Thursday, April 30, 2015

Monthly Book Giveaway-- Abandoned to God: The Biography of Oswald Chambers




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I am beyond excited to announce this month's book giveaway. Oswald Chambers is a man whose writing and experience have helped to shape so many in their Christian walk and to encourage surrender to the Lord in every area of life. Chamber's devotional, My Utmost for His Highest, has been widely read and has touched the hearts and challenged the souls of countless believers. 

I "met" Oswald Chambers when I was about 16 years old. That was the time when the Lord more deeply awakened my heart to spiritual things -- to wanting a very close relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, even though I had asked Him into my heart as a young child. 

I wanted to know the meaning of surrender -- what it meant to surrender everything to the Lord, to live a life consecrated to Him. 

So I asked my mom, who herself possessed a deep relationship with Jesus Christ, how to have a more intimate connection with the Savior.

She gave me a book -- a worn, dog-eared book -- her own copy of My Utmost for his Highest-Chamber's devotional. I treasure it still. I cannot begin to describe the impact that this book has had upon my life. I am forever indebted to my mom for that precious gift and counsel to read Chamber's words. And I am forever grateful to the Lord for leading me to Himself through this man's writings. 

I later read Chamber's biography, written by David McCasland. This is a tremendous book, providing the reader with a rich look into the life of a man given completely into the hands of His almighty Father. I know that it will be a blessing to any who read it. I could not help it -- I am also giving away a pocket copy of Chamber's devotional, (compiled by his wife, Biddy) My Utmost for His Highest, as a companion to Chamber's biography. The Lord has used this book so mightily in my own life, and it is a rich treasure of insight and encouragement towards a deeper walk with the Lord Jesus.



The following is taken from the back of Chamber's biography, Abandoned to God:

"Oswald Chambers was a man for all time. His mind was the mind of Christ and so his words are compelling because they  reflect the thoughts of our Savior. I am not the first to say that no book outside the Bible has influenced me as much as My Utmost for His Highest. In David McCasland's book we have, at last, the story of this remarkable man's life and how, having honored God, God is now honoring him with the only fame that really matters." Cal Thomas, syndicated columnist

"Whoever has read or heard about My Utmost for His Highest must buy and read this book from cover to cover. Your tears will flow, your heart will be moved, the Holy Spirit will speak a word of peace, and your Christian life will never be the same." Harold Lindsell, Editor Emeritus, Christianity Today

"So many millions of us have read his words, been deepened by his prayers, been brought before God by his writing. And now we get to know him. I had no idea what a magnificent life was present behind these marvelous words. Oswald Chambers' writing is validated in detail after detail by his life." Eugene H. Peterson, James M. Houston Professor of Spiritual Theology, Regent College

"If you are one of those who know and love Oswald Chambers' famous book of devotional readings, My Utmost for His Highest--edited and published by his faithful widow, "Biddy" in the late 1920s--you will want to become intimately acquainted with this giant among Christian devotional writers.This new biography offers you that opportunity." D. James Kennedy, Senior Minister,  Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church

"Oswald Chambers: Abandoned to God is a magnificent description of how one man sought God and lived out that relationship in the realities of life. It will stimulate you heart to follow God more fully. For years I have used Oswald Chambers' My Utmost for His Highest. In this biography I see where that depth of input was born and developed." Jerry E. White, General Director, The Navigators

"My Utmost for His Highest has become an essential part of the process of maturity for countless Christians over many decades, but we have know little about this man of God whose life has meant so much to so many. I welcome David McCasland's contribution,which goes a long way toward showing everyone how contemporary Chambers' writing really are." James Engel, Distinguished Professor of Marketing, Research, and Strategy, Eastern College

And now, for the giveaway! :-) Enter below to win a copy of BOTH My Utmost for His Highest (Chambers's devotional) AND Abandoned to God (McCasland's biography):

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42 comments:

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    1. It is a wonderful book, Janelle; thanks for stopping by! :-)

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  2. I enjoy reading Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon!

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    1. Katy, that is one of my favorites, too--so, so, rich . . .

      Thank you for stopping by!

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  3. Learned about the giveaway from Thought Provoking Thursday! Love Oswald Chambers and find his life and his writing inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Yes; his life and his writings are so challenging and encouraging, Michele-I agree!

      I'm so glad that you stopped by!

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  4. Thanks for hosting the giveaway! These are both wonderful books that are well-worth reading. Corrie Ten Boom's I Stand at the Door and Knock is also a very good devotional.

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    1. You're welcome, Alicia! I don't think that I've read the Corrie Ten Boom devotional, but it sounds like a wonderful book!

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    1. Andrew Murray has written some wonderful books--I've really enjoyed his book Abiding in Him. Murray's intimate walk with the Savior has been an inspiration to me.

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  6. Reading about your Mom giving you this devotional reminded me of my precious Mom and the book she read so faithfully throughout her life...I now have her "dog-eared" copy, since Jesus called her home three years ago. The book is "Streams In The Desert". Have you read it? You would love it. It is a compilation of different writers, and it is deep. It is especially beneficial when you are going through severe trials. It has been a real blessing to me. Thank you for the opportunity to win these two books!

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    1. Cheryl, I have heard that Streams in the Desert is a really wonderful book--I think, if I remember correctly, that it was one of Ruth Graham's favorites--I am hoping to read that one soon; thank you for that recommendation!!!

      The Lord bless you, Cheryl; thank you for stopping by!

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  7. I have benefited greatly from "My Utmost for His Highest" (Oswald Chambers), "The Calvary Road" (Roy Heisson) and "Pursuit of God" (A.W. Tozer) - what a blessing to read from older pastors! And, for modern writers, "Holiness, Surrender, and Brokenness" by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.

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    1. Amanda, I recently read Tozer's Pursuit of God--it was so powerful! Some of his lesser known books are gems as well--and if you haven't read it, his biography by Snyder is excellent; I think that you would really, really enjoy it.

      I enjoy listening to Nancy Leigh DeMoss on the radio sometimes, but I haven't read any of her books, yet--I would like to!

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  8. Would love a chance to read this book, which I've heard of all my life, but have yet to read!

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    1. Janell, it is a wonderful book! Thank you for stopping here! :-)

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  9. Amen! I so agree with you! I love MUFHH and Abandoned To God! Great books ❤️

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    1. Beth, they are! I am so thankful to the Lord for this man and for the impact that he had, even (especially) after his death.

      Thank you for visiting!

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  10. I have read some of My Utmost for His Highest. This reminds me to get the devotional out again!

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    1. It is such a powerful book! The Lord has used it so greatly!

      Thank you for stopping by! :-)

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  11. Definately My Utmost for His Highest but also The Experience by Henry & Richard Blackaby too.

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    1. Michelle. I have heard good things about Blackaby's Experiencing God--I would really like to read it sometime! I haven't read The Experience, but it sounds very interesting!

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  12. I am not on facebook, so I can't enter for your giveaway :( However, I had to chime in and say how much Oswald Chambers has meant in my life. I read his devotional every day, along with Streams in the Desert by Mrs. Charles Cowman. Two very powerful readings that always bless my day!

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    1. You can also enter by e-mail, if you would like to!! Please feel free to enter, even if you don't have a Facebook account. :-)

      I have heard that Streams in the Desert is a wonderful devotional! I am hoping to read it soon! Thank you for stopping by; the Lord bless you!

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  13. I love Oswald Chambers...he has been inspiring me for years! Thanks for the book offer!

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    1. You're welcome, Janelle; thank you for stopping by! :-)

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  14. I am a first time visitor via the Strangers and Pilgrims blog and I'm so glad I popped over! I will be sure to come back to your edifying blog!

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    1. I'm glad that you stopped here; the Lord bless you!

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  15. A Kenneth Copeland devotional.

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    1. Thank you for sharing, Laura; blessings to you! :-)

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  16. Jesus Calling was my jam for a couple of years- it was great for the season I was in. Now I am doing Sparkling Gems of Biblical Greek by Rick Renner and I am absolutely loving it!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and for sharing, Sharita; have a blessed weekend! :-)

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  17. Great review and description of Oswald Chambers. He is relatively new to me but love what an impact he has had on your life. Have a great week!

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    1. Thank you, Mary! I hope that you have a great week, too! :-) God bless you!

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  18. oh man -- madeleine l'engle's "glimpses of grace" has radically changed my life - all of her writing has, but especially that devotional.

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    1. Thank you for sharing, Stephanie! I haven't read that one! Have a wonderful week. :-)

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  19. Thank you for offering this giveaway on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! This sounds like a wonderful read and I am glad for the opportunity!

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    1. You're welcome, JES! Have a blessed week!

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  20. Hey there Rebekah, thank you for sharing this review and give away with us at Good Morning Mondays. I don't know a lot about Oswald Chambers but you have encouraged me to find out. I am definitely going to source this book. Thanks and blessings to you.

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    1. You're welcome, Terri! I think that you would really, really enjoy Chambers . . . I hope that you have a wonderful week and a blessed mother's Day!

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  21. Thanks for linking up at Women With Intention Wednesdays! I look forward to what you'll share tomorrow! :)

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  22. Thanks for linking up at Women With Intention Wednesdays! I look forward to what you'll share tomorrow! :)

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