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In this deeply personal account of her fist year as a missionary, Elisabeth Elliot shares the challenges she faced as she worked in the jungles of Ecuador to bring the Word of God to a people virtually untouched by the outside world. With fascinating detail, she captures the stark realities of life in the jungle, the diffculties she encountered while developing a written language for the tribe, and her confusion when God didn't "cooperate" with her efforts to accomplish what she believed was his will. 

More than just a memoir, Made for the Journey is a beautifully crafted and deeply personal reflection on the important questions of life and a remarkable testimony to authentic Christian obedience to an unfathomable God.

©2019 Elisabeth Elliot & Kay Warren (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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A sobering look at being a missionary

The nice thing about Elisabeth Elliot is that she is going to write things as they are, rather than as she thinks a Christian might write them. This book first came out as "These Strange Ashes," and I wish they would have kept the title because it was a comment on her first year of being a missionary and the ashes that God made of her efforts that she didn't expect and couldn't understand.

Ash 1: The first death she witnesses is of a young woman having a baby. With a hospital she might have been saved, but in the jungle, no chance.

Ash 2: Her translator helper who is a Christian and one of the only people who knows Spanish and the language that she was trying to translate (Colorado) is shot in a dispute and killed, leaving her with no help in translation.

Ash 3: 9 months worth of notes on grammar, vocabulary, and her beginning efforts in translation, which would have been invaluable to anyone translating the Colorado language are permanently lost when her luggage "disappears" from the top of a bus.

She went into her first year of missionary work thinking, "I'm here by God's will, not my own, I am faithfully trying to translate the Bible into the Colorado language, these people need to hear about Jesus, so surely God will bless my efforts."

It was a sobering year for her, and as she herself points out, prepares her for greater grief to come [the murder of her husband and four colleagues by the Waodani Tribe told in her book "The Shadow of the Almighty"]. She also learns that her job is to trust in Jesus, and leave the work and results of the work, up to Him.

Read very well by Pam Ward.

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Depressing

This book was formerly titled These Strange Ashes, which is a better description of what you will get in this book. No wonder they changed the title. It is narrated by a woman who seems consistently annoyed and has a snarky tone. The book is the story of one disappointment and discouragement after another, chronicling a year in the life of a new missionary. Then it ends.

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Well done!!

The narrator did a sterling job telling Elizabeth’s story. She is such a wonderful writer and sincerely honest and inspiring.

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Thought-provoking.

Beautifully written. Set in 1952-53. A true story I will reflect on for months to come because of the lessons Elliot submitted herself to.

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Amazing Journey

Elisabeth always takes the reader on an incredibly an in depth journey into the depths of God and the human soul. In this book, she describes her first missions trip, including her experiences and expectations, coming to the reality that all she had was God, and He never left her.

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Wonderful insight to missionary life.

Elizabeth writes so beautifully, not surprisingly, though. She wrote in such descriptive detail and has such wisdom. She shares her frustrations and lessons learned in her first year in Ecuador as a missionary, which makes her all the more relatable. Highly recommend.

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Beautiful testimony of a life lived in service to God. Clear reminder that living for God is not always pleasant and easy. Should be required reading for all young missionaries.

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A Must Read for anyone going into foreign mission work.

This is such a truthful and clear picture of a new missionary and the trials Elizabeth Elliot faced in her first year in the jungles of Ecuador.

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Beautiful listen

Loved the story! Very inspirational, wished I encountered this book before I did any missions work. Good lessons to learn.