A Sweet Fragrance

    Books Worth Reading

    Studies In The Sermon On The Mount by Oswald Chambers
    The Sermon on the Mount would bring us to despair apart from the work of the Holy Spirit. Oswald Chambers expounds on the meaning of these commands of Christ and shows us that Christ enables us to follow His teachings.

    Mimosa: A True Story by Amy Carmichael
    A young Indian girl one day heard of a Savior who loved her and from then on she chose to worship only Him even though for many years she could not remember His name. This story reveals the amazing power of our Savior's love.

    No Graven Image by Elisabeth Elliot
    The fictional story of a young single woman missionary who is given the enormous task of starting a work among the Quichuas of the high Andes. As she begins her life as a missionary, she quickly learns that she is supposed to project an image of herself as a successful, spiritual missionary. Then something happens that shatters that image and she learns to put no created image, no matter how "spiritual", in the place of God.

    Aunt Jane's Hero by Elizabeth Prentiss
    The heartwarming story of a Christian couple seeking to establish a home whose happiness flows from a beautiful relationship with the Lord Jesus. Biblical truths about marriage and family life are interwoven throughout this lovely story.

    Gold Cord by Amy Carmichael
    The story of the Dohnavur Fellowship in Amy Carmichael's own words. An amazing testimony of the work of God.

    They Found the Secret by V. Raymond Edman
    This is a book about the exchanged life, the life that is of Christ. This collection of 20 short biographies of men and women who discovered the power of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit will increase your desire to experience the power of the Holy Spirit in your own life. The Christian life is, first and foremost, about a mighty, resurrected Lord whose Spirit can indwell and completely transform those who surrender to Him.

    Toward Jerusalem by Amy Carmichael
    A collection of poetry and songs written for those who are about the King's business.

    His Thoughts Said. . .His Father Said . . . by Amy Carmichael
    The thoughts of a child of God are often troubled and questioning. The Father has an answer to all of them.

    A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael by Elisabeth Elliot
    My favorite biography of Amy Carmichael. Full of excerpts from Amy's writings, this well-researched book gives us a glimpse into the life of one of the great lovers of God.

    Children of the Storm by Natasha Vins
    Natasha Vins tells the story of life as the daughter of the persecuted Russian pastor Georgi Vins.

softpink-rose Lotus Buds by Amy Carmichael is one of the first books she wrote about her children and describes the early childhood experiences of some of the first children she rescued from temple dedication. It is, primarily, about children and anyone who reads the detailed descriptions of the children’s individual characters and their daily lives will quickly understand that Amy loved those children very much. The book starts out with an introduction from 1912 by Amy that describes the book as a soldier’s letter straight from the battlefield. I have no doubt that she often felt like a soldier as she daily fought for those children’s lives and safety.

     The first chapter of the book describes in poignant detail how Amy Carmichael learned that these Temple children, seemingly in bondage to an evil power, in fact belonged to God and that she was simply to go and claim His own possession. The second chapter immediately jumps into the stories of the children. Interspersed throughout the book are beautiful photos of the children, their caregivers, and the land surrounding Dohnavur. Each picture tells a story by itself. Even though the pictures are black and white, the children look so happy and alive that it is hard to believe these pictures were taken around 100 years ago.

Child of Dohnavur

     The children were raised at Dohnavur in conditions that would be considered poverty by Western standards, yet happiness was the rule and God provided for their needs through prayer. Older Christian girls and women cared for the children, most of them remaining single for this special work.

Child with Accal

     The book is full of stories of rescuing children from dedication to the temples, which often meant reaching the mothers of those girls before the temple women did. The mothers did not wish to keep their babies, yet persuading them to give their babies to such a place as Dohnavur where the child would be cared for instead of to the temple where little girls were raised to take part in all kinds of vice was very difficult. Yet it was often accomplished, and rescuers frequently returned to Dohnavur with a baby in their arms. You can read some of these stories here and here.

Amy Carmichael's children

     Amy Carmichael did not content herself with simply rescuing children from the temples. The book also tells how she and her coworkers carefully documented whatever evidence they could find regarding the temple trade in little girls in hopes of providing the documentation government officials needed in order to outlaw the practice. At the time the book was printed all of Amy’s efforts to change legislation had been futile, however, I do know that at some point the practice of temple dedication was effectively outlawed. I have no doubt that Amy Carmichael’s work resulted in better lives for little girls throughout India.

     Original copies of this book are rare, but can be found here. You can read the entire book here online as well. Take the time to read the stories of the deliverance of so many children. If you ever struggle with your faith and trusting God, read this book. These stories of a century ago show us today that God is very, very real. He is still working. And He still loves children.

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