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Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret

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Discover Hudson Taylor, a pioneer missionary to China, who suffered tribulation, hardship, poverty, and misunderstanding. But at his heart, he loved the Chinese people and learned through his misfortunes to trust God completely. 'HUDSON TAYLOR'S SPIRITUAL SECRET' is a stirring biography that challenges you to live a life of faith.

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Published September 30th 1955 by Moody Publishers (first published 1932)
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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
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.
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
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
Elsa K
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
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
Jeff Elliott
Oct 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian-bio
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
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)?
Feb 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
chapter 14. enough said.
Jean Wilund
Feb 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To emphasize enough how much I would recommend this book is beyond my ability to do in a short review! After so many chapters I found myself on my knees wanting to trust God and rest in Him like Hudson Taylor did. You should take time to read this book!! The sooner the better!! I’m so glad I had the privilege!
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
Kyle Reschke
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Andy Bonikowsky
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rereads
Just finished reading number 25! Read again next year!
"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
Marc Sims
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you want to see what the doctrine of “union with Christ” looks like in action, read this book. This is the famous missionary biography of Hudson Taylor, the founder of China Inland Mission, written by his son and daughter-in-law.

In the 19th century, the only place Christian missionaries had been in China was along a thin sliver of its coast, leaving the vast majority of the Chinese population entirely unreached by the gospel. Taylor, as a young zealous missionary, desired to see missionaries
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
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
After reading Shadow of the Almighty in 1980-81, where Jim Elliot melancholic struggles with the grace of God, it was refreshing to discover Hudson Taylor's break through into Love "as wide as the Yangze" a few months later.

Even so, the book was hard to get through in a second reading in 2014 as Taylor's suffering is terrible. His experience of grace was deep enough to get him through and keep shining the light of the Gospel into the dark corners of human suffering along with his healing touch
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This masterpiece of faith holds a special place in my heart. God used this book to encourage me as me & my wife struggled with infertility. God taught me about true faith and totally depending on Him. I was reading this when God answered our prayer and gave us our baby girl. This one has been so special and helpful to me. This book should be read by every Christian. My favorite book I've read in the last 5 years. ...more
Eric Wright
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, biography, missions
Inspiring book that had considerable influence in my early years of seeking God's will concerning missions.
Darby Hughes
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
Inspiring & convicting ...more
Tanner Hawk
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
"The sweetest part, if one may speak of one part being sweeter than another, is the rest which full identification with Christ brings. I am no longer anxious about anything, as I realize this; For He, I know, is able to carry out His will, and His will is mine. It makes no matter where He places me, or how. That is rather for Him to consider than for me; for in the easiest position He must give me His grace, and in the most difficult His grace is sufficient. It little matters to my servant wheth ...more
Jacob Van Sickle
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
A challenging and inspiring read. Some Keswick Theology to ignore, but overall read, learn and live a more devoted life.
May 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this but I didn't comprehend all of it because I wasn't invested enough--kind of repetitive and boring, but it does have some good nuggets throughout.
Melody Geiseman
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent account of a faithful servant of Christ.
David Dang
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic biography of Hudson Taylor, the first missionary to inland China. His understanding of faith in Christ in very trying circumstances under financial strain, threats of violence, and politics in his home country is inspirational.

I highly recommend this book in its audiobook form.
Jeremy Samuels
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tough to say how this book is going to impact my life. My guess is... Immeasurably
As a message, and as an encouraging Christian nonfiction book, this was quite inspiring. Inspiring, as in, it inspires thoughts like, "Wow, wouldn't I like to be perfect like Hudson Taylor." Because the way Hudson Taylor approached difficult times was admirable. I'm not sure many people today could be so calm in the face of violence and destruction.

However, the presentation of Hudson Taylor's work in China was not the best. For one, it was a lot of telling and not showing. I'm beginning to reali
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