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These Strange Ashes: Is God Still in Charge? Paperback – September 1, 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
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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From the Back Cover
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.
Top customer reviews
This story ends before Elizabeth's marriage to Jim Elliot, brutally murdered by the Amazonian tribe he hoped to reach with the Gospel [recounted in her best selling book "Through the Gates of Splendor."], His and his companions' martyrdom led to a great increase in missionary candidates and an incredible turnabout in Elizabeth's life and ministry and the extraordinary response of the murderous tribe to the Gospel..
Is God in still in charge? Elizabeth, like Job, would no doubt say "absolutely."
But why the suffering? The "way of the cross" is loss.
Mission work seems to me to be exotic and a little frightening, but seen through books such as this one, I begin to realize that it is much more like my life than it is different (other than the living-in-the-jungle-with-no-running-water-miles-from-the-nearest-grocery-store part). Missionaries still struggle with motivation, they still experience relationship difficulties, they still wonder if they have truly understood God's leading.
I enjoyed this book very much, as I have EE's other books. It is fun, easy reading, and would make a great gift for someone who is interested in missions, knows someone in the mission field, or just enjoys reading memoirs.