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My Utmost for His Highest (Not So Itty Bitty Books) Hardcover – April, 1994
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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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It’s one of the best-loved devotionals of all time. . .now in a fantastic new bonded leather edition! This volume of the classic, unabridged My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers will continue to guide believers toward a deeper walk with God.
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Oswald Chambers' devotional book "My Utmost For His Highest" is a classic devotional - it has a lot of profound thoughts on faith and the we live as people called by God. Even though this version isn't the "new edition" that has been reworked into more accessible language, I'd say that the devotions within are still accessible and easy enough to read. Chambers is good at both giving encouragement from scripture for the times when you struggle and in giving admonishment and challenges for the times when you need to grow, and he alternates between the two quite regularly in this devotional. These are the kinds of encouragement and challenge we all need - even more so when we're in college, often experiencing new forms of freedom and independence that are unfamiliar to us otherwise.
These books are reasonably priced, which makes it nice for a church working on a budget - if you have several graduating from your congregation, you're not spending a huge amount of money to give them something that, if they use it regularly, will go with them through much of the rest of their lives.
I bought this book with fear and trepidation because I would usually be nervous about a book titled "My Utmost for His Highest." It sounds like a Christianity based on pulling oneself up by ones bootstraps. But I bought it anyway because I found some really great quotes in it. And I found it to be immensely helpful. Living the Christian life isn't necessarily easy, and Oswald Chambers makes it painfully obvious and says we have to rely on God. My friend Ree said "Let the beatings begin" when I bought it... but it was encouraging. And a bucket of cold water in the face when I've needed it. It's been really good and really helpful, because though God loves us unconditionally, it's easy to forget that and think that we have to do Christianity all by ourselves. Oswald Chambers knows that's not true, and he reminds me of it every time I crack his book.
It's actually a devotional written by his wife, who wrote down all of his sermons in shorthand while he was preaching them and then put sections of those sermons into devotionals. And he's one of my favorite kinds of preacher. When he writes something, I can either confirm it in scripture or in my own experience. And that's awesome.
Like this quote from yesterday's devotional: "We are not taken up into conscious agreement with God's purpos, we are taken up into God's purpose without any consciousness at all. We have no conception of what God is aiming at, and as we go on it gets more and more vague." When I read it I laughed because even though it disagreed with what had made sense to me, I knew it in my heart to be true. And that's typical Chambers. He says stuff that sounds wrong, but you know it in your heart to be right. Well, most of the time. But that's anything. As Rob Bell says in Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith, "God has spoken, and the rest is just commentary."