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Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our Cod.
Toward the middle of the nineteenth century the hardwood bush country of Ontario between Lake Huron and Lake Erie was still semi-frontier. Among the many who were attracted there by the promise of good cheap land were the Elliots, from a clan of the southern border of Scotland. They settled a hundred miles west of Toronto, near Molesworth, a tiny country village comprising two general stores, a schoolhouse, lodge hall, two blacksmith shops, and two churches. Of these last, the Elliots naturally chose the Presbyterian kirk. The choice was an auspicious one, for it was here that they encountered the MacAllisters, a family from the north of Scotland. Sunday after Sunday the eight Elliot children associated with the eleven MacAllister children. These friendships eventually led to four Elliot-McAllistey marriages, which in turn produced thirty-six double cousins.
One of the four couples, John and Margaret Elliot, owned a small frame house on a hill, surrounded by orchards and grazing land. John was a hard-working stock-trader, respected for his square dealing, eager that his eight children should learn the value of honest labor. Opportunity for this was not lacking. There was stock to feed in the barns during the long winter from September to May, a large woodhouse to keep filled behind the kitchen, crops to plant and hoe, reap and store, maple sap to collect and boil down, and of course cows to milk and chickens to feed. Often added to these were household chores, for the children's mother was subject to frequent violent attacks of asthma, and these finally necessitated the oldest son Fred's being taken out of school to help at home. Denied the remainder of his formal education, he became an avid reader ...
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|Part I||Portland, Oregon, 1927-1945|
|2||Orator and Garbage Collector||28|
|Part II||Wheaton, Illinois, 1945-1949|
|3||Degree of A.U.G.||37|
|4||Straight for the Goal||47|
|5||Flame of Fire||58|
|7||Wine of Bewilderment||74|
|8||Sheep--Destined for the Altar||87|
|9||Goaded by God||90|
|Part III||Portland--Oklahoma--Wisconsin--Indiana--Illinois--Portland, 1949-1952|
|11||The Test of Free Time||103|
|12||The Test of Service||115|
|13||Impelled by These Voices||128|
|14||The Pattern Tested||134|
|15||Hemmed in to Nothing||141|
|16||Exactly Timed for Good||149|
|17||The Hand Is on the Plough||154|
|Part IV||Ecuador, 1952-1956|
|19||Dreams Are Tawdry||170|
|20||The Realized Will||182|
|21||Three Challenges to Faith||198|
|22||Lo, This Is Our God||211|
|23||The Pattern at Work||220|
Posted June 20, 2009
This book is thought-provoking and really provides insight into the inner struggles and victories of Jim Elliot. It pushed me to consider the ways I spend my time and evaluate what truly bears spiritual fruit and what is useless. Jim's journal entries are just that - his journal, not a story. This book is a little hard to read only because it isn't a story and reading someone's diary can get boring at times.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 24, 2006
This book is a rare find. It portrays the radical view of Jim Elliot- one who truly displayed what it means to deny oneself, take up one's cross and follow Christ sanctified not only from the world, but from compromising Christian Culture as well. If read with an open heart, this book can change your life entirely.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 4, 2003
This book is slightly boring. Then again I don't enjoy reading. (I'm a teenager). I did enjoy Bruchko by Bruce Olson though which is the same theme of Shadow of The Almighty. There is more action in Bruchko.
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Posted July 18, 2000
This book is put together from the letters and journals of Jim Elliot, and records his spiritual growth and his relationship with God. It is inspiring to see the prayers and meditations of a man I look to as a role model, who put God first, even though that meant dying in the jungles of Ecuador. It has wonderful insights on life as a Christian, and when I read it I felt as if I had made a friend, really gotten to know Jim Elliot.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.