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A note on the Kindle edition
on November 21, 2012
There are plenty of other helpful reviews on the content of this book, of which I have little more to add other than my agreement with their positive comments. However, there's very little in the way of reviews of the Kindle version of this book, which I thought I would now add.
Two things to say about the Kindle edition:
1) It reads very much like an OCR scanned version of the original book, but with very little subsequent proof-reading/editing. When you read the Kindle book, you will have no difficulty in reading the words on the page (letter-for-letter, they're all correct), but you will struggle a bit with incorrect formatting.
This is most obvious when the author quotes Hudson Taylor's words for himself. I imagine in the original printed form, Hudson Taylor's words would have been written with indented paragraphs to delineate them from the author's own words. In the Kindle edition, this indentation is missed, so what you read is the authors words, Hudson Taylor's words, then the author's words again, with no actual quotation marks or paragraph indentation to indicate whose words are whose.
2) This is the original, unrevised edition of the book "Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret" that was originally published in 1932. Subsequently, the language of the book reflects the language of that era, and is more difficult to read for modern contemporary readers. There have been been multiple other reprints/editions of the book that have subsequently been released under different publishers, some with fancy forewards added in. But the version I would recommend is the one edited by Gregg Lewis, which was authorised by the Overseas Mission Fellowship (the mission organisation that Hudson Taylor founded) and updated the book's language to reflect a more modern and readable tone.
Sadly, despite the Gregg Lewis revised edition being over two decades old (being first published in 1990), as far as I'm aware there's no Kindle edition available for it yet, so you'll have to look to paperback/hardback to find that edition. If you find the Amazon page for the Gregg Lewis edition of the book, then click "Kindle Edition", it takes you here, which is misleading as these are clearly different books.
For the reasons stated above, I can only really give the Kindle edition 3 stars, rather than the 5 I otherwise would have awarded it had the above issues been addressed.