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Spiritual Secret of Hudson Taylor

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  3,422 ratings  ·  128 reviews
It is possible to live a life that is totally dependent on Christ for everything. The many miraculous answers to prayer that missionary Hudson Taylor experienced are exciting testimonies of God's gracious provision. Discover how you, too, can overcome hardships, experience miracles, and enjoy a life of contagious faith and joy.
Paperback, 396 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Whitaker Distribution (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
Elizabeth Li
Amazing spiritual biography of "China's Benefactor", Hudson Taylor. One forgets while reading this book the deep trials he endured to bring the gospel to the far reaches of China, because he always rejoiced in his faithful Lord. Through a life of severe trials, he is able to write "I do feel more and more the blessedness of real trust in God. Faith, he tries, but sustains. And when our faithfulness fails, his remains unshaken. 'He cannot deny himself' [2 Tim. 2:13]." So this book, at the end, is ...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
My mom spoke of Hudson Taylor and referred to this book often. It's one of the books I got from her home library after she died. Couldn't bring myself to read it until now. The first several chapters were a tad arduous to get through until I captured the writing style and began following events as written. About a quarter of the way into the book, I found myself weeping and saying out loud: "Now I understand why you loved this book so much mother." Hudson Taylor was a missionary and founder of t ...more
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 Taylo
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
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.
I truly enjoyed reading this book! God can do amazing things through those who have faith!! I recommend this book to anyone who loves to read about missionaries!!
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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 Hudson Taylor and The China Inland Mission: Volume 2: The Growth of a Work of God J. Hudson Taylor: God's Man in China  Hudson Taylor: The Growth of a Soul/Work of God

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“Lord Jesus, make Thyself to me A living, bright reality; More present to faith’s vision keen Than any outward object seen; More dear, more intimately nigh Than e’en the sweetest earthly tie.” 1 likes
“Take time. Give God time to reveal Himself to you. Give yourself time to be silent and quiet be fore Him, waiting to receive, through the Spirit, the assurance of His presence with you, His power working in you. Take time to read His Word as in His presence, that from it you may know what He asks of you and what He promises you. Let the Word create around you, create within you a holy atmosphere, a holy heavenly light, in which your soul will be refreshed and strengthened for the work of daily life.2 It was just because he did this that Hudson Taylor’s life was full of joy and power, by the grace of God. When over seventy years of age he paused, Bible in hand, as he crossed the sitting-room in Lausanne, and said to one of his children: “I have just finished reading the Bible through, today, for the fortieth time in forty years.” And he not only read it, he lived it.” 1 likes
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