Book Reviews,  Missionary

made for the journey

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 have always admired Elisabeth Elliot — her life among the Quicha Indians with her husband has always fascinated me. Well, this book chronicled the first missionary journey she made, to the Colorado Indians.

This was an encouraging book to read — in a way it was more encouraging than many of her other books. In telling the story of her first year as a missionary, she shared not only the triumphs, but also the struggles and the hardships of missionary life. And she shares in a beautiful way, teaching us what she earned from each trial she faced. I enjoyed reading of her struggles with creating a written language for the Colorado Indians. I enjoyed reading about how her relationship with Jim Elliot was slowly developing.

I can’t imagine moving to a place where there are huge cockroaches, or vampire bats, or snakes, or any of the other critters she wrote about — and still having a good attitude about it. Or being faced with so many challenges for attaining a basic need of water, or getting creative with how to cook different foods.

I found it encouraging to read of this mighty saint in her younger years, when she was so enthusiastic, not knowing what to expect, and searching for the little lessons the Lord would have her to learn through the discouragements she faced.

In all, the book was well written, and I enjoyed it. I pretty much always enjoy Elisabeth Elliot’s writings, though, so it wasn’t surprising. I would recommend this to pretty much anyone older than 12.

NOTE: There was one scene where there was a (gruesome) autopsy performed. It wasn’t too detailed, but it was mentioned and it was a bit…disturbing =)

*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
I was not required to enjoy the book, just to leave an honest review*

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I am a 22 year old young lady who is redeemed and saved from my sin only by the grace of God. A bibliophile at heart with a love of history who desires to see the Word of God practically applied to all aspects of our daily lives -- in our homes, in the grocery store, in the political realm. I strive to put my jumbled, chaotic thoughts down onto paper -- reducing them into black and white rows, letters, sentences. Into some semblance of sanity. And I share them here with all of you, where I can challenge you, make you think, and cause you to ask questions. I am the oldest of eleven children living the country life in the deep south.

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