ABOUT OSWALD CHAMBERS (1874 -- 1917) Oswald Chambers was born July 24, 1874, in Aberdeen, Scotland, and during his teenage years he was converted while walking home after a service conducted by Charles Haddon Spurgeon. His father, a Baptism minister, immediately attempted to lead him in the right way. After his conversion, and before he felt called to preach, Chambers studied Art at Kensington Art School and the fine arts and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. After he accepted the call to preach, he studied theology at Dundoon College. After an initial period of spiritual "dryness" Chambers found a radiant reality in his relationship with Christ. With his new-found spiritual life, he conducted a Bible Teaching Ministry from 1906 to 1910 in the U.S., the U.K., and in Japan. On one of his trips to America he met Gertrude Hobbs, and in 1910 he and Gertrude were married. He affectionately called her "Biddy". On May 24, 1913, their daughter Kathleen was born. In 1915 Chambers felt that he should help in the World War I effort. He became a YMCA Chaplain, and in October of 1915 he sailed for Zeitoun, Egypt, near Cairo, where he ministered to military troops. While there, Chambers' appendix ruptured. Though he suffered extreme pain for three days, he did not seek medical aid and refused to take a hospital bed that he felt was more needed for soldiers. Had he sought medical aid sooner, perhaps his life would have been spared. Finally, surgery was performed but, following the operation, Chambers died there in Egypt on November 15, 1917. Perhaps many are unaware of the fact that Oswald Chambers actually wrote only one book: "Baffled To Fight Better." But his wife, Biddy, had been a court stenographer and was very adept at taking dictation at a rapid rate. Thus, she recorded much of Chambers' teachings as he spoke in public, and after his demise she spent the remaining 30 years of her life compiling the more than 30 books bearing Oswald Chambers' name as the author. "My Utmost For His Highest" is the best-known of those books, and it has been in continuous print in the United States since 1935. It is among the top-ten religious best-sellers, and with millions of copies in print it has become a Christian Classic.
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Oswald Chambers is so deep, so spiritual, and any of his material must be read contemplatively and prayerfully. "Discipline" implies a self directed necessity, yet, the ability to so direct will always come from the Holy Spirit for the glory of God. This initial review was anticipatory in nature and yet retrospectively accurate. O C's Discipline of Divine Guidance is something I will need to read a few times more to glean its depth and range. "But to the soul born from above, the Bible is the universe of God's revealed will." How magnificent a statement and how true! "A servant of God is one who has forever given up his rigtht to himself and is bound to his Lord as His slave." Oh, what a challenge for Americans who so value their rights according to the Constitution! O C is saying we must submit to the way of Jesus...submission is not an easy concept for us to take in. And it is through that submission, that obedience, that our love for the Lord God grows and...
I am so glad I acquired this book. It is a powerful message. It's hard to believe how much someone from such a long time ago can help you focus on how much our daily living has lost the true sense of passion for seeking our Lord. It doesn't make you feel badly, what it does is stir up hunger for that desire that the writer had. bea
Every Christian eager to learn from the saints who have gone before should read Oswald Chambers. He was so totally dedicated to his walk with the Lord by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, it is inspiring to read him. I was amazed to learn that he never published his own books; his wife compiled his writings and had them published, with very little notice to herself. What an example of humility!
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