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My Faith and My Utmost for His Highest

Faith and My Utmost for His Highest, what's the good of prayer, how has Utmost affected me? Mrs. Oswald Chambers, conviction, Elisabeth Elliot

My Utmost for His Highest caused my faith to grow ever since I picked up the devotional in 1999. I’d been a Christian many years by that point, but I never used a devotional before. I’ve not used any other devotional since. Oswald Chambers‘ masterpiece–compiled by his wife Biddy–is enough for me. Here are five […]

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Can a Researcher Ever Stop Researching?

“Does the researching instinct ever end?” I’ve been asking myself that question for a couple years now. The thrill of the hunt never ends–even when it seems like I’ve mined all the data out there. But you never know . . . And that’s what keeps me going. Researching like a puzzle builder While on […]

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8 Favorite Memoirs

It’s summer and I’m enjoying my eight favorite memoirs. It’s important to remember memoirs and biographies are different. While biographies tell an entire life’s story, a memoir generally limits itself a slice of time, or a particular event. I love memoirs even more than biographies, in part because narrative non-fiction is my favorite genre. (Memoirs […]

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Happy Birthday, Biddy Chambers!

It’s birthday week for Biddy Chambers as I write this post. Born July 13, 1883 in Woolwich, Kent, England, Gertrude Annie Hobbs grew up to become Biddy Chambers. Henry and Emily Gardner Hobbs gave their third of three children a popular and conventional first name and a family name for the middle. Coming in at […]

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An Amateur, Passion and the Civil War

The word amateur comes from the Latin base, amator, to love. We’ve taken that word and turned it into a person who loves something so inordinately passionately that they don’t care if it has any monetary value. Amateurs love something for the sake of loving it–and they usually want to share that passion with everyone they […]

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