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

A Chance to Die The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael A Chance to Die is a vibrant portrayal of Amy Carmichael an Irish missionary and writer who spent fifty three years in south India without furlough There she became known as Amma or mother as she f

  • Title: A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael
  • Author: Elisabeth Elliot
  • ISBN: 9780800730895
  • Page: 497
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Chance to Die is a vibrant portrayal of Amy Carmichael, an Irish missionary and writer who spent fifty three years in south India without furlough There she became known as Amma, or mother, as she founded the Dohnavur Fellowship, a refuge for underprivileged children Amy s life of obedience and courage stands as a model for all who claim the name of Christ SheA Chance to Die is a vibrant portrayal of Amy Carmichael, an Irish missionary and writer who spent fifty three years in south India without furlough There she became known as Amma, or mother, as she founded the Dohnavur Fellowship, a refuge for underprivileged children Amy s life of obedience and courage stands as a model for all who claim the name of Christ She was a woman with desires and dreams, faults and fears, who gave her life unconditionally to serve her Master Bringing Amma to life through inspiring photos and compelling biographical narrative, Elisabeth Elliot urges readers to examine the depths of their own commitment to Christ.

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      From the Author s Web Site My parents were missionaries in Belgium where I was born When I was a few months old, we came to the U.S and lived in Germantown, not far from Philadelphia, where my father became an editor of the Sunday School Times Some of my contemporaries may remember the publication which was used by hundreds of churches for their weekly unified Sunday School teaching materials Our family continued to live in Philadelphia and then in New Jersey until I left home to attend Wheaton College By that time, the family had increased to four brothers and one sister My studies in classical Greek would one day enable me to work in the area of unwritten languages to develop a form of writing A year after I went to Ecuador, Jim Elliot, whom I had met at Wheaton, also entered tribal areas with the Quichua Indians In nineteen fifty three we were married in the city of Quito and continued our work together Jim had always hoped to have the opportunity to enter the territory of an unreached tribe The Aucas were in that category a fierce group whom no one had succeeded in meeting without being killed After the discovery of their whereabouts, Jim and four other missionaries entered Auca territory After a friendly contact with three of the tribe, they were speared to death Our daughter Valerie was 10 months old when Jim was killed I continued working with the Quichua Indians when, through a remarkable providence, I met two Auca women who lived with me for one year They were the key to my going in to live with the tribe that had killed the five missionaries I remained there for two years After having worked for two years with the Aucas, I returned to the Quichua work and remained there until 1963 when Valerie and I returned to the U.S.Since then, my life has been one of writing and speaking It also included, in 1969, a marriage to Addison Leitch, professor of theology at Gordon Conwell Seminary in Massachusetts He died in 1973 After his death I had two lodgers in my home One of them married my daughter, the other one, Lars Gren, married me Since then we have worked together.

    246 thoughts on “A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael”

    1. This is the first book I have read about the life and work of Amy Carmichael and I have to say that I was surprised by the content. I feel conflicted as to how to review and rate this book as there were so many positive and negative aspects.Amy believed she was called to China but subsequently ended up in India where she ministered for 55 years--with over a decade spent as a "shut-in" after an accident. Evangelism had been her focus and I found myself admiring her singlemindedness and lack of in [...]


    2. Sooo I got this book from my pastor's wife. She saw my love for kids and wanted me to read this book. THE BOOK: 3.14 stars. (KELLYN!!! 😂)So the book itself isn't bad at all. It's long and had a lot of details and other stuff and yeah. It's really descriptive of Amma (or Amy)'s life and I do highly recommend it if you're like studying her life for school or just for personal reasons. However, this is not an entertainment and took me about 3 months to finish. It was hard to get through more tha [...]


    3. Having read this several times before going to India as a missionary myself, I was greatly encouraged in everything about Indian soil.I tried my hardest to follow in Ms. Carmichael's footsteps. Her faith, above anything, was what I geared towards.I first read the book at age 12, and then re-read it and re-read it again during preparation for my first trip to India when I was 18. I could NOT wait to get there!I loved the book - especially from Mrs. Gren's perspective - it was a very enjoyable rea [...]


    4. A truthful description of missionary life, I'd say, since I was used -when it came to missionaries - to think only in terms of miracles, sparcles, intense and interesting life. It captures the prosaic, the long years of learning languages, the tedious days of impossible weather, even the "unfruitfulness" we all have to deal with at one point of our lives. It's an account of a woman with weaknesses, sterness, though with a strong character, belief, determination. I find it extremely balanced!!I r [...]


    5. A wonderful introduction to an amazing Godly woman. A true servant of Christ with much wisdom that we can still benefit from today.


    6. Amy Carmichael is one of my favorite missionaries, and this biography by Elisabeth Elliot was a unique look into her life unlike other biographies I've read. It felt more personal, perhaps, since the author took efforts to include many personal writings and such in the book. No one is perfect, though, and although I admire much of Amy Carmichael's life and work, I wouldn't say that I agreed with all of her personal beliefs (or perhaps lack of beliefs in certain areas)? Still, her life of devotio [...]


    7. In a time of male domination in the Victorian Era, Amy Carmichael was called by God to the Missions field. As Elizabeth Elliot tells the story, Amy determined to follow her Lord in spite of many issues that would not qualify her for service abroad. She had chronic pain and was not a particularly strong woman in sense of physical health. She found learning foreign languages difficult, and found conflict resolution very distasteful. She wasn't a team player, things needed to be her way, period. Me [...]


    8. Summary:The life story of missionary Amy Carmichael. From her childhood, to her missionary work in Japan and India. Elisabeth Elliot's reference material was from previously published books written by Amy Carmichael and the Dohnavur Family.My Thoughts:Although I enjoyed reading the story of Amy Carmichael's life. The book is not warm with intimacy in regards to the character of Carmichael. At first sight, it seems Elisabeth Elliot didn't capture or flesh-out the person of Amy Carmichael. However [...]


    9. I admire Amy Carmichael’s life-long passion to follow Jesus and serve disenfranchised children. In her teens her burden was for factory girls, ‘shallies’, who were so poor that they couldn't afford hats to wear to church, so they wore shawls over their heads. The ministry grew to over 300 children, and Amy had to secure her own building for the ministry. Amy's first overseas assignment was to Japan for 15 months. She struggled to learn the language and the customs of the Japanese people, b [...]


    10. Wow, I was so excited to read about this lady. What an amazing person.I first heard about her in Warren W. Wiersbe's book: 50 People Every Christian Should Know. Probably the greatest collection of human beings ever assembled in one book. Amy's small bio just blew me away - A women who ended up in India saving small children from the abuses of Indian culture and Temple Prostitution. It appeared that Amy feared no one - and she made alot of people angry in the process: I applaud her. She even ups [...]


    11. Amy's life story starts out a little dry, but when you follow her to India and realize the challenges she had every single day, the story takes you into another world and into the mind and heart of one of the Saints "who from their labors rest; to Thee, by faith, before the world confessed".


    12. It is a blessing and encouragement to read about a life so fully dedicated to the Lord. Amy Carmichael could have lived very comfortably in England, could have married, had children, but she gave up all of that in order to go to India and spend her life preaching the gospel and rescuing children who were given to temples to serve as prostitutes. “Her great longing was to have a 'single eye' for the glory of God. Whatever might blur the vision God had given her of His work, whatever could distr [...]


    13. I feel terrible that I didn’t like this book. After all, its written by one great missionary about another great missionary, its supposed to be inspiring. But I just couldn’t get on board and nearly stopped reading numerous times. Amy Carmichael, missionary to India in the late-19th, early 20th century is a significant figure. She truly died to all desires to run an orphanage. But I found her manner irritating and over-righteous. Much of her writing and experience reminded me of George Muell [...]


    14. I don't recommend this to you if you are under 15 or if you are reading this younger with a PG-13 rating.Nothing is in detail but if you're older you know things and some things that, you should not know about yet. I only knew the PG cartoon version of her life until I read this book (and I was old enough. But when I got this book and started it, I was only like 14 and I am glad,I put it on my self for later, which was now)Anyway it is amazing if you are ready for it.


    15. "The devil does not care how many hospitals we build, any more than he cares how many schools and colleges we put up, if only he can pull our ideals down, and sidetrack us on to anything of any sort except the living of holy, loving, humble lives, and the bringing of men, women and children to know our Lord Jesus Christ not only as Savior but as Sovereign Lord."Every work undertaken in obedience to a divine command, whether the work be that form of conflict with the powers of darkness that we ca [...]




    16. “She felt keenly her own helplessness, awkwardness, and ignorance, and begged her friends at home to pray. She deplored the tendency she found in herself to do more talking and writing about praying than actual praying. She lacked practice, she wrote, so it was a small wonder she was an infant in prayer speech. Would her friends at home help? Would they, when they wakened in the night or were busy at work and her name flashed into mind, would they recognize it as God’s telegram to remind the [...]


    17. I am an avid reader, but for some reason this book failed to grip my attention. I enjoyed the first few chapters about Amy Carmichael's youth, but somehow my interest waned toward the end; I had to make myself finish it just for the sake of finishing it, without really caring about the story. Maybe it has to do with my own age, but I failed to identify with the more mature Amy Carmichael, and so my empathy decreased. Much as I admire Amy Carmichael personally, somehow this book failed to bring h [...]


    18. I started reading it because a friend recomended it then gave me a copy. I had nothing better on my current reading list. I slowly read it throughout a semester in school and forgot about until this past week. Within this past week I have not only finished one of the most incredible books I have ever read, but I have found one of those few books that works its way into your heart and stays there. I am currently morning the fact that now that I am done and I will have to give this copy back to my [...]


    19. People seem to either really love this book or find it completely unreadable & I can see why. The manner of Amy Charmichael's upbringing reminded me of Little Women-- strong Victorian ideals, lots of spiritual nurturing and sentimental nicknames ("Motherie"? Rlly?). One of the best things about this book is that it illustrates that people really lived this way once. Amy truly believed that the highest spiritual standards should be attempted. True, she also had tendencies that are considered [...]


    20. This is a wonderful book. It is the story of Amy Carmichael, a woman who gave her life to rescuing children from temple prostitution in India. It challenges the reader to confront what Amy referred to as "nominal Christianity". As I read about Amy Carmichael's dedication to Jesus and all that she gave up for the sake of the Kingdom I was convicted and inspired. Elliot does a wonderful example of protraying Amy just as she was: a real woman in the midst of a real battle.


    21. Fascinating, encouraging, and very readable. Elliot managed to portray Amy Carmichael in all her glory without putting her on a pedestal. Definitely recommended for people who want a nice intro to Amy Carmichael (or for people like me, who have only read children's biographies). Elliot is a talented writer and her admiration for the wonder that was Amy's spiritual life (especially her prayer life) comes through on every page. I'm very glad that I read it.


    22. Truly inspiring. Thought provoking and convicting without meaning to be so. This is a book I will come back to again and again.


    23. A challenging story of a woman who trusted God completely, walked intimately with Him, and saved the lives of many.A book someone tells you "changed my life"


    24. Excellent book by an excellent author. Amy was not without fault however she knew well the union she had in Christ. She was prepared to suffer in any way because He had suffered for her.


    25. ~~~From Scraps, a family writing, what she thought regarding raising/giving money:"And they came both men and women as many as were willing-hearted, and brought bracelets and earrings and tablets and jewels of gold, and every man that offered, offered and offering of gold unto the Lord." (Exodus 35.22) Three things we may notice:1st as many as were willing-hearted2nd brought their own possessions3rd unto the Lord.Now we give unto Mrs. So and So who wrote us a begging letter, or Miss So and So wh [...]


    26. Although A Chance to Die did have many inspiring thoughts and moments, there was much in it that seemed lacking in my opinion. I have read other missionary stories that I have enjoyed far better. (For example: Evidence Not Seen: A Woman's Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of World War II and Bruchko - Revised: The astonishing true story of a 19-year-old American-his capture by the Motilone Indians and his adventures in Christianizing the Stone Age tribe. )Some definite faults that I saw were that [...]


    27. Amy Carmichael understood true discipleship and lived it out. At a very young age she felt called to the mission field, followed God's guidance, and eventually went to India, where she would spend fifty-three years without furlough. While there, Amy founded the Dohnavur Fellowship, a refuge for children in moral danger- children who were orphaned or unwanted and sold to the temple, Amy became a mother for these children, and so they called her "Amma."Even today, Amy's life of obedience and coura [...]


    28. Wow! What an adventure! I just went through many countries, two centuries, a World War, and too many adventures, battles, struggles, and victories to number with Amy Carmichael. An altogether fantastically-written (and perfectly unbiased) biography by Elisabeth Elliot! I really enjoyed it. Ms. Carmichael ended up being much different than I had anticipated. Turns out, she's feisty, headstrong, a bit feminist, partial to Europeans (superiority complex?), and secretive. Not really your average Vic [...]


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