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The Inspiration Behind Mrs. Oswald Chambers

What was the inspiration behind Mrs. Oswald Chambers? asked many interviewers. It’s a fair question. Why would I spend two years of my life researching and writing about a woman who died in 1966? I never met her. I’d never heard of her until 2012. What was it about Biddy Chambers that intrigued me so? First […]

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Kid Books for Christmas 2017

kid books, Christmas 2017, STEM books, preschool favorites, Andrea Beaty, Wonder, Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, Rosie Revere, Engineer

I’ve been buying kid books for Christmas this year. (Actually, I buy kid books every year for Christmas.) Since none of the recipients read this blog (indeed, several can’t read), I feel safe talking about them here. Besides, I’m not going to tell you who is getting what. Preschool boy He’s a rough and tumbling […]

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The London Blitz Test for Biddy’s Resilience (Part IV)

Blitz, Resilience, Biddy Chambers, Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, crematorium of England's books, St. Paul's Cathedral, London WWII

The London Blitz provided the utmost opportunity for Biddy Chambers to demonstrate resilience. I’ve written before about what happened on December 29, 1940 here. All 40,000 copies of Oswald Chambers-authored books burned in the warehouses surrounding St. Paul’s Cathedral. As did 1,000,000 others books in what one magazine described as “the crematorium of England‘s books.” […]

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What Does Home Mean to You?

Home, survivor guilt, Sonoma County fires, Santa Rosa fires, evacuation, talking to friends who have lost their home, what makes a house a home.

“I just want to go home,” I said on day nine of our evacuation from the Sonoma County Fires. Tired of the chaos, uncertainty and confusion, all I could think of was the bliss of sitting in the blue recliner with my feet up. I’m not that much of a homebody, but after nine uncertain […]

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Resiliency Post-WWI: Mrs. Oswald Chambers (Part III)

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Biddy Chambers demonstrated even more resiliency after Oswald Chamber’s unexpected death in 1917. Left penniless with a four year-old in the middle of a YMCA camp in Egypt, Biddy had a choice. She could fall apart, or she could accept her circumstances and move forward. The YMCA leadership in Egypt asked her to stay on […]

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