Valerie Elliot Shepard was 10 months old when a primitive tribe of Ecuadorian Indians made a martyr of her 29-year-old father — Jim Elliot — and his four Wheaton College classmates. But that didn’t stop Valerie and her mother Elisabeth from moving to live with those same savage Auca Indians to complete the Elliot family’s evangelical mission: to eclipse the tribe’s savagery with the unconditional love of Jesus Christ.
Pilipinto’s Happiness relates this amazing story of redemption through the eyes of the Elliots’ only child, Valerie, who shares her memories as a young girl growing up in the Amazon jungle with the Quichua and Auca tribes. Read in colorful detail how the Indians, their language, and even the dangerous jungle elements created a delightful playground for Valerie to learn to trust God’s hand and respect the simplest of His gifts.
More than just a picture-book, Pilipinto’s Happiness is a powerful tool to familiarize young people, college students, and adults alike — too often starved for Christian heroes and heroines — with powerful models in the faith who demonstrated reckless abandon for the Kingdom of God.