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This is a biography of the famous missionary, James Hudson Taylor. His unbreakable faith in God during a life dedicated to reaching China's millions with the Gospel has been a lasting inspiration to many.


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This is a biography of the famous missionary, James Hudson Taylor. His unbreakable faith in God during a life dedicated to reaching China's millions with the Gospel has been a lasting inspiration to many.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Norah

    Found this in Oxfam, and decided to buy to help with my family tree research, as my mother- and father-in-law followed the author to China as missionaries. Fascinating so far - the mindset of this young man who was convinced God was sending him to China. Common sense did not seem to be any part of his decision! But interesting too, reading about the Taiping Rebellion, first recognised in 1850, attaining remarkable proportions. Arising in Southern China, it swept over the central provinces and th Found this in Oxfam, and decided to buy to help with my family tree research, as my mother- and father-in-law followed the author to China as missionaries. Fascinating so far - the mindset of this young man who was convinced God was sending him to China. Common sense did not seem to be any part of his decision! But interesting too, reading about the Taiping Rebellion, first recognised in 1850, attaining remarkable proportions. Arising in Southern China, it swept over the central provinces and the Yangtse valley including the city of Nanking. "Arising among a heathen people entirely apart from foreign influence, this mighty upheaval, as far as it had developed, appeared to be a crusade upon distinctively Christian lines. The Ten Commandments formed the moral code of the new kingdom. Idolatry in all its phases was abolished with unsparing hand, and the worship of the true and living God substituted, in purpose at any rate. The Christian Sabbath was recognised as a day of rest and prayer, and all restrictions were removed from the preaching of the Gospel." I have struggled to continue reading this book, partly because it is a very thick paperback, bound in such a way that it is difficult to keep the pages open at the place I'm reading, and even though it had water spilled on it while in hospital and is now in a somewhat tatty condition, I still find it hard to bend it open enough to read without hurting my rheumaticky wrists! But I will continue to the end, as I have promised it to my brother- and sister-in-law, as he was born in China while his parents were missionaries there! And duly delivered last week, will be net rested to hear their comments on it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    This was a really thorough insight into the work of God in and through one man, how he grew up to become a missionary in China and against all odds (financial, physical, spiritual) to establish the China Inland Mission. It showed the sacrifices he and many others made for the sake of the message that they wanted to share: he lost his wife, three of his children and spent much time alone and away from his family in order to tell those who did not know about the message of Jesus Christ. In this bo This was a really thorough insight into the work of God in and through one man, how he grew up to become a missionary in China and against all odds (financial, physical, spiritual) to establish the China Inland Mission. It showed the sacrifices he and many others made for the sake of the message that they wanted to share: he lost his wife, three of his children and spent much time alone and away from his family in order to tell those who did not know about the message of Jesus Christ. In this book, there is no sense of the missionary as a coloniser, rather Hudson Taylor and his fellow missionaries assimilated the national dress and food in order to identify with the Chinese people. We might think the days of mission work like this are coming to a close, but maybe we have a LOT to learn from these forerunners about how we reach out to the needy around us today. Getting alongside, walking in their shoes and sharing what we know about God - not in a bid to "covert" or "control", but to simply give them the opportunity to see for themselves the message of the Bible and, using the evidence, decide whether it is true.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mogens Temlett

    It took a long time to read, and the style is obviously from an older age, but that only adds to it's atomsphere. You can feel the desire for God, and Hudson's love for people. Anyone wanting to be a missionary will see what it really takes to be an apostle - willing to endure hardship and danger, passion for Christ, increasing absolute trust in a Faithful God, sacrificial love for others...Most interesting of all in this wonderful view of Hudson's walk with Jesus, is his eventual realization of It took a long time to read, and the style is obviously from an older age, but that only adds to it's atomsphere. You can feel the desire for God, and Hudson's love for people. Anyone wanting to be a missionary will see what it really takes to be an apostle - willing to endure hardship and danger, passion for Christ, increasing absolute trust in a Faithful God, sacrificial love for others...Most interesting of all in this wonderful view of Hudson's walk with Jesus, is his eventual realization of the finished work of Christ, of His victory, His ability, and our inability, of not trying to do the Christian life in our own strength, which the majority of us do, but to simply acknowledge, and rest in God's fathomless resources. Thus the chapter - the exchanged life, is an absolute must for every believer, as is the reading of the rest of this book, of a real hero of faith.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Wallace

    Insightful. Shocking. Sobering. Challenging! Humbling! God honouring! Every Christian, yes every Christian, irrespective of theology or denomination should read this account to the life and service of James Hudson Taylor. Written by a relative with access to Taylor's private and public papers and letters this condensed book (originally 2 volumes) really does give a 'fly on the wall' insight into Hudson Taylor and his spirituality. While many (as I don't) won't agree with his acceptance and sprea Insightful. Shocking. Sobering. Challenging! Humbling! God honouring! Every Christian, yes every Christian, irrespective of theology or denomination should read this account to the life and service of James Hudson Taylor. Written by a relative with access to Taylor's private and public papers and letters this condensed book (originally 2 volumes) really does give a 'fly on the wall' insight into Hudson Taylor and his spirituality. While many (as I don't) won't agree with his acceptance and spread of 'Keswick teaching' we all have to stand back and see how the Lord used a single man to reach millions of Chinese people, even when the 'establishment' at best doubted and at worst opposed! Taylor was preeminently a man of faith, who believed in his God, in God's word and in God's ability to provide, if it be his will. His most famous quote is probably, "Let us see that we keep God before our eyes; that we walk in His ways and seek to please and glorify Him in everything, great and small. Depend upon it, God's work done in God's way will never lack God's supplies." However, you will find many apt statements in his diaries and correspondence in this wee book. If you are already involved in the Lord's work or are considering being involved in the Lord's work in whatever capacity, please, please read this book first and then reassess if you still want to serve the Lord! A humbling 5-star read!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Roberts

    The incredible life of Samuel Hudson taylor; always burning with a desire for the gospel to reach China, he learns medicine and goes to the country he has heard about but never been too! Forsaking all that he's known to reach the people and to remove hindrances he picks up Chinese culture, lives by faith and goes to where God leaves. Because of this one man's obedience, thousands are reached and a new organization eventually begins. Over a hundred are part of CIM by the end of his life. I enjoye The incredible life of Samuel Hudson taylor; always burning with a desire for the gospel to reach China, he learns medicine and goes to the country he has heard about but never been too! Forsaking all that he's known to reach the people and to remove hindrances he picks up Chinese culture, lives by faith and goes to where God leaves. Because of this one man's obedience, thousands are reached and a new organization eventually begins. Over a hundred are part of CIM by the end of his life. I enjoyed the life story, but not the unneeded detail and, at times, dry writing.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bryana Joy

    This massive two-volume biography of Hudson Taylor and The China Inland Mission is not for the faint-hearted, but I found it to be a lasting delight as I read it over the course of almost two years. Written in that grand old tone of 19th century literature, the books dwells not as much on the external particulars of the ministry as on Hudson Taylor’s spiritual adventure – although, by the time it is complete, there have certainly been enough pages to touch on plenty of material details as well. This massive two-volume biography of Hudson Taylor and The China Inland Mission is not for the faint-hearted, but I found it to be a lasting delight as I read it over the course of almost two years. Written in that grand old tone of 19th century literature, the books dwells not as much on the external particulars of the ministry as on Hudson Taylor’s spiritual adventure – although, by the time it is complete, there have certainly been enough pages to touch on plenty of material details as well. I recommend it highly, and found it a most effective summons to awake to the urgency and fleetingness of life. Some favorite quotations below: “His capacity for happiness was like that of an unspoilt child.” “Surely to need much grace and therefore to be given much is not a thing to be troubled about, is it?” “Should we not rejoice when we have anything we can give up for the Savior?” “Light will be no doubt be given you. Do not forget, however, in seeking more, the importance of walking according to the light you have.” “There should be only one circumstance to us in life, and that Circumstance – GOD.”

  7. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    super hard for me to follow. if I put more commitment to it, I may have found benefit in it, but the writing style and fact driven content (in the beginning anyway) left me frustrated. did not finish the book, but glad other reviewers had the patience for it and found it a blessing.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dustin Witmer

    Convicting from the first page to the last

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