Item description for A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot...
Overview For the first time in paperback comes the definitive biography of "Amma," India's most loved missionary--a telling model of service to God for a new generation.
Publishers Description "A Chance to Die" is a vibrant portrayal of Amy Carmichael, an Irish missionary and writer who spent fifty-three years in south India without furlough. There she became known as "Amma," or "mother," as she founded the Dohnavur Fellowship, a refuge for underprivileged children. Amy's life of obedience and courage stands as a model for all who claim the name of Christ. She was a woman with desires and dreams, faults and fears, who gave her life unconditionally to serve her Master. Bringing Amma to life through inspiring photos and compelling biographical narrative, Elisabeth Elliot urges readers to examine the depths of their own commitment to Christ.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 5.75" Height: 9" Weight: 1.38 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2005
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 0800730895 ISBN13 9780800730895
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More About 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.
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Inspiring Feb 15, 2007
Elisabeth Elliot wanted to profile one to whom she felt she owed a great debt. It was through the writings of Amy Carmichael that Elliot first understood the great message of the cross, the sacrificial Calvary love of sacrifice. Before reading this book, all I knew about Amy Carmichael is that she is revered as one who surrendered her life completely to Christ. After reading her biography, now I know why. A Chance to Die is aptly named. Elliot recounts the many occasions and many ways in which Amy Carmichael chose to die--to self, personal desires, family and societal convention. The biography looks at her early childhood, her domestic service and projects, her call to foreign missions, and then details her life's work of establishing the Dohnavur Fellowship in India as a refuge for children whose lives were in danger.
Elisabeth Elliot, as one who is to many the model that Amy Carmichael was to her, was the perfect one to write this story. She writes about Amy with obvious respect, but also seeks to bust the myth that she was perfect, striving instead to show her high standards as something that could be attained. The depth of Elliot's own Christian experience comes through in the telling, even though there is no personal account, other than what is in the preface. Her research was thorough, including reading Carmichael's own published writings as well as personal papers, in addition to interviews with those who worked with Amy, and at least one visit to India.
Recommended to: Biography readers, those interested in India, missions-work, or learning more about the process and practice of sacrificial love
A chance to die...to self and live for Christ, inspiring biography Jun 16, 2006
We owe a special thanks to Elisabeth Elliot for the time, research and effort it took her to write this detailed but very readable biography of Amy Carmichael. It made me feel ashamed as I read this book to see the life of someone so totally and completely devoted to serving their Savior. What are our priorities in life? Everything we do should have the "seed of eternity" in it. (An expression used by Amy.) Amy was a missionary to India for over 50 years, and NEVER took a furlough or leave of any type! Early on in the mission field, Amy took in a little girl (only 5 or 6 years old) who had ran away from the Hindu temple. She was being raised to be a temple prostitute. This began Amy's life-long ministry of rescuing young girls from temple prostitution and molestation. Eventually the ministry expanded to also take in boys, and had a hospital to treat people in the surrounding areas. Despite the fact that hundreds of children were taken in, a strong family atmosphere was maintained. Amy (called Amma) was dearly loved by "her children". Just before Amy died temple prostitution was finally made illegal.
Amy was a truly selfless woman, whose ministry was not an easy one. There were countless setbacks, problems, and struggles along the way. She was even criticized by some as having ulterior motives for rescuing these little girls from prostitution. (Whenever someone chooses to do the right thing, it is amazing to me how many people criticize!)
Amy truly took up her cross and followed Christ with her very life. She wanted everything to bring glory to the Savior, and not herself. "A chance to die"...to self and to live for the Savior. This was a challenging, inspiring, and powerful biography. Read it.
January 20th, 2006 Nov 22, 2005
The book is compelling and awe inspiring. Last night I was given the privledge of watching the premier for "End of the Spear" The story told from the view of the Indians. I cried at the end like I had never cried. It did more justice to the Elliot family and so much to the Indians. It is a must see.
Excellent Biography on a Woman Who Lived to Serve Jun 16, 2005
The cover on this trade paperback edition is different than the hardcover but it is a very nice looking one with a different picture of Amy.
The book itself is excellent. Elisabeth Elliot writes this in a way that keeps your interest and really gives you a clear picture of who Amy Carmichael was. There are pictures and illustrations which add a lot as do Amy's own words and poems inserted throughout the entire book. There are even a few pictures of Amy which are rare; she didn't like having pictures of herself taken. She never wanted to draw attention to herself-her life was all about serving and bringing glory to God, not herself.
Elisabeth Elliot does write in a way that shows she highly admires Amy Carmichael but she doesn't make her to look perfect. She does show her downfalls; afterall, Amy was human. But it is true that Amy Carmichael was an extraordinary woman and her willingness to give up her own life to serve God shows this.
This biography will inspire and encourage. Follow Amy from her calling at a young age to "Go", all the way to India where she settled and rescued children from temple prostitution and other dangerous situations.
My Favorite Aug 12, 2003
This is one of my favorite books. Probably one of the best that you will find in biographies of Amy Carmichael. This book has greatly impacted me and I return to it as a source of encouragement very often. Amma (indian for mother) had a passionate love for Jesus and her sole desire was to give Him her life. Mrs. Elliot shares very well of the path this desire brought her on, and the thousands of people whose lives were forever changed by it. Miss Carmichael has become one of my favorite authors as well. Praise the Lord! I hope you enjoy!