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Through Gates of Splendor
Elisabeth Elliot

Through Gates of Splendor
Elisabeth Elliot wrote over 20 books,
including
Through Gates
of Splendor, Passion and Purity,
The Savage My Kinsman,
and
The Mark
of a Man.
Books
Biography
Elisabeth Elliot (December 1926 - June 2015) was the wife of Jim Elliot, one of the five Christians martyred during Operation Auca. Even after the devastating news of her husband's death, she, along with the other wives of the martyred men, showed their Christian spirit by forgiving the Aucas and continuing the work started by their husbands. Their forgiveness was a key factor to the Aucas' conversion later on.

Several years afterward, Elisabeth left the jungle world with her daughter Valerie and moved back to the States. There she became most commonly known as a Christian speaker and author. She continued working for the Lord until her death in June 2015.

“The fact that I’m a woman doesn't make me a different kind of Christian, but the fact that I’m a Christian does make me a different kind of woman.”
Why...or Why Not?
Why would Elisabeth Elliot be a good fit for
Through Gates of Splendor
? Well, one of the most important reasons; she was the wife of Jim Elliot and close friends to Nate Saint, Pete Fleming, Roger Youderian, and Ed McCully, the other men from Operation Auca. She had first hand information that was later put into this book. It wasn't based on rumors, it was true, hard facts. She knew her husband well, so she was one of the few people who could best understand and explain his actions, such as why he would be so eager to preach the Gospel to the Aucas.
Quotes
“If your goal is purity of heart,
be prepared to be thought very odd.”
“If all struggles and sufferings were eliminated, the spirit would no more reach maturity than would the child.”
“God’s work done in God’s way never lacks God’s supply.”
“God has promised to supply all our needs. What we don’t have now, we don’t need now.”
“Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted in faith.”
“Of one thing I am perfectly sure: God’s story never ends with ‘ashes.’”
From the back of the book
: 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.
At an agreed-upon time, their five young wives sat by their radios, waiting for a message that never came. . .


Despite the shock that jarred these brave men's wives, they did not fall apart and they certainly did not give up on Operation Auca. Elisabeth Elliot gathered together the men's records and diaries given willingly by their wives and put together this book to share with the world.
Through Gates of Splendor
is an account of Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Pete Fleming, Ed McCully, and Roger Youderian's mission: to preach the gospel to the Aucas. The book outlines the hard effort put into their work, the struggles that the missionaries went through, and the joys they experienced. It also recounts the events following the killing of the men; the long search for the bodies, the widows' never-ending faith in God, and the continuation of Operation Auca.
Through Gates of Splendor
is a wonderful book that seeks to show the reader the grace and love of God and how He uses men who are "expendable for Christ" to work in His
I really enjoyed this book! I wasn't just reading an interesting story, I was reading about the life of men who had actually lived and worked for Christ! I've read other biographies on Operation Auca, Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, and their fellow missionaries, but
Through Gates of Splendor
really helped me to better understand their motives and realize WHY Operation Auca was so important to them. And unlike the other books I've read on them, this one really went all out with sections written by the men themselves. How cool is it to read entries that they wrote during Operation Auca? Talk about first-hand information! And not only that, but pictures too were included in the book. It really helped give an in-depth description of the meetings with the Aucas, the construction of Palm Beach, and personal emotions and feelings that the missionaries had experienced both in difficulties and times of rejoicing.

My Thoughts
Theme
Interesting Facts
ultimate plan.
Music
Song #1: Heaven Reprise
Song #2: Grandpa's Waltz
Credits
by the Willis Clan
Books
Elliot, Elisabeth.
Through Gates of Splendor
. (Living Books). Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, 2005. Print.
Other
https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/6264.Elisabeth_Elliot
There are actually quite a few themes in Through Gates of Splendor. But the one that stuck out the most was Perseverance.

Perseverance was what drove the men to continue in their missionary work. For example, how would you feel if, after a lot of hard work building up a station, it was all of a sudden washed away in a flood? A mission building, huts for families, basically everything. And no, in case you're wondering, I didn't make that up. It actually happened to the men. All of their work disappeared, just like that. But did they give up? Nope! They just prayed and then started again. What drove them on to continue? Their trust in God and perseverance.

Perseverance also helped in Operation Auca. A lot of patience and perseverance was needed in this mission. How many people do you know of who would persevere in trying to make friends with others who clearly hated them, even wanted to kill them? I personally don't know anyone like that, but I can imagine it to be very, very hard and probably really frustrating at times too. The Aucas' trust in outsiders barely existed. It had to be built up, very slowly. The slightest mistake and it was right back to the beginning for the missionaries. Despite the many trials and difficulties that they went through, there was no giving up on the Aucas. Jim Elliot and his friends believed that God wanted them to share the Gospel with the Aucas and that was enough for them. What God wanted they would do.

They were expendable for Christ.
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.
~ Jim Elliot
When life's flight is over, and we unload our cargo at the other end, the fellow who got rid of unnecessary weight will have the most valuable cargo to present the Lord.
~ Nate Saint
I have one desire now–to live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord, putting all my energy into it.
~ Ed McCully
I do want to be committed to the work there laying down my life for their faith
~ Pete Fleming
There is a seeking of honest love
Drawn from a soul storm-tossed, 

A seeking for the gain of Christ,
To bless the blinded, the beaten, the lost.

Those who sought found Heavenly Love And were filled with joy divine,
They walk today with Christ above...
~ Roger Youderian
"Why is non-fiction so important?"
Have you ever asked yourself that question before? I know I have! But I think I've finally realized some of the reasons why non-fiction can be important. You don't have to be a "history-freak" to like non-fiction, but if you think about it, non-fiction does play an important role, especially in learning. Without non-fiction, how would we know about important people who had lived before our time? As a great writer once said, "Great literature can often save the name of a great man". Without non-fiction we wouldn't know about the missionaries who had sacrificed themselves for Christ's sake, or even Jesus Himself! And it's not just missionaries that we wouldn't know about it. It's pretty much everyone and everything that had been before our time.
I don't think all non-fiction has to be in book form. Your grandfather telling you stories of his younger life could be considered non-fiction since it had happened in real life. But he doesn't have to write it in a book to tell you. He just tells you and then you laugh at all the weird and funny things he had done!
Like I said earlier, non-fiction really helps in learning about the world and the great people who had lived in it. Fiction is great too, but it IS fake stuff. Just reading fiction doesn't make life any more realistic. Non-fiction will help to balance it all out!
During Operation Auca, Nate Saint came up with two brilliant ideas that are still used today: the Bucket Drop and the Dual Injection Engine.
Through Gates of Splendor ranked #9 on Christianity Today's list of the top 50 books that shaped evangelists.
After the men's death, Elisabeth Elliot and Nate Saint's sister, Rachel, returned to the jungle as misssionaries to the Aucas themselves. This later led to the conversion of many members of the tribe, including the men who had killed Jim Elliot and his friends! Talk about God's amazing plan!
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