Jim Elliot


“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” ~ Jim Elliot

If you are not very familiar with Jim Eliot and his wife, Elisabeth Elliot, I thought I would post some resources for you. Pick a book to read or a video to watch and be encouraged about how God works through tragedies. Better yet, read both books and watch both videos!

Shadow of the Almighty, is Elisabeth Elliot’s excellent biography of Jim as he was determined to follow God with all his heart.

A must-read for Christians, Elisabeth Elliot’s Through Gates of Splendor, is the account of five missionaries’ outreach to the Auca Indians (or Huaorani) of Ecuador, a tribe feared by all the neighboring tribes. You will be challenged by Jim Elliot and his fellow missionaries. The world was rocked by the news of their death in 1956 at the hand of the Aucas… but God reached out to this tribe through the love and forgiveness of the missionaries’ families.

The film, Beyond the Gates of Splendor, is a good documentary on what happened. Click here to look at the trailer or to watch the entire film.

For an excellent twist on the events, End of the Spear is filmed from the perspective of the Indians. Click here to look at the trailer or to watch the entire film. The ending of the film is incredible!

If you have already read the books or seen the movies, tell us what you thought of them.

More books recommended by The Sovereign.

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3 responses to “Jim Elliot

  1. My friend, Karen, reminded me of another great Jim Elliot quote: “Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation that you believe to be the will of God.”

  2. The newest book about Jim Elliot was just released this year (2010). It contains transcribed messages which Jim spoke prior to going to the mission field. It is full of insight into this famous Christian Martyr. It and The Journals of Jim Elliot are the only books out which are Jim’s own words.
    The title is “JIM ELLIOT: A Christian Martyr Speaks to You” (ISBN 9781615797646), and I am the editor (I lived with Jim and his family for a short while when I was a small boy and Jim was one of my Sunday school teachers).

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