A Chance to Die is a vibrant portrayal of Amy Carmichael, an Irish missionary and writer who spent fifty-three years in south India without furlough. There she became known as “Amma,” or “mother,” as she founded the Dohnavur Fellowship, a refuge for underprivileged children.
Amy’s life of obedience and courage stands as a model for all who claim the name of Christ. She was a woman with desires and dreams, faults and fears, who gave her life unconditionally to serve her Master.
Bringing Amma to life through inspiring photos and compelling biographical narrative, Elisabeth Elliot urges readers to examine the depths of their own commitment to Christ.
I was most inspired and challenged by how Amy Carmichael would not compromise God’s standards. Many times it would have been easier to compromise and just take whatever she could, but through prayer and a strong reliance on God, she would always uphold God’s standards, waiting for his provision. One example of this was through looking for workers to help her run a ministry for women called “shawlies”.
There’s so much to take away from this inspiring story. Amy’s life and ministry was truly insane. Some takeaways that I was really struck by was her desire to build with “gold and precious stones” and not compromise her standards even a little bit, not even when afflicted on all sides and things seemed impossible otherwise. It would be so easy and say “we have to be practical, lets shift a little bit” but she never did–and God rewarded and provided for her! I was struck by how much opposition and slander she faced even from her own “colaborers” in India and how she persevered. Finally, I was struck by her desire to truly be like Jesus–she related every area in her life back to the cross–the cross was obviously and explicitly the most central truth in her life–she truly sought fellowship with Jesus in all her suffering, from the illness and persecution and difficulty she endured, really internalizing his lowly and servantlike spirit–she desired nothing more than to be like and be with Jesus, and this is really really really obvious throughout the book.