Jim Elliot (Christian Heroes: Then & Now)

51kwxnx4vgl-_sx310_bo1204203200_Jim Elliot: One Great Purpose – Jim and Pete turned to see the Auca men, their deadly spears raised, running toward Nate, Ed, and Roger. Jim stood in the river, his hand on his pistol. Should he defend himself? He already knew the answer. Each man had promised the others that he would not save himself by killing those they had sought out in Jesus’ name.
Jim Elliot and his coworkers surrendered their lives in Ecuador’s jungle, trusting that their sacrifice would not be in vain. Decades later, this dramatic event has challenged countless Christians to live with one great purpose: to bring the gospel to those who have never heard.

2 thoughts on “Jim Elliot (Christian Heroes: Then & Now)

  1. A great overview of the story of Jim Elliot & his co-laborers as they gave their lives to share the Gospel with those in need. Though you don’t get as personal of a look into their hearts as in some of the other books on the same missionaries, it’s still impactful to see just how clear and set they were in the purpose for their lives (hence the subtitle of the book), and inspiring to us as we’re living in a world where the harvest is still just as plentiful and the laborers are few. Maybe a good introduction to their story so that you can be more familiar with it before moving onto other books like Through Gates of Splendor and Shadow of the Almighty.


  2. The more of the Christian Heroes books I read, the more I enjoy them! Though these books are quick reads, they give a pretty comprehensive overview of the missionary’s life. Each chapter tends to end with a cliffhanger, and on more than one occasion I’ve lost track of time reading “just one more chapter”.

    I read Shadow of the Almighty before reading this book, but still found this book interesting. One thing that struck me was the information here about Jim Elliot’s trip to Mexico when he was a college student. It was on this trip that he came to see that missionaries were not special or superhuman–instead, they were ordinary people with an extraordinary message to share. This certainly became something he lived out, as his heart for the Aucas stemmed from the desire to share the gospel message with those who were living in darkness.


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