My Utmost for His Highest is one of the best known daily devotional books in the world. Pastor Dean even mentioned it here on this blog on Monday. Although Oswald Chambers’ name is on the cover, it was actually compiled by his wife, Biddy, after his death. She was an incredible stenographer and had verbatim notes from his lectures at the Bible college they founded during the first years of their short marriage right before World War I. From her notes, she compiled the 365 devotionals that have impacted countless believers all over the world since uninterrupted publication in 1935.
Gertrude “Biddy” Hobbs and Oswald Chambers met on an ocean voyage to the United States in 1908. Going their separate ways, they began to write letters to each other after that voyage. In 1910 they married. In 1911 they founded the Bible Training College in Clapham, England; and in 1913 their only child, Kathleen was born.