Friday, October 27, 2017

Mrs. Oswald Chambers: The Woman Behind the World's Bestselling Devotional by Michelle Ule

Mrs. Oswald Chambers: The Woman Behind the World's Bestselling Devotional

Among Christian devotional works, My Utmost for His Higheststands head and shoulders above the rest, with more than 13 million copies sold. But most readers have no idea that Oswald Chambers's most famous work was not published until ten years after his death. The remarkable person behind its compilation and publication was his wife, Biddy. And her story of living her utmost for God's highest is one without parallel.

Bestselling novelist Michelle Ule brings Biddy's story to life as she traces her upbringing in Victorian England to her experiences in a WWI YMCA camp in Egypt. Readers will marvel at this young woman's strength as she returns to post-war Britain a destitute widow with a toddler in tow. Refusing personal payment, Biddy proceeds to publish not just My Utmost for His Highest, but also 29 other books with her husband's name on the covers. All the while she raises a child alone, provides hospitality to a never-ending stream of visitors and missionaries, and nearly loses everything in the London Blitz during WWII.

My Thoughts:
Having read my Oswald's Chamber's "My Utmost for His Highest," I was thrilled at the opportunity to read Biddy's story. This book is truly remarkable. Having know nothing about Biddy before I read this book, I feel as though I have sat down over a cup of warm tea and chatted with Mrs. Chambers. Michelle's research is impeccable. Honestly, I thought this book would be more of a history book, but instead I found it to be like that of a novel that kept me reading until the last page. It was one that I couldn't put down and kept reading. 
This is a biography that I highly recommend reading. The research is well done by Michelle Ule and it is a book that brings the life of Biddy Chambers alive to the world who did not get to know her in one of the most unforgettable ways. I love that she will be remembered through this amazing book and the life that she lived! I could not be more proud of Michelle for taking on this task to write such an amazing book! I loved learned about Biddy through her journal entries and the way she chased after the Lord when she lost her husband. This book is one that you must put on your list to read for the year. Additionally, it is a book that you will put on your shelf and read from time to time. I give this book 5/5 stars. Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy. A favorable review was not required.

About the Author:

A New York Times and ECPA bestselling author of five novellas and a Navy SEAL novel, in 2017 I'm debuting as a biographer and essayist in two books related to noted Bible teacher Oswald Chambers and his wife Biddy.

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