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The bestselling account of the martyrdom of Jim Elliot and four other missionaries at the hands of the Auca Indians in Ecuador.
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The bestselling account of the martyrdom of Jim Elliot and four other missionaries at the hands of the Auca Indians in Ecuador.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780060622114
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1979

Meet the Author

Elisabeth Elliot is the author of These Strange Ashes, Through Gates of Splendor, Passion and Purity, and A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael. She lives in Massachusetts.

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Shadow of the Almighty

The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot
By Elizabeth Elliot

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 Elizabeth Elliot
All right reserved.

ISBN: 006062213X

Chapter One

Strong Roots

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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7
Preface 9
Introduction 13
Prologue 15
Part I Portland, Oregon, 1927-1945
1 Strong Roots 23
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
6 Behold Obscurity 65
7 Wine of Bewilderment 74
8 Sheep--Destined for the Altar 87
9 Goaded by God 90
10 The Renaissance 95
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
18 Under Way 165
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
24 Mission Accomplished 232
Epilogue 246
Sources 251
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