Amy Carmichael's (1867-1951) life was one of simple, determined obedience to God, regardless of the consequences. Her service in India is a vivid example of the impact one person who will fear God and nothing else can have. Driven by love, sustained by faith and determination, this young woman from Northern Ireland defied the cruel barriers of India's caste system.
- Disappointingly low view of Christ and the Bible, good overview of the great work God did through Amy Carmichael.
Good introduction to the marvelous things Christ did through her life.
But it is disappointingly shallow, having a low view of Christ and His Word.
Two thirds into the book and I think I haven't heard Christ mentioned even once. "Jesus" was mentioned twice I think, once as a quote from the Gospels. Never as God, never as Lord, never as one who should be loved and worshiped.
Often "God" is mentioned, but even then rarely as someone majestic and holy and exciting and the source of the greatest joy and awe.
The Bible is rarely emphasized, the guidance of God is usually something that Amy "felt" or "had a strong impression".
Would have really liked to be encouraged to love Christ more and do more for Him, but I guess I should use a different biography, maybe the one Elisabeth Elliot wrote, since she always point towards holiness and love for Christ.
- I am inspired by her life, dedicated to God
The biography inspires me, by example, to live a life dedicated to serve God in obedient humbleness. It also shows how God allows difficulties so as to break the power of the old nature and release Christ in the Christian's life .
- Faith building
These YWAM Christian biographies are very well done and show both the human frailty of the missionaries but also how God can perform the most amazing feats through them to help bring the unsaved into the Kingdom of God.
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- One of the best books I have ever read.
One of the best books I have ever read. Amy started by discipling the destitute shawlee women of the Irish slums and lived like they did to prove that one could serve the Lord in their situations. In the midst of a very fruitful work, she felt the call to bring the gospel to foreign lands, and left the shawlee work in the hands of her able disciples. She was rejected by the China Inland mission because of her health but persevered and went to Japan, where she challenged accepted limitations and was fruitful, but had to be sent home due to health after a short time. A friend wrote her that the climate in Bangalore, India would do her well, so she left another fruitful work in Ireland for India. In India, she was appalled at the fruitlessness of the missionaries and their satisfaction with the status quo. She broke rank with them and produced remaining fruit. She had saved so many children from being dedicated to a life as a temple prostitute. When she passed, she asked that no marker be put on her grave. The people obeyed her request except that they put a birdbath on her grave with only the Indian word, "Amma", meaning "mother" on it. This brought me to tears and to cry out loud, which I rarely do.