Do you like to read missionary stories? Well if you do, I believe you will find this book to be a powerful testimony of what God can do through a life that is submitted to Him . In 1956 Jim Elliot, Elisabeth’s husband along with five other American missionaries and their families arrived in the country of Ecuador. The hope of these courageous men was to reach out to the Auca Indians with the gospel of Christ. After the tragic death of all five men, Elisabeth wrote a book retelling the the beginnings of their missionary journeys. Elisabeth’s first book, ”Through Gates of Splendor” documents the story.
The book,”The Savage My Kinsman” is a story about Elisabeth’s day to day struggles in the jungles of Ecuador. Elisabeth is an amazing woman of God. She forgave these natives for the murder of her husband and the other missionaries and she felt compelled to finish the work that God called her and her husband to.
I started reading missionary stories to my children when they were young. They loved to listen to all the adventures that the missionaries had. I still remember the first missionary story that I read to them. It was called Missionary stories with the Millers. It was full of short stories, and they couldn’t wait for me to read to them. If you want your children to love books you will need to read to them. Reading will also nurture the closeness that every parent wants to have with their children. The frosting on the cake is that they will do better in school because It develops their listening skills. So parents turn off the television and start reading to your children and you will be blessed. Elisabeth understood that the people who were responsible for the killings were ignorant of what they had done. These tribes were full of superstitions, and they didn’t look at life the same way we do. They lived in fear and were simply protecting themselves.
I hope you love reading this book as much as I did. It is full of adventure and hardship, and you can see God’s divine protection interwoven throughout. I feel the safest place to be is when you are in the center of the will of God. Jim Elliot quoted this before his death, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”