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Shadow of the Almighty is a modern classic story of faithfulness, obedience, and martyrdom. It is the best-selling account of the martyrdom of Jim Elliot and four other missionaries at the hands of the Huaorani Indians in Ecuador.

Shadow of the Almighty has inspired Christians since its first publication in 1958. Elisabeth Elliot makes full use of Jim's revealing diaries to
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by HarperOne (first published 1958)
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Gwen Burrow
Jim Elliot's short, powerful life reminded me of what Christ's own life showed first: we are all born to die. It's up to us whether our lives simply peter out (result of the Fall and all that) or whether we find an altar, choose a cross, draw a line, pick an Alamo, raise a flag, and say, "Here. For this. For this I will give my life." One decision, many moments, throughout all the life God gives us.
Mari Mauries
It is difficult to find a story that stirs the soul quite like Jim Elliot's. His life reads just like a novel, and yet is all the more compelling knowing it really happened. He was a husband, a father, a missionary, and a martyr by the age of twenty-eight; most people do not live such a full life. The author and wife of Jim Elliot tells his story primarily through his own letters and journal entries, rather than her own narration, allowing the reader to dig deep into the mind and heart of Elliot ...more
megan
one of, if not the best autobiography i have ever read, and this book has made a profound impact upon my day to day life. his writings are deep, and his life is extraordinary, but not. that is why i love it. his thoughts and methods are so foreign to us who are so mediocre, but what makes him extraordinary, is that he made such an simple commitment to give his life to God. see what God can do!
Jeremy Zilkie
I love this book. It is one of my all-time favorites as it describes the short life of a man whose motto was the very Kingdom centered "He is no fool who gives up what he can not keep to gain that which he can not lose." The passion and resolve of Jim Elliot to follow the leading of God, which for him was to the unreached tribes of South America, ultimately led to his death and the death of his four teammates as they tried to share the gospel with a dangerous yet unreached tribe.

Dying before his
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Dewi
Kata Pengantar(oleh Elisabeth Elliot-istri dari Jim Elliot, martir )

Jim Elliot dan para pria lainnya yang mati bersamanya disanjung sebagai pahlawan "martir". Aku tidak setuju. Mereka juga tidak akan menyetujuinya.

Apakah perbedaan antara hidup bagi Kristus dan mati bagi-Nya begitu besar? Bukankah yang kedua merupakan kesimpulan logis dari yang pertama? Lagipula, hidup bagi Tuhan berarti mati bagi Tuhan "setiap hari", sebagaimana yang disimpulkan oleh Rasul Paulus. Itu berarti menanggalkan segala
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Linda
The missionary Jim Elliot (1927-1956) was one of five men killed by the Auca Indians in Ecuador. His widow Elisabeth has written many tremendous books. In Shadow of the Almighty, she reveals much about the life and heart of Jim through his journals and personal letters to family members and to herself.

As I read Elliot’s writings, I was amazed how spiritually mature and completely "sold out" for the Lord this man was from as young as 18 years old! As an 18 year old freshman at Wheaton College, E
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Tori Moore
An amazing book. Jim Elliot was very much a modern-day Paul. His love for God and passion for sharing the gospel are admirable. I found myself wondering at first what more he could have done had he lived a longer life but then realized that through his wife's sharing of Jim's story, countless people have been touched. Again, proof that God's plan is greater than any we can come up with.

I plan to read more of Elisabeth's writing as I have been inspired by these two. I feel like I'm a little late
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Susanna
I have treasured Elisabeth Elliot's other writings in the past, so I finally sat myself down and began to read from where her legacy begins, namely, the life of which she shared with her first husband, Jim Elliot.
If you seem to lack fire in your faith, passion to ignite your heart, and have not been yet confronted with the Divine challenge, then I highly recommend this book. I would also select it for those who desire to find themselves on the mission field someday. Jim seemed to have tenacity
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James B
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose." Many Christian want to be like Jim Elliot, but I always wonder what does it take to become a man like him. The book is a collection of Jim Elliot's letter to family, friends and his wife Elizabeth compiled by Mrs. Elliot. What is better to see inside of someone's heart and mind than these personal letters and we are fortunate to see how Jim Elliot grow to become the man who is killed by people who he has prayed for ...more
Bambi Moore
This account of Jim Elliot's life, told through his journals and letters to family, friends and Elisabeth, is a story of a man wholly committed to God. His words are beautiful, poetic at times, and his discipline and passionate pursuit of the knowledge of God was so inspiring. One great quote: "Father, make me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road; make me a fork, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me."

Also inspiring was
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Paul
i love biographies. as i was reading this, i really felt like i had met a spiritual brother. i understood his heartache as he surrendered the love of his life to the will of the Father. i felt his frustration as he poured his heart out in ministry and saw little to no fruit. as i read his diary entries, i found myself being mentored by this intense man of God.
Joshua Ray
"The will of God is always a bigger thing than we bargain for." -Jim Elliot

The story of Jim Elliot's martyr's death is (relatively) well known. It is the story of his life, however, that this book is concerned with. Mostly a collection of his writings (in his journal, letters, etc), this book gives an insight into the inner life of a man completely sold out to God who died a million times before that day on Palm Beach where he and his companions were killed. He died to self each and every day an
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John Nail
After listening to Elisabeth Elliot in Urbana, IL at a Inter-Varsity mission conference I read the book. I have a deep respect for Jim and Elisabeth. I love the quote on the front of the book and have used it many times.
Victoria Brown
I very unfortunately was not able to finish this book. This is a biography of Jim Elliot who was a missionary who was killed while trying to minister to tribes. I have read other books on this story and enjoyed them very much. This book was written by his wife and was basically his life story told through letters and journal entries. It was very hard to read...his writing style is very flowery and poetic and not set up for a good fast storyline. I was amazed at his loce for God and only hope my ...more
Sarah Reifel
I am a lover of biographies, especially Christian missionary biographies, which is exactly what this book is. Jim Elliot was a man passionately in love with God and he decided that he wanted to share the truth about God with an unreached people group in South America. The powerful aspect of this story is that this people group killed other individuals that were not members of their tribe quite regularly. Jim Elliot ended up getting married to Elisabeth Elliot after he had become comfortable with ...more
Angélique
This was one of the best biographies I have ever read. Instead of simply telling us about Jim, Mrs. Elliot shows us who Jim was through his writings providing a far more poignant effect than most biographies. Reading through this, I felt like I honestly knew Jim. There were points when I would say, "That is totally a Jim thing to do." because I just felt like he was one of my friends and not just some person I was reading about.

More importantly, this book is spiritual inspiring and restoring. R
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Callum Iles
In Short: ‘Shadow of the Almighty’ is a biography by Elisabeth Elliot of her husband Jim, whose life was tragically taken in the 50s by an Ecuadorean tribe he was ministering to.

For: It is a heart-breaking but inspiring tale that every Christian with a heart for the lost should familiarise themselves with.

Rating: 3.5/5

Elisabeth Elliot’s precursor to this book, ‘Through the Gates of Splendour,’ described in depth how a passionate group of young men left the safety of suburban America and took the
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J M Padoc
Rating is based solely on the writing. The format of telling most of Jim Elliot's story from his own words in journals and letters is effective, I suppose, but ends up rather dry. Oddly, I found Mr. Elliot's writing poetic and compelling at times. I wonder if Mrs. Elliot could have simply relied on his own words too much? Perhaps she could have summarized more events.

As for the person of Mr. Elliot . . .

One cannot read a biography without forming at least a cursory opinion of the subject. If the
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Jennifer
This is a very inspiring book about Jim Elliot's love for God and his strong faith. It was very challenging and encouraging reading about how Jim lived for God, despite his desire to get marry and the initial opposition of his parents. It is amazing that Jim never really hesitanted on his faith, choosing to major in Greek in order to serve God and not being upset about being unemployed after graduating from college. He certainly lived fully for God and his life changed many people. This is a gre ...more
Tiffany
To have an ounce of Jim Elliot's faith and discipline... The joy he truly reflects in his writings is reminiscent of Paul in his letters from prison. He counts no suffering as loss but as gain in likeness with Christ. To have already known the end of his story and to witness God's will manifest in his life was faith building. I asked myself if I could pray as Jim did to "shed his blood" for the Gospel, to be willing to sacrifice family, friends, comfort, to reach the unreached who are still out ...more
Mark Helfrich
"He is no fool who gives that which he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose." This is the quote on the front of the book, one of Jim Elliot's most well known sayings. It was written in one of his journals. This is what Jim Elliot accomplished in his life. He died at the age of 29, yet his life has impacted many.

The book consisted mostly of Jim's own writing, his journals and letters to others. What I would have liked more is to have know more of what was going on around him. The context of t
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Chris Keswick
Elisabeth Elliot packed so much of her husband's letters and journals into her biography that it reads much like an autobiography. Jim Elliot was one of the missionaries murdered by the Auca Indians in Ecuador in the 1950s. I was inspired and challenged by his beautiful writing and fearless following of God's all that showed so clearly his deep commitment to God. However, her book about their courtship, Passion and Purity, had a more personal feel, which I enjoyed more. Also, Jim Elliot held suc ...more
J. Alfred
Jim Elliot is sort of a hero of mine, and reading this, which is composed almost entirely of his diary and letters, just increases my respect for the man. He is a clear, strong thinker and writer-- much better, I think, than many people who earn their livings by writing-- and his personality is striking as well. The utter lack of ingenuousness, especially in one who wrote so much, is unfathomable to me. Most of us have a separate part of our personality that kind of observes the goings on of the ...more
Melissa
Elisabeth Elliot compiled what is basically, "The Autobiography of Jim Elliot." The first two chapters are written by her, about his early life. For the chapters about his college and missionary years, she assembled fragments from his journals and letters.

It was really interesting to see how he matured. While there are some obvious immaturities, Jim was always focused on seeking God's kingdom first. I would recommend this to Christian youth entering college, as a lesson in keeping priorities str
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Charles Wong
Incredible biography of Jim Eliot, the young man who bravely gave his life for the purpose of the gospel and sparked a generation of American missionaries to the developing world. His wife, Elisabeth Elliot, recounts the story. A character worth emulating.
Julia
He was an amazing man of God......Jim Elliot. This is not a book to read on vacation. It's the kind of book that I read in small bits and pieces because it's a collection of letters, diaries, and pictures. This book is one that I will keep on my nightstand...forever. The book takes you into the mind and thought life....of Jim Elliott. He was the kind of person that I wish I could be: completely and wholly devoted to Christ. But at times, I felt that he was so keenly aware of his sin nature that ...more
Eric
Sep 20, 2007 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people inspired by who God inspires other people
Shelves: christian
For one week in the winter of 2004, I was moved into a different apartment while mine was renovated. A few weeks earlier, our Bible study leader (who is now in seminary) was so inspired by this book that he bought each of us a copy. No TV, no distractions, cold depressing January, and Mrs Elliot held my complete attention with this awe inspiring tale. Fast forward 3 years, and a friend/former Bible study guy is moving across the country to train to become a missionary pilot, citing this book as ...more
Emily Blake
Man I love this book. It can get a tiny little bit tedious, but totally worth pushing through. I feel like this book applies to Christians in all stages of life. For anyone considering missions this is a must read. It's amazing, knowing Jim Elliot's story, to read through and watch the way he allowed his life to be completely dictated by Christ. It was also nice to read as a young adult about a good example of a college student living a life sold out for God. I enjoyed seeing his relationship wi ...more
Lindy Tan
A joy to read. It reads like a story and then you remember that this actually happened, that God grew such faith and trust in one man. A great encouragement to be reminded to love Jesus at all cost.
Clayton Tune
Great read. If you're a christian, this is one of those must read books. No point in describing it, just look it up and buy it. It's old (writing style) but you'll walk away moved in the end.
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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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