a scriptural approach to dealing with such inevitables as doubt, temptation, search for guidance, etc., which then moves to the joy that accompanies the Christian life.
Though the vocabulary may in some cases be a bit strange to the 21st Century listener -- we do not use the word "consecration" in quite the same way Hannah Whitall Smith used it -- the context, along with the author's explanations and examples make her meanings clear.
Highly recommended for those days when we need a gentle reminder of God's love and the response he longs for us to give to that love.
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This is one of the most lucid explanations of the Christian's walk that I have ever read. Her ability to take a complex subject and reduce it to easily understood principles and explain how and why you should apply them is unparalleled. I wish all current Christian writing were as enlightened. Concerning the narration, I felt Ms. Gavin's reading of this book related the spirit of the author's intentions to the listener in a superb manner. I only wish my review could relate my enthusiasm for this book half as well.
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