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This series chronicles the exciting, challenging, and deeply touching true stories of ordinary men and women whose trust in God accomplished extraordinary exploits for His kingdom and glory. Each inspiring account of a man or woman who answered God s call is a testimony to a real-life adventure of faith and determination. Unit Study Guides are available for some titles. Ag This series chronicles the exciting, challenging, and deeply touching true stories of ordinary men and women whose trust in God accomplished extraordinary exploits for His kingdom and glory. Each inspiring account of a man or woman who answered God s call is a testimony to a real-life adventure of faith and determination. Unit Study Guides are available for some titles. Age 10 and up."


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This series chronicles the exciting, challenging, and deeply touching true stories of ordinary men and women whose trust in God accomplished extraordinary exploits for His kingdom and glory. Each inspiring account of a man or woman who answered God s call is a testimony to a real-life adventure of faith and determination. Unit Study Guides are available for some titles. Ag This series chronicles the exciting, challenging, and deeply touching true stories of ordinary men and women whose trust in God accomplished extraordinary exploits for His kingdom and glory. Each inspiring account of a man or woman who answered God s call is a testimony to a real-life adventure of faith and determination. Unit Study Guides are available for some titles. Age 10 and up."

30 review for Hudson Taylor: Deep in the Heart of China

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amy Meyers

    Again I feel torn: rates as a 4.5, almost a 5. For a children's biography, it does an excellent job. I felt it spent a long time on the beginning of his life, and then flew through much of his ministry in China. There were some interesting stories about the beginning of his desire to get to China and how he practiced trusting in the Lord, but I'm sure the stories of the CIM were even more exciting. For example, the Boxer Rebellion was only touched upon, since Taylor was recuperating in Switzerla Again I feel torn: rates as a 4.5, almost a 5. For a children's biography, it does an excellent job. I felt it spent a long time on the beginning of his life, and then flew through much of his ministry in China. There were some interesting stories about the beginning of his desire to get to China and how he practiced trusting in the Lord, but I'm sure the stories of the CIM were even more exciting. For example, the Boxer Rebellion was only touched upon, since Taylor was recuperating in Switzerland at the time. Still I teared up by the time I got to his wife's death, right after the deaths of two other children, and the story of the attack of the Chinese on the "foreign devils and secondary devils" was nerve-racking. The children all listened well then. We hoped that Carson would really listen well, as his middle name is Taylor for Hudson Taylor; but he didn't listen very well to all of it. But Taylor's impact on missions is huge: the idea of God calling the person (so the responsibility isn't on the mission director if the missionary died), trusting in the Lord to provide funds, dressing and eating like the Chinese, and trying to get to unreached areas all impacted Christian missions even to today. The idea of having mission compounds like William Carey and Hudson Taylor doesn't seem to be in favor anymore, at least not by indy-fundy Baptists. We're too independent and strong-willed, seemingly, to live and work THAT closely.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    This was our first read aloud (chapter book) of this school year and considering how homesick we are, the boys and I really enjoyed reading about Hudson Taylor's life and travel in China. I was encouraged by some difficulties he went through that seem very similar to things we have faced - to see his trust in the Lord was exactly what we needed in this season. We had some great conversations about how life in China has changed but also how it has stayed the same. We look forward to reading more This was our first read aloud (chapter book) of this school year and considering how homesick we are, the boys and I really enjoyed reading about Hudson Taylor's life and travel in China. I was encouraged by some difficulties he went through that seem very similar to things we have faced - to see his trust in the Lord was exactly what we needed in this season. We had some great conversations about how life in China has changed but also how it has stayed the same. We look forward to reading more biographies in this series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Yes, this book is best for younger readers, but it is a good overview of a man who lived his life for Christ. He did what God asked him to do, even when it was foolishness to others.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cary

    During our book study of The Making of a Leader: Recognizing the Lessons and Stages of Leadership Development with my Bible Study leader last year, I’ve learned that reading Christian literature, especially about the life of great Christian missionaries, can be one of the ways to help us grow and mature in our spiritual life. Though I’ve already read a lot of Christian books back then, I know that I haven’t tried reading any biography book. Since then, I’ve made a resolve to make it my goal to r During our book study of The Making of a Leader: Recognizing the Lessons and Stages of Leadership Development with my Bible Study leader last year, I’ve learned that reading Christian literature, especially about the life of great Christian missionaries, can be one of the ways to help us grow and mature in our spiritual life. Though I’ve already read a lot of Christian books back then, I know that I haven’t tried reading any biography book. Since then, I’ve made a resolve to make it my goal to read the Biography of a famous Christian missionary at least once in my life. So when I saw a copy of this book during the OFM Literature Bulk Sale, I decided to buy it and promised to read it and learn about the life of Hudson Taylor. I don’t know who Hudson Taylor was back then but I bought it anyway. Now that I finally managed to learn about Hudson Taylor’s life, I can say that reading his biography is really worth my time. Besides, reading this book is really timely for me, now that I’m learning to recall and pursue the vision that God has put in heart and make it become a reality. Hudson Taylor was a British Protestant Christian missionary to China and founder of the China Inland Mission (CIM, now OMF International).  He was born on 21 May 1832 in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England. The Story begins with the scene in Hudson’s first visit to China. Then it was followed by the chronological account of Hudson’s life from his childhood, then to the time he committed his life to Christ and accepted the calling of going to China as a missionary, up to the time of reaping the fruit of his mission and finally, his death. Hudson was born into a Christian family but he didn’t become a Christian until he was 17. His salvation story was a product of faithful prayer of his mother and his sister. One afternoon, when he was particularly feeling bored, he decided to pick up a religious booklet from their bookshelf and tried to read it to keep himself busy. He knew that the booklet he was reading has a Gospel message at the end of the story so he promised to himself that he will only read the first part. Little did he know that during the same time he was reading the booklet, her mother was fervently praying for him,asking God to make his son become a Christian. After several hours of praying, peace came over her and she knew that God answered her prayer. On that same moment, Hudson became so engrossed with the booklet he was reading that he couldn’t seem to get a certain phrase out of his mind. He thought about the phrase “the finished work of Christ” at great length. Then he finally concluded that if it was already a finished work, then there was nothing he could do but to accept that finished work. So at that very moment, he finally invited Jesus Christ to come into his life. From then on, Hudson became a changed person and he became devoted to God. Then one day, as he continued to pray and read his Bible, he received from God the one single word that would become the focal point of every major decision he would make for the rest of his life – China.  Hudson knew that God wants him to become a missionary in China so from then on, his life began to focus on China. Every decision and every activity became valuable only if it will make him move closer to his goal. When he was finally able to realize his goal and set his foot in China, he learned that following God and carrying out his mission is not easy. But he persevered and established the China Inland Mission (CIM) because he knew there were millions of people in China who needed to hear the message of Jesus Christ. Up to his last breath, Hudson served the Lord by reaching out to thousands of Chinese people in inland China in order for them to hear the Gospel of Christ. As I’ve said earlier, reading Hudson Taylor’s life is truly a timely blessing for me. Hudson Taylor is a perfect example of a single-minded man who is wholeheartedly devoted to God and very committed to the Great Commission. Because of Hudson’s obedience, God blessed and established his ministry which continues to grow up to this very day. What I really admire about Hudson is his amazing faith and trust in God and his commitment to prayer. Because of him, I was really inspired to become more faithful in prayer. These are some of lessons I learned from Hudson’s life: a. Never underestimate the power of prayer. The prayers of Hudson’s mother and sister, Amelia became instrumental to his conversion. Make that commitment to pray for your lost friends and loved ones because God gladly wants to answer that prayer. b. Persecutions and criticisms are always part of the journey but don’t let them discourage you in pursuing the vision that God has given to you. Hudson met a lot of bashers and critics along the way but he didn’t let him distract him from the work that God has assigned to him. He knows where the orders are coming from so he knows who to trust and to whom he should listen to. c. When  you make that commitment to follow Christ, expect that you will be moving all the time. In all of Hudson’s 7 decades of stay here on earth, I’ve noticed that he didn’t stay in a single place for a long time. He was constantly moving, depending on the leading of the Holy Spirit. So if we want to follow the same journey as Hudson, expect a series of God’s planting and uprooting from one place to another in  your life. Yeah, I cried at the end of Hudson’s life. Not because I’m sad but because I’m filled with joy with the knowledge that he was able to finish the race well. Today, the church he had established has grown so much and continues to expand to reach more people to Christ.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Donna Pincince

    I love this series and how they show the struggles and the hard moments. It's an encouragement that they were real people who did big things when they trusted God.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kyanna

    This story helped me gain faith that I didn't know I was lacking. Easy read and tremendously beautiful life to learn from. #china

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    God definitely placed the people of China on his heart. Who have I been called to serve in the name of Jesus Christ?

  8. 4 out of 5

    Adam Balshan

    4 stars [Biography] #3 in genre, out of 31 The best, abbreviated biography of Hudson Taylor I have read, out of three. I have not yet read the large, 2-volume biography of him. This is also the most well-written of five missionary biographies I have read from Janet and Geoff Benge. Writing: 4 stars Clean writing in prose, pacing, and segue. Detail was excellent, and included sensory details which made the narrative two or three times as alive as Taylor's autobiography or Thomson's abbreviated biogra 4 stars [Biography] #3 in genre, out of 31 The best, abbreviated biography of Hudson Taylor I have read, out of three. I have not yet read the large, 2-volume biography of him. This is also the most well-written of five missionary biographies I have read from Janet and Geoff Benge. Writing: 4 stars Clean writing in prose, pacing, and segue. Detail was excellent, and included sensory details which made the narrative two or three times as alive as Taylor's autobiography or Thomson's abbreviated biography. Use: 3.75 stars As an abbreviated biography, it is not comprehensive enough to warrant a place as an authoritative book. The bibliography does include the large, 2-volume biography by the Taylors, and more detail seems to make it into this book as a result. The organization Taylor founded, China Inland Mission, was a watershed event in modern Chinese history; this and decent tracking of Chinese history affords a Use rating not typical to biographies. Truth: 4.5 stars Again surpassing the other two biographies, the stunning truths of Taylor's paradigm of enculturation, trust in God for resources, and worldwide mobilization are presented well. Plot: 3.75 stars The better sensory detail in the writing, and several episodes not relayed in the other two biographies, make for a slightly better plot. Two episodes in particular were [1] a thorough account of the ship Lammermuir which took the 2nd wave to China, the salvation of virtually its whole crew, and the miraculous weathering of the typhoon, and [2] the murderous mob breaking into their barricaded house in Yangchow, and their last-second escape.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stacy M. Patton

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This has been my favorite so far in this series! I read this book to my 6th grade son and 7th grade daughter for the curriculum we are using: My Father’s World: 1850 to Modern times as we are studying China during this time period. My two children really enjoyed this as well. Hudson Taylor was an amazing leader and man of God! He let nothing stop him or get in his way! He was determined to go to China and decided medicine was the path that would lead him there. His sacrifice and faith during his This has been my favorite so far in this series! I read this book to my 6th grade son and 7th grade daughter for the curriculum we are using: My Father’s World: 1850 to Modern times as we are studying China during this time period. My two children really enjoyed this as well. Hudson Taylor was an amazing leader and man of God! He let nothing stop him or get in his way! He was determined to go to China and decided medicine was the path that would lead him there. His sacrifice and faith during his medical training just amazed me! Then all the tragedy and danger he experienced while he was in China made my jaw drop time and time again. He even wore the Chinese traditional clothing and cut and dyed his hair to fit into the culture so he could more easily bring the message of Christ to the people without being a distraction. Hudson Taylor lived his life with no regrets and will be greatly rewarded in heaven. I try to read biographies of great men and women, who lived not for the pleasures of this world but instead for building up treasures in heaven, to my children. Hudson Taylor is definitely a man I would want my sons to look up to as a hero. He had such a heart for listening to God’s Will in his life no matter the cost!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Evan Staffieri

    This was an excellent biography, well written, and very exciting. I was inspired all of the way throughout every chapter, and I didn't want it to end! Praise God for men of God like Hudson Taylor and many more children of God who have obeyed His call to go overseas! I constantly looked at my life and saw how little faith I truly have in Christ to meet my every need, and I want to live a life like Hudson did, or at least try! God willing, be my strength. Lead me, O Lord! Read this book NOW if you This was an excellent biography, well written, and very exciting. I was inspired all of the way throughout every chapter, and I didn't want it to end! Praise God for men of God like Hudson Taylor and many more children of God who have obeyed His call to go overseas! I constantly looked at my life and saw how little faith I truly have in Christ to meet my every need, and I want to live a life like Hudson did, or at least try! God willing, be my strength. Lead me, O Lord! Read this book NOW if you have not!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lea Lea

    This entire series is so well done. They are all so moving in their own way. They are well written and adults and young children can enjoy them together. This one rises to the top for me. It is so encouraging to hear about missionaries that have gone before us suffered hardship yet done much for the kingdom.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Julie Anderson

    So inspiring; nothing but the life that a Christian is called to live - to share the good news of Christ. That is our purpose. I am inspired by his story of of faith and trust in God; his hearts desire to see people come to Christ; above all else.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bee

    Although a relatively simple read, I found this book to be an enthralling retelling of Hudson Taylor's life. I am biased of course since I LOVE a biography. If you are looking for an encouraging easy read, this could be it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Friedrich

    What a story! These missionaries did amazing things for Christ!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Shanna

    I am really enjoying these little books. Succinct yet rich stories of true lives with a history lesson thrown in. I learned a bit about the Opium Wars of China in this one.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    Lots of tragedy in Hudson's life but he followed God's plan for him no matter what.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Hudson Taylor's story is really encouraging to us of how he trusted in God to provide his needs. He did not ask people for money. Hudson just trusted in God's providence over his life.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Julie Markert

    BEST BOOK I love the book were reading it in school it's such a good book, you have to buy great story to :)

  19. 4 out of 5

    A.E. Fuhrman

    A well written and thorough overview of Hudson Taylor's life with entertaining and uplifting elements.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    This captivating biography is perfect for all ages and would make a great family or Sunday school read aloud.

  21. 4 out of 5

    April

    Our first missionary study. My kids really enjoyed this read-aloud. Written easy enough for my fourth grader to read. A good chronological story of his life and trials to reach China.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Thu Vịnh

    The life of a true missionary whose life totally sacrificed to God. This book is easy to read but still brings a strong message of spreading God's love to entire world.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Araugon

    One of my favorites!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Schwind

    I enjoyed hearing about Hudson Taylor's life. But there were parts that I felt too much or too little time was spent on.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Inspiring! Taylor stepped out in faith, followed God's call, and saw him work in miraculous ways.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    Another man of faith from the British Isles who went to China in 1952. He eventual started China Inland Mission.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Violet Bleger

    This is a great book. I feel like it put Hudson’s struggles very plainly but had a great message of trusting in God always.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Homeschoolmama

    While I liked the writing style of Benge (and I've read her other missionary stories) I am ambivalent about Hudson Taylor. While inspiring in some ways, I felt his risk taking was more testing God than trusting Him. His selflessness in reaching out to the people of China and his devotion to the Lord is admirable, yet he took enormous chances with not only his own life but the lives of his family (he lost several children b/c of disease, etc ramapant in the country) and those of his fellow worker While I liked the writing style of Benge (and I've read her other missionary stories) I am ambivalent about Hudson Taylor. While inspiring in some ways, I felt his risk taking was more testing God than trusting Him. His selflessness in reaching out to the people of China and his devotion to the Lord is admirable, yet he took enormous chances with not only his own life but the lives of his family (he lost several children b/c of disease, etc ramapant in the country) and those of his fellow workers. I found the other Janet Benge missionary stories to be more balanced.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    We have read many YWAM stories about missionaries. Most of them make some mention of Hudson Taylor and the China Inland Mission. We decided we really needed to read his story. We were a bit disappointed in the presentation of this wonderful man of God. It was heavy on his early life, which we like, but then it sped through his life as a missionary, skipping so much. We will have to find another book to satisfy our curiosity about Hudson Taylor, because this one just whet our appetites.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    This book is about a missionary that went to China. James Hudson Taylor had a big and compassion heart for the people from China. He gave up everything he had here in the U.S for the peolpe in China to tell them about God who God truly loved them and how much they mean to him. He tought them that God gave his bloode for them in the cross. James Hudson Taylor had a deep heart for china.

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