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Through Gates of Splendor (Elliot)

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Hendrickson Publishers

 It was in the autumn of 1955 that five young men launched Operation Auca, a mission to share the gospel with a fierce and isolated Stone Age tribe living in the jungles of Ecuador

From there a compelling story of courage and devotion to Christ unfolds – a story of obedience and martyrdom, a story that shocked the world and continues to transform lives even decades later. Recounted by Elisabeth Elliot, widow of pilot Jim Elliot, using private journals, letters, and photographs, the story remains profoundly influential. 

Table of Contents:

  1. ‘I Dare Not Stay Home’
  2. Destination: Shandia
  3. ‘All Things to All Men’
  4. Infinite Adaptability
  5. ‘Expendable for God’
  6. Missionary to the Head-Shrinking Jivaros
  7. Breaking Jungle Barriers
  8. The Aucas
  9. September 1955
  10. Operation Auca Begins
  11. A Line from Plane to Ground
  12. The Savages Respond
  13. The Search for ‘Palm Beach’
  14. An Auca on the Path
  15. Why Did the Men Go?
  16. ‘We Go Not Forth Alone’
  17. Success on Firady
  18. Silence
  19. ‘Yet Have We Not Forgotten Thee’ 



Elisabeth Elliot (born 1926) is a Christian author and evangelist. Her first husband, Jim Elliot, was killed in 1956 while attempting to make missionary contact with the Huaroni of eastern Ecuador. She later spent two years as a missionary to the tribe members who killed her husband. Returning to the United States after many years in South America, she became widely known as the author of over twenty books and as a speaker in constant demand.



Through Gates of Splendor is a powerful wake-up call to all who may feel reluctant about serving Christ. Many years have passed since I first read it…and I am still grateful. In fact, I would say, without hesitation, God used this book to change my life.” – Chuck Swindoll

“Skillfully written, fast-moving, Through Gates of Splendor is more than just a book: it is a spiritual experience,” – Christianity Today

“It will make anyone at least a little humbler in the face of men and women like those whose story it tells. Enormously moving photographs…but what the text amply documents…is the clear dedication of them all.” – The New York Times