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Elisabeth Elliot

Can someone you’ve never met so impact your life that you feel like you’ve known him or her forever? For me, the answer is yes. Why? Because of the influence one woman has had on my life from the time I became a Christian at age 16. Her name: Elisabeth Elliot . . . Actually, Elisabeth Howard Elliot Leitch Gren.

To me it seems that Elisabeth has lived through every possible season of life a woman could experience. She’s been married three times and widowed twice, yet has lived as a single woman for half of her 85 years.

She’s lived with her young daughter among a savage tribe of natives, walked jungle trails, met dignitaries and celebrities, taught

Elisabeth and daughter Valerie with the Auca women

college, helped translate an unwritten language, and been featured at women’s conferences. As an author she’s written about her firsthand experiences with loneliness, longing, heartbreak, passion, purity, and triumphant love.

Her life was part of a story that shook the world in 1956 when five young missionaries risked everything to preach Christ to the Auca Indians of Ecuador.

Though I’ve never met her, Elisabeth has made an indelible impression on me–especially during my first years as a Christian–through her books and personal testimony.

Elisabeth’s story began in 1926 when she was born to missionary parents. She grew up in a loving, Christian home and knew from a young age that God wanted her to be a missionary. She was quite, studious, serious, contemplative, and didn’t make friends easily. She was not a social butterfly. Not thought to be beautiful. Not into dating. And, of course, who should catch her eye but a handsome, athletic, popular boy–Jim Elliot.

Elisabeth Howard met Jim Elliot at Wheaton College in 1947. At first, he was really her brother’s friend.

Elisabeth wrote about those years in her book Passion and Purity: “There was a student on campus whom I had been noticing more and more. My brother Dave had been encouraging me to get acquainted with him. He and Dave were on the wrestling squad, so I went to a match, ostensibly to watch Dave. I found myself laughing with the crowd at Jim Elliot, the ‘India-rubber man,’ who could be tied in knots but could not be pinned.

I noticed Jim in the Foreign Missionary Fellowship—earnest, committed to missionary service, outspoken. I noticed him in dining hall lines with little white cards in his hand, memorizing Greek verbs or Scripture verses. I heard his name read out semester after semester in the honors convocation.

Jim Elliot

Finally Dave invited Jim to come home to New Jersey with us for Christmas vacation. We had long, long talks after the family went to bed. The more Jim talked, the more I saw that he fitted the picture of what I hoped for in a husband. He loved to sing hymns, and he knew dozens by heart. He loved to read poetry, loved to read it aloud. He was a real man, strong broadchested, unaffected, friendly, and—I thought—very handsome. He loved God. That was the supreme dynamic of his life. Nothing else mattered much by comparison. Continue Reading…

Blog Sense

Renee Ann Smith —  October 11, 2010 — 1 Comment

Maybe some of you are interested in what’s going on in the blogging world, but you don’t have time to search it out for yourselves. If so, this post is for you! I’d like to bring to your attention some of the great reads and resources that are available through blogs. Take a few minutes to visit these sites. (If you’re reading this by e-mail, you’ll probably have to come to the site to follow these links, but you’ll be glad you did!)

Encouraging Readings
Follow this link to read God as My Restorer by Sharon Hinck.

This original fable by Max Lucado touched my heart. It’s a quick read. Follow this link to read Finding Father Benjamin: A Fable by Max Lucado.

Devotional Thoughts Combined with a Dash of History Follow this link for history buff Laura Frantz’s inspirational thoughts. (You can find her books here: The Frontiersman’s Daughter and Courting Morrow Little.)

Follow this link for author Sarah Sundin’s blog, which combines inspirational thoughts with a This Day in World War II section. (You can find her books here: A Distant Melody and A Memory Between Us)

Book Giveaways
Check out some of these great book giveaways. All you have to do is leave a comment to enter the various drawings.

Follow this link for The Amish Way: 10-Book Giveaway.

A high school senior named Carman keeps a list of Christian Book Giveaways on her blog of the same name. Follow this link to view the latest giveaways. (If you leave a comment on her main blog, tell her Renee Ann sent you!)

Free E-books
When I was looking up an old devotional I remembered enjoying, I found it at Manybooks.net. Follow this link to browse a site filled with many categories of e-books, which you can download for free.

All Giveaways
The internet is filled with other great giveaways. Follow this link to browse Giveaway Scout, a site which list giveaways in various categories, such as fashion, home & garden, jewelry, and, of course, books.