Christian Martyr's Messages Released to Public for First Time Ever

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Author's book ties in Jim Elliot's words with lessons on spiritual matters.

On January 8, 1956, Christian missionaries Jim Elliot, Ed McCully, Nate Saint, Roger Youderian, and Pete Fleming were brutally massacred while attempting to evangelize a tribe they had worked long and hard to reach with God's love. Their martyrdom was front-page news around the world for several days after the tragedy. Ever since then, many thousands of individuals have come to know Christ in a personal and living way, and thousands of others have altered the direction of their lives as a result of the shocking massacre and the many articles and books written about it. Now, for the first time ever, Robert Lloyd Russell--a personal friend of the entire Elliot family for many years--provides deep insight into the thinking of Jim Elliot. In his new title, Jim Elliot: A Christian Martyr Speaks to You ($14.99, paperback, 978-1-61579-764-6), Russell transcribes recorded messages from the famous Christian martyr and weighs in on topics such as spiritual life, spiritual warfare, and sin in the life of the Christian.

"[This is] a truly inspiring book for all Christians of all ages and all maturity levels, which will deepen their daily walk with their Lord," Russell says. "Jim Elliot once wrote, 'Forgive me for being so ordinary while claiming to know so extraordinary a God.' This book will lead readers into a deeper more extraordinary and satisfying life for God."

Russell fondly remembers Elliot as a leader in his local church, as well as his Sunday school teacher. "I remember his going away party as he left for the mission field," he says. "I also vividly remember the news reports of the martyrdom. Years later, after Jim's dad passed away, Jim's mother gave the old wire recorder and recordings to me, as she knew I cherished them." It is his hope that the contents of this unique book will resonate with readers from all walks of life.

Xulon Press, a division of Salem Communications, is the world's largest Christian publisher, with more than 7,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order Jim Elliot through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. Jim Elliot is available online through,, and


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