For girls in our highly secular age, here is a biography of one glad to leave earthly pleasures for the joy of serving God wholeheartedly. Her personal discipline and readiness to give of herself presents a stunning, noble example for today’s girls. Amy Carmichael labored 53 years in India, without “furlough,” and her work resulted in the salvation of many from debauched lifestyles in idolatrous temple worship.
Here is a book that will challenge any Christian in any walk of life to deny themselves, take up their cross daily, and follow Jesus. The missionary life is, in fact, the normal Christian life for every Christian, for every Christian is an ambassador for Christ. As such, this biography will be a great help to any reader in focusing their hearts and minds on the God-given task before them (1 Peter 2:9)–whatever their walk of life.
This book also reminds us to not merely support missions financially on the basis of numbers saved, as we can learn from Miss Carmichael that missions work can take devoted years of work before we see many saved. The missionary brings God’s Word to men and women, trusting and waiting on the Lord to save. So long as the missionary labors faithfully, we should keep supporting regardless of immediate results.
About the Author
Elisabeth Elliot never set out to be a radio personality, famous author, or women’s ministry speaker. She set out to do the will of God—something we don’t hear much about these days. We hear about being missional, relational, and relevant— all of which may have something to do with standing for Christ, and sometimes not. But Elisabeth preferred to ask this key question: Is this God’s will for me, right now, in this place? This has qualified her in an exceptional way to write missionary biography.
Even after tragically losing her husband, Jim Elliot, during his missionary effort to the previously unreached Aucan people of Ecuador, she concluded it was God’s will for her to go there, and trusted God’s faithfulness unfailingly over the years as she took the gospel to the very people who had murdered her husband. Then, and since then, God has used her to minister to millions in writing and speaking. She is the author of Let Me Be a Woman, Discipline: the Glad Surrender, and numerous other books.