Saturday, 6 October 2018

An Inspiring Account of God’s Work Through one Humble Woman

 Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Mathew 17:20, NIV) Oswald and Biddy Chambers had such a faith!

I recently finished reading Mrs. Oswald Chambers: The Woman Behind the World’s Bestselling Devotional by Michelle Ule. This account of their lives together, and, more specifically, Gertrude Hobbs Chambers (Biddy Chambers), is an account of faith, of utter dependence on God for all things, knowing that He is the provider of all good things! Biddy Chambers is a beautiful illustration of what a Christian wife should be. Submitting to her husband, but submitting first to God, working well for her family to provide a good home for them all, showing such beautiful hospitality to all who cross their paths – this is what I hope to be! Her story is one of trial and triumph! But not triumph in herself or her own accomplishments but triumph in what God has done for His kingdom through her and her husband! THIS is what a testimony should be – pointing people to what God has done!

This book does a beautiful job of pointing it’s readers to God, to Christ our saviour! Written by a woman trained as a reporter, it has the appeal of a feature story, drawing in readers to the facts, yes, but also to the deep emotion behind the facts. I will readily admit I cried at the point of Oswald Chambers’ death! The story takes us from Biddy’s young life to her death, illustrating her striving to live for God’s glory all her life!

It is beautifully written and easy to read and, I believe, would appeal to readers from all walks of life!  There is so much I could say about this book but it would fill a week’s worth of blog posts at least!  Suffice it to say, I would highly recommend this book and plan to loan out my copy to many!

I’d like to close with a favourite quote from the book, a quote from Oswald Chambers: “God never gives strength for tomorrow, or for the next hour, but only for the strain of the minute.”

Disclosure: I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.