Book cover: A Chance to Die -  The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichae by Elisabeth Elliot

A Chance to Die:

The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael

by Elisabeth Elliot

Elisabeth Elliot calls Amy Carmichael her "first spiritual mother." She was inspired by her books, "I saw that the chance to die, to be crucified with Christ, was not a morbid thing, but the very gateway to Life."

A Chance to Die is the story of Amy Carmichael who was born in Millisle on the coast of Ireland. She had a strict upbringing yet happy childhood. At seventeen Amy had an experience that influenced her decision to build with "Gold, silver, precious stones" instead of "wood, hay, stubble."

The author does not present her heroine as a perfect saint. She has interviewed family members, read personal correspondence, Miss Carmichael's books, and researched her subject thoroughly. Then she has written a biography with all the suspense and color of a great novel.

Amy Carmichael never married. She was a missionary in Japan, China, Ceylon, and then she established the Dohnavur Fellowship in India. This mission was the means for rescuing children from temple prostitution.

The life of Amy Carmichael is a testimony to the impact one dedicated woman can make. Elisabeth Elliot brings her to life in A Chance to Die and allows the reader to appreciate her accomplishments and understand the cost she paid.

Book Review
By Scarlett Stough
Title: A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael
Author: Elisabeth Elliot copyright 1987
Publisher: Fleming H. Revell, a division of Baker Book House Company


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