Shadow of the Almighty: The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot (249 pp) is about the life of the famous missionary Jim Elliot. The book mostly consists of the many letters and journals of Jim, with organization and details by his wife, Elisabeth. The story of the 5 missionaries is well known today among many evangelicals due to the recent movies, 'Beyond the Gates of Splendor' and 'End of the Spear.' Jim Elliot was, in the words of Kevin Peek, 'intense.' He also seemed to be a fun guy to be around; a characteristic I love to see among Christians. This guy knew how to have a good time. He was also very fiery, which I also like. Above all, Elliot was sold out for Christ. He knew fairly early on that he was to spend his life reaching those who had never heard. The book traces Jim's life from childhood, to high school, to his days at Wheaton, and eventually to Ecuador. For many years, he was certain he could not marry and be distracted by all that is involved with marriage. He obviously changed his mind later. He was also a great writer and his language is filled with Scripture. He took his relationship with the Lord very seriously and the book shows both his low and high points. My only complaint would be that it is slow-going at points since it is so personal, but that is the purpose of the author so I shouldn't complain. Overall I recommend this biography, as it is sure to challenge all who read it.
"They [Americans] have the Scriptures, Moses, and the Prophets, and a whole lot more. Their condemnation is written on their bank books and in the dust on their Bible covers." 132
"Oh that God would shake up some of those married couples around Portland with their prim unconcern for souls and saints, dabbling with building lots, houses, jobs, babies, silverware--while souls starve for what they know! God shall not hold us guiltless, either." 138
"Men unsound in doctrine complicate the issues. Ah, for a place where Scriptures have not been twisted! Lord, send me to Ecuador!" 140
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." 247