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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800758250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800758257
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Jim Elliot was a missionary-and then a martyr at the hands of the Auca Indians to whom he was witnessing. At the age of 29, he left behind a young wife, a baby daughter, and an incredible legacy of faith.

Jim's volumes of personal journals, written over many years, reveal the inner struggles and victories that he experienced before his untimely death. In The Journals of Jim Elliot, you'll come to know this intelligent and articulate man who yearns to know God's plan for his life, details his fascinating missions work, and reveals his love for Elisabeth-first as a single man, then as a happily married one.

Edited by his widow, Jim's personal yet universal musings about faith, love, and work will show you how to apply the Bible to the situations you face every day. They will inspire you to lead a life of obedience, regardless of the cost, and delight you with an amazing story of courage and determination.

About the Author

Elisabeth Elliot was a young missionary to the Auca Indians of Ecuador in the 1950s when her husband, Jim, was martyred along with four other missionaries. She is best known for her classic book, Through Gates of Splendor. She is a speaker and bestselling author of many other books, including Passion and Purity and A Chance to Die. Elliot and her husband, Lars Gren, live in Magnolia, Massachusetts.

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Jim Eliot was a deep man who deeply love his Lord.
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I certainly hope that more will read this book to get a glimpse of what a life turned on to God can do.
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This is a really challenging and at times humorous read.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Daniel L Edelen TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose."
And so was Jim Elliot, martyr at the hands of South American Indians who later gave their lives to Christ. In this, his autobiography via his journals, we see the life this young man led and the preordained road that led him to gain what he could not lose.
"The Journals of Jim Elliot" had a profound effect on me as a young man as I happened to be at a similar stage in life as Elliot during most of the pages. What I found on those pages - the lifeblood of a man fully sold out to God - changed my life.
A long book, "tJoJE" calls anyone who wants to know how to live a committed Christian life throughout the slow unfolding of Elliot's life. As an encouragement to young men, it is peerless. Its only detraction is due to the very nature of the autobiographical style as derived from journal entries. While you see God's hand moving in Elliot's life, sometimes the nature of the entries is lost, slow-moving, or repetitive. Such is the style of the book.
However, what I found most helpful in reading this book is the stark contrast between Christian practice of fifty-plus years ago and today. Elliot was distinctly a man of his time, but he was not alone in his complete surrender to God. He was surrounded by many people who were like him. How he lived, thought, and died seems foreign to today's Christians. In fact, he shares more with a Christian of two hundred years ago in David Brainerd than anyone you typically find in a pew today. His example is so profound that it is hard not to feel that something has changed in the last couple decades. Somewhere there are men like Jim Elliot today; I hope I can find them and learn from their examples, as well.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 1998
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Much of the content of this book are straight for the Journals of Jim Elliot. This is not the book for the casual reader. Many entries are the written impressions or feelings that he got from his morning devotions. Unlike a devotional, these thoughts were from Jim's experience and are obscure in many instances. For someone new to the Jim Elliot story, probably Shadow of the Almighty or Through Gates of Splendor would be a better choice. The Journals give you a glimpse into the private side of Jim Elliot but I fear the casual reader wood tire of this long before the end of more than 500 pages.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By orual@hotmail.com on June 15, 1998
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This book exceeds most devotionals simply because it is was not written as a devotional. Instead, it is the true and emotional journey of a man struggling to conform to the will of the Lord while dealing with his human needs and wants. Jim Elliot has captured here his private thoughts as he records his response to his own daily devotionals. He resonds to scripture, seeking it's meaning and the application into his own life. What impressed me was the listing of his progress through key books in the bible and his reasons for beginning the work in each of those books. He, like Elisabeth Elliot (as seen in Passion & Purity & Through Gates of splendor) cites Amy Carmichael and others who have impressed him throughout his journal. Excellent book for anyone desiring to understand what leads up to and sustains to life of Missions. Also excellent for anyone seeking a devotional plan that is very realistic, humbling and genuine.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. L. Cobleigh on November 8, 2002
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This is a really challenging and at times humorous read. I was encouraged to find that this man of God struggled with the very same things that I often find myself struggling with. It will challenge you to a greater thirst for God and it will make you laugh. Let another real life for Christ point you to Him!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By emmauseagle on June 24, 2005
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This is a very impressive book. It is the honest writings of a hero to many. In the book, you see that he was just like the rest of us and that he had a great passion for God. I certainly hope that more will read this book to get a glimpse of what a life turned on to God can do.

This book in many places is very good for personal devotions. There are also many sections that are great expositions of scripture. This book is biographical, devotional, and expository.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I Love Amazon.com on November 24, 2010
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This is not a book for a quick read, but for reading a little at a time, thinking about it, then coming back for more. If you want something deep but personal and insightful, this is a great read. Jim Eliot was a deep man who deeply love his Lord. He desired simplicity in his life, but depth in his walk with Jesus Christ and ultimately gave all for God. Many have been touched by Eliot's life and loss of it, and for good reason - he was a man of deep conviction who lived (and died) to serve Jesus Christ. This book of his journal writings is not for everyone but I guarantee that those who also seek a deeper walk knowledge and love of God will gain much from this compilation of Eliot's writings. I first purchased this book back in 1983 and before I went on a mission to Africa in 2001, I re-read it hoping to gain some insight on mission-field mind/soul/body preparation. Unfortunately, I misplaced the book shortly thereafter, but am now repurchasing it because it is, I believe, a definitive work that the serious Christian should have in their library to re-digest every few years or so. If you want a deep and soul-searching Christ-centered reading experience, this is the book for you. I think it would be a great gift for someone who is in search of a more meaningful relationship with God the Father.
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