In January 1956, a tragic story flooded headlines around the world. Five men, spurred by a passion to share the good news of Jesus Christ, ventured deep into the jungles of Ecuador. Their goal: to make contact with an isolated tribe whose previous response to the outside world had been to attack all strangers.
Through Gates of Splendor, the story of Nate Saint, Roger Youderian, Ed McCully, Pete Fleming, and Jim Elliot, was first recorded in 1956 by Jim's widow, Elisabeth. Decades later, its story of unconditional love and complete obedience to God still inspires new readers. This edition contains subsequent developments in the lives of the families and the Waodani tribe.
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I first read this book nearly 30 years ago as a High School student, it challenged me and changed my life. Through Gates of Splendor introduced me to the idea that vision, preparation, and sacrifice, anchored in a profound love for God can in fact change the world. I am still blown away by the honesty of Elizabeth Elliot's writing. She so vividly portrays the youthful zeal and ultimate hopefulness of these men right up to the unimaginable moment of their death. Their passion to reach the lost in the jungles of Ecuador 50 years ago still serves as profound inspiration for Christians today. The Christian community now faces the challenge of reaching multitudes locked behind a religious veil who have never heard of the great love Jesus demontrated on the cross. It will take a new generation willing to prepare and sacrifice to reach them. Thankfully we have this example of authentic faith to provoke us in prayer and action. It was a true pleasure to hear the words of this compelling story so wonderfully narrated by Marguerite Gavin.
Powerful, pure, passionate.
The vivid word pictures used to pain the jungle landscape were always breathtaking. Also, action scenes of landing the plane on a wing and a prayer were great too.
Yes. She isn't my favorite. Something about her voice grates on my nerves. But she did an ok job and I'd listen to it again.
Elisabeth tells this story so well. I happen to find Marguerite's voice less than pleasing, but she reads well and after a bit I no longer noticed the voice as the story caught me.
This was an awesome story which brought tears to my eyes at many points. I especially enjoyed Elisabeth's thoughts in the first and second epilogues.
What commitment and trust all these folks have! They have had tremendous impact on an entire generation of this world.
I was educated into oblivion but have overcome it and am having a wonderful life
Insight into each missionary's past and their hopes and fears are all spelled out. No romanticizing here.
Her tendency to sound like an automaton when she was reading the men's diary excerpts was offputting. I was always thrown off by the "I'll now sound like a matter of fact man's thoughts".
I appreciate Elliot's second epilogue where she says it's not really cut and dried regarding the whys and wherefores of what happened-- the truth was that some good things came of it and some bad things came of it. God's word and salvation brought, but also diseases introduced, etc.
Amazing that she can live with God's truth and know that she'll need to learn from Him why He led them the way that He did.
I loved it from start to finish. Not only should anyone going into missionary work read this, anyone who is having trouble with their faith. I was reminded of who is really in charge.
Elisabeth Elliot does a masterful job telling the story of the missionaries in Ecuador. She invites you into their lives to see their passion for not only God, but also that their fellow man might one day worship before the throne of God. Even at the end of the book, Elliot wrestles with the real issues of life, how missionaries bring The Good News of the gospel, but also can bring disease of the modern world into a lost civilization. She does not skirt the issues. But, faces them and reminds us all simple answers do not always work in complex situations. This book is a must read for believers. It is a amazing read for skeptics.
mommy of 2 girls
This book is an awesome bs piratical listen. It will change your view of God and how you seek to serve Him in your life!
The five men and their wives were called to this mission in amazing ways and they endured with inspiring faith.
In the epilogue we learned that the relationship with the Auca indians has improved greatly
I enjoyed hearing about the first visit the Auca's made to Palm Beach and their initial interactions with the five men.
The ability of the 5 wives to handle the news with peace.
A good portion of the book is comprised of journal entries of the five men and their wives. The way a person writes in the journal is not necessarily always very entertaining. i appreciate that we got to hear their actual thoughts and feelings, but the journal entries were a bit dry and bland at times.
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