Once upon a time in Imperial China---a lost world of pigtails, Mandarins, and dragon-roofed temples---an incredible love story unfolded between Hudson Taylor, the pioneering missionary, and Maria Dyer. Anchored by faith, their short marriage flourished despite the most bitter circumstances. Historian John Pollock draws Hudson and Maria from Taylor's original letters and papers, and weaves them together to create a dramatic 3-dimensional portrait of one of the greatest missionary families of all time. 206 pages, softcover, Christian Focus.
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Review 1 for Hudson and Maria: Pioneers in China
Date:December 7, 2013
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I was looking for an account of Hudson and Maria (nee Dyer) Taylor's life together and mission work in China and this book did not dissappointment. I really admire them both for living their faith out and persevering in the most difficult challenges, hardships and betrayal by some of their own countrymen who should have supported their work. What I find refreshing is how humble they were and not only mastering the Chinese language and dialects but adopting the dress and diet of those they were ministering to. They did not have an attitude of white supremacy so prevalent in their own western culture and time. Hudson and Maria were counter-culture! They wanted to equip the believing Chinese to minister to their own brothers and sisters. They knew Christianity did not 'belong' to any one culture or people. It was for all willing to follow Jesus and make disciples. They truly loved the Chinese and their legacy continues today through OMF. Very inspiring read. This book was informative, well researched and at times poignant. I highly recommend it!
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Review 2 for Hudson and Maria: Pioneers in China
Date:October 29, 2005
I happened to read this book just before my expressed my feelings to a girl before she later became my wife. It is an inspiration for me as it is about a man and a woman who commmitted themselves to God and how that commitment brought them through tough times as missionaries in China without causing their love to falter. Even when they lost one of their children to sickness and yet never blame God for it. This book thus has two themes, their missionary work in China and their love for each other. Because they put God as the central focus in their lives, their relationship was all the more strengthened and better for it.