By Love Compelled – The Call of the China Inland Mission by Marshall Broomhall

Marshall Broomhall [1866-1937], By Love Compelled. The Call of the China Inland MissionMarshall Broomhall served as Editorial Secretary for the China Inland Mission for 27 years and was a nephew of its founder, James Hudson Taylor. In This little book, published shortly before his death, he provides what he describes as a sketch of the mission’s work in China. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of this book for digitisation. This title is in the public domain.

Marshall Broomhall [1866-1937], By Love Compelled. The Call of the China Inland Mission. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1936. Pbk. pp.126.[Click to download complete book in PDF]


  • Foreword
  • Author’s Preface
  • An Outlet for Love
  • Love Finds a Way
  • Love’s Adventure
  • Love Laughs at Rough Places
  • Love Suffers
  • Love Undaunted
  • Love’s Enthusiasm
  • Love, Strong as Death
  • Love’s Reward
  • Love’s Opportunity
  • Love Tested
  • Love Amid Distress
  • Love Undismayed
  • Love’s Courage
  • Love Unfeigned
  • Love Pressed on Every Side
  • Love’s Ordeal
  • Love’s Reply
  • Love at All Costs
  • Knit Together in Love

Author’s Preface

Sir Joshua Reynolds, in his Discourses, has told us that “the general idea constitutes real excellence. All smaller things, however excellent in their way, are to be sacrificed without mercy to the greater.” This has been our aim. In this short sketch of the China Inland Mission, the writer has sought to give a living picture of the work and of the field. Details have been sacrificed without mercy. Personal names and Chinese place-names have been omitted, unless absolutely essential to the story. The letter has been subordinated to the spirit. Why Love has been taken as the motif of the little book, the first chapter will suffice to explain.

This little volume is a sketch rather than a chronicle. Such facts as have been related have been selected as typical of others which have had to be omitted. Though necessarily incomplete, we trust that this miniature will be found a true interpretation of the whole. [Continue reading]

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