In January 1956, a tragic story flooded headlines around the world. Five men, spurred by a passion to share the good news of Jesus Christ, ventured deep into the jungles of Ecuador. Their goal: to make contact with an isolated tribe whose previous response to the outside world had been to attack all strangers.
Through Gates of Splendor, the story of Nate Saint, Roger Youderian, Ed McCully, Pete Fleming, and Jim Elliot, was first recorded in 1956 by Jim's widow, Elisabeth. Decades later, its story of unconditional love and complete obedience to God still inspires new readers. This edition contains subsequent developments in the lives of the families and the Waodani tribe.
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"Compelling and Authentic"
I first read this book nearly 30 years ago as a High School student, it challenged me and changed my life. Through Gates of Splendor introduced me to the idea that vision, preparation, and sacrifice, anchored in a profound love for God can in fact change the world. I am still blown away by the honesty of Elizabeth Elliot's writing. She so vividly portrays the youthful zeal and ultimate hopefulness of these men right up to the unimaginable moment of their death. Their passion to reach the lost in the jungles of Ecuador 50 years ago still serves as profound inspiration for Christians today. The Christian community now faces the challenge of reaching multitudes locked behind a religious veil who have never heard of the great love Jesus demontrated on the cross. It will take a new generation willing to prepare and sacrifice to reach them. Thankfully we have this example of authentic faith to provoke us in prayer and action. It was a true pleasure to hear the words of this compelling story so wonderfully narrated by Marguerite Gavin.
"The Narrator takes away from the story"
I'm SOOO SAD about the narrator. The story is incredible. It's so distracting 😞 to listen to the narrator and really takes away from the story.
"Storis are sometimes more wonderful when true."
Powerful, pure, passionate.
The vivid word pictures used to pain the jungle landscape were always breathtaking. Also, action scenes of landing the plane on a wing and a prayer were great too.
Yes. She isn't my favorite. Something about her voice grates on my nerves. But she did an ok job and I'd listen to it again.
"A must read--true devotion"
Elisabeth tells this story so well. I happen to find Marguerite's voice less than pleasing, but she reads well and after a bit I no longer noticed the voice as the story caught me.
This was an awesome story which brought tears to my eyes at many points. I especially enjoyed Elisabeth's thoughts in the first and second epilogues.
What commitment and trust all these folks have! They have had tremendous impact on an entire generation of this world.
"great insight into an epic story"
Insight into each missionary's past and their hopes and fears are all spelled out. No romanticizing here.
Her tendency to sound like an automaton when she was reading the men's diary excerpts was offputting. I was always thrown off by the "I'll now sound like a matter of fact man's thoughts".
I appreciate Elliot's second epilogue where she says it's not really cut and dried regarding the whys and wherefores of what happened-- the truth was that some good things came of it and some bad things came of it. God's word and salvation brought, but also diseases introduced, etc.
Amazing that she can live with God's truth and know that she'll need to learn from Him why He led them the way that He did.
"Great story, but..."
This story is so impactful and thought-provoking, but the Marguerite Gavin's voice is the audio book equivalent to nails on a chalkboard. It really took away from the enjoyment of listening to the story because the various voices she did were so frustratingly annoying. I wish they had someone else to portray such an amazing story and do it justice.
"An amazing inspiration"
This book moved me to tears as I was so amazed by the sacrifice of these five men. A timeless classic. It's so encouraging for my own walk to see how these men trusted God each step of the way. I highly recommend this book, and also Shadow of the Almighty (also by Elliot). (While Marguerite Gavin did an excellent job of reading this book, I still wish it would've been narrated by Elizabeth Elliot. There's some special when an author reads their own work.)
struggled to finish
found it to be to descriptive and not to the point
a great story of missions and sharing faith but couldn't get thru it.
This was a wonderful book that was excellently written. I was both inspired and encouraged by the depth of their faith in God and how they changed the world around them.
"Fabulous Story.... Meh Narrator"
This story is one filled with passion and fire of individuals that are filled with a burning need to follow their Calling. The narrator read the story as tho it were a news report at 5:00. If you can get past the hum drum voice, you will be reward and inspired.
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