Shadow of the Almighty is one of the great missionary stories of modern times. It is the life and testament of Jim Elliot, as told by Elliot’s widow, author and evangelist Elisabeth Elliot Gren. Shadow of the Almighty is the true account of Elliot’s martyrdom, along with four fellow missionaries, at the hands of Ecuador’s Huaorani Indians. About this important and enlightening book, Eugenia Price writes, “It proves that Jesus Christ will bring bright creativity out of any shadow which might fall across any life and any love.” A story that has inspired Christian readers for more than half a century, it poignantly recounts a tragic event that was presented from Huaorani perspective in the 2006 feature motion picture, End of the Spear.
This book is one of my favorites and I just got to read it again =) This book is the life and testament of Jim Elliot told by his wife Elisabeth, with excerpts from his journal and letters. I was struck by this hero of faith who was completely surrendered to God and sold out for the gospel. From his early days at Wheaton, he prioritized the Word of God, seeing it as living and active (never “old stuff”) and relying on words of John Bunyan “Sin will keep you from this Book, or this Book will keep you from sin.” Even though it’s been nearly ten years since I first got this book, and I get challenged by it each time I read it.
One thing I was inspired by was the time after Jim graduated from Wheaton and was trying to figure out how God was going to use him. He spent a lot of his time reading and equipping. He talked about different biographies that he was reading and it reminded me of our own study of the heroes of faith. I was reminded that we are part of a much longer chain and story. In the same way that Jim was influenced by a cloud of witnesses, I can also add him to my cloud of witnesses to take bolder steps of faith for God.
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Got to read this book in light of visiting Chicago on a vision trip. Was particularly challenged by Jim Elliot’s unwavering desire to be ‘AUG’, “approved unto God”. His life was one of surrender to God, prayer, and Word. One of many impactful quotes in the book: “Father, take my life, yea, my blood if Thou wilt, and consume it with Thine enveloping fire. I would not save it, for it is not mine to save. Have it Lord, have it all. Pour out my life as an oblation for that world. Blood is only of value as it flows before Thine altar.”
There are so many things that are inspiring from Jim Elliot’s story, his example of a life wholly surrendered to God, his reflections & prayers from his morning devotional times in the Bible…
One thing that was impactful was how for years, in response to his convictions about the Great Commission, he kept praying and asking God to send him out, to use him, to consume him so that he could burn out for God. He went, even partly expecting that he would die as a result, but rejoiced to do so.