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"He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." So wrote Jim Elliot at age 22, sweating over Greek roots and patristics at Wheaton College. "Seven years later," writes his widow Elisabeth, "he and four other young men...sat together on a strip of white sand on the Curaray River, deep in Ecuador's rain forest, waiting for the arrival of a group of men whom they loved, but had never met, savage Stone Age killers, men now known to all the world as Aucas."

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

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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.

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SHADOW OF THE ALMIGHTY

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.

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Incredible encouraging!

To the young and old saint this truly is a treasure. My soul has been filled with a wondrous delight by listening to this book. I recommend this to everyone

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Very Motivating - Not many people like Jim Elliot

Would you consider the audio edition of Shadow of the Almighty to be better than the print version?

not better of course, print is great and has pictures. You'll probably like to quote this book so print is easier.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadow of the Almighty?

He is no fool, who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. Quote from Jim's journal.

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Elizabeth Elliot is the best reader of her book!

Wow! Simply a stunning story. Dive into the primary sources of Jim's letters and Elizabeth's memories in this book. This audio version is fantastic, and Elizabeth adds a few small insights as she reads her work.

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Fantastic encouragement

Fantastic volume to encourage any lover of God and His Story. Again, I have read this book and walk away full to the brim with excitement and encouragement to keep on doing the next thing for Jesus and His glory. Amen.

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Fantastic, Genuine Portrayal of an intriguing man

Rather than a hagiographical work that sometimes is the norm for books about great people, this is a great book comprised mostly of Jim's actual letters and journals. Elisabeth isn't the best reader, but her voice adds to the authenticity of this book.

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thought provoking, inspiring

So wonderful to hear Elizabeth Elliot again. A life will lived causes us all to examine how we live ours.

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  • Susan
  • QUEMADO, NM, United States
  • 12-02-15

Excellent! A must listen

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.

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Great stuff about a great man

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.

Well done.