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. She chose to be single for the Kingdom as she believed that God was leading her to do that but then effectively created a single-parent family due to the needs she saw in India. It comes across in the book as if she remained single partly due to her belief that men were somehow inferior spiritually--she believed that some of the passages in the NT about women in the church don't apply to us today. One of her long term male workers became conflicted when his wife was asking him to return to England with her and the children and Amy was telling him he should stay for the sake of the life-long call he had received to the work. I think changes were made to this aspect of the ministry in Amy's latter years and she endorsed the changes which can only be a positive thing. I think Amy would've benefitted from friends who were her spiritual/intellectual equals to keep her independent spirit in check at times. Having said these things, I think we can all learn from her life, work and mistakes.
Having read this several times before going to India as a missionary myself, I was greatly encouraged in everything about Indian soil. I totally disagree with women missionaries who, in order to serve God to their fullest ability, shun the idea of marriage.
She saw my love for kids and wanted me to read this book. I did like her a lot when I first read "Amy of Dohnavur" by Frank L. It's just as informative but shorter and not as hard to read) but some of the more detailed points of her life and the way that the Dohnavur was run under her command as well as her position, some of her beliefs and just her. Anyway, I am glad that I read this book because it gave me a more complete view of Amy where I don't love her the way I did before I knew her this way, and it's also super fat and to add it to my bookshelf and say I read it is also awesome.
Wiersbe's book: 50 People Every Christian Should Know. Sure she upset many people, but in dangerous life and death times Amy did her best - her community loved her for it. I read this book hoping to understand clearly her theology.
I remember at one point, i was thinking why would someone write about such uninteresting facts like a sickening journey or of common days (after days after days), but realized in the end, it is this together with patience and motivation that builds up character. Nonetheless I still find it unexplainable how this very common woman nearly 100 years ago, could build up and lead till her later 80s and despite all the sickness, a community such as the DF... But faith knows where to take them.pg.55 If I by doing some work which the undiscerning consider 'not spiritual work' I can best help others, and I inwardly rebel, thinking it is the spiritual for which I crave, when in truth it is the interesting and exciting, then I know nothing of Calvary love.pg 183 ->she first heard when she got to Asia, that missionaries don't really get along with each others, so she tried to prove this wrong when it came to her by doing differently... Manliness is not mere courage, it is the quality of soul which frankly accepts all conditions in human life and makes it a point of honor not to be dismayed or wearied by them In one of his letters Murray called Amy 'the skipper'.There was no question of her authority.
She became aware of the practice in India, of a way that people got rid of their unwanted children and babies. Never soliciting funds for this outreach, people in England learned of her desire to found a safe haven for these children. She was fond of sending notes of love and encouragement to those on the Center grounds as well as those who were expressing an interest in coming from England to serve. The children who grew up at the Center loved her. Amy showed the value of an individual life through her faith.
Summary: The life story of missionary Amy Carmichael. My Thoughts: Although I enjoyed reading the story of Amy Carmichael's life. The entire focus of Carmichael's life was in the mission work entrusted to her by God in India. 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. One of the most interesting and sad aspects of the book for me was Carmichael's work with the children in India.
I admire Amy Carmichaels life-long passion to follow Jesus and serve disenfranchised children. Over the years the ministry faced immense financial hardships, poor facilities, outbreaks of deadly disease, internal strife, and the constant threat of government intervention. I was convicted by Amys relentless and risky love for the children.
A year after I went to Ecuador, Jim Elliot, whom I had met at Wheaton, also entered tribal areas with the Quichua Indians. After the discovery of their whereabouts, Jim and four other missionaries entered Auca territory. 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.