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Who Is This Mystery Woman? Ancestry Part 2

Mystery woman

Who is this mystery woman with all those children? Researchers at Wheaton College didn’t know when they included her photograph into Oswald Chambers’ Special Collection Library. I didn’t know at first either, until I took a closer look. See that startled little girl on the left? That’s Kathleen Chambers, Oswald and Biddy Chambers’ daughter. How […]

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Why Write a Biography of Biddy Chambers?

Biddy Chambers

As I’ve spent the better part of the last two years researching and writing a biography of Biddy Chambers, I’ve often been asked why? Or, who was she? People who know of or have read My Utmost for His Highest usually nod when I mention Biddy was Mrs. Oswald Chambers. Often their eyebrows rise when I […]

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2017 with Oswald and Biddy Chambers

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As many of you know, I’ve spent 18 months writing a biography of Biddy, Mrs. Oswald Chambers. I loved the entire experience of researching and writing about the life of an amazing woman who lived in extraordinary times. Mrs. Oswald Chambers releases in October, 2017–the month before the 100th anniversary of Oswald Chambers’ death. I’ve also […]

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How a Map Can Make a Difference

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I’ve just found a map that makes everything clear. I’ve only been trying to figure out the location of the YMCA camp at Zeitoun, Egypt to to the nearby ANZAC army camp for three years. Today, while I was hunting “Suez Canal Authority Headquarters Ismailia WWI,” on Google, it turned up. The map has nothing to […]

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Henry Huggins as Historical Fiction?

Henry Huggins, Beverly Cleary, Vietnam war, Ribsy, historical fiction, YMCA, bus riding, finding a dog, when is a novel historical fiction?

It’s a sobering moment when you realize Henry Huggins, in some camps, is considered historical fiction. How can a book I read and loved as a child be considered . . . . historical? Beverly Cleary‘s first published the book in 1950. Nearly 70 years ago. In publishing circles, historical fiction is defined as “prior […]

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