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Book review – James Hudson Taylor: Called by God into the Heart of the Dragon

Reviewed by Ka-Neng Au
Librarian at OMF International

James Hudson Taylor: Called by God into the Heart of the Dragon
By Ruth Broomhall
Surrey: CWR, 2018

Mission Round Table Vol. 14 No. 1 (Jan-Apr 2019): 47

This biography by a great-grandniece of James Hudson Taylor is beautifully illustrated with photographs and pictures of artifacts from the China Inland Mission archives. The text draws selectively from earlier biographies as well as family letters. While the narrative follows a typical chronological structure, the author focuses on a particular spiritual theme at the end of each chapter (e.g., God’s faithfulness, dependence on God, and the fruit of the Spirit). These thematic reflections include thoughtful questions and suggestions for personal application. The author has managed to tell a grand story without going into too much detail on the key events in Taylor’s life but readers wishing to delve further can refer to the sources in the endnotes. The book is very suitable for the general reader as an introduction to the founder of the China Inland Mission and its General Director for the first 40 years.

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