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Book Review: Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret by Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor


I have two more Moody Classic books to read: Born Crucified by L.E.Maxwell and The Incomparable Christ by J. Oswald Sanders.
Moody Classics are lovely books. They are small 5x7. The front covers of all Moody Classic books are eye-catching and stunningly beautiful.
One of my favorite types of books to read is a biography or memoir. To read about a missionary is an added bonus.
I am in BSF or Bible Study Fellowship which was created by a woman named A. Wetherell Johnson. Ms. Johnson had been a missionary with the China Inland Mission. When communism thrust out all missionaries between 1949 and 1952, she left and went to California. BSF was created by her in the late 1950's.
The China Inland Mission began with Hudson Taylor. The name has since changed to Overseas Missionary Fellowship, as they incorporated several other Asian countries such as: Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Taiwan, Korea, Laos, and Cambodia.
At this time there are 8 BSF groups that meet in China. These classes had been only in English. Soon 2 classes will be in Chinese. Doors are opening in China and other parts of east Asia in order for people to hear the Gospel message. People are hungry to hear God's message of salvation.

James Hudson Taylor was born in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England in 1832. When he was 17 years old he accepted Christ Jesus as his Savior. Shortly afterwards was his literal call, "a word in the silence. Then go for Me to China. From that moment life was unified in one great purpose and prayer." Hudson Taylor began to prepare himself for his future assignment. He studied to be a physician and he was apprenticed to another physician. He learned on his own Chinese characters from a Chinese Bible. He lived frugally, he honestly sought at every point to do without as much as possible, even by existing on a daily diet of oatmeal and rice. At the age of 21 he left for China. At that time in history it took about 5 months to reach China. Only the ports in China (according to a treaty) allowed for foreigners to preach the Gospel. There were no Protestant missionaries living in the interior of China. Most of the time Hudson Taylor was a missionary in China there seemed to be a war going on. Danger for a foreigner was a constant and present threat. Again and again during his years as a missionary he struggled with earning enough money to pay a rent and food and other necessities for his missionary trips. Yet, at every instance God provided just what was needed. After some thought he decided to do what no other missionary had done as of yet, become as much like a Chinese in dress as possible. He wore the clothing attire they wore. He had the front part of his head shaved and wore his hair long in the back. Afterwards, the people accepted him as they had not before. He was able to approach them not as a foreigner to be mistrusted, but as one of them. He eventually married and had several children. Every few years Hudson Taylor and his family would go back to England for furlough. He also made trips to America, Australia, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. He became friends with other mission focused men (men we know well of today): Dr. Andrew Bonar, D.L. Moody, and William Burns. Hudson Taylor died at the age of 73 in 1905, yet it was not a death----but a Home-call!

This was a wonderful book on Hudson Taylor's life. The book is focused on his mission work, some details of his family is given. The thrust is on his tenacity and dedication to the work that Christ Jesus had given him to do. He did not let anything persuade him to transgress from the totality of commitment to the Lord.

My favorite quote:
"Hudson Taylor had found the secret of soul-rest. In this experience there had come to him not only a fuller apprehension of the Lord Jesus Himself and all He is for us, but a fuller surrender-yes, indeed, a self-abandonment to Him." page167.
Hudson Taylor 1865

Published June 2009 by Moody
Link @ publishers:
http://www.moodypublishers.com/pub_productDetail.aspx?id=41823&pid=53180
272 pages
Non-Fiction/Missionary/China Inland Mission/China/Overseas Missionary Fellowship
This book is a Moody Classic, to see other choices:
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Link @ Christian Book:
http://www.christianbook.com/hudson-taylors-spiritual-secret/howard-taylor/9780802456588/pd/456588?product_redirect=1&Ntt=456588&item_code=&Ntk=keywords&event=ESRCP#curr
Paperback $6.29
eBook $3.53

Blissful Reading!
Annette

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