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THEY FOUND rfkeSECRET -3 THEY FOUND rfkCSECRET 20 Transformed Lives That Reveal a Touch of Eternity V RAYMOND EDMAN ZONDERVAN"" GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN 49530 3 THEY FOUND rfkCSECRET 20 Transformed Lives That Reveal a Touch of Eternity V RAYMOND EDMAN ZONDERVAN"" GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN 49530 > ZONDERVAN'" They Found the Secret Copyright 1960, 1984 by Zondervan Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Edman, V. Raymond (Victor Raymond), 1900-1967. They found the secret p. cm. Bibliography: p. ISBN: 0-310-24051-4 (Clarion classic) 1. Converts-Biography. 2. Christian biography. BV4930.E3 .1983 209'.2'2[B] 83-23576 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Interior design by Jody DeNeef Printed in the United States of America 1011 12131415 80797877 76 75 74737271 7069686766 Tv. Editk Marit fellow pilgrim to the city of the Great King, mother of my four stalwart sons, prayer warrior and intercessor-my wife > ZONDERVAN'" They Found the Secret Copyright 1960, 1984 by Zondervan Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Edman, V. Raymond (Victor Raymond), 1900-1967. They found the secret p. cm. Bibliography: p. ISBN: 0-310-24051-4 (Clarion classic) 1. Converts-Biography. 2. Christian biography. BV4930.E3 .1983 209'.2'2[B] 83-23576 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Interior design by Jody DeNeef Printed in the United States of America 1011 12131415 80797877 76 75 74737271 7069686766 Tv. Editk Marit fellow pilgrim to the city of the Great King, mother of my four stalwart sons, prayer warrior and intercessor-my wife . ------------------- --- -Contents Victor Raymond Edman ............................. 9 Introduction . .................................... 12 1. J. Hudson Taylor: The Exchanged Life ........... 17 2. Samuel Logan Brengle: The Cleansed Life ........ 25 3. John Bunyan: The Unchained Life .............. 34 4. Amy Carmichael: The Radiant Life ............. .43 5. Oswald Chambers: The Highest Life . ............ 51 6. Charles Grandison Finney: The Powerful Life ..... 59 7. AdoniramJudson Gordon: The Disciplined Life . ... 71 8. Richard C. Halverson: The Burning Life .......... 78 9. Frances Ridley Havergal: The Overflowing Life . .... 87 10. John Hyde: The Prevailing Life . ................ 94 11. Dwight Lyman Moody: The Dynamic Life ........ 99 12. Handley C. G. Moule: The Fragrant Life . ....... 106 13. Andrew Murray: The Abiding Life ............. 113 14. Robert E. Nicholas: The Satisfying Life . ......... 119 15. William P. Nicholson: The Soul-Winning Life . .... 127 16. Eugenia Price: The Buoyant Life . .............. 138 17. Charles G. Trumbull: The Victorious Life ........ 146 18. Walter L. Wilson: The Yielded Life . ............ 152 19. John Allan Wood: The Holy Life .............. 159 20. W Ian Thomas: The Adventurous Life .......... 167 A Personal Epilogue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 176 Conclusion .................................... 186 Bibliography ................................... 189 . ------------------- --- -Contents Victor Raymond Edman ............................. 9 Introduction . .................................... 12 1. J. Hudson Taylor: The Exchanged Life ........... 17 2. Samuel Logan Brengle: The Cleansed Life ........ 25 3. John Bunyan: The Unchained Life .............. 34 4. Amy Carmichael: The Radiant Life ............. .43 5. Oswald Chambers: The Highest Life . ............ 51 6. Charles Grandison Finney: The Powerful Life ..... 59 7. AdoniramJudson Gordon: The Disciplined Life . ... 71 8. Richard C. Halverson: The Burning Life .......... 78 9. Frances Ridley Havergal: The Overflowing Life . .... 87 10. John Hyde: The Prevailing Life . ................ 94 11. Dwight Lyman Moody: The Dynamic Life ........ 99 12. Handley C. G. Moule: The Fragrant Life . ....... 106 13. Andrew Murray: The Abiding Life ............. 113 14. Robert E. Nicholas: The Satisfying Life . ......... 119 15. William P. Nicholson: The Soul-Winning Life . .... 127 16. Eugenia Price: The Buoyant Life . .............. 138 17. Charles G. Trumbull: The Victorious Life ........ 146 18. Walter L. Wilson: The Yielded Life . ............ 152 19. John Allan Wood: The Holy Life .............. 159 20. W Ian Thomas: The Adventurous Life .......... 167 A Personal Epilogue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 176 Conclusion .................................... 186 Bibliography ................................... 189 -Victor Raymond Edman Victor Raymond Edman, best remembered as the fourth president of Wheaton College (Ill.) and writer of many devo-tional books, was born in Chicago Heights in 1900. He served in the Army Medical Corps during World. War I where he learned to appreciate history, to practice simple medicine, which later would be of great use to him on the mission field, and to trust God completely. Through some difficult times he was brought to the realization that only total abandonment to God could lead to experiencing God's fullest blessing. After the war, Edman studied at the University of Illinois, Nyack Missionary Training Institute (NY) and Boston University, from which he graduated in 1923. Edman served as a missionary to Ecuador from 1923 to 1928, during which time he preached, traveled, counseled, and served as an educator. In 1925 he nearly died from a trop-ical disease. The experience was one that profoundly affected him for the rest of his life. It was during a time of uncon-sciousness, while all were awaiting his death, and his wife hav-ing made all the funeral arrangements, that he experienced the overwhelming presence of God. Feeling himself lifted above that scene and into the glOrious presence of God he desired nothing more than to ascend forever. However, he heard a quiet voice telling him to return, and a slow descent began, which resulted in his regaining consciousness and recovering from his illness. Unknown to him prayer meetings were being held, at that very time, back in the United States for him. From 9 -Victor Raymond Edman Victor Raymond Edman, best remembered as the fourth president of Wheaton College (Ill.) and writer of many devo-tional books, was born in Chicago Heights in 1900. He served in the Army Medical Corps during World. War I where he learned to appreciate history, to practice simple medicine, which later would be of great use to him on the mission field, and to trust God completely. Through some difficult times he was brought to the realization that only total abandonment to God could lead to experiencing God's fullest blessing. After the war, Edman studied at the University of Illinois, Nyack Missionary Training Institute (NY) and Boston University, from which he graduated in 1923. Edman served as a missionary to Ecuador from 1923 to 1928, during which time he preached, traveled, counseled, and served as an educator. In 1925 he nearly died from a trop-ical disease. The experience was one that profoundly affected him for the rest of his life. It was during a time of uncon-sciousness, while all were awaiting his death, and his wife hav-ing made all the funeral arrangements, that he experienced the overwhelming presence of God. Feeling himself lifted above that scene and into the glOrious presence of God he desired nothing more than to ascend forever. However, he heard a quiet voice telling him to return, and a slow descent began, which resulted in his regaining consciousness and recovering from his illness. Unknown to him prayer meetings were being held, at that very time, back in the United States for him. From 9 -10 THEY FOUND that moment on, although often called upon to suffer physi-cally and emotionally, Edman's life was characterized by a sense of Gods presence and never failing good cheer. He had seen beyond the veil, and what had greeted him was the unfathomable love of God, an ultimate beyond which one need not go, in this life or the next. He earned a Ph.D. in International Relations from Clark University in 1933, then taught at Nyack Missionary Training Institute for a year, before going to Wheaton College, where he taught Political Science from 1936-1940. He became the pres-ident of Wheaton College in 1940 and remained so until 1965 when he retired to become Chancellor, a largely honorary post. He died while speaking in chapel on September 22, 1967. Edman's deep devotional life expressed itself in everything he did. He was unfailingly cheerful, even in the face of deep discouragement or pain, both of which he knew from pro-longed personal experience. One acquaintance said of him, "He is the most giving man I know, I mean of himself. It has always amazed me that such a busy and well-known man would take time out to drop me a few lines and to always remember me at Christmas with a gift of his latest book. He truly was Christlike in his interest and compassion for others." He was also able to write about his devotional life in such a way that others were neither offended by the personal revela-tions made, nor drawn unduly to him, but rather pointed to the Lord. Not many devotional writers have been able to do this very successfully Two of Dr. Edmans books stand out as being of greatest significance, judging from reviews and comments written to him over the years, The Disciplines of Life and They Found the Secret. They Found the Secret began as a series of twenty articles written for Christian Life magazine that were gathered together in book form in 1960. What Edman tried to do was to show in Victor Raymond Edman 11 the actual lives of Christian people how the power of Christ, called by him "the indwelling life of Christ," was the source of every believers spiritual strength. This had been a much neglected theme in the writings of evangelical Christians for the last fifty years or so. Dr. Edman's goal was to put the idea into the mainstream of the movement so that all could benefit by entering into a life-transforming relationship with Christ. It is not enough just to know about Christ, or to know about what He did for us, nor even to experience His work in us. What is needed is to experience Him in us, as He works out God's inscrutable will. Students of mysticism and spirituality will recognize this immediately as being in the tradition of mystical union, although, in this case, given a twentieth-cen-tury protestant interpretation. One of Dr. Edman's favorite phrases was "not somehow-but triumphantly" This characterized his life as well as the lives of those written about in They Found the Secret. It can characterize our lives, too, if we listen carefully and open our-selves up to the work of Christ in us, as they did. WALTER ELWEll Wheaton College Wheaton, Illinois -10 THEY FOUND that moment on, although often called upon to suffer physi-cally and emotionally, Edman's life was characterized by a sense of Gods presence and never failing good cheer. He had seen beyond the veil, and what had greeted him was the unfathomable love of God, an ultimate beyond which one need not go, in this life or the next. He earned a Ph.D. in International Relations from Clark University in 1933, then taught at Nyack Missionary Training Institute for a year, before going to Wheaton College, where he taught Political Science from 1936-1940. He became the pres-ident of Wheaton College in 1940 and remained so until 1965 when he retired to become Chancellor, a largely honorary post. He died while speaking in chapel on September 22, 1967. Edman's deep devotional life expressed itself in everything he did. He was unfailingly cheerful, even in the face of deep discouragement or pain, both of which he knew from pro-longed personal experience. One acquaintance said of him, "He is the most giving man I know, I mean of himself. It has always amazed me that such a busy and well-known man would take time out to drop me a few lines and to always remember me at Christmas with a gift of his latest book. He truly was Christlike in his interest and compassion for others." He was also able to write about his devotional life in such a way that others were neither offended by the personal revela-tions made, nor drawn unduly to him, but rather pointed to the Lord. Not many devotional writers have been able to do this very successfully Two of Dr. Edmans books stand out as being of greatest significance, judging from reviews and comments written to him over the years, The Disciplines of Life and They Found the Secret. They Found the Secret began as a series of twenty articles written for Christian Life magazine that were gathered together in book form in 1960. What Edman tried to do was to show in Victor Raymond Edman 11 the actual lives of Christian people how the power of Christ, called by him "the indwelling life of Christ," was the source of every believers spiritual strength. This had been a much neglected theme in the writings of evangelical Christians for the last fifty years or so. Dr. Edman's goal was to put the idea into the mainstream of the movement so that all could benefit by entering into a life-transforming relationship with Christ. It is not enough just to know about Chri...