Shadow of the Almighty The Life and Testament of Jim

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About the Author: Elisabeth Elliot

Valerie was months old when the Almighty Epub ß Jim was killed I continued working with the uichua Indians when through a remarkable providence I met two Auca women who lived with me for one year They were the key to my going in to live with the tribe that had killed the five missionaries I remained there for two years After having worked for two years with Shadow of Epub / the Aucas I returned to the uichua work and remained there until when Valerie and I returned to the USSince then my life has been one of writing and speaking It also included in a marriage to Addison Leitch professor of theology at Gordon Conwell Seminary in Massachusetts He died in After his death I had two lodgers in my home One of of the Almighty ePUB ☆ them married my daughter the other one Lars Gren married me Since then we have worked together.

10 thoughts on “Shadow of the Almighty The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot

  1. Natalie Vellacott Natalie Vellacott says:

    He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose This book could be read as a preuel to Through Gates of Splendor also by Elisabeth Elliot It is basically a biography of the life of Jim Elliot from the perspective of his wife his lengthy and detailed journals and his letters to his familyfriendsJim Elliot's life was cut tragically short when he and four fellow missionaries were murdered by the Auca Indians in 1956 during one of their first outreaches to them This story is told in Through Gates of SplendorOn reading about Jim's school life and growing experiences I was impressed with his dedication to personal holiness and spiritual discipline Also his desire to understand the Bible for himself through thorough study rather than relying on and adopting the viewpoints of other respected Christians Most of us tend to do the latter often to our detriment especially when it comes to apologetics as we are unable to effectively express our viewpointsdefend our faith as we haven't studied it in sufficient detail or been persuaded ourselves what we believe Elliot diligently and persistently studied the Word often adopting viewpoints that went completely against the grain at the time He refused to get involved in leading a political group in school He sought also to use every minute of his time wisely and only got himself involved in those things that would forward God's Kingdom in some aspect or another Through reading his diaries it is clear that his dogmatic views changed over time but his heart was always to follow Scripture regardless the cost to his personal reputation We can all learn from his example Somewhat strangely Elliot seemed to become less effectiveless dedicated when he actually went to a foreign mission field Whether this was because he faced all kinds of difficulties; building swept away in typhoon weather various deaths potential colleagues marrying and remaining at home or whether it was because God was expecting him to live by faith as he matured spiritually I don't know His decision to go into Auca territory with the other men is an interesting one I'm sure this has been debated endlessly The author his wife was at first unsure and asked him whether he was sure that God led him into this decision He confirmed that this was the case and then proceeded Whether or not it was the right decision I'm sure that Elliot believed it was and God has obviously used his testimony and that of the others that died for many years after his death It is rare to read of someone so sold out for Jesus and this should be an inspirationchallenge to us all Earthly things were of no conseuence to Elliot and he spoke a lot about his frustrations in having to maneuver themYou will wonder then why I'm only giving this 3 stars Whilst Elliot's life was interesting and his devotional life a challenge I found the style of the book hard going and much too detailed in places Lengthy journal extracts and letters about flora and fauna Elliot's personal spiritual experiences details of his growing attachment to Elisabeth may be exciting reading for his wife and family but I found it a struggle not to lose interest For his life and dedication I would rate it 4 starsRecommended for those with an interest in missionmissionaries This is clean; free of bad language and sexual content There is a little violence on the field and also some death scenes but nothing too graphic

  2. G.M. Burrow G.M. Burrow says:

    Jim Elliot's short powerful life reminded me of what Christ's own life showed first we are all born to die It's up to us whether our lives simply peter out result of the Fall and all that or whether we find an altar choose a cross draw a line pick an Alamo raise a flag and say Here For this For this I will give my life One decision many moments throughout all the life God gives us

  3. Carol Bakker Carol Bakker says:

    45 stars re readOne of my lifetime reading goals is to read through Elisabeth Elliot's oeuvre I was delighted to find this audiobook available through my library even so because Elisabeth with her steady low modulated voice was the narrator She so passionately loved Jim; her respect and affection shines both in her diction and in her voice Jim's grasp of language was impressive; the descriptions of his travels were lyricalJim Elliot A dynamic and direct and dogmatic? man His intensity his burning zeal made me shift in my seat a bit uncomfortable I'll admit I admire him If he had lived to threescore and ten would his tone have modulated I wonder? The way he made decisions the dichotomy he made between spiritual and secular and his rejection of the ceremony and pageantry of weddings were other areas that made me suirm I was cheering when he loosened up the last half of his senior year at college The close knit fabric of his family life as seen through his letters is lovely I had forgotten that his dad was able to come to Ecuador to help him with some construction projects What a precious gift that time wasI was raised in the shadow of Jim and Betty Elliot My family were part of the Plymouth Brethren chapel Jim had attended whose complacency he complained about while a student at Wheaton College Jim's uncle a man who radiated enthusiasm and was ever so kind to me was an elder; Jim's cousin currently employs several of my family members I went to Bible college with Jim's niece My Harper aunts were schoolmates with Betty Howard at DuBose a boarding school in Florida When my Aunt Betty died in South Africa I inherited her personal effects Among them I found this picture Fun uote He sought the help of older Christians in learning to live for God And there were occasions when he asked them to pray with him Of one of these he wrote Had fellowship in prayer with Brother Harper and discussion of the things of God A happy experience that's my GrandpaNext up to read is Valerie Elliot Shepard's book Devotedly The Personal Letters and Love Story of Jim Elisabeth ElliotI re watched Elisabeth Elliot's funeral at Gordon College throat lumping through it all especially relishing her brothers' reflections

  4. Mari Mauries Mari Mauries says:

    It is difficult to find a story that stirs the soul uite like Jim Elliot's His life reads just like a novel and yet is all the compelling knowing it really happened He was a husband a father a missionary and a martyr by the age of twenty eight; most people do not live such a full life The author and wife of Jim Elliot tells his story primarily through his own letters and journal entries rather than her own narration allowing the reader to dig deep into the mind and heart of Elliot without the distraction of author bias Her goal is to tell his story plainly without dramatizing any points not even his terrible and sudden death at the hands of the savage Auca Indians It is Jim Elliot's poetry and eccentric writing style that give Shadow of the Almighty its novel like appealAs with any biography the reader is first and foremost acuainted with who Jim Elliot was what made him the man he was by the time he died However just as Elliot chose a life dead to the attention and applause of this world his story is not meant to persuade the reader to admire him but the One after whom he patterned his entire existence Every time I set the book down I found myself thinking intensely about what it means to be a follower of Christ The book as a whole is essentially one man's example of true Biblical Christianity something long forgotten in this country yet desperately neededI would certainly recommend this book both to Christians seeking a noble vision for the believer's life and non Christians who feel called to a greater purpose than what the world has to offer Elisabeth Elliot's straightforward and unassuming commentary and Jim Elliot's inspiring convicting words make this a very worthwhile read

  5. Regina Regina says:

    This book was difficult and troubling to read throughout since one knows the painful end from the beginning It didn't help that the pages were filled with Jim's allusions to lives poured out for God early for his own readiness for death Was this premonition or youthful romance and bravado?Beyond this aspect however I found the first two thirds of the book down right disturbing on a personal basis I felt that I did not like Jim Eliot and I suffered a dichotomy of soul to think that I did not like this fellow saint with whom I will spend eternity I found him to be rather sanctimonious as another reviewer has said as well as judgmental and legalistic I found his purple King James type prose to be pretentious and annoying Throughout his college years he anguished and moaned about how sluggish and stale the American church was and how little worth was held in his studies or any other kind of work He did not share the Reformed and Puritan views that all respectable work that is done as unto the Lord is wholly acceptable to Him I found Jim's view uite snobbish Further I was completely befuddled by his failure to ACT I believe that this failure must have been directly influenced by his denominational Plymouth Brethren practices Apparently the Brethren are uaker like in their worship services There is no appointed minister and everyone sits around waiting to be inspired to speak or read or sing Jim also shared in common with the uakers a passivity which he felt precluded him from participation in the military or in government or civic affairs This waiting attitude seemed to bleed over into the rest of Jim's life After he graduated from college he went home and kind of just helped around the house while he waited to be called to Christian service even though he clearly had a keen desire to go to the mission field It seems as if he was awaiting an engraved invitation to serve He also spent years declaring that he must deny himself a wife despite the fact that the Lord had clearly provided a woman that he loved and who also happened to be called to the same mission field as he These pages and pages of self denial tasted so much of self flagellation that it became excruciating to readI so wanted to put this book down I so dreaded and yet couldn't resist reading it I was rewarded for my perseverance When Jim finally allowed himself to ACT on the desires that God had put into his heart and the opportunities that God opened up for him he blossomed like one of the flowers of which he was so fond It became a joy and pleasure to watch him grow through the pages of his journal to let go of that romantic angst ridden prose and the bemoaning of his unfulfilled desires It is very evident that the Lord placed the desire for mission work in Ecuador in Jim's heart It was a joy to see Jim's happiness blossom He still continued for a while to deny himself the wife God had placed right in front of him The reasons he gave for his failure to act were that God had not allowed it I am still bewildered at this My belief is that if God puts a desire in our hearts and provides the fulfillment he means for us to take hold of it not to stand back and ask ourselves if this is what God wants for our lives With the caveat that the desired object meets godly and biblical prereuisites which the mission field and the wife did It is still very unclear to me when Jim accepted God's gifts what it was that finally made it okay At any rate Jim's personal and spiritual growth were so evidenced in the later pages of the book that one can begin to see the early parts as what they were evidence of youthful angst zeal and romance Thank God that no one has access to any of the journals I may have written during that part of my life Jim was growing into a wonderful husband and father and a man of God that could appreciate the gifts he had been given I ache to think that some of that leftover zeal could have caused impatience in dealing with the Aucas but as is true in all things God had a plan and He was able to work good

  6. J M Padoc J M Padoc says:

    Rating is based solely on the writing The format of telling most of Jim Elliot's story from his own words in journals and letters is effective I suppose but ends up rather dry Oddly I found Mr Elliot's writing poetic and compelling at times I wonder if Mrs Elliot could have simply relied on his own words too much? Perhaps she could have summarized eventsAs for the person of Mr Elliot One cannot read a biography without forming at least a cursory opinion of the subject If the rating were based on my opinion of Mr Elliot it might be different I think if I had known Mr Elliot in real life I would have found him rather sanctimonious and occasionally a bit of a thug The account of him and his friend shooting a duck in Portland only to find out that it was a pet duck disturbed me not because the duck died but because the young men simply hid from the weeping owner and just prayed that she would be comforted I find that thuggish behavior but the tone of the book suggests that we should wink and shake our heads and say boys will be boysIn addition Mr Elliot made it clear that he would register as a conscientious objector should he be drafted I confess that I do NOT understand at all this religious objection to defending freedom It's interesting to note that I read a biography of George and Martha Washington at the same time I read this biography and I would consider George Washington to have had as deep and abiding a faith as Mr Elliot had Mr Washington however considered it an obligation to serve his country by defending the budding United States from tyranny and indeed several prominent uakers left their sect and their pacifism to fight against the British in the Revolutionary War So while I suppose I can respect Mr Elliot's strength of conviction I do not understand it and I suspect that he would have been mightily offended by Mr Washington's ability to reconcile his faith with serving in warOn the other hand I have the deepest and most profound respect for Mr Elliot's service to the kingdom of God And I confess as one who does not experience the voice of God except through His Word I am rather jealous of someone who could be so completely convinced of his calling and his duty In addition I think that his assessment of the church in America was deadly accurate and I found his criticism of the way we practice Christianity here a biting indictment that has only proven itself even true in the intervening decades since he penned his comments Finally while I did find Mr Elliot personally a bit offensive really? He couldn't change diapers because he believed in the division of labor? And he considered staying with his daughter babysitting? I also do believe that he seemed to be growing into a mellow palatable person as he aged Had he lived past the age of 28 he may have eventually been someone that I could have tolerated in adulthoodIn any case I'm glad I read it and I will likely make time to read Through the Gates of Splendor eventually

  7. Tori Samar Tori Samar says:

    He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose Jim left for me in memory and for us all in these letters and diaries the testimony of a man who sought nothing but the will of God who prayed that his life would be 'an exhibit to the value of knowing God'This is an inspiring biography and I don't use that description lightly This book hit me with particular force because Jim Elliot was just a year older than I am right now when he was killed in missionary service The passion and commitment to God he manifested up to that point was eually compelling causing me to stop and evaluate myself What am I doing with my life however much of it God chooses to give me? Does it reach even 1% of the passion for God and for the lost that Jim Elliot had? Am I willing to give what I cannot keep to gain what I cannot lose? So as one young person reading about how another young person devoted his life to pursuing the will of God and the glory of God among those who have never known Him⁠—that is truly inspirational reading for me By the world’s standards Jim Elliot’s twenty eight years were far too short But he did much for the sake of the name in that time and though he is dead he still speaks Thankful for biographies like these

  8. The other John The other John says:

    This one's a biography of Jim Elliot a missionary who was killed on the job in Euador back in 1956 Whereas the Woodrow Wilson biography I read preceding this one was a well crafted story Shadow is a collection of diary and correspondence excerpts weaved together by a bit of narrative I'm not uite sure how much I like the book Overall Jim Elliot came across as a sanctimonious young lad uick to speak the word of Law to his peers and himself Of course I'm not uite sure how much of that negative perspective flows from his youthful attitudes or how much flows from guilt over my own shortcomings Jim Elliot was faithful in his lifetime than I've been even though I've had almost twice as much time to get it right Lord have mercy Anyway the life of Jim Elliot is a tale that should be told I just not sure that Shadow of the Almighty is the best way to tell it

  9. Marla O& Marla O& says:

    I see clearly now that anything whatever it is if it be not on the principle of grace it is not of God Here shall be my plea in weakness; here shall be my boldness in prayer; here shall be my deliverance in temptation; at last here shall be my translation Not of grace? Then not of GodI think there is nothing so startling in all the graces of God as His uietnessWe have found great joy in coming to the field as God's free folk Answering to nobody but Himself and with nobody's support or promise but His very ownit is most gratifying to look aloft to the God who keeps promises and is sufficientHe is giving me such good things I wonder that I could want

  10. Brenda Brenda says:

    This was just so good What a life What an impact he had in South America himself and around the world because of the opportunities Elisabeth had because she was his widow Hard to believe this man was only in his 20's died at age 29 To hear the book read by Elisabeth was just icing on the cake

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