Have you ever felt like you weren’t doing it right? Life, I mean. And maybe you’d like to shadow someone older and wiser to see what they’ve discovered that you’re missing? If so, have I got a group for you! It’s the Heroes of the Faith Book Club.
This group was started by faithful homeschooling book reviewer/writer Julia, who blogs at Dark Glass Ponderings. (Here’s the link to her original post about Heroes of the Faith.)
Now, I know some of you might be thinking, “She just finished featuring one book club I didn’t have time for, and here she is introducing another.”
But this one’s different! Let me give you a quick rundown . . .
- You’ll have an extended period of time to read each book. (60 days for this first one.)
- Each book will feature a true-life inspirational story.
- You’ll have the chance to discuss the book with others who have read it. (We’ll begin our first book discussion on April 30th.)
- Sometimes there will be prizes (I’m giving away prizes that go with this first book.)
- You’re more than likely to be greatly changed by the time you finish the book.
Julia’s book choice for our first discussion is Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot. Here’s how the Book Angles review site describes the book:
“Through Gates of Splendor can safely be called a Christian classic. It is a powerful, close-up look at the lives of ordinary people who loved God first and foremost, desired His will, and trusted Him. There is much to inspire the reader to abandon fear and live every moment fully for God’s purposes. The accounts, often in the missionaries’ own words, may well inspire young readers to reach the unreached and/or to obey God with the same discipline and wholeheartedness as the book’s main characters.”
Chuck Swindoll also endorsed the book, “I would say, without hesitation, God used this book to change my life.”
Through Gates of Splendor has been in print long enough that there are many places for you to obtain a copy. First, you may want to check with your public library.
Another great place to grab the book is on Half.com. I found many copies of the book there for 75 cents. Once you add shipping and handling, that will bring your price up to almost $4.00, but that’s still a great price for a Christian classic. Follow this link to view copies of the 2005 edition at Half.com. This is the link to copies of the 1995 edition. Both editions are bargain priced.
Here’s how to participate: 1. Buy or borrow a copy of the book. 2. Read it over the next two months. 3. Come back to Doorkeeper and Dark Glass Ponderings for a book discussion on April 30th. Simple, right?
According to the Bible, Paul encouraged the Christians he’d been mentoring to take a good long look at his life and then pattern it. Philippians 4:19 records his words, “Those things, which you have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do; and the God of peace shall be with you.” That’s the verse I’m claiming for this special book club. I want to take a good long look at the lives of some Heroes of the Faith, and then find a way to duplicate their devotion, passion, and impact in my own life!
I hope some of you will consider joining us in the Heroes of the Faith Book Club. And if you do, also consider leaving a comment on Julia’s blog post as well–just to encourage her. Again, the link to her post is here.
To whet your appetite, here’s a short clip from the documentary version of Through Gates of Splendor. In this section of the video, the wives of the missionaries and the remaining Aucas (also called the Waodanis) share their first impressions of each other. Also, the ladies talk about the preparation for Operation Auca:
Don’t you love those old photos and videos? It’s a great story!