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Triumphant Love: The contextual, creative and strategic missionary work of Amy Beatrice Carmichael in south India

By J. (Hans) Kommers
September 2018 | Review by Chris Kavanagh
  • ISBN: 978-1-928396-21-5
  • Pages: 663
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The following information has been provided by Chris Kavanagh, director of the Dohnavur Fellowship Corporation.

Dr Jacky Woolcock, who served in Dohnavur 1969–1987 writes, ‘I met Dr Kommers in the Dohnavur UK office in 2015, being offered to read the first complete draft of this book for accuracy of factual content. Before the meeting I was a little sceptical. The fact that there are already so many biographies about Amy Carmichael made me wonder what more another book could say about her. So I asked Dr Kommers, “From what angle are you going tackle the subject?” “From the factors that made her what she became,” was his answer. This aspect sheds new light on Amy and enables us to understand her better’.

‘I read this book enthralled by the detailed and exhaustive research that had gone into the writing. Dr Kommers has used so many sources outside of Amy’s own writing that he gives a very rounded picture of her. There is much here for everyone. For those who, like myself, never met Amy, but have been inspired by her life and writings, there are new insights. There is the tremendous challenge of her spirituality and her high standards of Christian living. Both Christians and non-Christians can learn from her manner of life and be inspired. This really is the definitive biography of a most remarkable missionary and a very challenging read’.

Her children, who now have the charge of the work Amy began, are so happy to have this new source of information. Sura Carunia, who came to Amy in 1940, said, ‘As one who had never met her, Dr Kommers writes with an amazing depth of understanding of the personality, character and spirituality of “Amma”.

‘She held nothing back from her Lord and Saviour, desiring always to follow Him and to live “the crucified life” with, as she put it, “my spirit tender of the glory of God.” He brings her to life in a way that will touch the hearts of all of us, her children, many of whom remember her as the very loving, special person she was. We would hope that all who read this book would be challenged and motivated to live for the glory of God with a renewed commitment’.

The book is free to download as a pdf file, or purchase as a print-on-demand book, from the AOSIS website: books.aosis.co.za/index.php/ob/catalog/book/36

Chris Kavanagh

Cheltenham

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