“Shut out every other consideration and keep yourself before God for this one thing only—My Utmost for His Highest. I am determined to be absolutely and entirely for Him and for Him alone.”



Oswald Chambers was born in Scotland and spent much of his boyhood there. His ministry of teaching and preaching took him for a time to the United States and Japan. The last six years of his life were spent as principal of the Bible Training College in London, and as a chaplain to British Commonwealth troops in Egypt during World War l. After his death, the books which bear his name were compiled by his wife from her own verbatim shorthand notes of his talks.

Oswald Chambers' Portrait
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July 24

Born in Aberdeen, Scotland.


Accepts Christ at age 15.

Chambers commits himself to evangelistic efforts with his church outside London.

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Enrolls at Dunoon College
after hearing God’s call to ministry.


Begins teaching and preaching
throughout England, Ireland, Scotland, the United States, and Japan.

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May 25

Marries Gertrude (Biddy) Hobbs


Starts the Bible Training College
in London.

Oswald Bible
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First book,
Biblical Psychology, is published in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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May 24,

Daughter, Kathleen, is born


Senses God’s call and moves
his family to Egypt, to serve as a YMCA chaplain to troops during World War I.

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November 15

Dies of complications from an appendectomy


British publication of
My Utmost for His Highest,

compiled by Biddy from transcripts of her late husband’s teaching. Published in the US in 1934.

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My Utmost for His Highest continues to challenge and encourage people all over the world, through more than 13 million copies printed, a mobile app, website, email, and social media sharing. A century after his death, Oswald Chambers still guides people on their journey to knowing God better.