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Amy Carmichael: Rescuer of Precious Gems

(Christian Heroes: Then & Now #4)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  1,608 ratings  ·  135 reviews
Amy Carmichael's life was one of simple, determined obedience to God, regardless of the consequences. Her service in India is a vivid example of the impact one person who will fear God and nothing else can have. Driven by love, sustained by faith and determination, this young woman from Northern Ireland defied the cruel barriers of India's caste system (1867-1951). This be ...more
Paperback, 203 pages
Published May 1st 1998 by YWAM Publishing
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Kathryn in FL
Amy Carmichael was born in N. Ireland to a wealthy family in the mid 1800's. Her family lived very humbly despite their wealth and hard times hit and a financial struggle resulted. The stress of the enterprise resulted in a heart attack that killed Amy's father. Amy was the oldest but in her early teens, she was responsible for a half-dozen siblings. Her mother, Amy and several sisters went to England to live with some siblings remaining in Ireland and at least one brother going to America when ...more
Chase Jones
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Not a bad little intro biography for kids. I read this to my children to help introduce them to missions which I think the book accomplishes. It does a decent job of showing not only the joyful moments of Amy’s missionary work but also the trials, tribulations, and deep sorrows she had to endure.
As always, this book was very inspiring. recommended for ages 10 and up.
May 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
'Amy Carmichael stood on the deck of the steamer, waving goodbye once again to her old friend Robert Wilson. How could she have known she would never see him or the British Isles again? Amy was certain God called her to India. Indeed! India would be her home for the rest of her life.' Amy Carmichael-a bright light for God, her love for the unwanted and outcast in India makes her quite an example for me. This book is very well written, starting in Amy's childhood all the way to her death. The aut ...more
Christina Hufstetler
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book. Amy Carmichael is a wonderful example to all women of what true faith looks like. I read this story with my 12 year old and she loved her also and talks about her like she is an old friend. Recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
Claire Kizziah
Sep 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
This book is full of amazing, true miracles that happened in the life of Amy Carmichael. An Irish woman goes to India to be like a mother to many, many people. One of the things to remember from this book is even when times are hard, or sad, or things don't go your way, God is in control. He has the power to change lives and do the impossible! I highly recommended this book. ...more
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story of a woman who followed God and gave her trust to Him in the most uncertain of times. Her work was truly inspiring and a testament of God's providence in the christian life. ...more
Simple book, but enjoyable. The Benges give us access to missionaries/Christian workers we might not otherwise know.
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Elisabeth Ensor
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing book about a missionary, my boys and I loved this as a read aloud for homeschool. Amy lived such a sacrificial life serving the people of India, this book is so inspiring!
Logan Krueger
Dec 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Very interesting learning and reading about all the wonderful work Miss Carmichael did for the Lord. It is quite humbling and sad reading about the pain and sorrow so many young women experienced in those repressive life environments. Thank you for giving your life to bring the Truth and Hope to those women, Miss Carmichael.
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very good book about a very awesome lady.
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I never knew about her ministry. Amazing story.
Rhonnie Cough
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Soon after I started reading this I saw that it was a YWAM Publishing book, which is awesome and I didn't know even existed. Also, the writing is VERY simple and basic, but serves to tell the story very well. The story of Amy Carmichael is another amazing testament of faith and God's provisions. So inspiring and beautiful. It stuns me in a way (but also is not really surprising at all) what Amy had to go through when she first arrived in India as a missionary -- that even the other Christians, t ...more
Esther Filbrun
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved Amy Carmichael’s story! I knew she was from Ireland, but hearing the different little tidbits of her early life—first, the family went from a life of upper-class richness to being too poor to go to finishing school. Then she had a call to do work for the Lord, and began working with the “shawlies”—young women who worked long hours in the factories. Later, she went for a brief stint of missionary work in Japan, and then became too sick to continue there. After that, she had to return to E ...more
I reluctantly started to read this book as part of school... and found myself enjoying it from time to time. I had heard of Amy Carmichael before, but had never really went into her story. It was interesting to be sure, lovely too, :)

The beginning of this book had a slow start, but did liven up at some point. Amy's times in India were pretty amazing, the children she took in so sweet, even with their sad stories! I'm happy I read this book after all, :) A great testimony.

I would recommend this b
Selkie Narwhal
Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Summary: Amy grew up in a Presbyterian church in London but her father died and they lost their money. She and her brothers helped an elderly woman and heard a audible voice from God, while others from her church looked down upon them. She began a prayer and Bible reading group at church for younger kids and soon was also leading a class for homeless. She was inspired by a Keswick Gathering. She received a message from God to go to Japan and off she went on a missions trip. Her bad health brough ...more
Hannah V
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The story of Amy Carmichael was so awe inspiring and humbling! It makes me want to do more with my life.
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just wonderful! So inspiring to see how this woman made her life all about God's work. ...more
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
one of my favourites! such an inspiring life.
Lydia Jensen
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The book, Amy Carmichael The Rescuer of Precious Gems, written by Janet Benge is an amazing book. It is about a woman named Amy Carmichael who was a missionary. She helped many needy women to a safe place to stay and told them about God and how much he loves them, but Amy still felt like God was calling her to something else. Amy needs to trust in God, that he will guide her through this journey. She did amazing things, and helped so many people to see the love of God. To see what happens next, ...more
Amy Meyers
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Read-aloud for MFW ECC. 4.5 stars. I loved the story of her life and cried at the end when she asked to be buried in no coffin in an unmarked grave; but they covered her body with mounds of flowers, and placed a birdbath at the head of the grave with one simple word on it: Amma. Amy was too Keswick in her subjective leading of the Holy Spirit, but that doesn't affect my view of how the Benges portrayed her life. I only dock it a bit under the 5 stars because, as I've felt with many of the other ...more
Delaney Zook
Apr 12, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Amy Carmichael lived an obedient life to God. She lived for God and she lived humbly. I am so encouraged by her and how she was bold and fearless and overall so selfless. She died to her traditions so that the people she was witnessing to would not be led astray. When Christians were not living the way they ought to be living she wasn't afraid to call them out and go against the grain. She had her eyes on Jesus and no one else. Praise God! What a way to live! What a testimony to the way we ought ...more
Mei Makes
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My overall impression is that this book is wonderful. Amy Carmichael is a stubborn and opiniated women. Her stubbornness causes her to go to India to serve the Lord and be a missionary. Originally, Amy worked with the shawlies, Irish women who had come to England to escape poverty but they only found more of it, but then she gets really sick. When she eventually gets better, she decides to be a missionary to China, but the doctor says she was medically unfit and his word was final. Then, because ...more
Anne Rightler
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another inspiring story of a woman who followed the call of God on her life. Her ministry to the needy in China and India was shared. Although geared to the younger generation, it is a good book for adults too. It is a reminder of what it means as a believer to follow hard after God--driven by love, sustained by faith and determination, the impact God had on others' lives through this servant is inspirational. Rebecca Gallagher did a good job narrating this book which makes for an enjoyable list ...more
Aimee Fuhrman
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As with all of Janet and Geoff Benge's Christian Heroes Then and Now series, this is an expert telling of the life and ministry of one of Christianity's greatest missionaries. On par with Mother Teresa, Amy spent her adult life in India rescuing and giving home to hundreds of unwanted girls (and later boys). The books in this series are written to perfectly appeal to such a wide age range from as young as five (if read aloud) all the way to adult. I highly recommend these missionary biographies. ...more
Wes Smith
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I listened to this book on audiobook. I had heard of Amy Carmichael but I knew very little about her until this book. She was an amazing woman who trusted God and wherever she was (England, Japan, or India) she gave her life away so others could know Christ. She is another great example like Hudson Taylor and George Muller of those who never asked for money but trusted the Lord would provide. She eventually had a girls home full of young girls that were either temple prostitutes or those who had ...more
Abigail G
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have read a few books on the life of Amy Carmichael and this one contained information that I had not read previously. The missionary's heart is so clear in Amy's life while still in Ireland with all the work she did for the shawlies. I never realized that she started trying to go on the foreign mission field first in China the in Japan and it was poor health that brought her first to India. This book also manages to show just how much time and hard work were invested in the ministry before fr ...more
Hank Pharis
Jan 09, 2021 rated it liked it
(NOTE: I'm stingy with stars. For me 2 stars means a good book or a B. 3 stars means a very good book or a B+. 4 stars means an outstanding book or an A {only about 5% of the books I read merit 4 stars}. 5 stars means an all time favorite or an A+ {Only one of 400 or 500 books rates this!).

The great news is that I can listen to a book a day at work. The bad news is that I can’t keep up with decent reviews. So I’m going to give up for now and just rate them. I hope to come back to some of the mos
Tomi Alger
Mar 26, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This book is part of a series: Christian Heroes: Then and Now. Amy Carmichael was an Irish woman who loved and served God, no matter where in the world she was. She knew that if God gave her an idea, then He would provide the means and the money to bring the idea to fruition. Her greatest work was her service in India where she rescued girls and boys from being orphans, being slaves in the temples, or being misused because of the caste system. She is a wondrous example of serving God and helping ...more
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Janet and Geoff Benge are a husband and wife writing team with twenty years of writing experience. They are best known for the books in the two series Christian Heroes: Then & Now series and Heroes of History. Janet is a former elementary school teacher. Geoff holds a degree in history. Together they have a passion to make history come alive for a new generation. Originally from New Zealand, the B ...more

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