Monday, April 23, 2007

Christian Biographies Part 1

Thanks to all of you who took the time to email in with your favourite Christian biographies. Today I want to highlight one that Beth and Alicia have recommended, A Chance to Die: The Life & Legacy of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot. On missionary biographies in general, Beth wrote:
"I am encouraged and inspired by these women who trusted God and went to hard places. Their confidence in Him and their willingness to forsake comfort for those to whom they were called makes me long for those qualities in my own life. I admire the steel backbones of these women and the compassionate hearts they had for the lost."
Amy Carmichael was a Christian missionary to India who served there for 55 years without furlough. The title of Elliot's biography was no doubt inspired by Amy's response to a question she received in a letter from a young lady: "What is missionary life like?" Her reply: "Missionary life is simply a chance to die."

So, if you are looking for something to read at the minute, perhaps you might want to read and be inspired by the life and legacy of Amy Carmichael. Also, take time to visit Beth's blog where she posted about this topic back in October of last year!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The world is an amazing place.
I started out a few moments ago looking for a "24" ring tone - and found one! Now, only moments later and as a direct result, I have learnt of the five principles of Calvinism and discovered some rather evocative quotes in a separate blog. The confidence of your joint web presence will be startling, challenging and welcome to both those who share your faith and to those who struggle to envision any sense of their reality within the scriptures.

Marlo said...

This biography has had a lasting impact on my life.
It is definitely one of those that I go back to time and again to glean the wisdom from it. Thanks for encouraging others to read this gem!

(And thank you for your blog...it greatly encourages this mommy of 2.)