Praying Hyde

Praying Hyde: Missionary to India

by Basil Miller

Genres: Biography, Mission

ISBN: 9781932307894

136 pages

Price: $11.99

Basil Miller traces the life of John Hyde from beginning to triumphant climax in Praying Hyde. We see God moulding Hyde’s soul into an instrument t for His use. We hear John speaking the language of heaven to the eager men and women of India. Paramount in the biography is the power of prayer in the life of this great missionary. Courageously Hyde placed his petitions before God and inspired others to do the same.

In the autumn of his life this consecrated missionary to India saw the gleaming harvest of his prayers—a harvest of souls saved by the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ.

At last ‘the man who never slept’ went to be with his Saviour. But today in the Punjab, under the shadow of the Himalayas, still hovers the spirit of Praying Hyde – ‘the apostle of prayer.’

Do you desire a richer prayer life — deeper communion with God — more eloquent and soul-stirring speech with the Almighty? A thoughtful reading of this biography of Praying Hyde will prove helpful to you as you seek to develop that supreme skill of the Christian life – prayer.


Basil William Miller was born in Laconia, Indiana, February 26, 1897. He moved with his family to Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) in 1905, and nine years later entered a small Christian college in Greenville, Texas, to earn A.B. and B.D. degrees. After pastoring churches in Oklahoma, he was called to teach at Pasadena College in California. He married Esther Kirk and they had four children. He earned a master’s degree at the University of Southern California and five more graduate degrees—the M.A., S.T.M., Th.M., S.T.D., and Ph.D.—were earned while he was holding pastorates in San Diego, Pittsburgh, New York City, San Antonio, and Pasadena. In 1939, Dr. Miller was involved in a serious car accident and suffered a severe concussion which kept him bedridden for a year and partially incapacitated for the next four. Then, in 1947, he suffered a heart attack. During his convalescence he began his writing career and, over a period of 35 years, produced 200 books and thousands of articles for Christian publications. Until his death on May 7, 1978, at the age of 81, he was “driven almost beyond endurance with the knowledge that there is so much to do, and so little that I can accomplish.”