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Radical Discipleship

By Roger Steer
November 2008 | Review by Conrad Pomeroy


Whatever it means to be radical, Hudson Taylor was it. A chemist’s son from Yorkshire who became a student in London, unremarkable in looks and not very elegant in speech. Yet this passionate disciple of Christ was determined to take the gospel to China’s unpioneered inland provinces, and he grew into one of the most significant missionaries of all time. Best selling author, Roger Steer has drawn together a collection of real life instances from Taylor’s remarkable life, each one teaching, by example, the true meaning of radical discipleship. As you will see to remain a radical disciple in tough situations tests everything we believe.

  • Publisher: 10Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1906173012
  • Pages: 130
  • Price: £2.42
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Book Review

About 15 years ago an earlier book by Roger Steer made a deep impression on my mind as a young Christian man; that book was Hudson Taylor, a man in Christ. This little paperback is, in a sense, a follow-up – in which principles gleaned from the life of Hudson Taylor are applied to Christian living today.

After an introduction which includes a brief summary of Taylor’s life, there are eight chapters, each focusing on a principle for living a radical Christian life. They can be summarised as: a passion for souls; vision for mission; knowing God; trusting God; holiness; prayer; being culturally in tune; and facing suffering.

The book is replete with both anecdotes and quotes. The author has introduced new material, including some substantial extracts from Taylor’s writings (which are helpfully marked off with grey background).

This is a great little book, both heart-warming and challenging. If you already know something of Hudson Taylor it will remind you of previous exposure and refresh you. If you know little, it will serve to whet your appetite. For the earnest Christian it cannot fail to provide a stimulus toward greater devotion to Christ.

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