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A Retrospect

James Hudson Taylor

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Join James Hudson Taylor on the God-led journey through his calling, time of preparation, and life work in China. This British Christian missionary founded China Inland Mission (CIM), now known as OMF International.

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. . .I felt more than a little concerned. Still, it was the path of duty, and I followed on. Up a miserable flight of stairs, into a wretched room, he led me; and oh what a sight there presented itself to our eyes! Four or five poor children stood about, their sunken cheeks and temples all telling unmistakably the story of slow starvation; and lying on a wretched pallet was a poor exhausted mother, with a tiny infant thirty-six hours old, moaning rather than crying at her side, for it too seemed spent and failing. "Ah!" thought I, "if I had two shillings and a sixpence instead of half-a-crown, how gladly should they have one-and-sixpence of it!" But still a wretched unbelief prevented me from obeying the impulse to relieve their distress at the cost of all I possessed.

It will scarcely seem strange that I was unable to say much to comfort these poor people. I needed comfort myself. I began to tell them, however, that they must not be cast down, that though their ci. . . Read More

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I grew up hearing about Hudson Taylor, but this was the first time I had read anything by him. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this. Hudson Taylor’s writing was clear and intimate as he shared deep personal experiences and convictions about his life and mission. I was challenged by this book and

Growing up in the church, I regularly heard legends of Hudson Taylor. Though he was not the first missionary to China, he is by far the most well-known and perhaps the most impactful, as far as increasing western awareness of missions in China is concerned.

Going into this book, then, I expected a so

Essentially journal entries of Hudson Taylor. So sometimes there is just random details that aren’t interesting. But there is great stories of a man who prayed and had much faith as he served the Lord. Encouraging

This little book might be my favourite missionary biography of all time! I was amazed by the power of Taylor’s writing, both poetic and informative. I love how he would struggle and struggle, and how each struggle brought him first closer to Jesus and THEN he became more influential. There’s a lot o

Brief, which was nice. Not as interesting it impactful as Spiritual Secret, but easier to get through. It also seemed more factual, a little rushed; you don't get to know Hudson Taylor as well, I don't think. But his point in the book is to tell you about the Inland Mission, and a bit about how it s

Incredibly inspirational

The work of J Hudson Taylor in China is legendary . His dependence on faith in the early years , and his unwillingness to ask for funds was amazing . To trust in prayer alone and refuse to solicit funds was unheard of and yet extremely successful. God proved himself faithful

A clearly written picture of the start, growth, and development of the China Inland Mission (CIM), now Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF). An interesting read for anyone wanting to know what a missionary was expected to face in the past.

Short, readable, insightful, inspirational. The language is of the time but if you can get past that it's a wonderful book that anyone interested in the mission field would benefit from reading. I only wish it was longer.

A retrospective challenge

This book was not only a good challenge but a history. Taylor has been taught in Christian schools as a missionary but our reading of how God used is truly remarkable.

And unforgettable depiction of a heart surrendered to Christ and the miraculous provision's given

This book will depict the life of how J. Hudson Taylor answered the call of God to minister in China. His mother would pray for his salvation at age 15, and upon reading a tract from his missionary fathe

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