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a leopard tamed the story of an african pastor his people and his problems by eleanor c vandevort with an introduction by elisabeth elliot drawings by james howard

A Leopard Tamed: the Story of an African Pastor, His People, and His Problems by Eleanor C. Vandevort, With an Introduction by Elisabeth Elliot ; Drawings by James Howard.


New York: Harper & Row, 1968. First edition, first printing, stated on copyright page. Hardcover. 218 pages ; illustrations : 22 cm. $5.95 dust jacket. Small bookshop label on rear end paper. Pages are unmarked, and binding is firm.


The story of A LEOPARD TAMED is set in Nasir, a tiny village on the banks of the Sobat River in the Sudan. It reads like the story of another world, of another time. But it is very much of our world, of our time.

The author is an American missionary who lived with the Nuer tribe in Nasir for thirteen years, A LEOPARD TAMED is the vivid, exciting description of what those years were like for her. She became friendly with Kuac, a small boy whose burning ambition was "to do the work of God."

Kuac proved invaluable in helping Eleanor Vandevort. It was he who taught her his language; in fact she discovered later that he was a born teacher. He led the Bible classes for her. Today Kuac is an ordained minister living with his wife and two little sons at a mission station in Ethiopia.

A LEOPARD TAMED stirs the reader with such strange tribal customs as the brutal rites initiating young boys into manhood; a typical native wedding; detailed descriptions of housing, cooking, childbearing.

And although Kuac is the central figure in this engrossing story, it is also the story of the whole Nuer tribe. The author transports us to a land "that lies flat on its back, rolled out like a pie crust and crisscrossed with a network of footpaths linking village to village. The path is the highway in this land, covering hundreds and hundreds of miles, the imprint of a people who walk in order to communicate and who must communicate in order to live."

"This is certainly no run of the mill book on missions, but movingly realistic and strikingly honest. This is not merely an account of trials faced by an African who emerges from primitivism to the complex value system of a modern world. It is also a heart-touching confession of a missionary whose traditional views were shattered, but who, in seeming failure, nevertheless found new faith and real meaning to life."- EUGENE A. NIDA, American Bible Society

The author: Eleanor Vandevort is a graduate of Wheaton College, Illinois. She is a missionary with the Presbyterian Church of the U.S.A.

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