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Physician, evangelist, administrator, visionary, compassionate husband and father - James Hudson Taylor filled all these roles, and more. As a pioneer missionary to China, he left a lasting mark on that great country. Few in the history of the Christian church accomplished so much with so little.

Contemporary Christians may be unfamiliar with the spiritual magnitude of this
Paperback, 270 pages
Published 1990 by Discovery House Publishers (first published 1955)
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Nov 23, 2008 Kris rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: followers of Jesus
Recommended to Kris by: Linda Capps
What a life! J. Hudson Taylor is one of my heroes. My wife and I were so moved by this life of faith as we read it in this particular book that we unanimously decided to name our first son after him. The fact that the book was written by his grandson just makes it that much more effective.
This book is valuable. It is not a page-turner. But it will get you thinking about the type of power (or weakness?) it takes to abide in the Almighty. The biography is truely remarkable... but as the title suggests, it is the understanding that Hudson Taylor arrived at that is worth more than just a recounting of events. He learned, as far as I can tell, to truely abide in Christ. The one line that stood out the most to me was this, written to his sister:

"How great seemed my mistake in wishing
Kyle Reschke
A great read for anyone interested in missions, missions history and one of the "heroes of the faith." This is an easy read from a true pioneer.
Jean Wilund
When I read this book, I kept finding myself stopping and meditating on what I'd read. It is written by his son and daughter-in-law...who better to write it than those who truly knew him best. His faith in God's daily work in his life was staggering. My understanding of Jesus' teaching on the vine and the branches in John 15 has been transformed as if a light came on. It's the best teaching on it I've ever read! This book could be used as a text book on life-changing faith. There is so much to a ...more
Dottie Parish
Hudson Taylor felt called to share the Gospel with the unreached people in China. His heart was burdened for these people. In 1854 he went to China and began this very difficult mission. The book, using correspondence from him, describes his adventures and trials. He did no fundraising and his needs were sustained by God in miraculous ways.

He lived his life surrendered to Christ – In Christ. He trusted him in all circumstances. He lived by faith. He believed “Christ is either Lord of all or he
Hudson Taylor + China.
A tad bit romanticized.
Still very encouraging.

"Fruit-bearing involves cross-bearing. There are not two Christs-- an easy-going one for easy-going Christians, and a suffering, toiling one for exceptional believers. There is only one Christ. Are you willing to abide in Him, and thus to bear much fruit" (237)?
Nathan Moore
Any reasonable account of Hudson Taylor's life is likely to leave a considerable impression on any Christian. Never before have I heard of such faith and to read of how God sustained and proved Taylor's faith over and over again is a faith-building experience itself.

What is striking about Taylor's life is how much he suffered. Taylor buried two wives and three children in his lifetime and to read of his faith during those seasons of grief is astounding.

I will keep my few criticisms of the book
Eric Wright
Inspiring book that had considerable influence in my early years of seeking God's will concerning missions.
Marty Purks
"God's work done in God's way will never lack God's supply", Hudson Taylor's model for Fund Raising
Joshua Ray
I often think that God must have been looking for someone small enough and weak enough for Him to use, and that He found me. -Hudson Taylor

This week I finished reading Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret. I've been reading more biographies lately, specifically of missionaries and other great men of faith. My interest was piqued when I read Eric Metaxas' Bonhoeffer but didn't really become a priority until reading Shadow of the Almighty by Elisabeth Elliot. I was deeply impacted by both of these men
This is the biography of Hudson Taylor - the first inland Christian missionary to China.� I read this book as a teenager for the first time, and I saw for the first time a human being who had completely given himself to God.� In so doing, Taylor experiences some of the most intense demonstrations of God’s presence and power, but he also must endure many tragedies - such as losing two children and a wife largely due to his vocational calling.� But he remains faithful.

� The “secret” that changed T
I love hearing the life stories of other Christians. This was interesting, informative and reminded me of Rees Howells: Intercessor, another book I really enjoyed. I was supposed to write a book report on it, which I never finished (and don't care about), but here's the extent of what I wrote:

“Spiritual Secret of Hudson Taylor” follows the life of Hudson Taylor, an English missionary to China in the mid to late 1800s. This is a good book and I do like it. I love hearing about the lives of other
Aug 08, 2008 Tom rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
I read this book with curiosity, looking for the spiritual secret of this great man of God. I wanted to discover what it was that he had found that made his a great man of God. Simply put, he had learned to enjoy the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus promised that if you believed and trusted in Him, He would always be in and with you, that you would be held safe and secure in His hand, that nothing would ever be able to take you from Him. To Hudson Taylor these were not just word ...more
"Hudson Taylor did not start out to impact "millions." He started out to love God, to honor Him, and to share His love with individual sinners who needed so desperately to know Him. Jesus called Taylor (and us) to be 'faithful,' not 'successful.' And God added the increase."

This book was written by Taylor's son Howard and his wife. Hudson Taylor deeply sensed God's call and a desire to serve Him from the time of his conversion as a teenager. Early on he believed it was China that God would have
Amazing book. I really enjoyed this book and blasted through it in no time. I am very inspired by Hudson Taylor, and while I was already very familiar with him, this book gives great insight into his life and ministry. I was most impressed with his faith an humility. His faith that God would provide in every circumstance no matter how difficult it seemed, is unparalleled. I especially admire his refusal to ever ask for money for his mission, instead he always turned to prayer when they had finan ...more
Dave Johnson
wow. i just put down this book after reading its last page. wow.

this is one of those books that gains momentum from start to finish. it just got better every chapter. it's also a book that i believe would impact every christian's life, but few would probably even think about reading, because this is a biography of a missionary. so, the mindset goes, "if i'm not a missionary or would-be missionary, why would i read this?" valid question, i guess. here's the answer: even though this is the story
I really enjoyed this book. The writing style was engaging and kept moving throughout Taylor's life. There were quotes in here that I will definitely be remembering. Overall, an interesting overview of Hudson Taylor and the China Inland Mission's ministry.
However, this book suffers the great flaw that Christian biographies seem to be so prone to. It portrays a whitewashed version of Hudson Taylor. Quite frankly, we're all still sinners, so acting as if this man got saved and lived a perfectly co
Thomas Freeman
This book is high on my recommended list.

It's not too hard a read for young people.

I read this book at a time when I was able to really identify with much of Hudson Taylor's struggles to find consistency and encouragement in his spiritual growth. The first half of the book is great and really details how he came to know the Lord and give everything he had to seriously following Christ. This included an almost fanatical devotion to all "christian" activities. However, his commitment was not enou
Gary B
Parts of this were very interesting. I was particularly taken by the chapter on "The Exchanged Life". I'm still mulling over that.

A couple of things jumped out at me:
"You must sometimes be tempted to be proud because of the wonderful way God has used you. I doubt if any man living has had greater honor." "On the contrary," was the earnest reply, "I often think that God must have been looking for someone small enough and weak enough for Him to use, and that He found me.

How few of the Lord's peopl
Josh Crews
This book will persist in my book top 5 books for eternity. (I expect. I suppose there is somewhat of a recency bias.)

I started the book expecting to read a missionary biography of a major missionary of China. What I read was account after account of a mighty God who supplies every need and answers the specific prayers of his children who ask on Jesus's account.

The account is written by his son/daughter-in-law based in a narration of his and other's personal letters. The picture of Hudson Taylor
Stephanie Osborne
Favorite chapter: the exchanged life
It's inspiring that one known for his deep love and devotion for God, one who lived sacrificially to save lost souls, wrestled with the same things as the "average" Christian. He tried and tried to live up to holy expectations but it was burdensome and joy was fleeting. But, how great the relief and joy and peace as he came to understand the meaning of abiding in Christ. The contrast in his life was striking. I'm challenged and inspired.
This is an excellent biography of a remarkable man. The honor and esteem which the author, Taylor's son, felt for his father is evident. Well-written and full of memorable quotes from Taylor, the book depicts a man whose life was characterized by trust--trust in his Heavenly Father to meet all of his needs; trust that he and those he loved were always in the competent care of his Heavenly Father, whether in life or in death; and trust that his Heavenly Father was willing and able to fulfill all ...more
Lillian W
A must-read for the missions-minded!

J. Hudson Taylor's legacy to every missionary is his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. His faith was rooted and grounded in Christ, and every initiative of his mission was guided by his faith. These authors engaged this reader by drawing me into the exciting life of this pioneer-missionary in an Asian country. This book is one that everyone who feels that the Lord is calling him or her to the mission field. Other missions-minded Christians will benefit as well b
Randall Pratt
This is still one of my all-time favorite books. But at this point in my life, the reading of it was even more meaningful than all the previous times. I think it is because I finally have something of an understanding of what Hudson Taylor referred to as "the exchanged life." Why did it take me so long to see what he was talking about?

Anyway, this book chronicles the life of Hudson Taylor, founder of the China Inland Mission (now Overseas Missionary Fellowship). Reading it this time, I was reall
Shawna Arthurs
I cannot overemphasize how good this book is. The testimony of Hudson Taylor, the way he pursued God throughout his life, the way he approached trust in God, spoke more to me than perhaps any other Christian biography I've ever read. I highly recommend reading this book with pen and paper, or with laptop and Word doc in my case, to take notes as you read.
John Martindale
Wow, this is such a good book. God definitely used it in my life. Hudson Taylor is a true spiritual hero and his life inspired me. he endured so much suffering and heart-break and yet God was faithful through it and used the ministry he started in profound ways. I try to get a better glimpse of how God works in the world, by reading stories of missionaries. It seems somehow everything imaginable goes wrong and yet out from the anguish and ashes comes victories. indeed God won't remove the flood ...more
A solid read. Hudson's a pretty rad dude. The book was often stilted and the language a little outdated (written a while ago now), but the "spiritual secret" of Hudson was pretty much the fact that the he learned to find joy in the presence of God. Great reminder of how God uses his children to accomplish amazing things for his kingdom.
Matt Galyon

Reading through this excellent story of the birth of China Inland Mission and the life of Hudson Taylor was inspiring. His devotion to real, honest prayer is a challenge for all believers today.
Biography of Hudson Taylor, missionary to China. Challenging read and incredible to read of his faith and perseverence.

Most challenging take-away for me was the part when Taylor was talking with a new Chinese Christian. The man asked him how long people in the West had known about Christ. Taylor answered that they had known for centuries. The Chinese man asked why it had taken so long for them to come to China. His father had died without ever hearing about Jesus. Very challenging and thought p
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Born Frederick Howard Taylor aka F. Howard Taylor.
The son of James Hudson Taylor, missionary to China. Howard Taylor was also became a missionary in China. He was married to Geraldine Taylor, aka Mrs. Howard Taylor.
More about Howard Taylor...
Hudson Taylor: In Early Years- The Growth of a Soul Biography of James Hudson Taylor J. Hudson Taylor: God's Man in China  Hudson Taylor: The Growth of a Soul/Work of God Hudson Taylor and The China Inland Mission: Volume 2: The Growth of a Work of God

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“Deeper down, deeper down that life had to go, in God. Outwardly it might seem, at times, that the work was carried on a floodtide of success. Glorious steps of faith were taken; glorious answers to prayer were received. But the preparation of heart beforehand and the steady burden-bearing afterwards were known only to those who shared them behind the scenes.” 0 likes
“But Hudson Taylor, young though he was, had learned to know God in a very real way. He had seen Him, as he wrote, quell the raging of a storm at sea, in answer to definite prayer, alter the direction of the wind, and give rain in a time of drought. He had seen Him, in answer to prayer, stay the hand of would-be murderers and quell the violence of enraged men. He had seen Him rebuke sickness in answer to prayer, and raise up the dying, when all hope of recovery seemed gone. For more than eight years he had proved His faithfulness in supplying the needs of his family and work in answer to prayer, unforeseen as many of those needs had been. How could he but encourage others to put their trust in the love that can not forget, the faithfulness that can not fail?” 0 likes
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