Meet Oswald Chambers

Oswald Chambers was born on July 24, 1874 in Aberdeen, Scotland. Converted in his teen years under the ministry of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, he studied art and archaeology at the University of Edinburgh before answering a call from God to the Christian ministry. He then studied theology at Dunoon College. From 1906-1910 he conducted an itinerant Bible-teaching ministry in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan.

In 1910, Chambers married Gertrude Hobbs. They had one daughter, Kathleen. In 1911 he founded and became the principal of the Bible Training College in Clapham, London. He lectured there until the school was closed in 1915 because of World War I. In October 1915 he sailed to Zeitoun, Egypt, near Cairo, where he ministered to Australian and New Zealand troops as a YMCA chaplain. He died there November 15, 1917, at the age of 43, following surgery for a ruptured appendix.

Although Chambers wrote only one book, Baffled to Fight Better, more than thirty titles bear his name. With this one exception, published works were compiled by Mrs. Chambers, a court stenographer, from her verbatim shorthand notes of his messages taken during their seven years of marriage. For half a century following her husband's death she labored to give his words to the world.

My Utmost For His Highest is certainly his best-known work with millions of copies in print. It has been continuously in print in the United States since 1935 and in this, the last decade of the century, remains in the top ten titles of the religious book bestseller list. It has become a Christian classic and was recently voted the number one devotional book of all time by the Christian Reader.

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