J. Hudson Taylor: a Man in Christ by Roger Steer, Billy Graham
The exciting story tells of J. Hudson Taylor, one of the great nineteenth-century missionaries. It is a true account of God's grace and what he can do with a life consecrated to Him.
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As someone who has lived in China in the late 20th and early 21st century, I read this bio with great interest. I had earlier read 'Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret' and the bio by Howard Taylor, and so eagerly read this work. Steer's style is terse and unornamented; he prefers to allow events and issues to speak for themselves. He avoids, for the most part, editorializing and judgement. Indeed, Steer's style is at times so sparse it leaves the reader wondering and wanting more detail, more information to have a deeper understanding of the context of various events adn decisions. Nonetheless, what emerges is a story of a remarkable man, who surrounded himself with equally remarkable men and women. Taylor would certainly be classified as a 'type A' person if he were alive today; he would be difficult to deal with in this lowest-common-denominator age because of his extraordinarily industrious lifestyle. At first reading, one is convicted with the thought, 'I have yet to really give anything.' As one reads more, the utter 'real-ness' of the characters begins to come through, with their mistakes and troubles, so that by the end of the book the thought, 'Could God still do this in even me?' begins to suggest itself. If you want an entertaining read, this book is not the one for you. However, if you want to read the record of one individual's extraordinary trust in the God who owns the cattle on every hill, sit back and get ready to have your worldview--and your theology--challenged.