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Shadow of the Almighty: The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot

4.36  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,275 Ratings  ·  145 Reviews
The murder of Jim Elliot and four fellow missionaries by the Auca Indians in 1956 shocked the nation and motivated thousands to a life of service. The story of what let Elliot to the jungles of Ecuador, told by his wife, Elisabeth, has become a modern Christian classic. Drawing from her husband's rich and revealing diaries, she exposes the roots of what made her husband co ...more
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Published 1989 by HarperSanFrancisco (first published 1958)
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Natalie Vellacott
I received this recommendation via this list of top 10 missionary biographies which is well worth checking out!

This book could be read as a prequel to "Through Gates of Splendor" (also by Elisabeth Elliot.) It is basically a biography of the life of Jim Elliot from the perspective of his wife, his lengthy and detailed journals and his letters to his family/friends.

Jim Elliot's life was cut tragically short when he and four fellow missionaries were murdered
Mari Mauries
Sep 19, 2012 Mari Mauries rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Gwen Burrow
Aug 15, 2013 Gwen Burrow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology, biography
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.
Dec 19, 2015 Regina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Regina by: Sonlight Curriculum
This book was difficult and troubling to read throughout since one knows the painful end from the beginning. It didn't help that the pages were filled with Jim's allusions to lives poured out for God early, for his own readiness for death. Was this premonition or youthful romance and bravado?

Beyond this aspect, however, I found the first two-thirds of the book down right disturbing on a personal basis. I felt that I did not like Jim Eliot and I suffered a dichotomy of soul to think that I did no
May 28, 2016 Jimmy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author Elisabeth Elliot was the wife of the famous missionary and martyr Jim Elliot. The author’s classic book on her husband, Through Gates of Splendor, was written in the 1950s but what makes this book different than the first one is that this is written many decades later. This book examines more of Jim Elliot’s own writing from his letters and personal diary. The letters examined include those written to Jim’s parents, siblings and Elisabeth before they got married. This book gives an ho ...more
Lena Morrison
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Jeremy Zilkie
May 06, 2015 Jeremy Zilkie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, biography
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
May 17, 2011 Dewi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
The other John
This one's a biography of Jim Elliot, a missionary who was killed on the job in Equador back in 1956. Whereas the Woodrow Wilson biography I read preceding this one was a well crafted story, Shadow is more a collection of diary and correspondence excerpts, weaved together by a bit of narrative. I'm not quite sure how much I like the book. Overall, Jim Elliot came across as a sanctimonious young lad, quick to speak the word of Law to his peers and himself. Of course, I'm not quite sure how much o ...more
Luke D
Oct 06, 2015 Luke D rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The principle of getting by spending is illustrated by the actions of God:

'He had yet one, a Beloved Son.'
'He giveth not the Spirit by measure.'
'He spared no His own son.'
'He emptied Himself.'

Is heaven the poorer for this spending? Nay, both heaven and earth are enriched by it: Who dare not follow God's example?" (P.250)
Ross Heinricy
Jun 20, 2016 Ross Heinricy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book relates the life and ministry of Jim Elliott and speaks of the heart and soul of the missionary pioneer. Large portions of the text are taken from letters and journals of Jim. he seems to have an uncanny understanding of the life and death work of missions, and the fact that he could die in this line of ministry. I truly believe every teenager should red this book. Jim had a keen mind and solid character, and he was deep and introspective with a complete abandon to God's will; he calle ...more
Tori Moore
Nov 03, 2013 Tori Moore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 19, 2015 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to give any book by Elisabeth Elliot anything less than perfect, but I wanted the writing to move faster at times. The book was on the life of Jim Elliot. Perhaps grouping some of his experiences would have worked better than sticking to chronology. Nevertheless, what a wonderful accounting of an amazing life of a man early committed to God and his leading. In his short life, Elliot had a huge impact on the world. The book was mainly a collection of his journals and letters. He read mu ...more
Aug 07, 2014 Susanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
James B
Sep 03, 2014 James B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
Jul 09, 2014 Bambi Moore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 09, 2008 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 08, 2014 Joshua Ray rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
"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
John Nail
Oct 22, 2012 John Nail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 26, 2016 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: missions, biographies
While "Through Gates of Splendor" is the more well-known book, this book might give a more in-depth look at the life of Jim Elliot, his progress in the faith, his pursuit of God's calling, his role in ministering to the native tribes of Ecuador, and his death for the sake of God's name. Though the book doesn't read quite the same as its counterpart, this is a remarkable read for those interested in missions and the story of Elliot himself and gives a wonderful look at the hand of God in shaping ...more
Jeff Short
Jun 24, 2015 Jeff Short rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: missions, biography
This is the biography of Jim Elliot written by Elisabeth Elliot. It covers much of the same material as "Through Gates of Splendor" but gives much more background from Jim Elliot's perspective. She drew on her personal knowledge and Jim's journals to put this book together.

Jim Elliot and his missionary companions willingly laid down their lives for the spread of the Gospel in Ecuador among the Auca (Waorani) tribesmen. This account is gripping and powerfully moving. You should put it on the top
Jan 07, 2016 C.J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
A great inspiring book to read. This book is made up of the writings of Jim Elliot, a passionate missionary who was killed spreading the gospel in Ecuador when he was only 29. His wife, Elisabeth Elliot, compiled the letters and journals written by Jim and edited it into this book. It is a biography of Jim Elliot, but it is unique in that it offers the chronology of Jim's thought life. From reading this book, we get to read his struggles, triumphs, passion, joy, and sadness in his thought life r ...more
Sarah Reifel
Mar 16, 2011 Sarah Reifel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
May 07, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity
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
May 11, 2016 Dale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite book to date. It is inspiring on every page to live a life that matters for the gospel. It is an encouragement that, by God's grace, we can live spirit-empowered lives that are astoundingly capable of changing the world around us.

Reading this book feels like your reading a modern day Apostle Paul. The context is similar and the struggles are real to us. However, this is a picture of what Christian life can be and should be.
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