Through Gates of Splendor, Condensed Version

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Printed Book




United States




Printed on Paper


7.5 × 5.6 × 0.08 in. (19.0 × 14.2 × 0.2 cm)

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This is a condensed version of Elisabeth Elliot’s book Through Gates of Splendor by Abe C. Van Der Puy for Reader’s Digest. Elisabeth Elliot (1926–2015) was a missionary to the Waodäni people of Ecuador in the 1950s with her husband, Jim Elliot. She chose to stay and live with the tribe after a Waodäni hunting party killed Jim and four other missionaries in 1956. After Jim’s death, Elisabeth was encouraged to write about what happened. She resisted at first, not wanting to turn attention to herself, and thus away from the work, but eventually realized that telling the story would help the mission continue. Excerpts from her book were released in various magazines and newsletters prior to the release of the book in 1957.

Published in 1956 by Reader’s Digest Association, Inc. Pleasantville, New York. Acquired by Elisabeth Elliot (1926–2015); Via death in 2015 to Lars Gren, Little Rock, Arkansas; Donated in 2020 to Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

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