The Life of J. Hudson Taylor: Publishers' Note and Preface
THE LIFE OF J. HUDSON TAYLOR By Geraldine (Taylor) Guinness
The Life Of The Founder Of The China Inland Mission Being mainly an abridgment of "The China Inland Mission,"
The World-Wide Missionary Library
Vol. V The Revivalist Press Cincinnati, Ohio 1915
"The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof... The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory. Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods" (Psa. 97:1, 6-7).
It has long been on our hearts to issue a series of biographies which by the attractiveness of their appearance as well as by the thrilling interest of their narration, would, to some extent at least, provide a substitute for the cheap literature which floods the land.
By the good Providence of God this volume represents what we hope is but one of many which, like the good seed, will be scattered everywhere. It is very interesting and instructive to all who love the work of the Lord, We believe that it will prove a great blessing to the readers. To publish these books at the very low price advertised, they must have a large circulation. Will you not help us in scattering them, praying that they may be a means of glorifying God?
The next book in the series will be the life of William Carey, the man who knew no defeat, and was a successful plodder. His pioneer work in India laid the foundation for future success.
No commissions are offered, no discounts can be given, as the price is so phenomenally low. We believe, however, that every heart burning with missionary zeal and alive to the importance of awakening the Church to the supreme necessity of missionary enterprise, cannot but realize the value of putting these books before the public. For further information, address, The Revivalist Press, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Among the pioneer missionaries of China, J. Hudson Taylor stands in the front rank. This book consists of sketches of his life and work selected from, "The Story of the China Inland Mission," by Geraldine Guinness. The aim of the present compiler has been to select that part of the story which relates more directly to J. Hudson Taylor, consequently many interesting details of the history of the mission have been omitted.
A careful and prayerful reading of this volume will not only interest and instruct the reader in general missionary effort, but the character of the man, his simple faith in God, his perseverance in facing almost insurmountable difficulties, and his resolute purpose in fulfilling his mission, will not fail to inspire every devoted follower of God. It will serve as an incentive to those who pass through trial and danger to trust in God, regardless of all else.
Mr. Taylor's success did not lay in great natural resources, but in his absolute faith in the promises of a great God, whose Word to his children is: "I will not fail thee," and "My God shall supply all your need, according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."