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Steve Saint was five years old when his father, missionary pilot Nate Saint, was speared to death by a primitive Ecuadorian tribe. In adulthood, Steve, having left Ecuador for a successful business career in the United States, never imagined making the jungle his home again. But when that same tribe asks him to help them, Steve, his wife, and their teenage children move back to the jungle. There, Steve learns long-buried secrets about his father's murder, confronts difficult choices, and finds himself caught between two worlds. Soon to be a major motion picture (January 2006), End of the Spear brilliantly chronicles the continuing story that first captured the world's attention in the bestselling book, Through Gates of Splendor.
In this heartfelt memoir, Saint writes about growing up with the Ecuadoran tribe whose members killed his father in 1956, and about taking his wife and teenage children back to Ecuador in the 1990s to live among them again. Many of Saint's readers will be familiar with the spearing deaths of five American missionaries by Auca Indians a half-century ago, a story recounted by Elisabeth Elliot in Through Gates of Splendor (1996 revised edition). Saint, who was four years old at the time of the murders, adds to that familiarity with this account of his deep, familial bond with his father's assassin. Specifically, Saint debunks myths about the tribe. He explains that Auca, which means naked savage, is a derogatory name given to the tribe by outsiders, and that they are actually called the Waodani. While he does not dispute that they were vicious killers before they converted to Christianity soon after they murdered Saint's father, he takes pains to help his readers understand what led the Waodani to their murderous worldview. In a long passage, he tells the story of the 1956 murders from the Waodani perspective. Most of the book is devoted to his latest experiences with his Waodani family. Although Saint is not a very accomplished writer, his voice is authentic and humble, and his story will undoubtedly inspire many.
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This changed my life
Being touched by the lives of people who had before followed a path filled with anger, hatred and violence, and who now follow God’s path leading to love, forgiveness, and peace, I have come to understand that all things happen for God’s Devine purpose. We may not understand why God allows so much plain for his children and for those following his will, but we have to trust that God will never leave our side and will instead walk with us through whatever valley or storms we may have to travel through. We know that our reward is waiting for us and we shall see our creator one day when our purpose on this earth is fulfilled.
This is the moving story about a terribly violent event in history that was part of God's tapestry woven to yield powerful results. Truly, if one person's life (or death) leads another into a relationship with Christ, that life was not in vain.
This book, in my opinion, is such an amazing testimony of the work of God! I was familiar with the Jim Elliott story prior to reading this book and had seen the movie The End of the Spear, but, like most movies, many details were left out of the movie. Definitely worth reading!