Shadow of the Almighty: The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot

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Shadow of the Almighty: The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot

Shadow of the Almighty The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot Shadow of the Almighty is a modern classic story of faithfulness obedience and martyrdom It is the best selling account of the martyrdom of Jim Elliot and four other missionaries at the hands of the

  • Title: Shadow of the Almighty: The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot
  • Author: Elisabeth Elliot
  • ISBN: 9780060622138
  • Page: 153
  • Format: Paperback
  • Shadow of the Almighty is a modern classic story of faithfulness, obedience, and martyrdom It is the best selling account of the martyrdom of Jim Elliot and four other missionaries at the hands of the Huaorani Indians in Ecuador.Shadow of the Almighty has inspired Christians since its first publication in 1958 Elisabeth Elliot makes full use of Jim s revealing diaries toShadow of the Almighty is a modern classic story of faithfulness, obedience, and martyrdom It is the best selling account of the martyrdom of Jim Elliot and four other missionaries at the hands of the Huaorani Indians in Ecuador.Shadow of the Almighty has inspired Christians since its first publication in 1958 Elisabeth Elliot makes full use of Jim s revealing diaries to fill in the details of a life completely committed to God s service.This story was reintroduced to today s audiences in 2006 thanks to the release of the film, End of the Spear, which tells for the first time the killings from the perspective of the Huaorani.

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    1. Natalie Vellacott on said:

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

    2. Gwen Burrow on said:

      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. Mari Mauries on said:

      It is difficult to find a story that stirs the soul quite like Jim Elliot's. His life reads just like a novel, and yet is all the more 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 [...]

    4. Regina on said:

      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 no [...]

    5. J M Padoc on said:

      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 more events.As for the person of Mr. Elliot . . .One cannot read a biography without forming at least a cursory opinion of the subject. If the [...]

    6. The other John on said:

      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 o [...]

    7. Emily on said:

      I would give this book's content 5 stars. It's a very inspiring biography about Jim Elliot- a man who gave his all for Christ and whose story still encourages and inspires many today. Written by his wife, this book gives a very personal look into his story.However, I'd give the readability of this book 3.5 stars. Although the book content was wonderful, the way this book is written- full of many diary and letter excerpts- makes it harder to follow along than other biographies, and it doesn't flo [...]

    8. Eugene O'Fallon on said:

      “One does not surrender a life in an instant. That which is lifelong can only be surrendered in a lifetime. Nor is surrender to the will of God (per se) adequate to fullness of power in Christ. Maturity is the accomplishment of years, and I can only surrender to the will of God as I know what that will is.”"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose."

    9. Dewi on said:

      Kata Pengantar(oleh Elisabeth Elliot-istri dari Jim Elliot, martir )Jim Elliot dan para pria lainnya yang mati bersamanya disanjung sebagai pahlawan "martir". Aku tidak setuju. Mereka juga tidak akan menyetujuinya.Apakah perbedaan antara hidup bagi Kristus dan mati bagi-Nya begitu besar? Bukankah yang kedua merupakan kesimpulan logis dari yang pertama? Lagipula, hidup bagi Tuhan berarti mati bagi Tuhan "setiap hari", sebagaimana yang disimpulkan oleh Rasul Paulus. Itu berarti menanggalkan segala [...]

    10. Jimmy on said:

      The author Elisabeth Elliot was the wife of the famous missionary and martyr Jim Elliot. The author’s classic book on her husband, Through Gates of Splendor, was written in the 1950s but what makes this book different than the first one is that this is written many decades later. This book examines more of Jim Elliot’s own writing from his letters and personal diary. The letters examined include those written to Jim’s parents, siblings and Elisabeth before they got married. This book gives [...]

    11. D.A. Cairns on said:

      I first read this book more than twenty years ago when I was a much younger man, and quite a new Christian. I was impressed and inspired by Jim Elliot who I saw as a kindred spirit: a man of intensity and dedication, someone who was much harder on himself than anyone else was. He learned to enjoy grace over time, but never wavered in his fervour to serve God.This time, I saw the same man, but one who was so dedicated to what he believed God wanted for his life, that he lost it: killed by the ver [...]

    12. Jeremy Zilkie on said:

      I love this book. It is one of my all-time favorites as it describes the short life of a man whose motto was the very Kingdom centered "He is no fool who gives up what he can not keep to gain that which he can not lose." The passion and resolve of Jim Elliot to follow the leading of God, which for him was to the unreached tribes of South America, ultimately led to his death and the death of his four teammates as they tried to share the gospel with a dangerous yet unreached tribe.Dying before his [...]

    13. Eric on said:

      For one week in the winter of 2004, I was moved into a different apartment while mine was renovated. A few weeks earlier, our Bible study leader (who is now in seminary) was so inspired by this book that he bought each of us a copy. No TV, no distractions, cold depressing January, and Mrs Elliot held my complete attention with this awe inspiring tale. Fast forward 3 years, and a friend/former Bible study guy is moving across the country to train to become a missionary pilot, citing this book as [...]

    14. Tori on said:

      An amazing book. Jim Elliot was very much a modern-day Paul. His love for God and passion for sharing the gospel are admirable. I found myself wondering at first what more he could have done had he lived a longer life but then realized that through his wife's sharing of Jim's story, countless people have been touched. Again, proof that God's plan is greater than any we can come up with. I plan to read more of Elisabeth's writing as I have been inspired by these two. I feel like I'm a little late [...]

    15. Luke D on said:

      "The principle of getting by spending is illustrated by the actions of God: 'He had yet one, a Beloved Son.''He giveth not the Spirit by measure.''He spared no His own son.''He emptied Himself.'Is heaven the poorer for this spending? Nay, both heaven and earth are enriched by it: Who dare not follow God's example?" (P.250)

    16. Ben Chapman on said:

      The life and testament of Jim Elliot has served to increase my faith like nothing I've ever read, outside the Bible. Jim believed in a deep, serious obedience to Christ. And he was very unashamed of it. That's how he lived and that's how he died.

    17. John Nail on said:

      After listening to Elisabeth Elliot in Urbana, IL at a Inter-Varsity mission conference I read the book. I have a deep respect for Jim and Elisabeth. I love the quote on the front of the book and have used it many times.

    18. Hannah on said:

      Shadow of the Almighty is a really good book! The whole book is basically Jim Elliot's writings to parents, siblings, and Elizabeth plus his journal entries. Although it doesn't "flow" super well and isn't the captivating and exciting book that always keeps your attention, it was impacting to me to see just how human Jim was. Many of his writings started out telling how he was discouraged, disappointed with himself, and just very down. It was so neat to see that he wasn't anything amazingjust an [...]

    19. Chase Chandler on said:

      This book is incredibly impactful. Beginning it, I believed that it was the story of a man’s death. I did not realize this was not the case until after I finished the book. This book is the story of a man’s incredible faith and obedience throughout his entire life. We are given a front row seat to how Jim Elliot lived every single aspect of his life for God. Amazing book.

    20. Susanna on said:

      I have treasured Elisabeth Elliot's other writings in the past, so I finally sat myself down and began to read from where her legacy begins, namely, the life of which she shared with her first husband, Jim Elliot. If you seem to lack fire in your faith, passion to ignite your heart, and have not been yet confronted with the Divine challenge, then I highly recommend this book. I would also select it for those who desire to find themselves on the mission field someday. Jim seemed to have tenacity [...]

    21. Callum Iles on said:

      In Short: ‘Shadow of the Almighty’ is a biography by Elisabeth Elliot of her husband Jim, whose life was tragically taken in the 50s by an Ecuadorean tribe he was ministering to.For: It is a heart-breaking but inspiring tale that every Christian with a heart for the lost should familiarise themselves with.Rating: 3.5/5Elisabeth Elliot’s precursor to this book, ‘Through the Gates of Splendour,’ described in depth how a passionate group of young men left the safety of suburban America an [...]

    22. Joy on said:

      It's hard to give any book by Elisabeth Elliot anything less than perfect, but I wanted the writing to move faster at times. The book was on the life of Jim Elliot. Perhaps grouping some of his experiences would have worked better than sticking to chronology. Nevertheless, what a wonderful accounting of an amazing life of a man early committed to God and his leading. In his short life, Elliot had a huge impact on the world. The book was mainly a collection of his journals and letters. He read mu [...]

    23. Jennifer on said:

      This is a very inspiring book about Jim Elliot's love for God and his strong faith. It was very challenging and encouraging reading about how Jim lived for God, despite his desire to get marry and the initial opposition of his parents. It is amazing that Jim never really hesitanted on his faith, choosing to major in Greek in order to serve God and not being upset about being unemployed after graduating from college. He certainly lived fully for God and his life changed many people. This is a gre [...]

    24. Linda on said:

      The missionary Jim Elliot (1927-1956) was one of five men killed by the Auca Indians in Ecuador. His widow Elisabeth has written many tremendous books. In Shadow of the Almighty, she reveals much about the life and heart of Jim through his journals and personal letters to family members and to herself. As I read Elliot’s writings, I was amazed how spiritually mature and completely "sold out" for the Lord this man was from as young as 18 years old! As an 18 year old freshman at Wheaton College, [...]

    25. James B on said:

      "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose." Many Christian want to be like Jim Elliot, but I always wonder what does it take to become a man like him. The book is a collection of Jim Elliot's letter to family, friends and his wife Elizabeth compiled by Mrs. Elliot. What is better to see inside of someone's heart and mind than these personal letters and we are fortunate to see how Jim Elliot grow to become the man who is killed by people who he has prayed for [...]

    26. Lena Morrison on said:

      I do my reviews in the form of a letter, which is why they are written like this.Dear Elisabeth Elliot, This book was really good! I thought Jim was such an incredible person. His love for God blew me away. I wish I loved God that much. He was willing to do anything for God. He was willing to give up anything for him. He didn't even marry you for a whole five years, even though he loved you. He wanted to be sure to be in the will of God.His journals and letter were very interesting. He wrote ver [...]

    27. Angélique (Angel) on said:

      This was one of the best biographies I have ever read. Instead of simply telling us about Jim, Mrs. Elliot shows us who Jim was through his writings providing a far more poignant effect than most biographies. Reading through this, I felt like I honestly knew Jim. There were points when I would say, "That is totally a Jim thing to do." because I just felt like he was one of my friends and not just some person I was reading about. More importantly, this book is spiritual inspiring and restoring. R [...]

    28. C.J. on said:

      A great inspiring book to read. This book is made up of the writings of Jim Elliot, a passionate missionary who was killed spreading the gospel in Ecuador when he was only 29. His wife, Elisabeth Elliot, compiled the letters and journals written by Jim and edited it into this book. It is a biography of Jim Elliot, but it is unique in that it offers the chronology of Jim's thought life. From reading this book, we get to read his struggles, triumphs, passion, joy, and sadness in his thought life r [...]

    29. Sarah Reifel on said:

      I am a lover of biographies, especially Christian missionary biographies, which is exactly what this book is. Jim Elliot was a man passionately in love with God and he decided that he wanted to share the truth about God with an unreached people group in South America. The powerful aspect of this story is that this people group killed other individuals that were not members of their tribe quite regularly. Jim Elliot ended up getting married to Elisabeth Elliot after he had become comfortable with [...]

    30. Bambi Moore on said:

      This account of Jim Elliot's life, told through his journals and letters to family, friends and Elisabeth, is a story of a man wholly committed to God. His words are beautiful, poetic at times, and his discipline and passionate pursuit of the knowledge of God was so inspiring. One great quote: "Father, make me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road; make me a fork, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me."Also inspiring was [...]

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