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Biddy Interviews her Biographer (Part 2)

Here’s the second half of Biddy Chambers interviews her biographer.

(You can read the first half here)

This is an imagined exchange between Biddy and Michelle Ule–written by me.

Why did you write about Biddy?

BC: “My question is why you wrote about me in the first place.”

MU: You were such an engaging character when I wrote my World War I novel–in fact you stole several scenes and changed the plot–I wanted to know more about who you were.

Besides, Nicholas suggested it.

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Nicholas holding David’s book!

Oswald Chambers: “A good man, Nicholas.”

BC: “The focus of my life was serving Jesus Christ, as it is for any believer. I did not need a book written about me.”

MU: Yet, you exemplified the title of your most famous work so very well in your life. You really did live your life to God’s utmost over the course of an extraordinary set of circumstances.

BC: “That was Oswald’s title.”

MU: He was dead. You titled the book.

BC: “But that was Oswald’s goal, that everyone should live their life for one purpose: to glorify God.”

MU: You showed us how.

Oswald Chambers: “Very true, Beloved Disciple.

Where did you get this information?

BC: “How did you discover all this information?”

MU: The transcription of Kathleen’s interview with David McCasland was the major source, along with Oswald Chambers: His Life and Works and David McCasland’s book Oswald Chambers: Abandoned to God.

Speaking of David, did you two interview him?

Oswald Chambers laughs.

BC: “David did not have some of the information you included in your book.”

MU: David wrote his book 25 years before I wrote mine. The Internet was in its infancy at that time; he had no way of discovering some of the things I learned.Interviews Biddy Chambers, biographer, My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers, My Utmost: A Century of Devotion, Mrs. Oswald Chambers, Michelle Ule

BC: “You made use of something called Google?”

MU: Google is a search engine which enabled me to scour documents effortlessly from my office. Ancestry.com, a genealogy site, provided information about your family, which I often cross referenced with Google–their books, maps and general searches.

My interviews included talking with Eva’s son and grandson, and exchanging information with Gladys’ niece and daughter. I found Marian’s grandson and great-grandson and also Mary’s niece; they all answered questions.

I never found any of your relatives, however, or Oswald’s, to interview. Brother Andrew affectionately remembered you and Kathleen.

BC: “We enjoyed knowing him and were pleased to provide copies of My Utmost for His Highest, which he smuggled into the Iron Curtain.”

MU: Those books made a real difference in people’s lives, Biddy. I’m glad you were friends with Brother Andrew and his ministry.

BC: “Kathleen, too.”

Anything else?

BC: ” Isn’t that your favorite question? Is there anything else you’d like to say?”

MU: Thank you for everything. Oswald’s words and the books you made from them have changed my life. The last four and a half years have been wonderful for me personally.

I’ve learned a great deal about God. You showed me an astonishing way of living for God’s glory.

The way you handled money, your insistence we are not “amateur providences” for God, and the example you set time and again for choosing the harder way, continue to astonish me.

I’m not sure I’ll ever get over your reaction to the London Blitz destroying all the books, nor Kathleen’s example of trust following her father’s death.

Going to Egypt during a war with a toddler–is not the choice I would have made.

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Holding the book for the first time.

Yet all of those examples of living in faith effected me and encouraged me.

Thank you. It was a joy and a pleasure to write your biography.

BC: Blinks quickly but says nothing

Oswald Chambers, however, stands up and hugs me.

At least in my imagination . . .

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You can see how well Michelle Ule did with her biography on October 17, 2017, when it releases to the world.

Thank you, Baker Books for

Mrs. Oswald Chambers: The Woman Behind the World’s Bestselling Devotional.

 

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 If you’re in the Chicago area on October 20, you’re invited to attend My Utmost: A Century of Devotion: The Life and Legacy of Oswald Chambers

Sponsored by the Oswald Chambers Publications Association, Discovery House Publishers and Wheaton College, here’s the information:

Join us Friday, October 20, at 1 p.m. in Barrows Auditorium on the campus of Wheaton College for a full afternoon exploring the life and passion of Oswald Chambers.

Get an in-depth look at the man who was many things—artist, musician, world traveler, mentor, friend—but most importantly, he was completely sold out for his Savior.

Enjoy interesting speakers, live music, and a panel discussion, plus look at his original works and visit with others who enjoy the writings of Chambers as much as you do.

Michelle Ule will be among the panelists at the event, along with Oswald’s biographer, David McCasland; My Utmost: A Devotional Memoir author Macy Halford and Christianity Today’s emeritus editor Harold Myra.

Details available here.

I’ll be there myself. Interview, Mrs. Oswald Chambers, biographer, Oswald Chambers, Michelle Ule, David McCasland, Oxford, My Utmost for His Highest, writing a biography

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