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Shadow of the Almighty: The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot (Lives of Faith) Paperback – September 29, 2009
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About the Author
Elisabeth Elliot is the author of These Strange Ashes, Through Gates of Splendor, Passion and Purity, and A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael. She lives in Massachusetts.
- Grade level : 12 and up
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 006062213X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060622138
- Dimensions : 8.3 x 5.42 x 0.81 inches
- Publisher : HarperCollins; Reissue edition (September 29, 2009)
- Reading level : 18 and up
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #53,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is probably my third favorite book of all time, simply because each time I’ve read it, I walk away loving Christ more. I’ve read it 4 or 5 times and somehow I don’t own it!
Jim’s prayer as a twenty year old was this: “Lord make my way prosperous, not that I achieve high station, but that my life may be an exhibit to the value of knowing God.” His life has certainly been that for me.
When he talked, he was one of those dudes who seemed overspiritual to the point of eye rolling. But he seriously, genuinely loved God A L O T. It was not a show. That’s why I love reading this book. Seeing his genuine love for God makes me love Him more.
This quote sums Jim up. I have this one written in my Bible and pray through it regularly. “Of Jesus I cannot seem to get enough. Thank God, though, He does not thwart the soul’s desire for Himself, but only whets the desire, intensifying, sublimating.”
His indecisiveness about dating Elisabeth made me quite frustrated at times. He did not find Elisabeth very attractive, or as he put it, her features were “of little appeal.” 😳However, they had a “thought-bond” that he shared with few others, and he saw that she had a huge thirst for God that might have surpassed his own in many respects. They were kindred spirits. We all know that she was clearly a catch! Yet their relationship was an absolute rollercoaster.
Through it all, she understood that his indecisiveness was rooted in his desire to do missions and his overwhelming love for God (understatement). She knew he loved God more than he loved her. And that’s what she liked most about him anyways!
Some of my favorite parts:
- Learning of his studies in biblical Greek (he seemingly anticipated New Testament translation needs in his missions work)
- Tracking his spiritual growth over his brief earthly life
- Reading of his budding relationship with Elisabeth
- Seeing the burden he had for preaching the Gospel among the unreached
- Sensing in his writings something of the glories of God’s Truth upon which his eyes were fixed
One of the best features of the book to me is that each page is stamped with his age as his story progresses. It was moving to see the number stop abruptly at 28.