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Amy Carmichael 8-in-1 (Illustrated). Things as they Are, Lotus Buds, Overweights of Joy, Walker of Tinnevelly, Ragland Pioneer, Ponnamal, Continuation of a Story, From the Fight Kindle Edition
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Things As They Are is the gripping story of what lay "behind the veil" of Southern India at a time when the British occupied India and thought that the Christian missionary work there had been utterly successful. The truth was that Christianity was mostly a superficial addition to the religious thinking of the people rather than a revolution of real understanding and life change (or true salvation). Heart-wrenching and evil practices against women and children and boys continued under the veil of secrecy and deceit; but the most painful consequence of such superficiality was the emptiness of life without Christ's full indwelling, an emptiness which persisted under the guise of "cultural" Christianity at that time (and place). All this Amy bravely exposed in (appropriate) Victorian sensitivity, mostly in Things As They Are, yet she did so with deep and abiding love for the Indian person and culture and for Christ above all. Lotus Buds is a delightful book about the raising of these little salvaged souls, a book about "family". Side note: Amy was a homeschooling mother following Charlotte Mason's helpful ideas; but she was pressed by her unique circumstances to develop her own customized version for her Indian children. Yet, any mother will be encouraged with a wide variety of emotions as you journey with them in Lotus Buds. Walker of Tinnevelly is a GEM of a biography of a man with the spirit and single-focus and kindness of Oswald Chambers. You will be inspired and moved by the life of this under-recognized man of God. This is worth re-reading often. Amy was a biographer as well and her manner of biography is very interesting. Reading Amy's bio of Ragland (pioneer missionary in India in 1800's), and then of Walker (served under Ragland), and then her own accounts will give you a good LOCAL sample of 100 years of the history of Christian missions in Southern India. Her own account, Gold Cord--not included in this volume, tells of her serving under Walker who taught her Tamil and was her mentor during the initial development of Dohnavur Fellowship. When he passed away suddenly, she was left to lead the work. (Her goal was always to ensure that Dohnavur would be continued by committed Christian nationals rather than Europeans, and this is now true at Dohnavur Fellowship.) One point Amy makes in her books (which include biography of Indians as well as European workers) is the crucial truth that true Christianity "burns"--one must not expect ease and comfort when Christ's love bore the cross. But godly sacrifice of self for love yields Resurrection power and LIfe. Overweights of Joy concerns the workings of Dohnavur and God's Provision; Ponnammal is the story of Amy's dearest friend and "sister" in the work; Continuation of the Story continues the general narratives of life at Dohnavur; and From the Fight I haven't read yet.
All this is too much overgeneralization of all that you will find in these books. Read them! Reading Amy's writings is like following a laser straight to the heart of God. She once said something about prayer: rather than pray to God for the things that burdened her heart, she reverently and quietly came alongside Christ "in Gethsemane" and listened to hear what burdened HIS heart. If you love Amy Carmichael's writing, read what lay behind those thoughts and behind her poetry, for from out of those experiences with God and with India, those words flow (or "burn", as Amy would say). And you will come to love India and its people, as she did; to continue to pray for their salvation; not just indiscriminately of souls without faces, but of individuals and of families and of villages. Christ loves India(ns).
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