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Through Gates of Splendor

4.38  ·  Rating Details  ·  14,198 Ratings  ·  289 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, 273 pages
Published May 1985 by Living Books (first published 1956)
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Jun 24, 2012 Misha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 28, 2015 Eleasa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The powerful and "cut-to-the-heart" challenging account written by the widow of one of the 5 young missionaries who gave up their earthly lives with the death-defying intention of reaching the Auca Indians in Ecuador for the sake of their Sovereign God and His Gospel. I am profoundly impacted by their testimony, as I am by the events following this book: Elisabeth, widow of Jim Elliot, and Rachel Saint, the sister of another one of the her martyrs Nate, remained in Ecuador in their work amongst ...more
Oct 02, 2015 Dkovlak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent true story. 5 men risked, and finally gave, their lives to bring the message of God's salvation to a small group of primitively Ecuadorian Indians. Each man was gifted in a number of areas, but gave up their worldly talents to spread the Gospel. Subsequent to their deaths, their wives, and other Christian organizations continued to witness to these people. In several years, many became "God believers." As a result, hundreds of people over the years have become believers. The wives, alt ...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.
Dec 22, 2015 Tarissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
Dec 01, 2010 Keri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, non-fiction
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
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
May 03, 2011 Renee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
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,
Aug 20, 2015 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first time reading this entirely through. I think I'd read it all in bits and pieces previously. It's a classic, must-read for anyone wanting to stoke the flame of gospel missions in their heart. Five men in 1956 gave their lives willingly for the hope of bringing salvation to the feared (though deeply loved) Auca Indians in Ecuador. Written Elisabeth Elliot, newly widowed wife of Jim Elliot, the reader comes to know each missionary couple personally through their journals and recollections. ...more
May 03, 2011 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookclub
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
Feb 12, 2011 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 04, 2015 Jake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 10, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting how God uses tragedy to lead others to him
Wayne Alder
Feb 03, 2016 Wayne Alder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If these missionary guys were not so sociable, healthy, fun-loving, intelligent, and remarkably articulate, I would have regarded them as religious nuts. Quotations from their diaries show they demonstrated razor-sharp logic, good sense, creativity, and an ability to cross-examine their own thoughts, feelings, and actions from all relevant angles. When they are not working out their thoughts and breathing clarity into a convoluted mess of difficulties they are reflecting on how much joy they hav ...more
Kathleen Dixon
I’m working my way through all the titles listed in 100 Christian Books That Changed the Century. I started doing this when I was training for ministry myself (not missionary ministry) as I thought it would help with insights into the history of the church in the last century, and therefore into the lives of older folk who would become my parishioners. Despite no longer working for the church I have continued with this reading challenge, and I have just finished this book. It’s one of probably l ...more
Leandro Guimarães Faria Corcete DUTRA
Better than I expected. While I was indeed longing for a good, old-style missionary story, this was more realistic than most, quite matter-of-fact indeed, without showing the missionaries as heroes as some others do. And the 1996 epilogue II is a wonderful summing up and evaluation, echoing Job and glorifying God much more than I expected, transcending the mere results of the witness of the martyrs in the evangelisation work.
Jan 22, 2016 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On January 6, 1956, Jim Elliot, the author's husband, was martyred along with four other missionary men attempting to carry the Gospel of Christ to the Auca Indians of Equator. Elizabeth Elliot's memoirs along with those of the other widowed missionary wives is told with a spiritual depth and insight that could only come from a soul totally committed to the spread of the Gospel of Christ Jesus. Her book is replete with entries from the dairies of the five martyred missionaries. Ms. Elliot and th ...more
Jun 02, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 25, 2015 Nathanael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very inspiring story.
I was particularly encouraged by Roger who when through 'a dark night of the soul' and thought he was a failure of a missionary. Yet God used him to amazing effect, not just to reach the Auca Indians, but to inspire people across the whole world!
Catherine Scott
Dec 27, 2015 Catherine Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book, very well written, includes the accounts of several people involved. I guess I never realized that missionaries were also anthropologists (one of my favorite classes in college). I like how it covers the doubt of one of them also because so many evangelists even today like to look at the "numbers" they have brought to Christ, but in the indian tribes of Equador the Indians would "accpept" but then continue their sinful practices of murder/drunkiness. It demonstrates how ...more
An amazing account of the ministry of the five men that were killed by Auca indians in 1956. Inspiring and hard to put down. Although it is hard to understand why these men died, many people gave their lives to missionary work and were inspired by these men's testimonies.
Nov 12, 2015 Meredith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school-books
The story and message, though beautiful, shone rather dimly through the disappointing narrative style and presentation.
Ed Choy
Apr 20, 2011 Ed Choy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One powerful book that God used to influence my perspectives on dating and ministry. Read while in college. A true classic!
Sep 03, 2007 Mellie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 24, 2007 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I give up. I read 90 pages and never got into it.
Apr 04, 2014 SDFriend rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Alan Yau
May 16, 2016 Alan Yau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any follower of Christ
Recommended to Alan by: Barbara Fish, Pastor Mike Sprott
Love chapter 15: Why Did the Men Go? (Up til this point, I felt that it was just biography; okay, but nothing special; but this, this is really good.)
from p.175-176
“The other wives and I talked together one night about the possibility of becoming widows. What would we do? God gave us peace of heart, and confidence that whatever might happen, His Word would hold. We knew that 'when He Putteth forth His sheep, He goeth before them.' God's leading was unmistakable up to this point. Each of us knew
Aug 02, 2015 Jennie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Profound inspiration
I first read this book a few years ago and couldn’t put it down. It is a riveting true story of five men and their wives surrendered to and being used by God in the jungles of Ecuador. They were there to bring the Gospel to the Auca tribe, known to be murderously violent. In January 1956, the five men were killed by members of the tribe, but not before seeds of the Gospel had been planted. The author, Elisabeth Elliot, was one of the widows and she and her daughter actually l
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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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“God is God. I dethrone Him in my heart if I demand that He act in ways that satisfy my idea of justice. It is the same spirit that taunted, "If Thou be the Son of God, come down from the Cross." There is unbelief, there is even rebellion, in the attitude that says, "God has no right to do this to five men unless...” 55 likes
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