Renee Ann's blog for GIVEAWAY of END OF THE SPEAR DVD. This movie is outstanding...see my review here.
Roger Youderian, Pete Fleming, Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, and Ed McCully initiated Operation Auca in autumn 1955. Five men sharing one common goal: to share the Gospel with the Waodani Indians in Ecuador.
In Through Gates of Splendor, Elisabeth Elliot, one of the widows, chronicles the saga of the five men by collecting their documents and journals.
The result is an impacting firsthand account of a saga that changed missions forever.
I loved this read from start to finish. It is definitely a five-star read and one I will pick up again and again. I not only enjoyed this book, but enjoyed two recent films and have enjoyed listening to sermons by Steve Saint and Mincaye (more on that later).
One of my favorite quotes is when Nate Saint says, "The old life of chasing things that are of a temporal sort seemed absolutely insane." (56)
I was inspired by how these men gave everything they had for the cause of Christ. Not only did they give it all up to the point of sacrificing their human lives forthe cause, but the sacrifices of their wives and children leaves me breathless.
The photos included in this book were black and white but captured raw emotion and realness...the amazement at going to the Island for the first time...the surprise of the Waodani women at having their pictures taken...the shock of the widows who were just told for the first time their husbands had been killed.
The simple form of this story is drama-free...it doesn't glamourize as we are so accustomed to seeing in news stories and TV today. It is told in the simple words of five men who love the Lord and are excited to be used by Him.
I am anxious to read more about Elisabeth Elliot's journey with the Waodani as she continues to minister after her young husband was speared to death. The Savage My Kinsmen is her continuing saga among the Waodani.
Some discussion questions to spark thought....
Feel free to participate even if you haven't read the book.
1) What was your general opinion of the book, if you read it? Do you like reading journals?
2) Of the five men, was there one whose story particularly resonated with you? What special characteristics did each man bring to the team?
3) Knowing God's will was of primary concern to each of the missionaries. In what ways did the missionaries discover God's will? When you are unsure of a decision how do you find God shows his will to you? Is it easy or hard for you to trust in His will?
4) Another theme in this book is rejoicing through suffering. The widows are quick to embrace God's will. Barbara Youderian says, "The Lord has closed our hearts to grief and hysteria and filled it with his perfect peace." (236) What did you think of the widows? Is there a time in your life where you have embraced suffering and found God's joy or have you seen this in the life of someone you know?
5) "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose" is a famous quote by Jim Elliot. What does this statement mean to you?
6) Has this book affected your thinking on missions, suffering, or following God's call and seeking his direction?