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Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2019
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.52 (inches)|
Many know the heroic story of Jim Elliots violent death in 1956, killed along with four other missionaries by a primitive Ecuadorian tribe they were seeking to reach with the gospel. Many also know the prolific legacy of Elisabeth Elliot, whose inspiring influence on generations of believers through print, broadcast, and personal testimony continues to resonate, even after her own death in 2015.
What many dont know is the remarkable story of how these two stalwart personalities single-mindedly devoted to pursuing Gods will for their young lives, certain their future callings would require them to sacrifice forever the blessings of marriagefound their hearts intertwined. Their paths to God's purpose led them together.
Now, for the first time, their only childdaughter Valerie Elliot Shepardunseals never-before-published letters and private journals that capture in first-person intimacy the attraction, struggle, drama, and devotion that became a most unlikely love story.
Riveting for old and young alike, this uniquely detailed, moving account of their personal lives shines as a gold mine of lived-out truth, hard-fought purity, and an insiders view on two beloved Christian figures.
Valerie Elliot Shepard was born in Ecuador in the home of a jungle doctor, she was only ten months old when her father, Jim Elliot, was killed by Auca Indians he was seeking to reach with the gospel. She spent her childhood there, while mother Elisabeth Elliot ministered to the tribe who killed her father, not returning to the States until she was eight years old. Valerie graduated from Wheaton College in 1976, and has written a childrens book (Pilipintos Happiness) containing memories of her Amazon upbringing. She and her husband, Walt, a minister whose parents were missionaries in the Congo, have eight grown children. Their home is in the small coastal town of Southport, North Carolina, near Wilmington.