Who was Ellen G. White?

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Ellen G. White (Ellen Gould Harmon) was called in 1845 to be a messenger for God at the age of 17. In 1846, she married a minister, James White, and together they devoted their lives to God’s cause. They had four sons during their marriage. Ellen White traveled widely in the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.


The education of Ellen G. White only lasted as far as third grade. In spite of this, God used her as a remarkable tool for His work and she became a prolific writer.


Ellen G. White has written over a million words and published over 50 books. She is the most published  female writer of non-fiction in history. The Library of Congress stated that the book The Desire of Ages is the best book that was ever written on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. The book Steps to Christ by Ellen White is the second most translated book in the world only after the Holy Bible.

All the work of Ellen G. White proved to draw people to God and uplift His Holy Bible. Today, more than 100 titles are available in English, including compilations from 50,000 pages of her manuscripts. With the sole exception of Agatha Christie, Ellen White is the most translated female writer in the history of literature and the most translated American author of either gender. Most importantly, one will find that all her writings are in complete agreement with the Word of God.

Her work has even been distinguished by those in public spheres of influence. Paul Harvey, who is recognized as one of the most trusted people in American media, stated that Mrs. White should be honored above all writers for her inspired and educational writings which were translated into over 148 languages. When speaking of her, he stated, “Ellen White: You don’t know her? Get to know her!”

Spiritual Gifts

Ellen G. White was a woman of remarkable spiritual gifts. Through her writings and public ministry she has made a revolutionary impact on millions of people around the world that continues in this century. She was a leader who emphasized education and health. This was emphasized by her promoting the establishment of schools, medical centers and publishing houses. The insights of Ellen White in healthful living were many years ahead of her time and are now widely accepted by the scientific and medical community today. Some of these teachings included the importance of abstaining from smoking and the benefits of a more plant based diet.  This is impressive, as in her day, the medical community was promoting the exact opposite. Her writings stand true to scientific testing and the buffer of time.

The details of the call and labors of this woman are remarkable, yet she was a humble and God-fearing woman the uplifted Christ and the Word of God above all. She leaves us with such an impressive legacy, convincing that her work and teachings were inspired by God.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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