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Through Gates of Splendor

4.37 of 5 stars 4.37  ·  rating details  ·  12,159 ratings  ·  247 reviews
In 1956, five young men, including Elliot's husband, Jim, traveled into the jungles of Ecuador to establish communication with the fierce Huaorani Tribe, a people whose only previous response to the outside world has been to attack all strangers. The men's mission combined modern technology with innate ingenuity, sparked by a passionate determination to get the gospel to t ...more
Paperback, 40th Anniversary Edition, 304 pages
Published October 14th 1981 by Tyndale Momentum (first published 1956)
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Misha
I rate this book 5 stars for the story itself, the writing is actually more like 4 stars at best. This book has really made me think. I find myself in moments of silence returning back to the story and the messages one can draw away from it. The book was about 5 American missionaries who were murdered by the hands of those they were striving to teach and convert to Christianity. Some of the thoughts that came to mind when reading this book were, what makes a man so completely devoted to his fait ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
This story impacted me as a child, and then Wycliffe did a musical based on the story that made me consider becoming a Bible translator for a while. I've read this at least five times, but not in 12 years.
Tarissa
"Through Gates of Splendor" tells the bittersweet story of five missionaries. Five, who came together with the common mission of spreading the gospel. Five, who sacrificed everything they had on earth, in hopes of bringing someone new to God. The story is put down on paper by Elisabeth Elliot, the wife of one of those missionaries, who scoured the men's letters and journals after their death, to piece together the journey in its entirety.

Jim Elliot felt a stirring in his heart which led him to t
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Keri
Let me start by saying that I would have probably given this a 4 star if the writing had been better edited. It was a little hard to follow at times. Having said that this was fascinating. It is a very religious/Christian book and I knew that going in. The subject just really intrigued me. What would make someone give up their comfortable lives in the US to move to a very remote jungle in a foreign land where the language was virtually unknown to even those living in the country. I couldn't unde ...more
Amber
I had to read this last year in eighth grade. While reading the book I thought it was the worst thing in the world. It bored me to death, but probably most likely because I am young. It got to the point where I had to get it on audio book, and I don't like audio books, but we thought I might understand it better if I could both hear and see the words.

I still didn't finish the book. I often fell asleep in the middle of listening to it, and didn't exactly do my homework when I was supposed to read
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Amanda
The fire and passion of these five men was evident from their introduction until they breathed their last and continues to blaze bright even today. It’s amazing how they cast “self” aside and gladly spent themselves to preach the beautiful name of Christ at any cost. That is love in its purest form – a love that loves first, even when unrequited. These men had the Lord’s heart beating inside them. They saw with His eyes, heard with His ears, reached out His hands and went with His feet. I was de ...more
Renee
I’ve been re-reading Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot along with my junior high English class, and TGOS is also the May selection for Julia’s Heroes of the Faith Book Club at Dark Glass Ponderings.

This book tells the story of five young missionaries who accomplished what every Christian aspires to—they lived and died for Christ. However, their brief time on earth and the way God took them home have left an indelible impact on generations of Christians.

In 1956 Nate Saint, Jim Elliot,
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Sue
Jim Elliot, Ed McCully, Pete Fleming, Roger Youderian, and Nate Saint were working as missionaries in Ecuador in the early 1950's. Through a series of events, the five came together to make contact with the savage Auca Indians. They made contact in January 1956 and lost their lives as a result a couple days later.
Well written...keeps the story moving along. I often felt that I was right there in Ecuador with the group. Truly these five men were sold out completely for the Lord. Giving their li
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Susan  Odetta
True story of 5 male missionaries who were murdered by indigenous people in Ecquador in the fifties. The author is the wife of one of the murdered men. I have a vague recollection of hearing or reading or seeing a TV special about this incident and these people, so when I found this book in an RV park library, I snagged it. It's a good story that would have been better told by someone else. I read this on the heels of reading Annie Dillard's "The Living" and I found myself comparing the pioneers ...more
Jake
A remarkably simple collection if stories about a community of missionaries who are simultaneously amazing and ordinary. There were several parts of this book I did not enjoy, though this was largely due to the conviction I feel over how petty so many of my desires are.
Sarah
Elisabeth Elliot writes the story of how her husband and four other men put bringing the Good News of Jesus to a remote tribe as their top priority. She uses excerpts from the men's journals and includes some of her own experiences. The men are brutally killed by the very people they were trying most to love. It is a true story that reveals the character of people who put serving the Lord even above their own lives.
Ed Choy
One powerful book that God used to influence my perspectives on dating and ministry. Read while in college. A true classic!
Mellie
Sep 03, 2007 Mellie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
The story of Mrs. Elliot Gren's first husband, Jim, and the other missionaries who were murdered by Indians in Ecuador.
Emily
I give up. I read 90 pages and never got into it.
SDFriend
This is book is not a book. It is a jewel! If you want your faith strengthened, this is the book for you! This is Elisabeth Elliot's first book, and I'm impressed. Her writing is so sophisticated, so genuine, and, yet, so simple and fluent.

The way I heard about this book is very interesting. We were supposed to read a science-fiction book for class, but I did not want to read it because I am a Christian and I do not want my faith destroyed. I researched about that book and found that it mocked t
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Stephanie
This is one of those life-changing true stories. One to own in hard back, mark up the pages, and revisit periodically. It is a powerful wake-up call to all who feel reluctant about serving Christ. Five men died for the cause of Christ – killed by the very people they were showering with Christ’s love. This account was written by Elisabeth Elliot, wife of one of the deceased. The true account was collectively assembled from the missionaries’ journals and the testimonies of their wives. I highligh ...more
Josh Meares
This book is a classic that I probably should have read a long time ago. But that would have denied me the pleasure of reading it right now, right after reading THe Sparrow and Walking with God through Pain and Suffering. It puts those books in perspective. This is a beautiful book of real bravery, doubt, faith, courage, and faithfulness.

It is also fascinating to see how different are today's Americans from the WWII version. Many things are the same, but these people were so creative and resourc
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Callum Iles
The story of five American missionaries killed by savages in the Ecuadorian jungle is one that still sends a chill through your bones and brings tears to your eyes fifty-five years on. The faith these men had to take the gospel to the Auca Indians, known only as a violent and deceptive people, is inspiring in a way very few can.

The tale is penned by Elisabeth Elliot, the wife of one of the young murdered missionaries, and she documents beautifully the circumstances through diaries, interviews an
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Bryana Johnson
It is with good reason that this book is a modern classic. Elizabeth Elliot unpretentiously narrates the story of her husband’s life and short-lived (but in many respects everlasting) work to take the gospel to isolated South American people groups. Jim Elliot’s journal extracts were perhaps my favorite part of this book. What an astonishing character he must have been. I look forward to the prospect of talking with him about all of this someday, when we have ceased to wonder why.

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James
Through Gates of Splendour tells the story of five American missionaries to Ecuador to evangelise the Auca (or Huaorani) people. The Huaorani during the time of the missionaries' visit in the 1950s were locked in a violent blood-feud against their own clan members and outsiders, yet the five missionaries were steadfast in reaching this previously un-contactable tribe. Yet as it is already known, the missionaries' friendly overtures were met with violence and the five were killed.

Written by the w
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Olivia
I found this book when I was browsing the "new release" shelf in the childrens section of the library. I figured it had been placed on the shelf by mistake, but it looked interesting so I checked it out. It is the true story of some missionaries and their families who move to Ecuador in the 1950s to preach the gospel to the indigenous Indian tribes. In particular, they wanted to make contact and preach to the Auca Indians, who up to that point, had massacred any white folks they encountered. I'm ...more
Rachel
Jul 08, 2007 Rachel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those interested in missions
This was an interesting book- mainly a compilation of letters and diary entries from the 5 missionaries who died in an attack by a group of Acuas in the 1950s in Ecuador. If you have seen End of the Spear (I haven't), it's the same story. I picked it up at my in-laws this week while visiting and wanted to finish it. You know how it ends so it is not exactly suspenseful, and it is kind of piecemeal so it is not really easy to read as in a continuous flow. Ths edition I read had a follow-up chapte ...more
Kris
Most interesting to me was the very effective insight into the motivations behind missionaries. While Christian to the core, I would imagine it would be an interesting read regardless of your faith. I think the tale would have been better told with more history and culture of the Auca Indians, as from an anthropologist's perspective. It would have been a more balanced coverage of the story. But otherwise well constructed.

As an interesting aside, it made me ponder what seems to be the prevailing
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Beth Temin
Written by the widow of one of the men killed by natives in South America, THROUGH THE GATES OF SPLENDOR is a tale of brave missionaries who carried God's Word to a jungle where native tribes were uncivilized and brutal. Although the natives murdered the missionaries, the Word survived and the story didn't end with the missionaries' death. This book has it all: adventure, love, suspense, and murder. It's a great read and I heartily recommend it!
Luisa
Heartbreaking, but I feel so much love for the women who were SO STRONG in this book. Felt a little too much like a National Geographic documentary, but it was amazing.

Favorite Quotes: 'The God who could take a murderer like Moses, and an adulterer like David and a traitor like Peter and make of them strong servants of His is a God who can also redeem a savage people.'

'The one who laid earths foundations and settled it's dimensions knows where the lines are drawn.'

'I dethrone Him in my heart if
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Erin Butler
This is one of those "life changing" books. It was not, however, an "easy read." It is a little bit choppy and hard to follow at times, but well worth the effort.

I cried through several parts of it. The true accounts taken from these missionaries journals and the testimonies of their wives was so challenging. I highlighted and underlined all the way through.

Five men died for the cause of Christ. Years later, Elisabeth Elliot sat and talked with two of the men who had speared her husband and the
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Christa
May 27, 2007 Christa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to challenge their faith
I list this book in my "currently reading" shelf because I am constantly picking it up and reading a few pages.

This book is the memoirs and letters of Jim Elliot as put together by his wife Elisabeth. I first read this book as preparation for a mission trip to Poland. It was required reading. At that time I was just beginning my faith journey, so much of what is in this book just absolutely blew my mind. In many ways it still does, though I understand his persepctive much better now.

Through th
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Ashton
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Sheldon Bass
This account of faith filled missionaries to the Auca natives made me question my own level of commitment to the Lord. I was powerfully inspired to dig deep and find the faith to step out and do more for cause of Christ. The writing may not be the most stellar, but it was good enough. What stands tall is the true story itself and the way it is presented was fabulous.
Nannette Serra
I read this book a long time ago and I am still being blessed by what I read at that time. It is a book that will stick in your heart. I still remember how this prisoner was so grateful for even the smallest things that the Lord blessed him with ... a sunset, a Christian prisoner in a cell next to his ... and then going through those Gates of Splendor.
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From the Author's Web Site: My parents were missionaries in Belgium where I was born. When I was a few months old, we came to the U.S. and lived in Germantown, not far from Philadelphia, where my father became an editor of the Sunday School Times. Some of my contemporaries may remember the publication which was used by hundreds of churches for their weekly unified Sunday School teaching materials. ...more
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