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I just completed the book, “Through Gates of Splendor” by Elisabeth Elliot.  It is the account of her late husband Jim along with four other men who paid the ultimate price for trying to reach the Aucas (a primitive Indian tribe in South America) with the message of the Christian gospel in the 1950s.  These men were killed by seven Aucas (we know that it was seven because 2 of the killers later became Christians through the efforts of the widows and others.)  There are several moving statements in the book.   This one ranks high on my list:

“It is not the level of our spirituality that we can depend on.  It is God and nothing less than God, for the work is God’s and the call is God’s and everything is summoned by Him and to His purposes, the whole scene, the whole mess, the whole package – our bravery and our cowardice, our love and our selfishness, our strengths and our weaknesses.” 

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One Comment

  1. I agree — great book. influential for me, too. I think Pete was Pete Fleming? Eliot’s husband was Jim. I just finished a book that has deeply moved me: The Known World by Edward P. Jones. It won the Pulitzer Prize for lit in 2003. I’d love to know if you read it and what your reflections are.


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