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Previously titled To China With Love, this book is now reissued and recounts the thrilling story of the beginnings of the China Inland Mission....

Title : Hudson Taylor
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ISBN : 9780871239518
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Number of Pages : 160 Pages
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Hudson Taylor Reviews

  • Jeff McCormack
    2018-12-28 08:38

    The power of prayer cannot be diminished by distance; it is not limited by age, infirmity, or daily duty; political changes and restrictions cannot alter its effectiveness; for the word still stands, "If ye shall ask anything in my name I will do it." The power of prayer in the life of an obedient Christian can only be undermined by neglect."Thus is the ending of an amazing little autobiography of Hudson Taylor. So many times while reading this book, I could only sit and shake my head, wondering why I do not have the faith that this man had. I have seen other reviewers states that this is a must read book for any Christian, and I agree. This is one of those book that all new converts should be handed as part of their conversion material. A strong and healthy prayer life - one based on strong faith in a powerful God - is severely lacking in the Church today, and it is truly sad. This book has so many stories of situations that Taylor was in that were amazingly answered with prayer. So many little things that he prayed for that were accomplished right on time of need - way too many things for someone to chalk up to coincidence.To me it seemed that the teaching of God's Word was unmistakably clear: "Own no man anything." To borrow money implied, to my mind, a contradiction of Scripture - a confession that God had withheld some good thing, and a determination to get for ourselves what He had not given.... If the Word taught me anything, it taught me to have no connection with debt. I could not think that God was poor, that He was short on resources, or unwilling to supply any want whatever work was really His. It seemed to me that if there were any lack of funds to carry on work, then to that degree, in that special development, or at that time, it could not be the work of God." (Pg. 121-122)This one section struck me very hard, and made me really begin to look at my life, to differentiate between wants and needs, and to see what I had that I did not need and could do without.Overall a life changing, attitude altering book.

  • Alice Carter
    2018-12-24 09:42

    Very convicting story of a man who wasn't afraid to truly live by faith more than one hundred and fifty years ago. If you want to read something that is more than Christian fluff for the complacent, then read this book!

  • Kelley Bodwell
    2019-01-18 07:54

    This little book was so encouraging to me. I was amazed by the faith of Hudson Taylor, his reliance on prayer, and the ways God drastically provided for him again and again. I felt alarmed at how little I rely on God through prayer, and even how little I genuinely believe in the power of it. I was encouraged by his urgency to preach the gospel as well as the love he had for the people he was around. Hudson Taylor was certainly the real deal, and I can't wait to meet him one day.

  • Larisha
    2019-01-16 04:36

    Hudson Taylor's short autobiography should be required reading for Everyone who desires to serve God either through overseas missions, or in their own hometown. You will be inspired as you read of Taylor's humble heart and gracious service.This is an excellent little book, easily read, but very powerful in the demonstration of how God provides for His children!!One of Taylor's mottos was, "God's work, done God's way, will never lack God's supply." Our Father, God proved this time and again as HE is Forever Faithful and it was something Taylor witnessed and the Chine Inland Mission {CIM}.The book ends with the following Powerful words.... "The Power of Prayer cannot be diminished by distance;it is not limited by age, infirmity, or daily duty;political changes and restrictions cannot alter its effectiveness;for the word still stands,"If ye shall ask anything in my name I will do it.. says the Lord."The power of prayer in the life of an obedient Christian can only be undermined by neglect.Over 1 of the entrances to the China Inland Mission in London stands the text so dear to Hudson Taylor, "Have Faith in God."On the other side of it:"Hitherto hath the Lord helped us,"and"The Lord will Provide."

  • Stephanie
    2019-01-23 05:39

    He was an amazing man, with an amazing faith in God's provision. The author tried to convey his struggles, but, perhaps due to the writing style, I left the book feeling like this man was a "spiritual giant." Someone who God used specially because he was special. Like I am not able to be used that way. However, I also was reminded of some important truths. -My devotional life, my personal connection to God, is incredibly important. If I don't guard it fiercely, it will be snatched away. -Pray. Pray, pray, pray. -You depend on many things... money, comfortable life... Pray. Pray, pray, pray.

  • Paul,
    2019-01-20 09:32

    I don't agree with all of Hudson Taylor's theology. But that caveat aside, what an encouraging book! Taylor has lots of cool stories and the way God worked in his life was truly amazing. Worth reading.Here are a few of my favorite quotes:On Sunday, June 25th, 1865, unable to bear the sight of a congregation of a thousand or more Christian people rejoicing in their own security, while millions were perishing for lack of knowledge, I wandered out on the sands alone, in great spiritual agony; (p.95)In the study of that Divine Word I learned that, to obtain successful labourers, not elaborate appeals for help, but, first, earnest prayer to God to thrust forth labourers, and, second, the deepening of the spiritual life of the church, so that men should be unable to stay at home, were what was needed. I saw that the Apostolic plan was not to raise ways and means, but to go and do the work, trusting in His sure Word who has said, "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you." (p.93)It led me to look carefully through my little library to see if there were any books there that were not needed or likely to be of further service, and to examine my small wardrobe, to be quite sure that it contained nothing that I should be sorry to give an account of should the Master come at once. The result was that the library was considerably diminished, to the benefit of some poor neighbours, and to the far greater benefit of my own and that I found I had articles of clothing also which might be put to better advantage in other directions. It has been very helpful to me from time to time through life, as occasion has served, to act again in a similar way; and I have never gone through my house, from basement to attic, with this object in view, without receiving a great accession of spiritual joy and blessing. I believe we are all in danger of accumulating—it may be from thoughtlessness, or from pressure of occupation—things which would be useful to others, while not needed by ourselves, and the retention of which entails loss of blessing. If the whole resources of the Church of God were well utilised, how much more might be accomplished! (p.13)Perhaps if there were more of that intense distress for souls that leads to tears, we should more frequently see the results we desire. Sometimes it may be that while we are complaining of the hardness of the hearts of those we are seeking to benefit, the hardness of our own hearts, and our own feeble apprehension of the solemn reality of eternal things, may be the true cause of our want of success. p.32Ever since, I have seen clearly the mistake I made—a mistake that is very common in these days, when erroneous teaching on faith-healing does much harm, misleading some as to the purposes of God, shaking the faith of others, and distressing the minds of many. The use of means ought not to lessen our faith in God; and our faith in God ought not to hinder our using whatever means He has given us for the accomplishment of His own purposes.But to me it would appear as presumptuous and wrong to neglect the use of those measures which He Himself has put within our reach, as to neglect to take daily food, and suppose that life and health might be maintained by prayer alone.He is wholly true whether we trust or not. "If we believe not, He abideth faithful; He cannot deny Himself." But oh, how we dishonour our Lord whenever we fail to trust Him, and what peace, blessing, and triumph we lose in thus sinning against the Faithful One! May we never again presume in anything to doubt Him!To me it seemed a great calamity that failure of health compelled my relinquishing work for God in China, just when it was more fruitful than ever before; and to leave the little band of Christians in Ningpo, needing much care and teaching, was a great sorrow. Nor was the sorrow lessened when, on reaching England, medical testimony assured me that return to China, at least for years to come, was impossible. Little did I then realise that the long separation from China was a necessary step towards the formation of a work which God would bless as He has blessed the China Inland Mission.

  • Jonathan Laboy Juárez
    2019-01-13 06:43

    I loved this book. Hudson's story will remain in my heart all my life. It's an amazing story of how God abides faithful all our life, and it serves to teach us God is mighty able. If you lack faith or have not trusted in God for all your needs, you might need a book like this one to wake up: and remember our God is mighty for "Hitherto hath the Lord helped us" and we can trust "The Lord will provide."

  • Skylerandbrandy
    2019-01-09 03:51

    it was a little rough to get through, but i admire hudson taylor like CRAZY - i recommend 'it is not death to die' by jim cromarty for an easier way to walk through hudson's life .....

  • Dennis Podryadchikov
    2019-01-05 05:36

    Only now do we think of Afrika and Asia as great mission outreach sites and talk about the shifting of the center of Christianity in the world to those locations. Just a hundred and sixty years ago, the countries in Afrika and Asia almost completely consisted of idol worshippers, and Christians were almost non-existent there. As the first missionaries, like Hudson Taylor in China, went to those countries, they faced resistance, life threats, and persecution. In his autobiography, Taylor tells how he overcomes personal and health challenges, trains to be a medical doctor, survives a multi-month trip from Britain to China, travels inland, and spreads the Gospel everywhere in China, despite being in constant danger. Even if one does not want to become a missionary, this written work may help one to approach faith in a completely different way, a way that may challenge and deepen one's faith.

  • Adam Parker
    2019-01-08 08:40

    This short autobiography of the man who brought Christ to the interior of China was succinct yet powerful. It worked through his early years as a teenager when he received the call from the Lord to the people of China, and spent a good bit of time on the journey that brought him to that land. The second half of the book was focused on the work in China itself, and the many trials he and his fellow laborers underwent in the expansion of the Kingdom--and expansion that changed the trajectory of world history, no doubt. The writing was a bit dated, obviously, but in some way that made it seem more powerful. This man's faith serves as a guidepost on the path of Jesus for the rest of us today. A recommended read for those wanting to increase their faith and find motivation follow Jesus wherever He may lead.

  • Nan
    2019-01-23 03:33

    Wonderful Little BookA slow read at first, but worth finishing! I love this quote from Hudson Taylor, “ I wandered on the sands alone, in great spiritual agony; and there the Lord conquered my unbelief.”

  • Richard Cheston
    2019-01-02 11:56

    Encouraging and faith-givingI loved reading this book. I was moved to a greater place of trust in God by reading about how the Lord provided so consistently for Taylor. My evangelistic zeal was also stirred up by Taylor's passion to see the lost meet the Savior.

  • Jon
    2019-01-19 08:55

    Hudson Taylor was a great man of prayer and of course full of missionary zeal. This book was a great encouragement to me, and will be to those really pursuing the discipline and joy of a bountiful, intimate, prayer life. This book is full of great little knowledge nuggets about prayer, money, missionary financing and one story in particular that presses hard the issue of a sense of urgency in being about the business of God and obeying the Great Commission. I have been advised, that if you want to be a great man or woman of God, it's good to read about great men and women of God. Read. This. Book.

  • Rebecca
    2019-01-13 11:38

    I had to kick my brain into a higher gear to read this book since I mostly read children's books right now. It also took me longer with all the distractions, but I really enjoyed this book. Great insight into missionary life. The struggles, prayers, support, and daily activities. I enjoyed the format of the book with his own journals and thoughts as well as the inputs from others at the beginning and end.

  • Nick Smith
    2019-01-21 07:44

    Any Christian who is serious about serving God on the mission field should read this. Taylor tried to serve under the authority and traditions of his local Church and finally, after living through depression because of his fruitless endeavours, started listen to the Holy Spirit. He started living as the Chinese, much to the embarrassment of his consrvative English friends, and God used him mightily.

  • Kim
    2019-01-05 07:56

    I think this is a must-read for all Christians. The most compelling thing to me about Hudson Taylor is how he determined to trust in God only for his finances as a missionary. Before he left for the mission-field he decided to see if it would work and live by faith for 1 year and tell no one. The miraculous ways that God provides for him are worth the read alone. I've read this book twice and got a lot out of it both time.

  • Jeremiah
    2019-01-23 08:53

    Taylor pioneered many methods widely used these days and the story of his service in China is awesome-especially when you look at what God has done with the seeds planted before the Boxer Rebellion and the communist takeover. This is a short book but it is, obviously, an autobiography and tells of Taylor's life before he became a Christian and after (or as Hudson recalls what the older Christians of his day called conversion: "becoming serious"-a dour term indeed!).

  • Jessica Beckett
    2019-01-09 03:56

    Convicting. "Perhaps if there were more of that intense distress for souls that leads to tears, we should more frequently see the results we desire. Sometimes it may be that while we are complaining of the hardness of the hearts of those we are seeing to benefit, the hardness of our own hearts, and our won feeble apprehension of the solemn reality of eternal things, may be the true cause of our want of success"

  • Despond
    2019-01-04 08:58

    Good Short Intro on Hudson TaylorIt is a short autobiography, not all interesting but worth reading. There are several things that can be learned from Taylor: 1. The value of prayer for all decisions, even for funds needed. 2. Dependance on the Lord and not on human efforts. 3. The need of being an evangelist and a missionary to people that don't know Christ. 4. The need to have a servant's heart in ministry.

  • Kristin
    2019-01-16 03:32

    Inspiring and divine! This story was wonderfully told. The power of prayer was manifested in this man's story from the first page to the last. An easy read that made me remember the importance of fulfilling the Great Commission. Anyone who wishes to spread the wonderful news of Jesus Christ should read this book! So, everyone should read it!!

  • J-T
    2019-01-12 06:00

    Hudson Taylor thought God was calling him to a mission in China, and he thought that in China he would have to rely only on God and not on men. So, to train himself in this way of life, he moves to poorer quarters, almost starves himself, gives away his money, prays constantly, and goes to medical school. Wow.

  • Clay
    2018-12-26 04:31

    very good book and insightful with respect to a 30,000 ft. view of his life and ministry, with several specific stories sprinkled throughout. i wish it was longer and went into more detail, but i assume that is available in some of the biographies i have learned are available. the man was definitely used by God and his legacy and life are still making impacts in the world today.

  • Clifford Luebben
    2019-01-23 09:57

    This was a very encouraging read. A vibrant relationship with God leaks through every page. There are lots of thoughts and stories that challenge us to action instead of apathy. As a small book with accessible language it was also a quick easy read.

  • Greg Bodwell
    2019-01-19 11:35

    My main disappointment with this book is that it only covers the time leading up to the start of China Inland Mission. I wish it had covered more. It was enjoyable and an easy read. His life is inspiring, but I think I would rather read Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret.

  • Nannette
    2018-12-29 05:44

    This autobiography tells of Taylor's conversion and ultimate commitment to take the Gospel to China. Here is yet another man who gave up all worldly comforts to follow our Lord's command to go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel. Amazing man of faith! Loved the book.

  • deepreader
    2019-01-18 11:33

    I loved this book when I was a child. It was so adventurous. I had only ever known adventure through books and games played in my backyard. This was one of those books. Its effect lives with me still.

  • Daniel Hill
    2019-01-15 04:43

    Absolute classic of the Christian biography genre and extremely inspiring story of am ordinary man used by God for extraordinary purposes. If you only read one biography of a Christian missionary don't miss this one. Can't recommend enough.

  • Sade
    2019-01-05 07:44

    Love this book.

  • Nathan Schneider
    2018-12-25 03:50

    Great story and account of the power of prayer/ dependence on God.

  • Michael
    2018-12-30 06:34

    Very interesting to learn the stories of great men of God.