March 9, 2009

A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot

This is a biography by a spiritual giant of the second-half of the 20th century about a spiritual giant of the first-half of the 20th century. Amy Carmichael, who remained single her entire life and made India home, has been one of my favorite people to read about.

Elisabeth Elliot spent a lot of time researching Amy Carmichael, one of her spiritual heroes. Amy was a prolific writer, even well into her 80s, writing poetry, true accounts, and many, many letters, but that's not really what's shes known for. She's known for creating and leading the Dohnavur Fellowship, which became home to her and hundreds of children, most rescued girls who were to be given to the temple to "serve" there.

Amy Carmichael with her strong Irish roots is an interesting character and a fascinating study. She had strong opinions on nearly everything, but more importantly was concerned with serving her Lord and others.

The last twenty years of her life were spent on bedrest from complications from a fall. Being an active woman, this must have been incredibly difficult, yet she sought to continue to love and encourage those in her fellowship by writing letters, having them visit her, and even selected people to serve her who she would be able to help herself.

I found this a very interesting and fast read, and would recommend it to anyone.

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