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Shadow of the Almighty; the life & testament of Jim Elliot (1958)

by Elisabeth

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"More than inspirational reading: it belongs to the very heartbeat of evangelic witness." --Christianity Today   Shadow of the Almighty is one of the great missionary stories of modern times. It is the life and testament of Jim Elliot, as told by Elliot's widow, author and evangelist Elisabeth Elliot Gren. Shadow of the Almighty is the true account of Elliot's martyrdom, along with four fellow missionaries, at the hands of Ecuador's Huaorani Indians. About this important and enlightening book, Eugenia Price writes,"It proves that Jesus Christ will bring bright creativity out of any shadow which might fall across any life and any love." A story that has inspired Christian readers for more than half a century, it poignantly recounts a tragic event that was presented from Huaorani perspective in the 2006 feature motion picture, End of the Spear.… (more)
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I received this recommendation via this list of top 10 missionary biographies which is well worth checking out!

https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/10174784-my-top-ten-missionary-biogr...

This book could be read as a prequel 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 family/friends.

Jim 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 Splendor."

On 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 viewpoints/defend 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. (refusing 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.

His most famous quotation delivered in one of his letters and contained in this book is;

"He is no fool who gives that which he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose."

A principle well worth all of us adopting.

Somewhat strangely Elliot seemed to become less effective/less 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 instead and remaining at home or whether it was because God was expecting him to live more 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 inspiration/challenge to us all. Earthly things were of no consequence to Elliot and he spoke a lot about his frustrations in having to maneuver them.

You 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 stars.

Recommended for those with an interest in mission/missionaries. 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.



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  sparkleandchico | Aug 31, 2016 |
This one's a biography of Jim Elliot, a missionary who was killed on the job in Equador back in 1956. Whereas the Woodrow Wilson biography I read preceding this one was a well crafted story, Shadow is more a collection of diary and correspondence excerpts, weaved together by a bit of narrative. I'm not quite sure how much I like the book. Overall, Jim Elliot came across as a sanctimonious young lad, quick to speak the word of Law to his peers and himself. Of course, I'm not quite 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 more 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.
--J. ( )
  Hamburgerclan | Mar 4, 2015 |
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  pastorroy | Jun 25, 2013 |
STORY OF JIM
  johnfidelity | Jul 14, 2009 |
Elliot's zeal is great and his death was tragic. However, this hardly warrants the distribution of this book. Elliot's youthful immaturity, the self-inflicted confusion that was his relationship with Elizabeth (a terrible model for young believers), and Elizabeth's constant and uncritical praise of her late husband (verging on hagiography) make this a book that can be passed over. Surely there are more helpful and less tedious biographies than this one. ( )
  adam3000 | May 15, 2007 |
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"More than inspirational reading: it belongs to the very heartbeat of evangelic witness." --Christianity Today   Shadow of the Almighty is one of the great missionary stories of modern times. It is the life and testament of Jim Elliot, as told by Elliot's widow, author and evangelist Elisabeth Elliot Gren. Shadow of the Almighty is the true account of Elliot's martyrdom, along with four fellow missionaries, at the hands of Ecuador's Huaorani Indians. About this important and enlightening book, Eugenia Price writes,"It proves that Jesus Christ will bring bright creativity out of any shadow which might fall across any life and any love." A story that has inspired Christian readers for more than half a century, it poignantly recounts a tragic event that was presented from Huaorani perspective in the 2006 feature motion picture, End of the Spear.

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