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Shadow of the Almighty: The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot (Hendrickson Biographies) [Hardcover]

By Elisabeth Elliot (Author)
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"Shadow of the Almighty" is the bestselling account of the martyrdom of Jim Elliot and four other missionaries at the hands of the Huaorani Indians in Ecuador. "Elizabeth Elliot's account is more than inspirational reading, it belongs to the very heartbeat of evangelic witness"--"Christianity Today."

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"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 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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Item Specifications...

Studio: Hendrickson Publishers
Pages   351
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.78" Width: 6.08" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   1.35 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2008
Publisher   Hendrickson Publishers
Age  18
Series  Hendrickson Classic Biographies  
ISBN  1598562495  
ISBN13  9781598562491  

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More About Elisabeth Elliot

Elisabeth Elliot ELISABETH ELLIOT, well-known author and speaker, is the author of The Music of His Promises, Keep a Quiet Heart and dozens of other books. She and her husband, Lars Gren, live in Massachusetts.

In The Author's Own Words...

My parents were missionaries in Belgium where I was born. When I was a few months old, we came to the U.S. and lived in Germantown, not far from Philadelphia, where my father became an editor of the Sunday School Times. Some of my contemporaries may remember the publication which was used by hundreds of churches for their weekly unified Sunday School teaching materials.

Our family continued to live in Philadelphia and then in New Jersey until I left home to attend Wheaton College. By that time, the family had increased to four brothers and one sister. My studies in classical Greek would one day enable me to work in the area of unwritten languages to develop a form of writing.

A year after I went to Ecuador, Jim Elliot, whom I had met at Wheaton, also entered tribal areas with the Quichua Indians. In nineteen fifty three we were married in the city of Quito and continued our work together. Jim had always hoped to have the opportunity to enter the territory of an unreached tribe. The Aucas were in that category -- a fierce group whom no one had succeeded in meeting without being killed. After the discovery of their whereabouts, Jim and four other missionaries entered Auca territory. After a friendly contact with three of the tribe, they were speared to death.

Our daughter Valerie was 10 months old when Jim was killed. I continued working with the Quichua 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 the Aucas, I returned to the Quichua work and remained there until 1963 when Valerie and I returned to the U.S.

Since then, my life has been one of writing and speaking. It also included, in 1969, a marriage to Addison Leitch, professor of theology at Gordon Conwell Seminary in Massachusetts. He died in 1973. After his death I had two lodgers in my home. One of them married my daughter, the other one, Lars Gren, married me. Since then we have worked together.

Elisabeth Elliot currently resides in Magnolia, in the state of Massachusetts.

Elisabeth Elliot has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Lives of Faith
  2. Proclaiming the Gospel

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I am soooooo glad I outgrew this cramped and deadly religious worldview...  Jul 2, 2008
Jim Elliot is in many ways the very model of the modern major missionary, especially since he died so young and in the course of complete and utter commitment to his faith. "Shadow..." is a well-written and passionate account of a fanatic Protestant martyr.

I read this book long ago when I was on staff with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship after hearing his widow (and the book's author) speak at the triennial missionary convention held at the University of Illinois at Urbana. Even though Elliot's entire family were considered evangelical royalty (not my description of the Howard clan), reading this book in the context of the fervor of a missionary convention that had more than 10,000 college students in attendance was, in retrospect, a major turning point on my journey out of evangelical Christianity.

Elliot was crazy -- crazy for the Lord! Yee Hah! -- and his craziness was held up as a positive model of the "100% committed Christian," dedicated to the salvation of native peoples through intrusive proselytizing. His wife was even crazier than him since she went in after him and successfully "converted" the tribe that had killed him.

What a waste of a brilliant young man, and what an arrogant obliteration of native culture in the name of Christ. It occurred to me that Elliot and his ilk are perfect illustrations of the impact of Eric Hoffer's "true believers." Far from being heroes to be emulated, men and women like Jim and Elizabeth Elliot are examples to be avoided at all costs if we are to survive as a species. The absolutism and consequent monopolism of such faith -- which comes into inevitable and deadly conflict with ANY sort of fundamentalistic religious, political, or cultural philosophy -- in the end destroys rather than builds.

Please, PLEASE, read this book as a cautionary rather than a laudatory tale and I hope it helps scare you away from evangelicalism as it helped scare me.
Excellent!  Sep 8, 2006
I highly recommend reading this book. The passion for being a missionary starts here in Jim Elliot's life. Don't miss this wonderful story and testimony of Jim's passion for witnessing about Christ.
A once-in-a-lifetime book  May 6, 2006
The insight, sensitivity, and nobleness of character found in these pages would be notable if they were found in the words of a novel. The fact that they also serve as a historical record and the loving tribute of a devoted widow make them profound. The challenge offered to the reader by the example and set by Jim Elliot further enhances this book to palce it among the very finest I have ever encountered.
Shadow of the Almighty: The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot  Feb 2, 2006
Shadow of the Almighty is by far the best biography I have ever read!!! It has been said that "You will be the same today, except for the people you meet and the books you read", I have found this to be very true in my life.

I feel you can glean so many spiritual nuggets from this book. From raising kids, praying for them, allowing God to use them, the importance of eating healthy and exercising, the value of education and when education is taking the place of God and true knowledge of Him....

Reading this book, almost makes the movie End of the Spear seem shallow. Unless you know the history of these men's lives before they went into missions it is easy to be disillusioned and think that a group of over zealous guys decided to go and reach the savage Auca Indianans, which is not the case. It was an absolute calling of God on each of their lives that God had been preparing them for most of their lives (at least this is the case with Jim Elliot). Even Elizabeth Elliot, Jim's wife, had the calling on her life. They were spiritually, intellectually, and physically prepared. Yes, they were a group of young, good looking, and fun guys, but they also were spiritually mature beyond their years and they knew their calling.

Elizabeth Elliot began compiling journal entries and letters of Jim's immediately after his death to begin the writing of Shadow of the Almighty, while the hurt and sting of her lose was still fresh! You will not find regret, resentment, bitterness or anger in her writing; only a life devoted to God even unto death. So while the book focuses on the life of Jim, remember it was his newly young widowed wife who wrote the very words contained within its pages.

I guess what so impresses me about this book, is that it is more than the retelling of Jim's life. Throughout the book are original writings of Jim's, you see what makes his heart beat, his passion, his frustrations, his surrendered obedience, his incredible faith. You will see God's sovereignty, His hand, leading and weaving Jim's life and death.

The story begins with his childhood, and continues on up to his death. Really his story still carries on today. How many people has Jim's life impacted even now 50 years later? While in college ,Jim at one point lets His grades suffer a bit so that he can focus on earning the Degree of A.U.G. (Approved Under God). I am so impressed with chapter 3, here you will find a handsome, athletic, intelligent young man keep his focus on the Lord in an atmosphere that pulls most people away. At this point he doesn't even take his parents advice, if it is not what he is hearing from the Spirit. His obedience to Christ makes him a true leader among his classmates.
Following is a journal entry of Jim's, it show the wisdom and insight he had as a young man. "No one warns young people to follow Adam's example. He waited until God saw his need. Then God made Adam sleep, prepared for his mate, and brought her to him. We need more of this 'being asleep' in the will of God. Then we can receive what He brings us in His own time, if at all. Instead we are bloodhounds after a partner, considering everyone we see until our minds are so concerned with the sex problem that we can talk of nothing else when bull-session time comes around. It is true that a fellow cannot ignore women-but he can think of them as he ought-as sisters, not as sparring partners!"

The life of man totally committed to the will of God  Oct 21, 2005
This is my absolute favorite book of all time. In an age when I struggle to find like-minded people around me, Jim Elliot encourages and inspires my heart. In an introduction recently added to the book, Elisabeth Elliot says it all. She describes how HUNDREDS of young men over the years have come up to her at conferences or book signings and told her "that book changed my life." God answered Jim Elliot's prayer that he would be "A testament to the value of knowing God." It's so amazing to me to think how God could use this one man to reach so many people. Great book. If you are a young guy like me and wanting to live earnestly for Christ, you've got to read this book.

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