Genre: Fiction, Theological/ Historical
Page Count: 207
Missionaries face many challenging situations. They not only will often move to a new area, if they are foreign missionaries, they will move across the globe where they will be faced with so many more trials and a physically harder lifestyle than most American citizens could ever become aware of, much less have to live that way in their own life.
Positives: This book was a very good book. I think it is the perfect example of a life sold out for Christ.
Negatives: The only negative I could think of would be that this book was not long enough to contain all of the writings of Jim Elliot.
Other Books by this Author: “Reading Too Soon”; “NOAH”; “Boston Revolts”; “You-Can-Do-It Family Ministry Guide”; “Dietrich Bonhoeffer”; “The Boston Massacre”; “Changing Times”
Final Words: Jim Elliot was so focused on being a missionary that anything in his life that didn’t involve attaining that one single goal; he wanted no part of it. He wouldn’t play games or pulling pranks, or even date because for the first 3 years of college, he felt these sorts of things took his mind from the ultimate goal of becoming a missionary.
He later struggled with just these sorts of things as he met Elizabeth and began playing games for fun and pulling pranks on fellow classmates. He still stayed focused on becoming a missionary, but he showed people he was “normal” and not “holier than thou”. Therefore, he was able to reach more people since he didn’t seem so pious and far above them. Even Jesus had eaten with sinners and associated himself with them, in order to win them to Himself. You have to go where they are and get to know them in order to understand them and them to understand you. (Of course, I’m not saying that you need to sin in order to win others.)
Jim Elliot had a single thought in mind from the time he was quite young, to be a missionary. It is not necessary to know early on what you want to do, or that you should feel what the Lord wants you to do with your life. However, if you are willing to do what the Father commands, He will lead you on a miraculous journey through life. You should make yourself available to do the Father’s work. He may not ever call you to be a missionary, but he may call you to be a Sunday School Teacher or Church Janitor. Whatever you are called to do, do it with your whole heart.