Made for the Journey: One Missionary's First Year in the Jungles of Ecuador

Made for the Journey: One Missionary's First Year in the Jungles of Ecuador


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In her first year as a missionary to a small group of native women in the Ecuadorian jungle, Elisabeth Elliot faced physical and spiritual trials. In Made for the Journey, Elliot captures the mysteries and stark realities surrounding the colorful and primitive world in which she ministered. More than just a recounting of her early days, this is a beautifully crafted and deeply personal reflection on the important questions of life and a remarkable testimony to authentic Christian obedience to God.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800729462
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/04/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 797,239
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Elisabeth Elliot (1926-2015) was one of the most perceptive and popular Christian writers of the last century. The author of more than twenty books, including Passion and Purity and The Journals of Jim Elliot, Elliot offered guidance and encouragement to millions of readers worldwide.

Table of Contents

Preface 9

Foreword 13

1 The Way In 17

2 A Missionary House 27

3 A Missionary Journey 33

4 San Miguel de los Colorados 39

5 A Jungle Home 47

6 A Church, a School, and a Language 51

7 Jungle Housekeeping 59

8 An Unwritten Language 67

9 The Neighbors 77

10 Jungle Trails 85

11 Distractions 93

12 Birth and Death 101

13 Times and Seasons 109

14 The Life around Us 117

15 A Fishing Expedition 123

16 A Fish or a Scorpion 131

17 My Wellbeloved's Leisure 143

18 An Alphabet for Tsabfibki 147

19 The End of the Matter 157

Epilogue 163

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Made for the Journey: One Missionary's First Year in the Jungles of Ecuador 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
rkfall 22 days ago
Made for the Journey by Elisabeth Elliot was a story that spun so many emotions in me. Her knowing and living her appointed way and sharing with the reader about it was powerful to me. As she moves along she shares all the Spiritual Truths that she discovered walking it out. Like her “natural” way is to not trust God but to worry instead. Also that God has given us the power to exercise our wills. He has delegated it to us. I loved this “Trust Me. Never mind the answers to the whys just now – those are Mine. Trust Me.” “God’s story never ends with ‘ashes.’” Having also journeyed to Quito, Ecuador, this holds a special place in my heart. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of MADE FOR THE JOURNEY: ONE MISSIONARY’S FIRST YEAR IN THE JUNGLES OF ECUADOR by Elisabeth Elliot. The foreword is by Kay Warren. The copy is from Revell in exchange for an honest review. I found this book fascinating. Missionaries have always interested me. I’m awed by their character, their strengths, how they open their hearts to the world. This autobiography is told with knowledge, wit, and heart. The world she describes is brought to life. I loved all of the descriptions. You really felt like you were there. The descriptions were my favorite part of the book. I imagined myself walking into a coffee shop and seeing the author sitting alone at a table, smiling out the window. I sit beside her and we strike up a conversation. I imagined this book to be that conversation. Her tone in the chapters is always light, never preachy or dry. She has earned my respect by her deeds and her writing.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
This book was so impressive. Honestly, I had heard and read about Elisabeth Elliot and Jim Elliot and the story of his death when they were ministering to the Indians, but I had never heard about her life before she married Jim. I really enjoyed reading this book. It is fairly short, an easy read, convicting, and inspiring. I enjoyed reading the jungle stories about how people lived and their ministry. Growing up on the mission field myself, made the experience more real. The stories of the jungle people and their experience there really came to life for me. I also learned alot about how a language, without a written alphabet, is learned and put to paper. I found that to be very interesting. I especially enjoyed reading about her thoughts, how she felt, what she expected - her joys and disappointments; and principally her relationship with God. So many times we expect God to 'come through' for us, when we feel like we are doing what He called us to do, and then get disillusioned when our expectations are not met. This book was a really thought provoking and a great encouragement to me. I was blessed with a copy of this book by Revell. I was not asked to review it positively and all opinions are my own.
Julie12 More than 1 year ago
This is a very interesting book and I learned a lot of things about Elisabeth Elliot that I never knew. I knew that she had done missionary work with her husband, Jim Elliot, but I did not know that she had done this on her own before she was married. Her story is so inspiring as she takes us with her on her journey through Ecuador and the remote jungles to bring the Gospel of Jesus to those who had never heard it or who were just beginning to learn about God. Her specialty was language and she was going to write a Bible that the people of this remote jungle could have and read in their own tongue. She goes with her friend by truck, horse, and more to get to the Indians in Ecuador. The living conditions are, in some cases, horrific! They have to haul water and live with the barest of necessaries. I love her enthusiasm as she goes through all these things to do what God has called her to do. This book is really great and I love that it almost reads like a novel. It's a fairly fast read but an inspiring one and I enjoyed each and every moment of my time learning about Elisabeth's travels and experiences! I highly recommend this book and give it 5 stars. *This book was provided to me by Revell Reads. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I saw the cover and title of this book, I immediately thought of another missionary book I'd read in school. I remember the story being so interesting, the kind that could put a reader on the edge of their seat. Plus, reading about the sacrifice these individuals made to bring the Gospel to remote parts of the If only I were so brave. I'm referring to those who are called to bring the Gospel, the Word of God, as well as to show God's love to people that might otherwise never be given the opportunity. Elisabeth Elliot worked hard, first learning the language of the Colorado Indians, then developing an alphabet with the ultimate goal of translating the Bible so these families could then read, explore and learn for themselves. In this book, Elisabeth describes her first year as a missionary in Ecuador. She initially tells of her travel along with Dorothy to this remote location, where she would join two other women. What an amazing, yet nervewracking that's just with the truck ride. Most might think of missions trips as a quick plane trip down, and a comfortable bus ride in. Not for Elisabeth. She spent hours on the truck (around 10 hours) to travel from the smallest of towns to the village (if you could call it that) to where she eventually settles into her new life alongside Barbara and Doreen. She could have focused on the negative: the extreme weather, the bugs, the snakes, out in the middle of nowhere. Yet she found the beauty in her surroundings, not only of the jungles and animal life but also in the people. Elisabeth Elliot has written several books on her life as a missionary. She was married to Jim Elliot, who was killed in 1956 while attempting to make missionary contact with the Auca (Huaorani), the same tribe she later spends two years ministering. If you enjoy nonfiction reads about overcoming obstacles to help others, you would enjoy this book. There's a little bit of humor and a lot of heart as she shares her first experience in the jungles of Ecuador. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, Revell. The thoughts and honest opinions expressed in this review are my own. And I will be happy to share this copy with a friend of mine. She'll love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Elisabeth Elliot is one of my favorite authors, as well as one of my "heroes." If you have heard of Elisabeth Elliot or read anything she has written, you probably know why. The wisdom she poured out through her life is just wonderful. On top of that, she had such a heart of gold. She has also written a few of my favorite Christian books. Keep a Quiet Heart is one of my all-time favorites. Let Me Be a Woman is a wonderful book for all women to read as well. Made for the Journey is an account of Elisabeth Elliot's first year as a missionary. She shares the challenges she went through to bring the Word of God to people in Ecuador. To people who were untouched by the outside world, really As I read this book, I could think of only one thing. Missions really are not for the faint-hearted. It's amazing to read such accounts of a year in the life of a missionary. And to be honest, Elisabeth Elliot was quite amazing at it. I honestly found it interesting to read through this account. I have met some missionaries, but I found it very interesting to read about everything she had to go through. All the preparations, language courses, people she met -- everything! So if you are interested in the missions life, I would recommend reading this book. The journey Elisabeth Elliot had to go through to share to Word of God was quite the challenging one. Maybe this isn't what doing missions looks like these days. I really have no experience. But this book does hold an amazing and interesting account. Therefore this is a good read for anyone interested in missions, but also for anyone interested in the life of Elisabeth Elliot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will encourage your trust in our Lord! One of Elizabeth Elliot’s greatest feats in writing this memoir was her success in describing both the horrendous trials and the wonderful experiences of her life on the mission field. I’m imagining that a tremendous number of young missionaries begin their ministry terribly disillusioned and naive to struggles ahead of them. I love how the author details the blessings rolled up in these trials. Her whole last chapter ties these struggles together as the “Four Lessons” that the jungle taught her. Regardless of the pain and frustration, these lessons strengthen our resolve and prepare us for the calling that is before us. I praise this work as a great encouragement to those that fear what the Lord may be leading them into next! Fear not my brothers and sisters, Matthew 11:30 tells us “My yoke is easy and my burden is light”.
OakTreeReviews More than 1 year ago
Elisabeth Elliot (1926 - 2015) was a Christian missionary who lived for two years among the Huaoroni tribe in eastern Ecuador (beginning in October 1958), along with her 3-year-old daughter, Valerie, and a fellow missionary, Rachel Saint. Elisabeth's husband, Jim, and Rachel's brother, Nate, had been speared to death by Huaoroni members in January 1956 while attempting to make contact with the tribe. Elisabeth's book Made for the Journey: One Missionary's First Year in the Jungles of Ecuador chronicles her first year as a missionary to the Huaoroni. The book is extremely interesting; the author gives detailed information about her experiences and what her day-to-day life was like. Readers can learn what it was like for Elisabeth to live in this Eduadorian jungle, and they can also catch a glimpse into the thought process of a young missionary. We see what meals were like. We hear about the animals living nearby. We see the ups and downs of Elisabeth's journey. We also learn more about Elisabeth's husband, Jim, and we see the passion that they both shared for mission work in Ecuador. Through Elisabeth's journals, we see her strength and perseverance. I received this book for review.
Faye_reviews More than 1 year ago
Previously published as These Strange Ashes. Elizabeth Elliot tells of her first year of mission work before her marriage to Jim Elliot, in the jungles of Ecuador among the Colorado people, working alongside three other women, Barabara, Dorothy, and Doreen. Mrs. Elliot details living among the native people, who seemed to be content with their way of life with no need for the foreign missionaries in their midst. Elizabeth share the struggles, disappointments, and discouragement she felt during that time, trying to transpose Tsahfihki into a written language. There were many set backs, and things that made her question her calling to the Colorado people even in the years afterwards. I found much encouragement in this book, seeing how even Mrs. Elliot didn't always see the reasons or results, struggled to find hope or purpose in her calling in moment. God doesn't make mistakes, and "we should not be surprised at how our loving Father works all things together for good." A great reminder that we don't always understand God's plan. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Made for the Journey: One Missionary's First Year in the Jungles of Ecuador by Elisabeth Elliot with foreword by Kay Warren First off just for those who think they have all of Elisabeth Elliot's books this book was originally published in 1998 as These Strange Ashes: Is God Still in Charge? For those who are unfamiliar with the previous title (which I was) this a most interesting and insightful look at Elisabeth Elliot's first year as a missionary (which I might add was before she married Jim Elliot). All to often the life of a missionary is glamorized in the hard work and effort that goes into the life well Made for the Journey doesn't glamorize it. Elizabeth went to Ecuador with the intention to learn the language of the Colorado Indians and then work on developing a written language with which the Bible could be translated for them. But her first step was learning Spanish so that she could communicate with those who called Ecuador home. Which makes one realize just how valuable an understanding of languages truly is to those who serve in the mission field. The community to which Elizabeth and her colleagues settled was not home to the Colorados to whom the deeper jungle was home but it was an area which they frequented upon occasion. But obtaining the willingness of one of these individuals to sit with her for hours, days, and weeks was nearly impossible. The need for her to learn their language was not nearly as important to them as it was to her. And there were setbacks that made her at times question her work and whether she had misheard God's calling. Through her efforts, successful and not, Elizabeth wondered at times what God's purpose for this year of her life was. Years later she had her answer (revealed at the end of the book) and we need to remember the truth that God, that Christ is sufficient for all our trials and sorrows - that was and is the purpose of the cross. We often don't know the "why" but that is not important in our journey only that we trust in Him and follow His leading. This book is not long at only 166 pages but there is a lot of information and depth to be found within these pages. I wouldn't say this should be read as a devotional but rather as a welcome addition to one's daily readings. There are 19 chapters so this could even be read over a couple of months if one only has free reading time on the weekends. This is labeled as a memoir and most will find it to be so much more. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations but that I offer my honest opinion.
academy252 More than 1 year ago
I can honestly say that I have never met an Elisabeth Elliot book I did not love. This one is no exception! This is actually a reprint of a book that was originally published in 1998 under the title These Strange Ashes. It is still just as relevant and timely in it’s message of trusting in the Lord and dealing with hard things. The book reads like a private journal of events as Elliot shares her adventures in the jungles of Ecuador. She speaks of her time with coworkers, local residents and the Colorado Indian population. She shares the hardships of living, basically, off the grid with very few comforts in 1952. Her missions work was just one small aspect of what she did while she was there. She was a translator by educated trade. Her expertise was in writing down unwritten languages and then figuring out how to give them the Word of God in their own language. She also wound up being an educator, midwife, cook, mediator, nurse, domestic expert of many essential tasks and so much more. She speaks of her relationship to, her, later husband, Jim Elliot and shares about letters she wrote to him during this time. Her writing style is so engaging and friendly. I felt as if I were getting personal letters from her as she was writing them. She is candid and open about her struggles and triumphs in this particular leg of her life’s journey… always giving glory to God in the midst of it all. She is quite inspiring! It is a fascinating read if you are into biographical/autobiographical books. I love books from missionaries and their experiences. It always gives me a different perspective on my own life and encourages me to share more of Christ with the world around me. I marvel at all that Elisabeth Elliot has endured in her lifetime. I am grateful for her willingness to share her stories to encourage us.
michelemorin More than 1 year ago
Following the death of John Chau and in a season in which many believers seem to be disappointed that salvation has not arrived on Air Force One, Revell has re-released Elisabeth’s deeply personal account of her first year as a missionary under a new title, Made for the Journey: One Missionary’s First Year in the Jungles of Ecuador with a foreword by Kay Warren. In a world in which Twitter and YouTube can bestow celebrity status upon anyone, it becomes a holy experience to read about “calling” in the sense that God “calls people who believe in Him to [go to] others who do not.” This “going” may be beset by what looks for all the world like “downward mobility” and, in Elisabeth’s case, entailed a good bit of what she referred to as “jungle housekeeping,” the making of a safe and livable dwelling in the midst of amoeba infested waters, plain and monotonous food choices, and often deep loneliness. Taken from journal accounts and her own memory of her young adult self, Elliot comes across as restless and uncertain. Her evangelical roots have led her to expect that her “calling and election being sure,” she should expect resounding success in the jungle– success being defined as a written language for the people, a Bible translation in their brown hands, and a line up of converts to be trained and discipled. What she found instead was a self-sufficient people group, hidden from white culture and content to stay that way, who may have been living in “bondage, sorrow, and night,” but were not interested, “not in the least, in our definition of liberation.” Confronted with four stunning set backs to her ministry in the jungles of Ecuador, it began to appear to Elisabeth that God had failed her. Given the opportunity to prove Himself strong before the Colorados, He chose to work in quiet and incomprehensible ways that looked, to Elisabeth’s young eyes, like the silence of betrayal. Those who struggle with the mysterious ways of God or who have experienced the anger and disappointment of feeling as if God is not to be trusted will find a surprising voice of comfort and collegiality in Elisabeth Elliot’s long, slow wait: waiting for help from the nationals with reducing their language to print, waiting for the local population to trust the missionary presence, waiting for a commitment from her fiance, Jim Elliot, that would allow them to marry and minister together. When God does not “cooperate” with our vision of success or yield to our will for Him, the believer is left to yield her own will to a story arc that may eventually untangle itself in the passing of years–or it may not. In characteristic Elisabeth Elliot fashion, the veteran missionary looks back with clear eyes on her youthful disappointment and derives bracing counsel for us in our days of uncertainty. Whether or not God chooses to reveal His plans to us, “faith, prayer, and obedience are our requirements. We are not offered in exchange immunity and exemption from the world’s woes. What we are offered has to do with another world altogether.” Our assignment, then, becomes a fierce cooperation with God that brings our hearts into alignment with His to the point that this other world becomes more valuable to us than the one we can see with our own eyes. Many thanks to Revell for providing a copy of this book to facilitate my review, which, of course, is offered freely and with honesty.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(This book was provided by Revell a division of baker publishing for free for review) I first just want to say the description on the back gives nice detail to what the book is about and I like that. the preface was nice and when I first read the preface something had happened to my families property the night before and a part of the preface made me understand why that had happened .I like that the author went into detail about her experience,and I like that she even included what she had to eat.This style of reading usually is not the kind of book I would read,She even included detail about what the other people said.So if your interested in getting this book you can get this book on Revells website for $13.99.
Mandy Elliott More than 1 year ago
*I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from Revell at Baker Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts below are my own. This powerful, insightful glimpse into Elisabeth Elliot’s first year as a missionary in Ecuador is not only heartwarming, but spiritually enlightening as well. Readers will follow along as Elisabeth shares her journey to the jungle, her experiences, her innermost thoughts and feelings and the impressions God laid on her heart in the form of multiple lessons. In high school, I read about the missionary lives of Elisabeth Elliot and her husband Jim, an evangelical Christian who was one of five missionaries killed by the Huaorani Indians in 1956. While I haven’t yet read Elisabeth’s bestselling book, Through Gates of Splendor, I was familiar with their lives and story. This book, Made for the Journey, is Elisabeth’s own memoirs of her life before marriage. After she graduates college and follows the Lord’s calling to the jungles of Ecaudor, she shares what life was like as a single female missionary, working and living life with three other missionary women, while completely disconnected from the rest of the world. Elisabeth feels led by the Lord to take up the matter of creating a written language for the Colorado Indians and uses her linguistics knowledge to do so with a help of a bilingual gentleman she meets in the Ecuadorian jungle. Upon his death, she begins to question the reason for her calling to that particular task… I thoroughly enjoyed her story and found it to be relatable, deeply personal and very touching. Elisabeth did not shy away from sharing the harsh realities she faced or the thoughts she struggled with, but she shares in a tender and peaceful way. As she questioned what she felt was God’s will in her life, true human nature is displayed and I found myself identifying with those thoughts and feelings through hardships in my own life. The way Elisabeth presents the lessons she learned and the truths God revealed to her was concise and soul filling. Indeed, God always takes care of His children, even if we don’t understand the “how” or “why” at the present time. This book is well organized, with each chapter reviewing different aspects of Elisabeth’s first year - sharing about the native people, customs, daily chores and necessities, meals, flora and fauna, animals and creatures she experienced, her work in linguistics and more. I believe Made for the Journey is an excellent educational tool for homeschool teenagers, an inspiring read for any teen or adult and could be used as a discussion guide amongst Sunday school or Bible study classes.
AngelN1 More than 1 year ago
Made for the Journey: One Missionary's First Year in the Jungles of Ecuador by Elisabeth Elliot gives a fascinating glimpse into life in the mountains of Ecuador in the 1950s. I was not familiar with Elliot at all - in fact, I had never heard of her - so I didn't have expectations into what I was to read. She did a good job of painting a picture of the unfamiliar world she was immersed into as a young missionary. Since I was not familiar with her, some of the elements of backstory were missing for me, and I did wonder exactly how this young woman ended up in the jungle trying to create a written form of a language that few people understood. Also, as I am a Catholic, my religious world view is certainly different from that of the author, but it was easy to like her and sympathize with her efforts. Elliot's account of that year near the Colorado people is full of vibrant descriptions, but the overall goals of the missionaries seemed a bit obscure to me. Naturally, they wanted to share the word of God, but their methods and desires were largely unaddressed. It did seem that several of the women in the mission field, Elliot included, were just spending some time here while waiting for marriage. Still, this is a valuable first-person account of the early interactions between foreign missionaries and the indigenous people of Ecuador. Her descriptions of the environment made it easy to imagine being there, although her descriptions of the native people themselves left something more to desire. Overall, I enjoyed this book, but I don't know how much a casual reader would. I received this book from the publisher, Revell, for the purpose of writing a review, but all opinions are my own.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
In this book by beloved missionary Elisabeth Elliot we get to walk in her shoes as she first experiences Ecuador for the first time, and she makes you feel like we are there with her. We soon see all we take for granted, from running water to a meal, and not getting dry to living with creepy crawlies. From having a church service to competing with another church, you would never think that would happen. All the while I’m reading I could see God’s hand on her life, and sweet but hard time, but a real page turner for me. I received this book through Revel Reads, and was not required to give a positive review.
RWB2 More than 1 year ago
Made for the Journey: One Missionary's First Year in the Jungles of Ecuador, by Elisabeth Elliot was originally published in 1979, and it was recently re-released in 2018. As the title indicates, this book is a memoir and personal journey of Elisabeth Elliot during her first year as a missionary in Ecuadorian jungles. This book is divided into nine chapters (or letters), which are titled as The Way In, A Missionary Home, A Missionary Journey, San Miguel de los Calorados, A Jungle Home, A Church, a School, and a Language, Jungle Housekeeping, An Unwritten Language, The Neighbors, Jungle Trails, Distractions, Birth and Deaths, Times and Seasons, The Life around Us, A Fishing Expedition, A Fish or a Scorpion, My Wellbeloved's Leisure, An Alphabet for Tsahfihki, and The End of Matter. Also, there are additional section titled as Preface, Foreword, and Epilogue. Made for the Journey is an inspirational testimony about Christian obedience and serving the Lord. It's recommended and geared towards various ages, from teenagers to older generations. Note: I received this book from Revell Reads, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.
JViola79 More than 1 year ago
Made For The Journey is the inspirational story of Elisabeth Elliot’s first year in the jungles of Ecuador. Before marrying her husband Jim, Elisabeth served with three other single women among the Colorado Indians. Their goal was to learn the language and and develop an alphabet. Elisabeth overcame hardships and inconveniences in the remote jungle outpost. She tells the stories in great detail giving descriptions of people, landscapes, events, and feelings which draw one into the daily life she experienced there. She shares her doubts and struggles, Elisabeth persevered as she felt confident of her calling. “It is a good thing to have a clear purpose and to go after it steadily, and while I knew God had called me to this job, I often felt restless and uncertain.” (from page 97) Gradually she came to realize calling did not mean the absence of struggles and hardships. She shares the lessons she learned with a beautiful transparency and explains: “As we learn to know God, we learn that His ways are past finding our. We gaze into the abyss and cry, “Why?” Seldom does the Lord of the Universe explain Himself in any terms other than those found in His holy Word. “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law” (Deuteronomy 29:29). God makes no mistakes. He does not fall asleep. He does not forget His loved children. He asks us, every day, no matter what the circumstances or adversities we find ourselves in, to trust and obey. He has so arranged things that we may not often fathom His sovereign purposes, but now and then He vouchsafes to us a glimpse of what He is up to.” (from pages 163-164). In all she faced or experienced, Elisabeth Elliot reminds each of us to trust in the sovereignty and goodness of God. *Revell Books has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions are all my own.
Nanna51 More than 1 year ago
This is an eye-opening story of a woman who decided to become a missionary at a young age and the reality that she faced when she became one. The descriptions of the places she has to travel through, the way she travels and her shelter for the year are so detailed that I felt as if I were there with her, going through the mud and suffering from the humidity and heat. I really enjoyed the details that the author included, especially since I had the unique experience of having Phil Saint, Nate Saints’ brother, speak at a school that I attended to study the Bible. Since Nate and Elizabeth, the author of this book, later got married, it made me more interested in Elizabeth’s tale of her adventures as a missionary. Phil’s description of what Nate went through paralleled the tale that Elizabeth shares. Phil painted pictures for us; Elizabeth paints with words and the result is breathtakingly realistic. If you have thought about becoming a missionary, this book needs to be required reading. If you want to know how to pray for missionaries, this book must be on your list of books to read. It filled my heart with empathy for the people to whom Elizabeth was ministering as well as for Elizabeth herself. She had a heart for the natives and was dedicated to her assigned task of translating, but she became more than a translator, as those who read this action-packed and descriptive book will find out. Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a free copy of this book from Revell Publishers in exchange fo my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
This book was very inspiring writing and compelling to read with also offering us to discovery an unsafe life as missionaries, Elisabeth responded to God’s call on her life and moved to South America to learn the language of the Colorado Indians and living her life with cutting out from technology and electric world in the jungles of Ecuador. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this book from Revell Reads for this review”
FayJac More than 1 year ago
This is a great book by the late Elisabeth Elliot. It tells of her first year as a missionary in the jungles of Ecuador and the lessons she learned while there. She originally thought that going as a missionary and giving up everything would prompt God to make the way easy for her. She found that was not to be. She struggled with asking why God allowed so many things to happen and why He didn’t seem to cooperate with her in what she thought would be a given as a missionary. Wasn’t she there trying to do His will? This is a very interesting book and I love books by Elisabeth Elliot. It was first printed as These Strange Ashes. This is a repackaged edition under a different title. She is very descriptive about the animals and plants she saw in the jungles and makes the story very easy to read. This book has helped many others going through difficult times and I encourage everyone to read it. (Although this book was provided to me to review by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, the opinions expressed are my own.)
SadieSofia More than 1 year ago
Made for the Journey: One Missionary's First Year in the Jungles of Ecuador by Elisabeth Elliot In this deeply personal account of her first year as a missionary, Elisabeth Elliot shares the challenges she faced as she worked in the jungles of Ecuador to bring the Word of God to a people virtually untouched by the outside world. With fascinating detail, she captures the stark realities of life in the jungle, the difficulties she encountered while developing a written language for the tribe, and her confusion when God didn't "cooperate" with her efforts to accomplish what she believed was His will. More than just a memoir, Made for the Journey is a beautifully crafted and deeply personal reflection on the important questions of life and a remarkable testimony to authentic Christian obedience to an unfathomable God. I signed up to be part of Revell's book team and the first opportunity to review was this wonderful book by Elisabeth Elliot. Jim and Elisabeth Elliot have always been such amazing people to me. Their story, their faith; it's simply incredible and not humanly possible. I have read Shadow of the Almighty and have Through Gates of Splendor sitting on my shelf. Made For The Journey, previously titled These Strange Ashes, is the same Elliot faith that I've read in other places. Elisabeth was human. She struggled with impatience, doubt, questioning God, but she also was secure in her calling. Ultimately, her questioning brought her closer to her Father. I read about the things she witnessed and experienced and I know that I could not do those things. God gives everyone different gifts and mine are not suited to missionary life. This book is about Elisabeth's first year as a missionary in Ecuador. She was not yet married to Jim and she was working on a written language for the Colorado Indians. To me, it seems not a very auspicious start. If I were a missionary, I'd be pretty discouraged and she was, at times. But she says that the lessons she learned that first year were crucial for the things she'd face later in life. We don't always have the benefit of hindsight, but sometimes, God gives a reason for an event, a trial, or something that we didn't like and questioned Him on. It's happened in my life and to some degree, it happened to Elisabeth. She could look back and see God preparing her for other things, things she had no inkling of in the moment. Thank you, Revell, for providing a free copy of this book for me to review!
AmyWa More than 1 year ago
I found it to be a fascinating book that I did not want to put down. The book describes her first year as a missionary in Ecuador. I found it to be quick read that I did not want to put down. I enjoyed how she told her story and also included what God was teaching her during the time especially in those moments that did not turn out as expected. I recommend this book if you are looking to learn more about Elisabeth Elliot and/or if you are looking for a book that discusses missions to unreached populations in the jungle. I found myself wanting to hear more of her story and look forward to reading other books by her. I was blessed to receive a copy via the publisher but all opinions are my own.
BookReviewerTG More than 1 year ago
Elisabeth Elliot has long been a hero of faith for me. When I was in third grade I read Through the Gates of Splendor. This book opened up a whole new world for me. I began to understand that some people gave up "things" in their lives to reach people who may never hear the Word of God. Made for the Journey is Elisabeth Elliot's story/recounting of her early days in the jungles of Ecuador. Even though they were all young missionaries the road (literally) was not always easy. And then there was the language barrier too. Elisabeth Elliot brings out some "uneasy" questions that make the reader think. This is one missionary book that everyone should read. What a story. What a testimony! And this is not an expensive book nor is it long, only 176 pages, but it will transform your thinking. *This book was provided for review by Revell*