Whatever Happened to Kathleen Chambers?

Kathleen Chambers, Oswald and Biddy’s only child, is the subject of many searches on Google.

Kathleen Chambers, Oswald Chambers, Mrs. Oswald Chambers, Zeitoun, Oswald Chambers' daughter, Was Oswald Chambers' daughter a Christian?Of course I know what happened to her.

It’s all in my book, Mrs. Oswald Chambers, which will be published in October 2017.

The little girl who spent crucial years in a WWI camp served as a major source I turned to frequently while writing the biography.

But I know you’re curious.

Here are some hints.

Childhood

Kathleen Chambers, Oswald Chambers, Mrs. Oswald Chambers, Zeitoun, Oswald Chambers' daughter, Was Oswald Chambers' daughter a Christian?Kathleen spent her first two years doted on at the Bible Training College her parents ran in London.

She sailed U-boat infested seas to Egypt when she was two and a half years-old, with her mother and family friend Mary Riley.

Kathleen Chambers served as a source of constant entertainment, love and encouragement to ANZAC soldiers at the YMCA‘s Zeitoun camp.

Oswald Chambers died when she was four years old. Kathleen already knew about death and loss from soldiers friends who died in the Sinai and in the trenches of France.

The little girl, taught by her parents that heaven is a wonderful place, believed them.

In her own way, she ministered to her mother, family friends and the soldiers by her faith in God.

Youth

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Circa 1925

Kathleen returned to England at the age of six. She and Biddy lived in London and Oxford.

Instrumental in some of the significant events of her mother’s post-war life, the girl grew up like most others in poor post-war England.

She had a keen mind and a strong will.

Biddy sheltered her from “the ministry of the books.”

Kathleen had nothing to do with her father’s words, ideas, teaching or material as she grew up.

Family friends made sure she had access to a good education.

Maturity

Born in 1913, Kathleen came of age before World War II.

Her health and the war changed her life. It also added drama to Biddy’s existence!

As a mother, I was awed by Biddy’s courage and patience with Kathleen. Modern parents can learn much from how Biddy handled her daughter’s spiritual growth.

While she had many friends, Kathleen never married. I don’t know what she looked like as a young woman.

(If you have a photo of Kathleen Chambers between the ages of 13 and 60, please send it to me!)

Post War years

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From a 1974 article in Decision Magazine

Kathleen owned a car and worked with handicapped children.

When her mother’s health failed, Kathleen stepped in to care for Biddy.

After Biddy’s death, the quirky opinionated, though polite, woman continued in the ministry begun years before with the Oswald Chambers Publication Association, Ltd.

She looked like her father, but she had no memory of him.

In 1991, Kathleen Chambers sat for a lengthy series of interviews with Oswald Chambers’ biographer, David McCasland.

(He dedicated his book, Oswald Chambers: Abandoned to God to her)

She died in 1997 at the age of 84.

My thoughts?

I enjoyed watching a series of videos taken from McCasland’s interview with Kathleen.

The transcript of the full interviews made me laugh, and shake my head. The stories sent me time and again to Google for research.

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You can order Mrs. Oswald Chambers here and learn all about Kathleen.

I could not have written my book without Kathleen’s pithy remarks, memories and matter-of-fact character.

You’ll like her.

In October.  🙂

You can pre-order Mrs. Oswald Chambers here.

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