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Elliot, author of numerous books (including A Path Through Suffering) as well as a conference speaker and host of the "Gateway to Joy" radio program, treats readers to more than a bare-bones description of her first year (1952) as a missionary to the Colorado Indians in Equador. Elliot tells her experience so vividly that readers will likely envision the cockroaches climbing the walls, the next-door latrine field's noxious odor, the fight against food spoilage, rusting utensils and molding walls. More acute, however, than these descriptions are the many spiritual lessons and feelings of inner gratification that she found in this jungle setting. The author speaks freely of her own joys as well as her heartfelt struggles to accept losses in life, in materials, in work. Although she encounters many obstacles in her mission to translate the Colorado language into written form, she is able to complete a substantial body of work by year's end. In her own engaging, plainspoken style, Elliot concludes each chapter with a spiritual insight she gained from the event recounted.

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In this deeply personal account of her first year as a missionary, Elisabeth Elliot shares what it was like to work in the jungles of Ecuador with a small group of women, bringing the Word of God to the Colorado Indians. With fascinating detail, she captures the stark realities of life among this primitive people and reflects upon the "strange ashes" that can result when an act of obedience is passed through the fires of God's perfect--yet mysterious--will.

These Strange Ashes is more than a remarkable sharing of a year in the life of a Christian missionary; it is a reflection on the great questions of life and a memorable testimony to the realities of authentic Christian commitment. First published over twenty years ago, this updated edition includes the author's candid observations about that first year of ministry and how that experience continues to affect her life today.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800759958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800759957
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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She writes from experience and from the heart.
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When all the evidence seems to prove your faith in vain, this book will encourage you to continue in faith, prayer, and obedience.
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I enjoyed this book very much, as I have EE's other books.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Cindy on April 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
I've always thought Elisabeth Elliot was an exceptional woman. But after reading this book, I have a new found respect for her. It is easy to say God is sovereign.But when you have sacrificed the comforts of modern life and served God on his terms, you earn a whole new level of respect. This is an encouraging book. I am not a missionary, but a homeschooling mom. And this book spoke to my heart. Ms. Elliot speaks of four lessons of faith. They are bedrock. The last paragraph says, "Christ is sufficient. We do not need support groups for each and every separate tribulation. The most widely divergent sorrows may all be taken to the foot of the same old rugged cross and find there cleansing, peace and joy." It is so easy to be overwhelmed with life's situations, to think I am in a rut. This book is an uplifting reminder that we are not to be knocked off course by lifes trials. But to look at them as an opportunity for God to once again prove that his grace is sufficient.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 4, 1998
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Out of print for many years, "These Strange Ashes" now returns as a classic of Christian missions. Written by an author better known for books about her husband Jim Elliot's well-publicized martyrdom in the 1950's, this book reviews Elisabeth's earlier mission work as a single woman deep in the South American jungle. Far from a rosy or simple story, Elliot honestly shares her struggles, frustrations and confusion when God acted contrary to the way she thought He ought. This is a "must read" for anyone who deeply cares about Christian missions.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
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This book is awesome!In it Elizabeth shares the details of her first missionary trip.I have the original version which was a hardback published a long time ago.This is a great book for anyone who would like or might take a mission trip.Elliot paints a picture with class using her gift with words found on the pages of her other books.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 1999
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Live the thoughts, eyes and ears of these courageous women, whose lifes bear the scent of a totally dedicated hearts sensitive to Gods call while living in a remote jungle in Ecuador and their tales will open your mind to their beauty of character and lives set as a flint for God
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Esther J. Ramer on November 20, 2006
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This moving book is the true story of Elisabeth Elliot's first year of missionary work in Ecaudor. Her task was to formulate an alphabet for the unwritten Colorado language. With vivid and often humorous description, she tells of the trials of jungle living and the struggles of trying to help the Colorados who did their best to avoid the influence of outsiders.

During this time, Elisabeth faced several painful lessons, testing her faith in God when it appeared that this faith was in vain. Her missionary work seemed fruitless, yet through this suffering, she learned that it is "in our acceptance of what is given that God gives himself."

This story is hauntingly sad, but Elisabeth's firm belief in the sovereignty of God shines through. She shows that God asks us only to trust and obey. When all the evidence seems to prove your faith in vain, this book will encourage you to continue in faith, prayer, and obedience.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Howard on March 16, 2006
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If you, like me, are one of those needing help to go on during a crisis, this is the book for you. Elisabeth Elliot follows Amy Carmichael's (missionary to India) wisdom and "does the next thing" leaving the results with God.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Natasha Metzler on July 14, 2006
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The story of Elisabeth's first year on the mission field has often been glossed over in response to the more well-known facts of her husbands martyrdom.

This book tells the story of that first year in such a vivid and open way that one can't help but connect with her through joys and sorrows, disappointments and triumphs.

In this book, more than any of the others, Elisabeth Elliot seems so real. What an encouragement that someone who wasn't all that different than me should turn out to be such a strong woman of God...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lady Di on July 1, 2010
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This is a unique and special book, especially for those who are in the midst of self-doubt, despair, discouragement, and/or disillusionment - while seemingly in "the will of God". Elizabeth Elliott writes a personal and intimate view of her 1st year as a missionary - before marriage, before Jim Elliott, before "fame", before having "saved souls", before any type of affirmation that would confirm her calling as a missionary. She shares the conflicts that came up within her soul, within her relationships with other missionaries, and within mission agencies. She speaks honestly about the pain, the challenges, the cost. Her first year as a missionary, and this book, ends with no souls saved, all her painstaking work lost, and with no "fruit". It all was seemingly "a lost cause".

I found this book in a small Christian bookstore in a rural town in New Zealand, when it was first published by Great Britain in the late 1970's. It was a deeply powerful book for me. At that time, I was completing my first year as a missionary and going through many of the same experiences as Elizabeth Elliott. Until I found her book, I hadn't found anyone who could understand the turmoil I was feeling - "serving God, yet seeing no evidence of God at work."

I found out later from Elizabeth Elliott herself, that this book was not published in the United States for many years, but only in Great Britain, as American publishers felt the book would not be popular nor a best seller due to its message about suffering. Elizabeth reminded me that Christian publishers are profit-making businesses, not non-profits or service agencies. This means that though she can write what is on her heart, it is the publishers (making financial decisions) who decide what will be printed and shared with the public.
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