By Elisabeth Elliot
In this deeply personal account of her first 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 difficulties 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.
(Back cover summary from Revell)
It’s not often that I stay up late reading a nonfiction book, but Made for the Journey had me captivated. I couldn’t stop reading until I had learned as Elisabeth learned and reached her conclusion. Somehow, I’ve never read a book by Elisabeth Elliot before, but I officially have a new hero of the faith. This memoir is deeply personal, and Elisabeth is able to share her heart, her struggles, and her failures of both mission and intent, so honestly that it astounded me. Such transparency, even years after the fact, is incredible. And it touched me because I felt she was writing to just where I’m at.
I don’t usually read a book with a pen next to me, but I discerned within the first couple pages that this was a book I would be returning to, and needed to mark what meant so much to me.
What I really loved was her answer, really at the beginning of the book. So many things in life simply don’t make sense. And our Creator, the Lord of the universe, doesn’t always give us answers. This was her response to that:
“Of one thing I am perfectly sure: God’s story never ends with ‘ashes.’”
I underlined so many different quotes in this book, that I’m pretty sure it would count as plagiarism to put them all in my review. 😉 This incredible memoir is the most impactful nonfiction book I’ve read this year and I can’t recommend it highly enough.
About the Author
Elisabeth Elliot (1926-2015) was one of the most perceptive and popular Christian writers of the last century. The author of more than twenty books, including Passion and Purity and The Journals of Jim Elliot, Elliot offered guidance and encouragement to millions of readers worldwide.
(Biography from Revell)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.