- Paperback: 274 pages
- Publisher: Tyndale Momentum; 50th ed. edition (June 3, 1981)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0842371524
- ISBN-13: 978-0842371520
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.1 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (227 customer reviews)
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In 1956, five young men traveled deep into the jungles of Ecuador to establish communication with the fierce and isolated Waorani tribe. In a nearby village, their wives huddled around a radio receiver, eagerly awaiting news of the historic encounter. The news they received sent shock waves around the world and changed their lives forever.
About the Author
Elisabeth Elliot (born 1926) is a Christian author and evangelist. Her first husband, Jim Elliot, was killed in 1956 while attempting to make missionary contact with the Huaroni of eastern Ecuador. She later spent two years as a missionary to the tribe members who killed her husband. Returning to the United States after many years in South America, she became widely known as the author of over twenty books and as a speaker in constant demand. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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The photo is of a necklace made by an Auca 25 years ago, and given to my wife by Steve Saint. Notice the intricate weaving of roots which had been chewed until pliable.
Path: Elisabeth Elliot retells the story of the five families who gave up what they could never keep, in exchange for what they couldn't lose. She details the preparation, planning, and mission of Nate Saint, Roger Youderian, Ed McCully, Pete Fleming, and Jim Elliot to reach the Auca Indians in Ecuador, South America.
Sources: Based on her heavily involved role as wife, mother and fellow worker, Elliot gives the reader an inside look into the thoughts, motives, and fears of a missionary.
Agreement: This story has had a tremendous impact on the evangelical world over the past fifty years. God used the lives of these servants to encourage men and women to reevaluate their goals and lifestyles. It challenges the reader to set aside the alluring lie of ease and comfort which the world tells us we deserve, and press toward the goal.
I believe stories like these do exactly what the author of Hebrews stresses in Hebrews 12:1 - they push us to run our race, laying aside every weight and sin, and looking forward to Christ, the author and finisher of our faith.
Disagreement: Although it is highly challenging, this story strays close to becoming a hagiography (idealizing its subject). These men were dedicated and showed true commitment to Christ. But they were sinners as all men are.
This is understandable given the relatively recent time of writing after the event (I believe only several years according to the ending of the first edition). They wanted to caste the men in the best possible light, and there was much for which one could laud them.
With that said, I was very appreciative of Elliot's inclusion of the doubts of Roger in chapter 12, The Savages Respond. I believe in those several pages the reader gets a real look into the doubts and fears which often plague the missionary's life.
Personal App: What level of dedication do I display in my life day by day?
Favorite Quote: Quoting Barbara Youderian, "I want to be free from self-pity. It is a tool of Satan to rot away a life. I am sure that this is the perfect will of God" (236).
It would be worth another read and I would recommend it.
It showed their dedication to their "calling" as missionaries. It is well
written. Very relational since Elizabeth is still living and has a short
program on the radio. I listen to it often. I can recommend the book.
It is very encouraging if you are a widow to how the wives coped the
death of their husbands and how God used them.
Elisabeth Elliot uses interviews, articles, journals and personal accounts to take the reader to primitive Ecuador. This book and these five men have done more to advance Christian missions then almost any event in the past 100 years. The 50s and 60s saw a swell of men and women willing to give their lives to Christ in the mission field. Even 50 years later, countless missionaries site this story as the catalyst for their own service in foreign lands.
These men and their families started out by giving no more than thousands of other missionaries give every day; their comfort, their wealth, their leisure and their normalcy. In the end these men paid a price that few dare imagine. Five decades later we see that the martyring of these five men purchased an army of missionaries and a generation of new Christians from the jungles of Ecuador.
The events of this book have been retold in numerous other books and a full-length feature film (End of the Spear). Few can touch this gripping tome by Elisabeth Elliot.