A few weeks ago I posted about one of my heroines, a missionary in India by the name of Amy Carmichael. The post received a comment from someone at Christian Literature Crusade who publish some of Amy’s books, saying that they were about to produce another one and asking if I would be willing to review it. I am delighted to do so. I love these old missionary writings, and this was a story I hadn’t seen before.
Plowed Under tells the tale of “Star,” a girl from a Hindu background who becomes a believer and is discipled by Amy. Told with the charm and innocence of a bygone era, this book nonetheless packs a punch. Through it, Amy reveals her passion, not just for the Lord but also for the lost. We catch a glimpse of life in a missionary community and of life in India including an extraordinary and isolated Hindu citadel. We see the impact of disease, of Hindu tradition. We feel with her the challenges of working cross-culturally and facing the persecution experienced by new believers in nations hostile to the Gospel. We share her wonder at God working sovereignly in a young life.
We have much to learn from her about a life sold out to Christ.
India is seeing an incredible harvest. I believe what is going on there currently is rooted in the soil of the lives of those who, like Amy Carmichael, laid down their lives for that nation. Let’s learn from her example.