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Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret

4.3  ·  Rating details ·  4,703 Ratings  ·  178 Reviews
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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Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Roger Feenstra
The sign on the box said, "Free books." One paperback caught my eye, not because of the tattered cover, or the yellowed pages--Something more eye pleasing caused me to select it from the box. The title is what I needed; Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret. At seventeen years old, in the U.S. Coast Guard, and out at sea for several months, I needed to know what this secret was. I was lonely away from home, I missed my church, I needed spiritual food. That little book, picked up by chance from the th ...more
Brandon H.
Another amazing story of a great saint who has gone before us. Hudson Taylor's life is an inspiration and wonderful example of what it means to follow the call of God and not look back. His story is also convicting. I fear this generation of believers, myself included, has prized comfort, entertainment, and safety far too greatly, perhaps at the cost of reaching the lost and to the jealousy of our loving, suffering Savior.

“There is a need for us to give ourselves for the life of the world - as
Josh Crews
Aug 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret is an awesome book. It's a biography on Taylor's life and it brings such encouragement throughout. It's by no means an extensive biography, but if you're new to Taylor this is a good starting point.

The book lays out his China mission, his prayer life and his spiritual 'secrets' (the 'secrets' are revealed in the last few chapters). It encourages you to go out and spread the gospel, be fearless in prayer, be bold against Satan and to be in constant communion with
Elsa K
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While Hudson Taylor's life was one to be commemorated and looked up to, I found this book difficult to get through. I read it between books for months and only finished it because I made myself. It was written by his son and daughter in law, but I felt they didn't do a good job explaining things or making it interesting. At one point someone important died and I didn't even realize it happened. Also as I am unfamiliar with Chinese history I would've liked more explanation. They mention the Boxer ...more
Frank Peters
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an outstanding book. It was written more than 80 years ago, and at times feels dated in style. For example, the numerous quotations from letters to and from Hudson Taylor tell much of the story in a manner of 150 years ago. Ultimately, I think it was good for me to have the patience to read through some of those sections, which may not have been exciting but were certainly worthwhile and very important. This is book that I would recommend to anyone who is actually wanting to follow Jesus ...more
Jean Wilund
Feb 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Jeff Elliott
I had heard much about Hudson Taylor but hadn't read this book. "Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret" is no secret. Sincere devoted time to prayer and God's Word led to remarkable funding and the call of missionaries for the China Inland Mission.

On a side note it was interesting for me to read how George Muller and D.L. Moody impacted Taylor and the C.I.M.

There are several worthwhile quotes that are highlighted in my copy.
Apr 21, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: missionary-bios
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)?
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.
Feb 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
chapter 14. enough said.
Marty Purks
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"God's work done in God's way will never lack God's supply", Hudson Taylor's model for Fund Raising
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eric Wright
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, biography, missions
Inspiring book that had considerable influence in my early years of seeking God's will concerning missions.
"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
Ana Rodríguez Miralles
Really loved this book! Inspiring and encouraging. Hudson Taylor, although small and weak -as he depicted himself- was enough faithful to obey God in the minor things that lead him to the big changes.

"There is a needs-be for us to give ourselves for the life of the world. An easy, non-self-denying life will never be one of power. 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.
Chan-joo Moon
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful biography of how God worked through Hudson Taylor to bring the gospel to China. It often quotes passages from Taylor's journal and is very realistic about the endless challenges he faced both in the mission field and from within his home country and mission organization. The book is eye-opening about what it means to bear the cross, that following God's will does not equal easy walks in the park. Taylor struggled through resistance from fellow believers, endless duties, severe hardship ...more
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thought provoking and inspiring book.
Detrah Hele
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic spiritual read. There is not a lot of religiosity, just basic trusting God on the deepest level, one on one. I didn't know Mr. Taylor's story. I was surprised at the faith he had in the face of incredible odds, difficulties and personal tragedies.
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book about the faith, passion, and perseverance of Hudson Taylor. Truly an incredible man of God and this book should be read by every minister or Christian considering how to live passionately for Christ. The only critique I have is the lack of providing Chinese historical and cultural context, which greatly illuminate the trials Taylor experienced and the amount of faith he must've had. Do some research while reading the book, to maximize your understanding and experience.
Joshua Ray
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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
Laura Campbell
Christian - 21/2 stars. He felt this book was more for an adult than a child.

Julia-3 stars

I really liked this book especially when we read Hudson Taylor's personal writings/letters throughout the book. His thoughts on paper are steeped in scripture and love for Christ.

I also liked how this story was not just about Hudson Taylor but his godly wife. At times, the book was very detailed in describing things, but I didn't mind that. I loved this biography.
Sep 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Thomas Freeman
Jul 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Carole Sparks
Feb 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christian readers, age 10 and up
I always enjoy missionary biographies. There's nothing more inspiring than to read of faithful men and women who didn't "count the cost" of obedience!

"The secret of faith that is ready for emergencies is the quiet, practical dependence upon God day by day which makes him real to the believing heart."

This biography, written by Taylor's son and daughter-in-law in the 1930s, is no different. While overviewing Taylor's life, they focus on two pivotal times when his faith was tested and he emerged e
David Tai
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ministry-books
Well, I was initially "dissapointed" by this book as I have always wondered how did a caucasian manage to spread the high gospel to millions and millions of Chinese in China. I was expecting Hudson Taylor to be a spiritual giant by having the gift of the disciples in preaching to 3000.

However, this book was eye opening to me as it revealed that Hudson Taylor was merely a man that live unto God. There was nothing "extraordinary" about Hudson Taylor as his secret was simply trusting in God. In th
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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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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