My Utmost for His Highest
A 90-Day Gift Devotional (Now uses NIV Scripture)
by Oswald Chambers
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Pub Date 04 Apr 2023 | Archive Date 08 May 2023
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I think that there is a place for this book. I would not part with the original version of this book.
Because this has been “rewritten” to be modern and for me rather simplified, I would utilize this for my kids. For example I would read the original version and have them do their own devotional using this book and come back together. That way we can marry the two together for a very rich family time. I think there is a lot lost in the modern version but the NIV verses and some modern language changes are perfect for kids.
I’d have received an ARC in order to review this book. All opinions are my own.
This book tends to be very legalistic. It is not an easy read for that reason. Some will enjoy this book , however I did not.
My Utmost For His Highest: A 90-Day Gift Devotional, Modern Classic Edition by Oswald Chambers. Book review.
In this updated book, the language is written to blend with the New International Version (NIV) Bible. You’ll notice this is a 90-day book and not the original 366 daily format. It’s a shorter version of the beloved devotional. Many will find this easier to read as the King James Version is replaces by the NIV. Yet, fans of the classic devotional might prefer the original writings.
As a fan of devotional writings, I do enjoy seeing the full Bible verse on the devotional page. This traditional format is helpful for a daily devotional experience.
I have gifted many copies of the 366 version of My Utmost For His Highest. The book is wonderful in classic or the new 90 day modern format. In either format, the authority in writing, discernment, and conviction remain timeless. A fantastic author for all to read!
I received an Advanced Reader Copy from Netgalley.
This updated version provides devotionals that are to the point and provide much to meditate on during the day and beyond. The 90-day format will allow the reader to repeat it fun to four times during the year providing their spiritual life with many challenging thoughts. As there are no dates indicated, the reader may start at any point during the year. Whether it is used for 90 days or 12 months, the reader will come away changed.
This book is an excellent devotional for personal use or as a gift.
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley but the thoughts expressed are my own.
I requested this book for my own selfish reasons. I read this book many years ago but wanted to revisit it. I quickly looked through it but didn’t finish because I was expecting something else. While I love that this book has been updated, I forgot that every entry has a date. I wish there was a format that didn’t have dates. I know, like a devotional, it is to be read every day but sometimes I am not diligent.
I use this book for a daily devotional as a part of my bible study. I have bought and read two different copies of it. Obviously, Oswald Chambers was one of the finest Christian writers who ever lived. He has been gone for almost 100 years now. But still his writings are classic and faithful today, just as when he first wrote them. His understanding of the scriptures was simply wonderful, considering his young age, and the times in which he lived. And he not only talked the Bible and the Christianity, but he inspired and walked it also, giving his life in service to the British troops in WWI. Such a great tool for growing in your faith! One will not find a finer example of Christian writing than this, truly a great collection of works from which to learn.
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This devotional by Chambers is a classic. This edition is beautifully arranged for ease of use and the artwork contains a modern aesthetic. Great resource for those looking for supplemental reading to the Bible for the devotional times.
Chambers’ treasured book is condensed a rewritten into this beautiful 90 day devotional. I have to admit this version is an easier read with the NIV being used instead of the KJV, but there is still so much lovely, rich teaching and left me feeling inspired after each reading. I think this book would be great as a personal devotional, and also as a family devotional.
This is hard to review because some of the readings have great insight, but some have points so trivial that they came across almost as patronizing. The overall way in which the book is put together makes each day feel like being dropped into the middle of a conversation, rather than starting from a beginning; I guess it's that, to me, the verses don't always seem to tie in well with the elaboration provided by the author. I was really thrown for a loop when the author claimed that Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son was a mistake, which I'll reflect upon to see if I agree with, but my understanding of that story has always been basically not what the author is saying about it.
The short readings are handy for getting a small dose of spiritual growth to ponder throughout the day, and there are great reminders throughout (like the repeated principal of waiting on God). This overall isn't a book that I'd purchase for myself or anyone else, as I believe there are far better ones already available, but it was good to dive into it and examine what it has to offer.
My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers is one of those books that it is timeless. This updated devotional holds true to it’s reputation with meaningful devotional thoughts based in scripture with updated language. It is easily understandable and very helpful for a deepening understanding of scripture and how it can be applied to your everyday living. #netgalley #MyUtmostforHisHighest
My Utmost for His Highest Modern Day version is a rewriting of the Christian classic by Oswald Chambers. It takes a portion of his original devotions and rewrites them in a modern vernacular making them more accessible for people than the more formal language and denser, weightier topics of the original.
The Scripture for each devotion is in the New International Version of the Bible, instead of the older King James Version. This a 90-day devotional as opposed to the original 366 day format. This devotion is definitely a more user-friendly version in comparison to the King James Version and offers insights and teachings to deepen your faith. I did find the writings to be a bit disjointed and each day’s selections not only short, but also unrelated to one another. I think this devotional has value in any form, and has been a favorite of countless others throughout the ages, but It’s not one that has always worked for me personally due to it’s rigid nature and stringent tone.
Updated language and NIV Bible translation make the teachings from Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost For His Highest accessible to the contemporary reader. This Modern Classic Edition is a valuable resource reaching a wider audience demographic.
A revised edition of the classic. This is a 90 day devotional with a modern rendition of Oswald Chambers’ classic work. It is one of the most compelling writings in Christian literature. A must read.
A classic worth while! This book has been around for decades. It's inspirational writing will cause you to take a moment to consider, again, God's calling.
I have enjoyed Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest for over forty years. This modern edition makes the wording more understandable, and pairing these devotions with the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible further reduces barriers to grasping the heart of the messages.
This book includes the backstory of the lives of Chambers and his wife, and how this time-honored devotional came to be written.
I don’t like that this edition is so far only available in a condensed 3-month book. It is nicely bound and set to be released just in time to target gift buyers for graduation and Father’s Day.
The full volume is slated to be available in the fall. That’s when I’ll get mine, unless I wait for the convenience of the e-book.
This version of My Utmost for His Highest is a 90-day devotional that condenses many of Oswald Chambers' fantastic and deeply intellectual writings into a quick and easy read. I read half of it in one sitting, as my introduction to Chambers' book, and plan on picking up the full version next. Each entry is easy to follow naturally from one thought to the next, building on one another. This would be an excellent introductory gift to Chambers' writings, excellent for anyone wanting to take their spiritual journey to a deeper level.
Thank you NetGalley and Our Daily Bread Publishing for accepting my request to read and review My Utmost for His Highest.
Author: Oswald Chambers
Genre: Christian | Nonfiction (Adult) | Religion & Spirituality
For the purposes of this review, I want to share. My personal copy of My Utmost for His Highest is a one year reading that took three to four years. Post-it notes, tabs, taped, glued and stapled notes holding my thoughts are attached in what is now the rubber-banded loose pages paper clipped and placed in a large Ziplock Baggy to keep them. There is some resemblance of a book, the covers are readable, and God alone can read my handwriting as I've written in the margins, the line spaces, and over the printed text.
This devotional has nice features and is published by the well-known Our Daily Bread organization. I am not a theologian, nor did I attend a seminary. I study and I like one source consistently throughout Christian/Biblical material. I am not an expert. I do know interpretations vary.
KJV -- Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
NIV-- Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
Changing for readability purposes the English leaves an opening for error in translation, both source and English changes I've documented above.
There is a lot to be learned in this devotional, and it can take 90 days to years to read, resonate, and do your own text comparison.
I would buy this for myself, and will. I prefer a physical copy. Gifting is different: I want to be comfortable that the material is consistent, and different sources leads to manufacturing truths.
I grew up watching my mum read from the Daily Bread Daily Devotionals, and though she couldn't always afford to buy fresh copies, she would do the same three months over to have that special time with God each day. I admired that in my mum, so was delighted to pick up My Utmost for His Highest by the same publisher.
I love the simple, straightforward nature of each devotion and the glossary of terms that is helpful for the new reader. or someone who hasn't read the work of God in a while. I like that it is a great choice for new and old christians alike and has simple messages that speak straight to the heart.
Very Enjoyable 90-Day Devotional
Oswald Chambers has written a very good 90-Day Devotional. The topics discussed in the devotional are all biblical based and backed by pertinent scriptures.
This devotional was very easy to read, understand, and a delight to read. It would make a great gift for anyone or a worthy reference devotional that can be used at any time.
I love devotionals, and I highly recommend this one.
urity is the outcome of sustained spiritual closeness with God.
Every Christian should have this resource. It is a book that should be read every couple of years. Advice that I need to take as well. The trouble with each of us we do not see God the way we should see him. We are blinded by our desires and our own preconceived ideals. Oswald Chambers takes scripture and challenges the reader to see God in his glory and how our own sin blinds us to his glory.
His writing prepares our heart to see the truth and to process that truth in light of scripture. He reminds us bible characters such as Abraham that he led to the truth of his promises. To put our faith in Christ.
This book is like water to the dry patched soul. If you are looking for hope and encouragement to know God deeper, please pick this book up.
A special thank you to Our Daily Bread Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.
Fantastic for a morning devotion. It goes deeper than many of the modern surface devotionals that seem to be influenced by modern Christianity’s plague of self-focus. Directing our thoughts heaven-ward each morning helps get our goals and priorities on order.
This book impacted my life as a teenager, and I regularly give it to young people on milestone birthdays, graduations, etc. Chambers clearly had a consistent walk with God, and his insights are valuable at any stage in life.
It’s also great for the easily distracted because you can pick up on the current date even if you got off track.
I will say that I prefer the version of English that the book was originally written in. Depth of meaning is lost in the update.
Excellent devotional. It's theologically rich and perfectly bite-sized for modern-day culture. I would like to read the original soon, but for now, this was a great read.
Many years ago I read the original book and found it difficult to understand. The newly updated version keeps it simple and will draw more people to its timeless words. Each devotional has something for the day that will keep the reader on track and grateful to God for His timeless love. This is a devotional that you will be glad to give as a gift and keep one for yourself as you daily study what God needs you to hear.
When searching for some classic spiritual wisdom, I always turn back to my dog eared copy of My Utmost for His Highest. So when I saw that Our Daily Bread Publishing has released an updated version, I was on board!
For thoughts on living a God centered life of surrender this is the book you will need in your toolbox. I appreciate the updated language and I think it will make this more approachable for a new generation.
Personally I'd prefer a print copy of this book. First of all, so I could take notes and underline key points. But also because this did not format properly on my old kindle. It was hard to differentiate between individual devotionals.
Many thanks to NetGalley and Our Daily Bread publishing for this ARC of My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers.
A really good update of this classic devotional which is now much easier to read. None of the original depth and meaning is lost in this revised version.
Evangelist Chambers is one of my most respected devotional writers. The reader truly can build their relationship with the Father from his devotions and be blessed throughout the day reflecting on them. He challenges the reader to daily turn to Jesus and to turn away from the world and to turn to what appears as foolishness to the world. He shows us how he has survived situations and experienced God’s grace. You can feel the relationship Chambers has with God through the pages of this read.
We too can begin this close relationship and closer walk with the Lord by reading God's word daily. The topics and reading are also listed in case the reader want to go deeper rather than remaining in shallow water. I loved that.
These readings are life and light and one devotion a day might not be enough.
I received a copy of this from Netgallery in exchange for my thoughtful and honest review.
A Christian classic now published for electronic devices. I have used this devotional for years. No matter your age, it addresses deep spiritual truth. Oswald Chambers brings astute insight to familiar scripture and plumbs to deeper revelations of scripture.
One ( only one!) Bible verse is pinpointed, yet remarkably expounded upon . The daily devotions are brief, easily read in 3- 5 minutes. Meditating on the devotion is where time is spent throughout the day. Oswald’s written reflections stay with you.
There is an index in the back that references the devotionals pertaining to various subjects. The index is a wonderful tool to use for particular needs one might be have.
Oswald Chambers’ devotional is a classic; although the daily devotionals are brief, they are profoundly impactful. Whether one is a novice and new in the faith or has been a Christian for a long period of time, this devotional can meet the desires/ need of each. I reread it every year because I gain new and different insights with each reading. It is so convenient being in an electronic format; I can take it with me on my digital device right along with my Bible!
My thanks and gratitude to the publisher and Netgalley for my copy on exchange for an honest review.
This classic guide to faith is a comfort to readers who want to learn about the Bible. It is recommended for religious audiences.
This is a fantastic addition to my bible study time. This edition has some amazing history about Oswald Chambers in the front that I really enjoyed reading. I look forward to purchasing a printed copy of this new edition of the beloved book.
I love this book - the original version. It is A classic devotional style book which challenges the Christian's daily walk with Christ. The introduction is interesting regarding Oswald's life and the editor of this book clearly states that this is an updated and modern version of this devotional - including the language. The Glossary was a nice touch as well. The font was displayed well, it was easy to read, was not choppy, or wasted space. I think this book will be very helpful for many people to read this version without the hinderance of the difficult language. Thanks Netgalley for gifting me with this book.
My Utmost for His Highest is a modern edition of the Oswald Chamber's classic.
I have always been a fan of the classic version and have enjoyed the deeply theological daily readings.
This book has taken excerpts from the original and modernized it for today's reader. Beautifully written, this 90 day devotional will take you through the scripture in a thought provoking way, to help shape us for his purposes. You will see the love of God, through Christ in a way that is both captivating and convicting.
What better way to start the day than a quick but insightfully stimulating look into God's word.
This book is a must read, and would be a wonderful gift.
Thank you Netgalley for allowing me to read this book for an honest review
Oswald Chambers' "My Utmost for His Highest" is a classic devotional that has stood the test of time. Chambers' writing is direct and uncompromising, challenging readers to live fully for God every day. The daily entries are short and to the point, yet packed with deep insights that will challenge readers to grow in their faith. While the language may be dated and some of the concepts may be difficult to grasp, the timeless truths contained within this devotional continue to inspire and transform lives. Overall, "My Utmost for His Highest" is a valuable resource for Christians seeking to deepen their relationship with God through daily reflection and study. I enjoyed going through this 90-day version of the classic.
This book is one of the most impactful devotionals I've ever picked up. And this new edition is stunning! The language is more relatable and it's one I will continue to return to.
Wonderful book! This is written in short chapters. The format is easy to read. He breaks down verses and writes a wonderful devotional. Easy to read and understand for a wide range of ages
A good devotional book that will challenge you. Highly recommend! Thank you net galley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Works which reach the status of “classics” in the canon of literature generally do so for good reasons; they stand the test of time and have something compelling about them. And so it is for Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest.
One can find this devotional in almost any format; this one (galley received as part of early review program) is published as a hardcover by Our Daily Bread and is intended to serve as a gift edition.
Oswald Chambers was a child of the fin de siècle who was raised a Scottish Baptist but joined the Holiness movement and participated in early Pentecostalism. He died while ministering to soldiers during World War I. Most of his works, including My Utmost for His Highest, were based on the transcription of notes his widow had taken during his messages at the Bible Training College he had founded. The original version was formatted for 366 devotionals; this edition was modified to cover them in 90 days.
Most devotional works these days attempt to somehow replicate Chambers in some way or another, and most fall short. He is not prepossessing; he does not wade into anything remotely controversial; and yet the substance of his messages remain profound. It truly is all about devoting oneself to God and His purposes and turning away from the impulses of self and the world.
It is best to take one’s time with a devotional such as this and meditate on each one. Highly recommended.
This devotional is a classic. I started reading My Utmost for His Highest many, many years ago and it was an older version. If you haven’t been blessed by Oswald Chambers then I encourage you to pick this up. OS was a mentor of sorts for me and I felt his words and saw his commitment through his words. This is a great gift for anyone. This edition is a newer version so it can be more understandable. I highly recommend.
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