Shadow of the Almighty has inspired Christians since its first publication in 1958. Elisabeth Elliot makes full use of Jim’s revealing diaries to
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“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 t
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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.
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