Elisabeth Elliot has lived many life times. I have listened to her speak on the internet and always come away with something. I jumped at a chance to read Made for the Journey: One Missionary’s First Year in the Jungle of Ecuador. I love biographies and memoirs. True stories always amaze me. This book did not disappoint. Elisabeth shares her first year in the jungle as a translator. She was single at the time and living with other women trying to live out their call with obedience. As Elisabeth shares her daily life of that season, she also shares how her faith was tested and how so many things looked contrary to how she thought they should be. I so appreciated her honesty in her struggles instead of just giving pat answers.
“Faith’s most severe tests come not when we see nothing but when we see a stunning array of evidence that seems to prove our faith vain.”
Sometimes when we know someone’s end of their story we forget the hard fought battles whether physical, emotional, or spiritual they endured to get where we meet them. This book is one that reminds us, that one does not simply arrive at deep faith, and solid obedience in the Christian life.
This book is worth reading. It is easy to forget what people sacrifice to spread the gospel. I was encouraged, challenged, and comforted as I read this. I would recommend it to others. I am thankful to Revell for the opportunity to read the book in exchange for an honest review. I am thankful that this book has not been lost or put out of circulation. It is worth sharing with the next generation that might not be familiar with the missionaries of the past. Their lives and words have much to teach us.
“Of one thing I am perfectly sure: God’s story never ends in ‘ashes’.”
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