Elisabeth Elliot was well acquainted with the cost of being a missionary. While she was a young missionary in Ecuador, members of a violent Amazonian tribe savagely speared her husband Jim and his four colleagues. Elisabeth prayerfully took her toddler daughter, snakebite kit, Bible, and journal as she ventured into the jungle with the Stone-Age people who murdered her husband. Compelled by her friendship and forgiveness, many came to believe in Jesus.
This courageous believer went on to write dozens of books, host a long-running radio show, and speak at conferences all over the world. She modeled a coherent, committed faith, and was seen as a beloved and sometimes controversial icon. In this authorized biography, Becoming Elisabeth Elliot, bestselling author Ellen Vaughn references Elisabeth's private, unpublished journals, and candid interviews with her family and friends to paint the adventures and misadventures God used to shape one of the most influential women in modern church history. It’s the story of a hilarious, sensual, brilliant, witty, self-deprecating, sensitive, radical, and surprisingly relatable person utterly submitted to doing God’s will, no matter how high the cost. For Elisabeth, the central question was not, “How does this make me feel?” but, simply, “is this true?” If so, then the next question was, “what do I need to do about it to obey God?”
“My life is on Thy Altar, Lord—for Thee to consume. Set the fire, Father! Bind me with cords of love to the Altar. Hold me there. Let me remember the Cross.” –Elisabeth Elliot, age 21