Tuesday, December 27, 2005

End of the Spear

This is a great book! Got it for Christmas and just started it but so far it is awsome.

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.

There is also a movie comeing January 20 with the same title END of the SPEAR check it out.


At 12/27/2005 9:20 AM, Blogger Daniel Mann said...

Looks like a good book. I'll have to put in on my reading list,some where between #10 and #32,000.

It looks like it will be a great movie as well.
Thanks for the post
Soli Deo Gloria

At 12/29/2005 5:19 PM, Blogger stephen said...

It is a great book. I give it two pudgy phalangies up.

At 1/02/2006 4:00 AM, Blogger Carson Allen said...


Did you go out and shoot today


At 1/02/2006 4:55 PM, Blogger Julianne said...


Can you do coffee tonight (Monday) at 7:00 at s-bucks by B&N? A couple of us are meeting there. Hope you had a great day up at the mountain!


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