Becoming Elisabeth Elliot: A New Biography You’ve Got to Read!

Becoming Elisabeth Elliot: A New Biography You’ve Got to Read!

Ellen Vaughn has written the first of a two-part biography on the life of Elisabeth Elliot. I’ve just finished reading it. In a word, it is delicious! What an incredible woman of God. Do yourself a favor and rush to purchase this extraordinary story of a remarkable lady whom God used in so many ways.

For those who may not know the name, Elisabeth Elliot (d. 2015) was a young missionary in Ecuador who was married to Jim Elliot. In January 1956, soon after arriving in a remote jungle region, Elisabeth’s twenty-eight-year-old husband, Jim, and four other men, were violently speared to death by an Amazonian Tribe, the Waodani—they were killed as they were attempting to take the gospel of Jesus to this primitive people group.

Elisabeth not only forgave the Waodani, but ended up moving into their village with her small, toddler daughter Valerie. The story continues from there to the many challenges and hurdles Betty Elliot overcame as she sought to be faithful to the calling God had given her. Ellen Vaughn had unusual access to the diaries of Elliot and has given us a realistic, candid portrayal of a very unusual saint of the living God. We see Elisabeth in good times and bad times. We see her pour out her heart and soul in her journals. The entries are raw and jarring at times—but also very encouraging. We see her tenacious faith in God, and her struggle with the evangelical subculture that wanted to make her into a rock star. This is one of the best biographies I’ve read in a long time. Don’t miss this treasure!