Monthly Archives: August 2011

Amy Carmichael

Amy Carmichael came from Northern Ireland and was a missionary to India for many years – you can read much of her biography here.

I’m currently reading her biography by Elisabeth Elliot – A Chance to Die.

While there are certainly some aspects of Amy’s theology which are questionable we can undoubtedly learn a lot from this Godly woman.

“Where the Will of God and the will of the flesh are in conflict there will be rough water, and if the flesh does not yield to the Spirit there must follow the painful breaking up of hopes and expectations, even as the timbers of that ship were broken up with the violence of the waves”.

“There is no promise of calm waters for any mariner, but our Lord can give the faith that can ride out against any high and proud winds and waves.  And He can come to our succour though our sea seemeth all to be on fire”.

(from Amy’s own book “Though the Mountains Shake”)

I wonder if there is a possibility that Amy Carmichael may be the female Author from Northern Ireland who has written the most books (the male being CS Lewis) – any thoughts?

I find it surprising that her writings are so little known today considering Elisabeth Elliot describes her as her first Spiritual Mother.  “For a time, I suppose, I thought she must have been perfect, and that was good enough for me.  As I grew up I knew she could not have been perfect, and that was better, for it meant that I might possibly walk in her footprints.  If we demand perfect models we will have, except for he Son of man Himself, none at all.”  Preface A Chance to Die”.

I look forward to reading more of her own writings……..