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In this deeply personal account of her fist year as a missionary, Elisabeth Elliot shares the challenges she faced as she worked in the jungles of Ecuador to bring the Word of God to a people virtually untouched by the outside world. With fascinating detail, she captures the stark realities of life in the jungle, the diffculties she encountered while developing a written language for the tribe, and her confusion when God didn't "cooperate" with her efforts to accomplish what she believed was his will. 

More than just a memoir, Made for the Journey is a beautifully crafted and deeply personal reflection on the important questions of life and a remarkable testimony to authentic Christian obedience to an unfathomable God.

©2019 Elisabeth Elliot & Kay Warren (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • John Murphy
  • 15-02-21

A sobering look at being a missionary

The nice thing about Elisabeth Elliot is that she is going to write things as they are, rather than as she thinks a Christian might write them. This book first came out as "These Strange Ashes," and I wish they would have kept the title because it was a comment on her first year of being a missionary and the ashes that God made of her efforts that she didn't expect and couldn't understand.

Ash 1: The first death she witnesses is of a young woman having a baby. With a hospital she might have been saved, but in the jungle, no chance.

Ash 2: Her translator helper who is a Christian and one of the only people who knows Spanish and the language that she was trying to translate (Colorado) is shot in a dispute and killed, leaving her with no help in translation.

Ash 3: 9 months worth of notes on grammar, vocabulary, and her beginning efforts in translation, which would have been invaluable to anyone translating the Colorado language are permanently lost when her luggage "disappears" from the top of a bus.

She went into her first year of missionary work thinking, "I'm here by God's will, not my own, I am faithfully trying to translate the Bible into the Colorado language, these people need to hear about Jesus, so surely God will bless my efforts."

It was a sobering year for her, and as she herself points out, prepares her for greater grief to come [the murder of her husband and four colleagues by the Waodani Tribe told in her book "The Shadow of the Almighty"]. She also learns that her job is to trust in Jesus, and leave the work and results of the work, up to Him.

Read very well by Pam Ward.

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  • Mom2many
  • 18-11-20

Depressing

This book was formerly titled These Strange Ashes, which is a better description of what you will get in this book. No wonder they changed the title. It is narrated by a woman who seems consistently annoyed and has a snarky tone. The book is the story of one disappointment and discouragement after another, chronicling a year in the life of a new missionary. Then it ends.

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  • LoveMyMama
  • 12-06-21

Great narration

Well written description of a young missionary. I had hoped it would tell the story of the tragic loss she is well known for but it must be in another book. Still - highly recommended.

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  • KN
  • 10-01-21

Well done!!

The narrator did a sterling job telling Elizabeth’s story. She is such a wonderful writer and sincerely honest and inspiring.

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  • Steve or Janee Wells
  • 31-12-20

Thought-provoking.

Beautifully written. Set in 1952-53. A true story I will reflect on for months to come because of the lessons Elliot submitted herself to.

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  • Sharon Wickey
  • 12-12-19

Amazing Journey

Elisabeth always takes the reader on an incredibly an in depth journey into the depths of God and the human soul. In this book, she describes her first missions trip, including her experiences and expectations, coming to the reality that all she had was God, and He never left her.

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  • K V
  • 24-11-21

This is one of the best books I’ve ever read

Elisabeth Elliot writes honestly and with great ability of her significant “lessons” from God during her first year as a missionary. These lessons taught her that the Christian life of devotion to Christ may look very different than what is expected. God does not explain except to tell us to leave all results to Him and to use what we learn to encourage others, who experience any kind of suffering. It’s an extremely positive account that left me greatly bolstered in my faith.

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  • Mr. Kim Okelberry
  • 07-11-21

one of the best Christian books I've ever read.

This is possibly the best Christian books I've ever read. It examines a foundational Christian concept that modern day American Christians have all but lost. Even though the there are so many bible passages that God put there to teach all Christians this crucial way of grasping the Christian walk.

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  • Annie
  • 20-10-21

Excellent lessons told in a very interesting way!

Excellent lessons told in a very interesting way! Paints a very realistic picture of what life is like for those desiring to step out for God and do great things for Him.

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  • Nicole Leposki
  • 19-09-21

love missionary stories

Elisabeth Elliott inspires and brings to life the missionary experience. I pray all followers of Jesus could have a missionary heart