(Review) A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot
Publisher: Republished by Revell.
Genre: Nonfiction, biography, missionary.
Rating: 4 stars for very good.
Further links on Amy Carmichael:
The Amy Carmichael Story, from The Torchlighters (DVD)
Gospel Fellowship Association
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.
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, I believe Carmichael was captured just as she was. She was a private, no-nonsense, serious, devoted, moral, dedicated, persevering, steadfast, faithful, and intelligent person. And these qualities come through in her biography. The entire focus of Carmichael's life was in the mission work entrusted to her by God in India.
I've read remarks that she was against marriage. She was against marriage as far as her own life was concerned. She did think it best to not marry if a person was going to dedicate themselves as she had done. But, she was not against marriage. God had called her to "something different." Her "face" was set "like flint" in her mission. See Isaiah 50:7, Luke 9:51.
A Chance to Die is written chronologically, from birth (1867) and childhood in Ireland, to her "calling," to the first missionary journey to Japan, and her lengthy mission work in India, until death in 1951.
Quotes are often mentioned from Carmichael's books.
Carmichael was a devoted reader of the devotional Daily Light. This book is also quoted from in the book. I'm familiar with this book as I have read from it daily since 1999.
One of the most interesting and sad aspects of the book for me was Carmichael's work with the children in India. The little girls that were given by their parents to the Hindu temple as babies, later grew in to the horrific role of the sex trade. Carmichael worked to find girls (of all ages) willing to leave this life and live in her mission home. In modern times we hear about the sex-trade business affecting children, but this is not something new.