Oswald Chambers Story
Oswald Chambers (1874-1917) was born 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 principal of the Bible Training College in Clapham,
London, where he lectured until the school was closed in 1915 because of World
War I. In October 1915 he sailed for Zeitoun, Egypt (near Cairo), where he ministered
to troops from Australia and New Zealand as a YMCA chaplain. He died there November
15, 1917, following surgery for a ruptured appendix.
Although Oswald 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, his best-known book, has been continuously in print
in the United States since 1935 and remains in the top ten titles of the religious
book bestseller list with millions of copies in print. It has become a Christian
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