The circumstances of the death of these men are by now known throughout the world in one of the great missionary adventure stories of modern times. But this is the first account of the whole life of one of them, a life that, though "hid with Christ in God", was in part revealed in some of the most poignant and moving spiritual writings of our time. Shadow of the Almighty is a tremendous biography of an adventurous and inspirational life.
©1958 Elisabeth Elliot; (P)1995 Blackstone Audiobooks
This is the first review I've taken the time to write (and I've loved tons of the books from Audible). I hesitate to listen to books read by the author. They are often not the quality of a professional and I tend to think infused with a touch of arrogance. This is far from the case with this book. Elizabeth Elliot is obviously not a professional reader. This story is better understood because of it. Elizabeth has a matter of fact tone, pauses to find her place, a audible breath here and there and the occasional sound of a page turning. She enhances the story. Jim Elliot did not pride himself in presenting perfection before an audience of men and women. He strove after the heart of God with his entire being and was not concerned if those around him thought less of him. It is my opinion that this book could be read by no one more perfectly than the one Jim would have chosen to read it. Her imperfection as a reader was a constant reminder of how God does not need perfectly polished people to accomplish His plan. This was an enjoyable and challenging book.
BEST BOOK I HAVE READ FOR A LONG TIME SAW THE DEDICATION JIM ELLIOT HAD FOR THE LOST,LOVE THIS BOOK IN THE SAME LEAGUE AS GOD SMUGGLER.
not better of course, print is great and has pictures. You'll probably like to quote this book so print is easier.
He is no fool, who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. Quote from Jim's journal.
I love the fact it is Elisabeth Eliot reading the words her husband penned so many years ago.
The story, the understated emotion, the level of commitment is just awe-inspiring.
This gripped me from the first. I loved hearing the details of Jim's younger life, their struggles with their emotions, I loved it all. So clear, so poignant, so hard hitting.
I've listened to it twice and will listen to it many more times as well.
I highly recommend this book. If you aren't a Christian, it will answer a lot of questions for you If you are a Christian, I believe you will be awed by their commitment to God and His purposes in their lives. May we all follow God with the same level of commitment as they did
Something to remember: Although Jim died young, Elisabeth lived into her 90's. Which is harder? To die young in the course of your calling or to remain faithful through the course of a long life, experiencing loss and pain like we all do..
I so deeply admire them both and felt privileged to hear some of their deepest thoughts at a very difficult time in their lives.
At times it dragged out a little and perhaps was a little too inclusive of everything ever written by one of my heroes of the faith. Not terribly so but just enough to shave off a star.
It was inspiring and encouraging and challenging to "watch" through Jim's own pen as he grew as a man, as a Christian, and as a friend. His wife - also a hero of the faith and the writer of the book, reads it. She is not a professional at reading aloud for audiobooks but somehow this is refreshing. The polished nature of other readers and attempts at "voicing" characters would have detracted greatly, and Elizabeth's at times halting reading, the sounds of turning pages... It just adds to the "realness" and gravity of the material.
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