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Hudson Taylor in Early Years: The Growth of a Soul (1912)

4.44  ·  Rating Details  ·  80 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
The classic two-volume story (hardback) of Hudson Taylor and the founding of the CIM (now OMF). This longer, more detailed account includes many of Taylor's personal writings that express his vision, faith and frustrations. It also provides a careful account of the many miracles that took the young mission agency into the inalnd and barbaric provinces of China. The first v ...more
Hardcover, 590 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Kessinger Publishing (first published January 1st 1952)
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Jessica Perry
Jul 01, 2015 Jessica Perry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first book in a two volume set, this biography feels like an autobiography at times with all of the personal letters from Taylor to family members. I agree with other reviewers that at times the reading is slow in its pace of events but it resembles life in that way. You almost struggle along with Hudson Taylor as he longs and waits to be sent to China, as he adapts to the hardships of living through war both physical and spiritual, and rides the highs and lows that we all experience as we s ...more
Aaron
Apr 17, 2016 Aaron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: missions, biographies
Far and away my favorite missionary biography, the two volume account of Hudson Taylor is an amazing look at the development of the man himself and the amazing work God accomplished through him. This stands at the top of the list of missions biographies and is worth the time and effort required to conquer this monumental account.
Kimberly Bega
Jul 07, 2015 Kimberly Bega rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hudson Taylor is now a giant in the history of missions, but this book shows how difficult it was for him to make it to China and work in China at first. His challenges included lack of finances both at home and abroad, his own poor health, travel restrictions by both the British and Chinese governments, and civil unrest. His faith in the midst of these obstacles is both amazing and inspirational, especially considering how young he was at the time. The authors (his son and daughter-in-law) also ...more
Luke Burgess
Jan 10, 2014 Luke Burgess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
This was perhaps the best biography I have ever read. Hudson Taylor's life was truly amazing in what God permitted him to accomplish. However, what stands out in this book is the author's ability to reveal the spiritual heart of this man. The book reveals the man's soul not merely the man's body. It is well written, captivating and convicting.
Debbie
Sep 13, 2010 Debbie rated it really liked it
Detailed diary/journal entries make for a very long book, but it is a book that will challenge you to memorize Scripture a little more to have a ready verse for every life situation - how Taylor recalls, relies on, and frames everything he does with Bible verses is nothing short of convicting. His burden for the Chinese is so deeply felt that he undergoes monumental, to me, sacrifices and all with a beautiful spirit. His reliance on God is convicting, too - everything seems impossible, and yet n ...more
Joe Marlin
May 31, 2014 Joe Marlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most biographies that range in the couple hundred page category feel like highlight reels of some great persons life. This two volume set, is at times as painfully slow as life, and that's what I loved about it. For one of the masters of 'the victorious life' this book shows a real man, who indeed learned to find his all in Christ, and suffered incredibly, but saw God work in amazing ways through all manner of risks, and steady faithful service.
Jeff Beard
Aug 21, 2013 Jeff Beard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read a number of biographies and the writer is as important as the subject. Great set of books to learn the heart of Hudson Taylor and the work that the hand of God did in China. The wisdom and spiritual maturity of Dr. & Mrs. Howard Taylor make these books worth reading with a pen and notepad in hand.
David Murphy
Apr 25, 2011 David Murphy rated it really liked it
An excellent book. I was a little disappointed with the Kindle edition, though. One of the chapters was missing and there were many misspellings, probably due to OCR difficulties. But hey! It was only a buck!
Mike
Feb 24, 2015 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-good-read
An amazing story, really well written. At times, perhaps, difficult for the modern reader to understand. I did like Hudson Taylor's warning to his sister about the corrupting influence of the novel.
Susan
May 28, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of inspiration within the pages of these two volumes! Impressive when you consider all Hudson Taylor gladly endured because of the call of God on his life!
bookme4life
Mar 27, 2010 bookme4life rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1995-1999, nonfiction
read volume 1, not 2
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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.
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