• Devotedly


The Personal Letters and Love Story of Jim and Elisabeth Elliot

Their paths to God’s purpose led them together.

Many know the heroic story of Jim Elliot’s violent death in 1956, killed along with four other missionaries by a primitive Ecuadorian tribe they were seeking to reach. Many also know the prolific legacy of Elisabeth Elliot, whose inspiring influence on generations of believers through print, broadcast, and personal testimony continues to resonate, even after her own death in 2015.

What many don’t know is the remarkable story of how these two stalwart personalities—single-mindedly devoted to pursuing God’s will for their young lives, certain their future callings would require them to sacrifice forever the blessings of marriage—found their hearts intertwined. Their paths to God’s purpose led them together.

Now, for the first time, their only child—daughter Valerie Elliot Shepard—unseals never-before-published letters and private journals that capture in first-person intimacy the attraction, struggle, drama, and devotion that became a most unlikely love story.

Riveting for old and young alike, this moving account of their personal lives shines as a gold mine of lived-out truth, hard-fought purity, and an insider’s view on two beloved Christian figures.

about the author

Valerie Elliot Shepard was only ten months old in January 1956 when her father, Jim Elliot, was killed, and then spent her childhood through age eight in Ecuador alongside her mother. A graduate of Wheaton College, Valerie and her husband, Walt, are the parents of eight children. She is also the author of a children’s book (Pilipinto’s Happiness) containing memories of her Amazon upbringing.

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  • isbn: 9781433651564
  • status: Active
  • season: Spring 2019
  • publish date: 02/01/2019
  • pages: 304
  • carton quantity: 24



what are people saying

  • This book is riveting. It unveils something we’ve always yearned to see: the deepest recesses of Jim and Elisabeth’s hearts. From the first few chapters, you become enthralled and fascinated by the worshipful way they turn every awakening emotion into a cause for celebrating Christ. Rather than allowing breathless passions to escape the stall, they prayerfully measure each desire against their devotion to their Savior. (Who does that nowadays?!) Jim and Elisabeth’s amazing journey of love shows the reader what a sacred romance is all about. Devotedly is a should-read for those of us who grew up on Elliot books, but it is a blessed must-read for today’s young Christian couples.

    Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni and Friends International Disability Center

  • Tim and I had the privilege of studying under Elisabeth Elliot (and we still refer to notes from her class often, even after forty-five years). To us she was a woman of iron principles, one who did not suffer fools, gladly or any other way! What we learned from her has shaped my life and understanding of my role as a woman to this day. This book invited me to see an entirely new side of her, one of passionate commitment to her Savior and to Jim Elliot, in that order. I recommend this book to anyone who desires to know what a holy, fierce, and passionate love between a man and a woman, both committed first to Christ, could look like, as well as those who want to know more of Elisabeth Elliot.

    Kathy Keller

  • Devotedly is a daughter’s personal, powerful memorial to the love affair her parents cultivated between themselves and the God they served—from their early days together in college, their times of separation, their missionary journey to Ecuador, and continuing into their marriage. They wrote often, fortunately for us. And now, through their carefully preserved letters, we can share their commitment and insights directly from these two remarkable souls, gaining a window into the formation of power and love in their relationship and their work in the world. So I am pleased to recommend this compelling view of lives lived warmly. And well. Many thanks, Valerie. Well done.

    Donna Otto

  • In a tinny time of tweets, emojis, and snappy chat, this book is a rich symphony of language and power, wit and wisdom, longing and passion, temptation and truth. Read it, and you’ll find a feast for heart, mind and soul . . .one that you may not have even known for which you hungered!

    Ellen Vaughn, New York Times bestselling author