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In our can't-stop world, where we frantically move through our days with hardly a moment of true rest and reflection, it's hard to comprehend the thought of being still, of leaving our anxiety and worry and impatience in the capable hands of a loving God. But that's exactly what Elisabeth Elliot calls us to do. Using the title of one of her favorite hymns as her unifying t In our can't-stop world, where we frantically move through our days with hardly a moment of true rest and reflection, it's hard to comprehend the thought of being still, of leaving our anxiety and worry and impatience in the capable hands of a loving God. But that's exactly what Elisabeth Elliot calls us to do. Using the title of one of her favorite hymns as her unifying theme, Elliot offers an inspiring collection of reflections on living the Christian life. Illustrating biblical concepts with her rich personal experiences as a missionary, mother, wife, widow, radio host, and internationally known public speaker, Elliot writes with clarity and elegance on topics at once timeless and timely. This lovely new repackaged edition is perfect for the busy times in which we live.


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In our can't-stop world, where we frantically move through our days with hardly a moment of true rest and reflection, it's hard to comprehend the thought of being still, of leaving our anxiety and worry and impatience in the capable hands of a loving God. But that's exactly what Elisabeth Elliot calls us to do. Using the title of one of her favorite hymns as her unifying t In our can't-stop world, where we frantically move through our days with hardly a moment of true rest and reflection, it's hard to comprehend the thought of being still, of leaving our anxiety and worry and impatience in the capable hands of a loving God. But that's exactly what Elisabeth Elliot calls us to do. Using the title of one of her favorite hymns as her unifying theme, Elliot offers an inspiring collection of reflections on living the Christian life. Illustrating biblical concepts with her rich personal experiences as a missionary, mother, wife, widow, radio host, and internationally known public speaker, Elliot writes with clarity and elegance on topics at once timeless and timely. This lovely new repackaged edition is perfect for the busy times in which we live.

30 review for Be Still My Soul: Reflections on Living the Christian Life

  1. 5 out of 5

    Barb Terpstra

    This is the second time I've read this book. Ironically, I pulled it from my shelf looking for "comfort" words, instead of words like "God included the hardships of my life in His original plan. Nothing takes Him by surprise. Nothing is for nothing. His plan is to make me holy, and hardship is indispensable for that as long as I live in this hard old world. All I have to do is accept it." I forgot how practical Elliot is, and true to God's word, and unyielding on the dying to self theme. If you This is the second time I've read this book. Ironically, I pulled it from my shelf looking for "comfort" words, instead of words like "God included the hardships of my life in His original plan. Nothing takes Him by surprise. Nothing is for nothing. His plan is to make me holy, and hardship is indispensable for that as long as I live in this hard old world. All I have to do is accept it." I forgot how practical Elliot is, and true to God's word, and unyielding on the dying to self theme. If you want to read truth, and want to be God's woman, then this book will remind you of the important truth's of God's call on our lives.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    After reading so much contemporary Christian non-fiction Elliot's book felt very fresh. Her writing style is so simple and straight forward yet profound and wise. She is more down-to-earth than I remembered from my teenage days. I highlighted so much to go back and reread and remember. Just a couple of favorites: "There is no need to fear the future, God is already there." "Those of us who are Christians are meant to reflect God's love and light to everyone we meet, becoming ourselves part of His After reading so much contemporary Christian non-fiction Elliot's book felt very fresh. Her writing style is so simple and straight forward yet profound and wise. She is more down-to-earth than I remembered from my teenage days. I highlighted so much to go back and reread and remember. Just a couple of favorites: "There is no need to fear the future, God is already there." "Those of us who are Christians are meant to reflect God's love and light to everyone we meet, becoming ourselves part of His material evidence to the world." "All our pain can be turned to praise."

  3. 5 out of 5

    Becky Pliego

    Wonderful. "For Christ bearers, there is no dichotomy between secular work and spiritual work." "We are meant to be chalices, life-bearers. As God's expression of what He is like, we become broken bread and poured-out wine. There is no greater fullness." "Events are the sacraments of the will of God- that is, they are visible signs of am invisible Reality." "Sometimes the deepest level of trust has the appearance of doing nothing. This does not go down well with our busy souls." "A quiet heart is Wonderful. "For Christ bearers, there is no dichotomy between secular work and spiritual work." "We are meant to be chalices, life-bearers. As God's expression of what He is like, we become broken bread and poured-out wine. There is no greater fullness." "Events are the sacraments of the will of God- that is, they are visible signs of am invisible Reality." "Sometimes the deepest level of trust has the appearance of doing nothing. This does not go down well with our busy souls." "A quiet heart is content with what God gives. It is enough. All is grace." "Prayer enables our hearts to be established in a place of peace that can carry us through anything the day may bring." "Holy people are always down-to-earth folks." "Praying is rarely easy for me." "To love God is to love his will." "Our problems cannot always be fixed, but they can always be accepted as the very will of God for now, and that turns them into something beautiful." "Obedience also makes us able to walk without fear." "To walk with God is to walk by faith, to trust and obey one day at a time, recognizing our never-ending need for grace." "He didn't give me a bridge over troubled waters, but He kept the promise that when I passed through the waters, He would be with me." First time read: Fall 2013 Second time read: Summer 2015 (started reading it the day after Elisabeth Elliot walked through the gates of splendor: Monday, June 15, 2015)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    Favorite quotes: "Acceptance of my circumstances, the first step in obtaining joy and peace, begins with faith." p. 30 "Psalm 16:5 is one of my life verses...'Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup and have made my lot secure.' My 'lot' is what happens to me -- my share of that which comes by the will of the Power that rules my destiny. My lot includes the circumstances of my birth, my upbringing, my job, my hardships, the people I work with, my marital status, hindrances, obstacles, acc Favorite quotes: "Acceptance of my circumstances, the first step in obtaining joy and peace, begins with faith." p. 30 "Psalm 16:5 is one of my life verses...'Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup and have made my lot secure.' My 'lot' is what happens to me -- my share of that which comes by the will of the Power that rules my destiny. My lot includes the circumstances of my birth, my upbringing, my job, my hardships, the people I work with, my marital status, hindrances, obstacles, accidents, and opportunities...nothing excepted. If I can accept that fact at every turn in the road, I have indeed stepped into His everlasting arms even more securely, and there I will find peace and joy." p. 35 "Sometimes the deepest level of trust has the appearance of doing nothing." p. 54 "'Sit still, my daughter, until you know how the matter will fall' (Ruth 3:18)...Our response is what matters. A quiet heart is content with what God gives." p. 55 "The events around us, often mundane, sometimes horrific, can speak to us more clearly than any preacher. From them, we understand bedrock truths such as humility ('I am not the center of the universe'), neediness ('I cannot provide for myself. Other people will let let me down. God will have to provide for me'), and response ('God is in charge and I will trust Him')...The joy and sorrow we experience in the circumstances of our lives speak to us about mysteries of God's sovereignty that are only apprehended by a faith-filled acceptance of every incident." p. 65 "As Jesus' suffering included the full range of human experiences, so does ours. I fall back on a simple definition of suffering: 'having what you don't want, or wanting what you don't have'...that pretty much covers the matter -- everything from the grossest injustices to the quarrel you had this morning." p. 126

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    On our own strength, we are not going to get beyond our natural emotions. But God wants to transform (yes, He really does!) every aspect of our inward selves to bring our wills and feelings under the control of His lordship. A study in transformation, this book is best read slowly. Perhaps a chapter or a section a day. Well written. Elliot shares little of her extraordinary life because that’s documented elsewhere; here she shares transforming love and obedience. Yes, she writes a lot about suffe On our own strength, we are not going to get beyond our natural emotions. But God wants to transform (yes, He really does!) every aspect of our inward selves to bring our wills and feelings under the control of His lordship. A study in transformation, this book is best read slowly. Perhaps a chapter or a section a day. Well written. Elliot shares little of her extraordinary life because that’s documented elsewhere; here she shares transforming love and obedience. Yes, she writes a lot about suffering. The deepest spiritual lesson come comes through suffering. It takes the deep water and the hot fire and the dark valley to teach us the walk of faith. Writing expressly for Christians, Elliot offers wisdom for all. The gleanings of a life well, but painfully lived. Elliot shares her heart, not get-rich or get-sanctimonious quickly formulae. Our response is what matters. A quiet heart is content with what God gives. It is enough. All is grace.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Abigail Westbrook

    There is nothing like Elisabeth’s solid, Biblical wisdom to help me refocus on truth and face life with courage. This was just what I needed to read right now.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mikejencostanzo

    About a week ago, a friend brought by some books that she was giving away for Mike and I to look through. Never one to resist the offer of free books, I took a couple that looked good, and started reading one of them right away -- Be Still My Soul by Elisabeth Ellliot. As soon as I started reading it, I knew that the book was a gift from the Lord. I even went ahead and wrote "to Jennifer" on the front flap, because I knew God had hand-picked the book just for me, and divinely arranged for it to About a week ago, a friend brought by some books that she was giving away for Mike and I to look through. Never one to resist the offer of free books, I took a couple that looked good, and started reading one of them right away -- Be Still My Soul by Elisabeth Ellliot. As soon as I started reading it, I knew that the book was a gift from the Lord. I even went ahead and wrote "to Jennifer" on the front flap, because I knew God had hand-picked the book just for me, and divinely arranged for it to land in that box of give-away books! The book is all about stillness of soul in the midst of suffering -- any kind of suffering. It addresses concepts such as: -The role of suffering in emptying us to be filled with Christ -God's pruning us to ultimately produce fruitfulness -God's blessing of giving in faith in the midst of suffering (See the story of the widow's oil & flour in I Kings 17:11-12) -Waiting on God -Choosing an attitude of acceptance & praise in the midst of suffering -Growing in humility & meekness through suffering -Developing servanthood -Peace & stillness in the midst of uncertainty -Learning to trust & obey -The role of prayer in suffering This book meant a lot to me particularly as I've been unemployed, and seeking hard for work for a month. As the days have ticked by and turned into weeks with no job offers, God has drawn me to himself in a new and deeper way. Reading Be Still My Soul helped me to understand and appreciate this process of growth through suffering that I've been experiencing. Aside from the fact that the theme of the book has been just perfect for me right now, Elisabeth Elliot's style could not have been more helpful. She spoke to my heart as if we were sitting down for a cup of coffee together, older Christian woman to younger one. And she truly speaks from experience -- God took her down an amazing road of suffering. One facet of her experience is the loss of her husband Jim Elliot, killed as a missionary. Elisabeth Elliot's words are filled with an authenticity that I know comes only from genuine experience. Her words hold power because they have been shaped by God. I'll close by quoting a few passages from the book that I want to remember: "All our little fussiness and haste, all our strong anxiety and warping care are as futile as the tugging of a little child's hand at the great iron knob of a closed and barred gate through which his loving father does not care to have him go just then." "Once we visited Spain just after the vineyards had been pruned. The vines were cut back practically to the ground leaving nothing but little stumps. it was hard to imagine that from those stubby remains would grow healthy vines bearing heavy clusters of juicy grapes. The pruning process makes us look and feel like those vines." "Do you think the Shepherd is going to make it hard for the sheep to follow Him? The Shepherd is much more interested in making sure that the sheep get to where they belong than the sheep are in getting there -- much more interested." --Jen

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Ruth Bell Graham's statement on the back cover of the book sums up Elisabeth Elliot's work pretty well. She says, "We have a way of making Christian concepts complicated, and Elisabeth has a way of untying the knots with grace." I would say that Elisabeth Elliot cuts more knots than she unties, though! She's pretty no-nonsense about most things. In this particular book, I especially appreciated the chapters titled "Acceptance and Peace," "All Things are Yours," and "Longsuffering Love" (although Ruth Bell Graham's statement on the back cover of the book sums up Elisabeth Elliot's work pretty well. She says, "We have a way of making Christian concepts complicated, and Elisabeth has a way of untying the knots with grace." I would say that Elisabeth Elliot cuts more knots than she unties, though! She's pretty no-nonsense about most things. In this particular book, I especially appreciated the chapters titled "Acceptance and Peace," "All Things are Yours," and "Longsuffering Love" (although I originally thought it was called "Longsuffering" because the main topic is suffering).

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bambi Moore

    If I could give it more than five stars, I would. You know when a book is so meaningful to a person that they hand you a copy out of a *box* of copies they keep on-hand? This is where my copy of Be Still My Soul came from. A loving friend gifted me with it. I fully understand why she kept a box. What a tool of the Lord! Although almost all of Elliot's books have changed me, this one ranks near my favorite, and is probably my "best read" of 2016. If I could give it more than five stars, I would. You know when a book is so meaningful to a person that they hand you a copy out of a *box* of copies they keep on-hand? This is where my copy of Be Still My Soul came from. A loving friend gifted me with it. I fully understand why she kept a box. What a tool of the Lord! Although almost all of Elliot's books have changed me, this one ranks near my favorite, and is probably my "best read" of 2016.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Reeds

    I've only finished the first five chapters, so far, but I can report that they're fantastic. Don't miss the last chapter. Her writings aren't bland pabulum that makes your brain glaze over, but it doesn't make you feel hopeless like you'll never attain to anything either. I hope I'm getting this analogy right, they're like baby bear's stuff, they're just right. She shares God's Love so that you feel it yourself. I've only finished the first five chapters, so far, but I can report that they're fantastic. Don't miss the last chapter. Her writings aren't bland pabulum that makes your brain glaze over, but it doesn't make you feel hopeless like you'll never attain to anything either. I hope I'm getting this analogy right, they're like baby bear's stuff, they're just right. She shares God's Love so that you feel it yourself.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Hopkins

    My go-to book for comfort.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Hillary Johnson

    This is a beautiful book. I love how Elisabeth Elliot gets to the root of my problem which is the sin in my heart. The entire book her words point to Christ. She refers to scripture and uses stories from other missionaries. Because our identity is found in Christ, we can trust that He will complete His good and perfect work in us—that is what I got from this book. My fav chapter was the one on prayer. “In recognition of our individuality, the Shephard of our souls issues a personal call. Sheep k This is a beautiful book. I love how Elisabeth Elliot gets to the root of my problem which is the sin in my heart. The entire book her words point to Christ. She refers to scripture and uses stories from other missionaries. Because our identity is found in Christ, we can trust that He will complete His good and perfect work in us—that is what I got from this book. My fav chapter was the one on prayer. “In recognition of our individuality, the Shephard of our souls issues a personal call. Sheep know the voice of the Shephard and will not follow a stranger. ‘He calls His own sheep by name and leads them out.” He is the one who calls us, who chose us. Praise God! Soo much good truth in this book. I can’t say enough good things

  13. 4 out of 5

    Clare S-B

    As always a lovely and encouraging book by Elisabeth Elliot. I put in a lot of bookmarks and will be underlining those places. Even the cover is beautiful, but it is her genuine, heartfelt words that make the book what it is. There is sure to be something in there that will speak to each reader, so I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in reading it! So worth the read!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mikayla

    This was an amazing little book just going over what it really means to live a Christian life. I loved each chapter as it reviewed different aspects of our faith. I would definitely recommend this little book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Lane

    I’ll be reading this one again.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Eliana

    I never cease to be amazed by Elisabeth Elliot's words. Some books about faith have bits and pieces of truth scattered throughout the ink on the paper. Others ramble, or neglect to back up their reflections with Scripture. Still more ignore the Trinity, focusing on one or two rather than all three of the Persons of God. Elisabeth Elliot does none of these things. Each sentence she writes is purposeful, full of grace, and can stand alone. Yet as a whole, these sentences come together to create a be I never cease to be amazed by Elisabeth Elliot's words. Some books about faith have bits and pieces of truth scattered throughout the ink on the paper. Others ramble, or neglect to back up their reflections with Scripture. Still more ignore the Trinity, focusing on one or two rather than all three of the Persons of God. Elisabeth Elliot does none of these things. Each sentence she writes is purposeful, full of grace, and can stand alone. Yet as a whole, these sentences come together to create a beautiful picture of what it means to follow the Lord with one's entire life. I am always deeply moved by the things Elliot shares, and I am thankful that God gave her the gift of writing, that so many of us might be blessed by her own walk with Christ. Struggling or rejoicing, this is a beautiful little book that illuminates what it truly means to be still before Him.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bekah

    I loved this book. Elisabeth Elliot has such wisdom to share! She talks about some important points as we endeavor to be Christ-bearers, and how we need to be servant's to others, be longsuffering, to walk with Jesus, and these are just a few of the many things she discusses with the reader in this book. This was such a refreshing read and one that I highly recommend. I recommend this book to ages 14 and up. I loved this book. Elisabeth Elliot has such wisdom to share! She talks about some important points as we endeavor to be Christ-bearers, and how we need to be servant's to others, be longsuffering, to walk with Jesus, and these are just a few of the many things she discusses with the reader in this book. This was such a refreshing read and one that I highly recommend. I recommend this book to ages 14 and up.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    A few favorite quotes: - "There is no need to fear the future, God is already there." - "God included the hardships of my life in His original plan. Nothing takes Him by surprise. Nothing is for nothing. His plan is to make me holy, and hardship is indispensable for that as long as I live in this hard old world. All I have to do is accept it."" - "Our problems cannot always be fixed, but they can always be accepted as the very will of God for now." A few favorite quotes: - "There is no need to fear the future, God is already there." - "God included the hardships of my life in His original plan. Nothing takes Him by surprise. Nothing is for nothing. His plan is to make me holy, and hardship is indispensable for that as long as I live in this hard old world. All I have to do is accept it."" - "Our problems cannot always be fixed, but they can always be accepted as the very will of God for now."

  19. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

    I have for years admired Elisabeth Elliot. Her and Jim Elliot's love story had a profound effect on me during my teen years. I felt so challenged by their life and hearts for the Lord. Again, Elisabeth Elliot has challenged me and offered me many thoughts to ponder and verses to draw comfort from. Be Still My Soul is such an incredibly good book that reminded me God is truly in control and nothing is out of His hands. I have for years admired Elisabeth Elliot. Her and Jim Elliot's love story had a profound effect on me during my teen years. I felt so challenged by their life and hearts for the Lord. Again, Elisabeth Elliot has challenged me and offered me many thoughts to ponder and verses to draw comfort from. Be Still My Soul is such an incredibly good book that reminded me God is truly in control and nothing is out of His hands.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    You just can't go wrong adding a book by Elisabeth Elliot to your reading list at least once a year. She writes with such a beautiful unshakeable confidence in the sovereignty of God and brings life to your daily walk in a simple, straightforward manner that makes you feel so encouraged and refreshed. You just can't go wrong adding a book by Elisabeth Elliot to your reading list at least once a year. She writes with such a beautiful unshakeable confidence in the sovereignty of God and brings life to your daily walk in a simple, straightforward manner that makes you feel so encouraged and refreshed.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    If I could recommend one book to you right now, this is it. All the lessons I've learned from Elisabeth Elliot are wrapped up in one book. I find myself re-reading the chapter "In Acceptance Lieth Peace". I don't know of a better book to disciple ourselves or someone else. If I could recommend one book to you right now, this is it. All the lessons I've learned from Elisabeth Elliot are wrapped up in one book. I find myself re-reading the chapter "In Acceptance Lieth Peace". I don't know of a better book to disciple ourselves or someone else.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    As always, Elisabeth Elliot delivers a well-written book that will challenge your Christian faith. Although this is a collection of devotional articles that were previously published as stand-alone works, they have been organized into a cohesive book about how to live the Christian life.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    I've profited greatly by rereading a number of Elizabeth Elliot's books in the past few weeks. I'm so thankful for her unique blend of spiritual maturity and elegant simplicity. She renders complicated biblical truths practical and immediately applicable. What a gift. I've profited greatly by rereading a number of Elizabeth Elliot's books in the past few weeks. I'm so thankful for her unique blend of spiritual maturity and elegant simplicity. She renders complicated biblical truths practical and immediately applicable. What a gift.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Elimoore

    A great devotional. Elisabeth Elliott is a steadfast, faithful voice in the midst of such banality. Wisdom abounds.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Stacy Durham

    I love the way she writes and expresses her intimate relationship with Christ...it challenges me. I love her boldness and the wisdom she has been given.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Absolutely wonderful quick read by one of my most favorite authors. She has so much wisdom; I always learn new, pertinent truths from her.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jaclynn

    With this book Elisabeth gave me some clarity and showed me how to give up all the turmoil to the Lord and experience the peace He wants for me.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kate Nieuwsma

    A classic Elliot: encouraging, convicting, solidly biblical. She brings the reader back - again and again - to the basics of the faith. A perfect daily devotional read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Septie Yan

    This a good book, can be your friend on a storm

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    I always love anything by Elisabeth Elliot.

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