I love reading missionary biographies with my children. There's
nothing quite like reading about someone's entire journey from
hearing God's missionary call and obeying that call to watching
God work through it all. Although we have read several missionary
biographies, I was not familiar with Hudson Taylor's story before
reading this book. (I know, shame on me!) What a wonderful testimony
his life was to God's timing, provision and power!
Before Hudson was born, his parents prayed, "Dear God, if you
should give us a son, grant that he may work for you in China." And
that he did! The best part, though, was that his parents never
told Hudson of this prayer until after he decided to
go to China. But that's not the only obvious answer to prayer or
clear provision from the Lord that you learn about in the biography.
Time after time, seemingly impossible situations work out to weave
a beautiful story of God's guiding hand through it all.
Trials, closed doors, and changes of plan--all of which are exciting
to read about--served to strengthen Hudson's resolve and vision,
too. In the end, he became one of the most influential missionaries
of all time. His systematic plan, immersion in the Chinese culture,
and development of the China Inland Mission (CIM), among other
things, still influence how missionaries all over world "do business" today.
While engaging, the book is tad on the factual side. However,
in 200 pages, there's a lot of ground to cover in order to show
the entire picture of Hudson Taylor's life. By no means am I suggesting
that the book is boring! It's just a little dry at times. My children
and I all enjoyed it and took great pleasure every time the author
would demonstrate how God's hand had been at work. Hudson Taylor's
biography is both uplifting and encouraging!