No Graven Image Author:Elisabeth Elliot Margaret Sparhawk, twenty-five years old and long dedicated to the ideal of missionary service, settled among the Quichua Indians in the high Andes of Ecuador to bring them the message of her faith. She knew, in theory, the difficulties she was likely to face, but she was young, confident, sincere. How could she fail? — Making inroads among the p... more »rimitive mountain people proved painfully slow, but Margaret was stubborn and persistent, and at last, through Pedro Chimbu and his children (while his wife watched suspiciously from the corner of their hut), she learned their language, told them of her beliefs, began to translate the Gospels.
Then came a medical triumph (the white senorita delivered a feet-first baby and it lived!) and the word spread. The Indians who came to her classes and her clinics were open to other persuasions as well.
But nothing in her sheltered life had prepared her for the shock of finding out that she, as well as the Indians, had much to learn. An innocent act, a terrible tragedy -- and Margaret faced her God and herself in a final testing.
Readers of this moving and dramatic novel will find Margaret's story absorbing and provocative. And in the questions it gives rise to -- of ends and means, of high motive and unforeseeable result, of the obligations a benefactor really assumes -- there is meaning for everyone whose sense of life requires service beyond the self.« less