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Hudson Taylor: Deep in the Heart of China

(Christian Heroes: Then & Now #3)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  861 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Hudson survived his perilous maiden voyage to his beloved China. With his heart set in determined obedience to God, and trusting the provision of the One who had called him, Hudson overcame persecution and almost overwhelming personal losses to bring God's truth to the "ripe harvest fields" of China. Today, Hudson Taylor's story continues to challenge and inspire believers ...more
Paperback, 205 pages
Published June 17th 1999 by YWAM Publishing (first published May 1st 1998)
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Amy Meyers
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Again I feel torn: rates as a 4.5, almost a 5. For a children's biography, it does an excellent job. I felt it spent a long time on the beginning of his life, and then flew through much of his ministry in China. There were some interesting stories about the beginning of his desire to get to China and how he practiced trusting in the Lord, but I'm sure the stories of the CIM were even more exciting. For example, the Boxer Rebellion was only touched upon, since Taylor was recuperating in Switzerla ...more
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books, favorites
This was our first read aloud (chapter book) of this school year and considering how homesick we are, the boys and I really enjoyed reading about Hudson Taylor's life and travel in China. I was encouraged by some difficulties he went through that seem very similar to things we have faced - to see his trust in the Lord was exactly what we needed in this season. We had some great conversations about how life in China has changed but also how it has stayed the same. We look forward to reading more ...more
Yes, this book is best for younger readers, but it is a good overview of a man who lived his life for Christ. He did what God asked him to do, even when it was foolishness to others.
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
During our book study of The Making of a Leader: Recognizing the Lessons and Stages of Leadership Development with my Bible Study leader last year, I’ve learned that reading Christian literature, especially about the life of great Christian missionaries, can be one of the ways to help us grow and mature in our spiritual life. Though I’ve already read a lot of Christian books back then, I know that I haven’t tried reading any biography book. Since then, I’ve made a resolve to make it my goal to r ...more
Jan 19, 2021 rated it liked it
I wish we had read one of Dr. Taylor's autobiographies in lieu of this. The writing is only acceptable and I didn't realize before we started it that he had written a few books. It is a decent overview of his life story but a first-hand account would likely have been better. ...more
Donna Pincince
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love this series and how they show the struggles and the hard moments. It's an encouragement that they were real people who did big things when they trusted God. ...more
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
This story helped me gain faith that I didn't know I was lacking. Easy read and tremendously beautiful life to learn from. #china ...more
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
God definitely placed the people of China on his heart. Who have I been called to serve in the name of Jesus Christ?
Adam Balshan
4 stars [Biography]
#3 in genre, out of 31

The best, abbreviated biography of Hudson Taylor I have read, out of three. I have not yet read the large, 2-volume biography of him. This is also the most well-written of five missionary biographies I have read from Janet and Geoff Benge.

Writing: 4 stars
Clean writing in prose, pacing, and segue. Detail was excellent, and included sensory details which made the narrative two or three times as alive as Taylor's autobiography or Thomson's abbreviated biogra
Stacy M. Patton
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biograhy-memoir
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Evan Staffieri
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent biography, well written, and very exciting. I was inspired all of the way throughout every chapter, and I didn't want it to end! Praise God for men of God like Hudson Taylor and many more children of God who have obeyed His call to go overseas!

I constantly looked at my life and saw how little faith I truly have in Christ to meet my every need, and I want to live a life like Hudson did, or at least try! God willing, be my strength. Lead me, O Lord!

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Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This entire series is so well done. They are all so moving in their own way. They are well written and adults and young children can enjoy them together. This one rises to the top for me. It is so encouraging to hear about missionaries that have gone before us suffered hardship yet done much for the kingdom.
Julie Anderson
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So inspiring; nothing but the life that a Christian is called to live - to share the good news of Christ. That is our purpose. I am inspired by his story of of faith and trust in God; his hearts desire to see people come to Christ; above all else.
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Although a relatively simple read, I found this book to be an enthralling retelling of Hudson Taylor's life. I am biased of course since I LOVE a biography. If you are looking for an encouraging easy read, this could be it. ...more
Danielle Friedrich
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a story! These missionaries did amazing things for Christ!
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I am really enjoying these little books. Succinct yet rich stories of true lives with a history lesson thrown in. I learned a bit about the Opium Wars of China in this one.
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lots of tragedy in Hudson's life but he followed God's plan for him no matter what. ...more
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hudson Taylor's story is really encouraging to us of how he trusted in God to provide his needs. He did not ask people for money. Hudson just trusted in God's providence over his life. ...more
Julie Markert
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I love the book were reading it in school it's such a good book, you have to buy great story to :)
Aimee Fuhrman
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
A well written and thorough overview of Hudson Taylor's life with entertaining and uplifting elements. ...more
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 18-19, biography
This captivating biography is perfect for all ages and would make a great family or Sunday school read aloud.
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Our first missionary study. My kids really enjoyed this read-aloud. Written easy enough for my fourth grader to read. A good chronological story of his life and trials to reach China.
Sophie Thu Vịnh
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The life of a true missionary whose life totally sacrificed to God. This book is easy to read but still brings a strong message of spreading God's love to entire world. ...more
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
One of my favorites!
Amanda Schwind
Mar 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: faith, children, biography
I enjoyed hearing about Hudson Taylor's life. But there were parts that I felt too much or too little time was spent on. ...more
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Inspiring! Taylor stepped out in faith, followed God's call, and saw him work in miraculous ways. ...more
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another man of faith from the British Isles who went to China in 1952. He eventual started China Inland Mission.
Violet Bleger
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a great book. I feel like it put Hudson’s struggles very plainly but had a great message of trusting in God always.
Jenny Mudlock
Apr 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A fabulous biography about a faithful missionary to China. The authors did a great job writing this so that it can be easily read and enjoyed by both adults and children.
Casey Zimmerman
Apr 30, 2021 rated it liked it
Very good story! But the writing style could have been more engaging with additional dialogue or story elements added.
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Janet and Geoff Benge are a husband and wife writing team with twenty years of writing experience. They are best known for the books in the two series Christian Heroes: Then & Now series and Heroes of History. Janet is a former elementary school teacher. Geoff holds a degree in history. Together they have a passion to make history come alive for a new generation. Originally from New Zealand, the B ...more

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