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Secure in the Everlasting Arms

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"Elisabeth Elliot is a woman set apart by the Spirit of God. Her voice has been a trusted source of godly wisdom and encouragement in our home for more than thirty years."--Dennis and Barbara Rainey, Family Life

In a life filled with uncertainty, Elisabeth Elliot clings to the God who never leaves her side. Through the deaths of two husbands, a life of travel and danger, an
Paperback, 245 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published 2002)
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Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In Elisabeth Elliot's own words: "This book is a collection of glimpses into my own lifelong adventure of living the Christian life, combined with faith-sustaining snippets from some of my favorite fellow pilgrims."

I love this book, I use it as part of my devotional time, reading a chapter (they're fairly short) each day. I have read this book more times than I can count and I always learn something new.

One of my all-time favorite definitions of faith comes from this book:

"Faith is a decision.I
Feb 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
While I am technically finished with this book, I will never truly be finished with it...or more accurately, the truths and challenges contained therein will never be finished" with me. Elisabeth Elliot is simply gifted beyond words--her passages about suffering, joy, marriage, and the power of the Gospel simultaneously convict and convince. Every day, I read something that was incredibly timely and relevant--no matter the circumstance. Of course, that is the great Conductor, orchestrating event ...more
Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the books mom was reading at the time she passed away. A great truth to hold onto.
Rebekah Schrepfer
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A refreshing book! So many ladies’ books dwell too much on our need to feel good about our position in Christ, but they let us off the hook when it comes to personal holiness in a sinful world. Not so here. Elisabeth Elliot is known most widely for her marriage to martyred missionary, Jim Elliot. I find in her many books that Elisabeth Elliot continually brings my thoughts back to God's sovereignty and how my life must always glorify God. Even when life seemingly doesn't make sense, God is in co ...more
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE Elisabeth Elliot! I have been reading this book over the past months as part of my quiet time and am so thankful for the words in it. The Lord used E. Elliot's writing to speak to me right where I was at each day. I am thankful for the faithfulness that she lived out during her life, so much encouragement and truth from the choices that E. Elliot made. ...more
Becky Pliego
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love reading Mrs. Elliot's books. Her short essays are filled with practical wisdom and encouragement to persevere faithfully in our walk with God.

Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Shepherd them, carrying them on your heart for God's very best."
I was reading this book the same time I was reading Job in the Bible, and the way Job needed to pray for his friends to settle his heart and mind so he could focus on God instead of relationships with other people, seemed to go right along with the above quote by EE.

There are, of course, many other wonderful ideas in this book.
Jennifer Tse
Aug 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christianity
I really enjoy all of the books I read by Elizabeth Elliot. Before reading her books, I had a wrong misconception of her because she had 3 husbands before. However, reading Shadow of the Almighty, Passion & Purity, etc. and this book really open my eyes to how faithful her life is and how I can imitate her godly character. I especially enjoyed the section about finding contentment in life despite the difficult circumstances and troubles we face. I also really enjoyed the chapter about how Lars, ...more
Jan 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: god-stuff
I don't normally read Elisabeth Elliot but someone gave me this book. It's a good antidote to my tendency to introspect. She has no tolerance for whining or even feelings. Bad things happening to you? Just do the next thing you're supposed to do. Angry at God? Elisabeth says she has never been angry at God -- he is good and loving, as shown in the death of Jesus Christ for us. I used to think she was not compassionate but now I think the opposite -- she knows how self-destructive self-pity is. W ...more
Joy C.
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
This book is gold. If you haven't yet read anything for Elisabeth Elliot, then I highly encourage you to (you can start with the biography 'Through the Gates of Splendour').

But this book, as a devotional reflection on the daily Christian life was invaluable, and so encouraging. So applicable to many of the struggles I have been going through in my walk with the Lord!
Dec 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2009
I haven’t yet read a book by E.E. that I haven’t liked and this one rates at the top of the list. Many of her reflections from her 13 yr. radio program are in this book. I took away from it a lot of wisdom, hope as well as many great quotes of inspiration and reflection.
Clara Roberts
Jul 12, 2012 rated it liked it
I have enjoyed all of Elliot's books that I have read. This is my least favorite. It lacks a theme or thesis. The best part of the book was her return to visit the Waorani in Ecuador after thirty one years. ...more
Jan 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian-living
Great book with lots of biblical, practical truths
Mary Louise
Mar 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
a great devotional for me while in Moscow.
Aug 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A great reminder of the Lord's constant and continual love for us. ...more
Aug 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Great read for daily devotionals!
Dec 26, 2010 marked it as to-read
rec. by Carey Cecil; collection of 59 essays by famous missionary wife
Feb 28, 2011 added it
I recommend this to anyone in a trial.
Apr 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my most favorite books. It spoke to my heart in such a practical way. It was honest, and true. I enjoyed every word.
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness! I think if I could only recommend one Elliot book, this would be it. I read portions of it over and over and am newly convicted and encouraged. This is a keeper!!!!
Anna Langston
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Good devotional book. God has used this woman greatly in many lives. Through her books and her pain life stories, she always brings it back to The Lord.
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I always have good insights to chew over from an E.E. book. This one is a bit all over the place topically, but good nonetheless.
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: elliot, interesting
Another great book by Elliot!!!
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Yes, my Elisabeth Elliot read-a-thon continues. No, I have no regrets. This is good, hearty fare - nourishing and enriching.
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bio-memoir
Life is too short. Giving myself permission to DNF this. I very much dislike tiny vignettes. After reading half a book of 2-3 page story bites & not retaining anything I read save the story of her husband's death I'm letting it go. Not every book is for you & this is not for me. Giving it 2 stars instead on 1 because the writing is good. ...more
Lizette Vega
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful collection of articles written by EE throughout the year. Secure... is a great read as a devotional, or when you need a quick pick me up of encouragement. You can never go wrong with reading anything from E. Elliot.
Sharon Middleton
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love the wisdom of Elisabeth Elliot. Her life has been filled with suffering that I can’t imagine, which has given her authority to speak to how we deal with suffering in our lives. I am blown away by her life and encourage everyone to read her work!
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Anything written by Elisabeth Elliot has a way of becoming a dear favorite. I've greatly enjoyed reading a small section of this book at the beginning of my day. It left me with something inspiring to ponder throughout the day. Cannot recommend it enough. ...more
Katie Gregory
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A collection of life lessons from a woman who truly knew the meaning of self-abandonment— Elisabeth states, “Put yourself absolutely into His hands and let Him have his own way with you.”

This book encourages yet challenges the reader to fully trust the everlasting arms.

Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another solid book by Elisabeth Elliot...
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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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“One reason we are so harried and hurried is that we make yesterday and tomorrow our business, when all that legitimately concerns us is today. If we really have too much to do, there are some items on the agenda which God did not put there. Let us submit the list to Him and ask Him to indicate which items we must delete. There is always time to do the will of God. If we are too busy to do that, we are too busy.” 110 likes
“Faith is a decision.It is not a deduction from the facts around us. We would not look at the world of today and logically conclude that God loves us. It doesn't always look as though He does.Faith is not an instinct. It certainly is not a feeling - feelings don't help much when you're in the lion's den or hanging on a wooden Cross. Faith is not inferred from the happy way things always work. It is an act of the will, a choice, based on the Unbreakable Word of a God who cannot lie, and who showed us what love and obedience and sacrifice mean, in the person of Jesus Christ.” 12 likes
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