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My Utmost for His Highest (Not So Itty Bitty Books) Hardcover – April, 1994


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Product Details

  • Series: Not So Itty Bitty Books
  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc; Updated edition (April 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785281800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785281801
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 3.2 x 4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (479 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,550,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Oswald Chambers, a Scotsman who converted to Christianity in his teens under the ministry of Charles Spurgeon, has been affecting Christians with his devotional words since My Utmost for His Highest was first published in 1935. This acknowledged classic contains 365 daily readings that take heady doctrine and make it practical, realistic, and intensely personal. With humor and humility, Chambers speaks plainly to the common man struggling with devotion to Christ in daily living. Worldly cares and self-serving desires begin to lose their appeal as Chambers aides the reader in transforming his mind by viewing life through the instruction of God's Word. Richard Halverson, former chaplain of the United States Senate, attests to this: "no book except the Bible has influenced my walk with Christ at such deep maturing levels." This is Chambers's chief desire, directing the reader to "shut out every other consideration and keep yourself before God for this one thing only--My Utmost for His Highest... determined to be absolutely and entirely for Him and for Him alone." --Jill Heatherly --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

Book Description

Men and women the world over return again and again to the words of Oswald Chambers in the most popular devotional book ever published. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Oswald Chambers was converted in his teen years by the ministry of Charles Spurgeon. Chambers studied art and archaeology before answering the call to Christian ministry. Author of the bestseller My Utmost for His Highest, Chambers has more than thirty other titles to his credit, all but one compiled by his wife, Gertrude.

Customer Reviews

The leather bound edition is really nice.
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I have been using this book daily for some time and it has helped me with my prayer life, my daily Bible reading, and my personal relationship with God.
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Every day I read the scripture and the devotional and meditate on how to apply it to my life.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

78 of 80 people found the following review helpful By "nodes" on December 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This compilation of Oswald Chamber essays and sermons was originally captured by his wife after his death. The format of a daily devotional provides an excellent daily read for the avid and growing Christian.
The individual devotionals are not easily devoured in one reading, generally requiring a second or third reading to fully grasp the depth of Oswald Chambers' deeply Christian messages based on Biblical scriptures. This is not light reading, but in the small fifteen minute devotional increments daily, this makes for excellent reading and provides specific daily focus for the Christian reader. This thought-provoking book can easily become a favorite habit, and it also makes an excellent evangelical gift to those who are new to Christianity.
If you buy only one Christian book this year, buying Oswald Chambers' 'My Utmost for His Highest' would be an excellent choice.
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118 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan R. Wing on January 9, 2007
Format: Leather Bound
I would give this item five stars if it was the original edition, which I thought it was. However, when I got it in the mail, I noticed it said "updated in today's modern language." I think what makes Oswald's writings so powerful is also the way he writes, with a sense of mystery and flavor. I compared it side-by-side with an older edition I have and found that this edition was dull in constrast. It lacks the life and spirit of the original.

Don't read a dumbed-down "easy" Oswald Chambers. Even if you find his original writings a bit difficult at first, keep on reading and you'll begin to piece things together in a way that is ultimately epiphanic.
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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I find there is no better way to start the day than with the wisdom in this magnificent devotional; these profound thoughts were given by Oswald Chambers while at the Bible Training College in England, during the years of 1911 through 1914, and after his death in 1917 (while serving in Egypt during World War I) were edited by his wife, and later updated into modern English by James Reimann, who says in his introduction that the book is the "culmination of approximately 1800 hours of research and editing", and the end result are words that flow and feed and sometimes pierce the soul with remarkable accuracy, to remind one of the way Jesus intended us to live. This book, in conjunction with the Bible (Reimann recommends one to read this with one hand and the Bible in the other) are guideposts for a meaningful life.

Not a "God loves you and all is well" type of book, there are many passages of tough love, that keep one on the right track, and I often have the experience of it answering a question that is on my mind. Each day under the header, is a relevant Bible quote, and underneath Chambers' teaching on the subject, in the 250 word range in length. There are various editions to chose from, and mine is a small leather-bound volume using the NKJV for its Bible quotes, with a foreword by Charles Stanley, who as Reimann's pastor, was the one who recommended the original Chambers work to him.
The back of the book has two useful sections, a Subject Index, and a Scripture Index.
As the end of the year approaches, I'm looking forward to reading this on a daily basis for the second time, and every year thereafter; its teachings are invaluable, and I believe this is a truly inspired work, that will guide and nurture all who read its truth.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A.Trendl HungarianBookstore.com TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 8, 2000
Format: Hardcover
You'll read "deeper" books, but few as consistently challenging. Chambers speaks, in one-a-day bites, about the devotion a Christian must have to be obedient to God. These aren't "sound bites," but morsels of a very meaty meal. Catholics and Protestants both will find Chambers pointing the way to Heaven, and helping us know how to live out Christ's plan while still on Earth.

A verse accompanies each day, and these ought be looked up to see the fully context. Have your Bible and a notepad next to you.

Chambers is candid to say the Christian life is difficult, but encourages us that this difficulty should challenge us, not scare us away. Maybe Chambers might like the slogan "A few good men," except this time referring to future converts?

For people who like the "Daily Bread" booklets, check "My Utmost" out. Like the DB series, each entry will take you just a few minutes to read, but plenty of time to ponder.

Use this together as a discussion step with another person, your spouse or small group. Figure out why Chambers places the standard so high -- does Scripture agree? And once you figure out the answer for a given day's passage, now what? What is your response?

I read an entry and realize I've got a long way to go, but feel glad I'm on the road.

Anthony Trendl
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By bionicrls on June 19, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I was looking for the classic version on Kindle, and that's what I got. However, I was deeply disappointed that there wasn't a table of contents. I had to click my way through until I reached today's date. Be forewarned. It's the one thing I dislike about Kindle books. If you're going to put a devotional on Kindle, be kind enough to include a table of contents.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 12, 2002
Format: Spiral-bound
If it wasn't for Oswald Chamber's wife, MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST would never have been published. After Chamber's death, his wife collected some of his writings together into this devotional book. Praise God for such a woman of noble character.MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST is one of the best daily devotions around. Chambers doesn't mess around with wishy-washy, look-at-the-Jesus-in-my-pocket Christianity. Instead, he delves deep into the essence of what it means to be a Christian. Chambers knew the importance of a moment and this book is full of wisdom in living a life pressed out to the best, giving one's utmost for His highest. There isn't another daily devotion to compare.
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