In his book, Amy Carmichael: Beauty for Ashes, Iain Murray tells the inspiring story of the young woman who went to the mission field and never came home. Amy Carmichael felt the call of God on her life at an early age and originally thought she was headed for China. But Amy was redirected to India to serve children of the lowest caste, many of whom were destined for a life of slavery. This volume is a wonderful synopsis of Carmichael’s life, work, and her relationships with God and the children she loved.
Beauty for Ashes is well-written and well-researched, as one would expect from Iain Murray. It is a compact and concise narrative and serves as an excellent survey. Every chapter begins with a bit of Carmichael’s poetry, which gives the book a magnificent tone. There are a couple of chapters at the end that address the historical and theological events of Carmichael’s day that feel a bit out of place to this reader. However, it is an exceptional read and simply isn’t long enough. I highly recommend Beauty for Ashes to those wanting to acquaint themselves with Amy Carmichael and her inspirational life.