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My Utmost

My Utmost by Macy Halford
Feb 07, 2017 | 368 Pages
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“Absorbing . . . One of the best books of [its] kind I’ve read over the past twenty-five years or so.” —John Wilson, Commonweal

“For a faith as American as apple pie at church suppers, if you’re outside the circle, evangelicalism might seem as exotic as whirling dervishes. What’s needed is someone inside the circle, a guide intelligent and sophisticated enough to have attended exclusive Barnard College, literate enough to have reviewed books for The New Yorker. Rambunctious enough to occasionally drink and smoke, but rooted and raised up in the Rev. W. A. Criswell’s First Baptist Church in downtown Dallas. Macy Halford is just such a person, and her book, subtitled  ‘A Devotional Memoir,’ is just such a guide. It’s funny, smart, literate—a journey, not into or away from religious belief like so many religious memoirs, but through that belief.” —Bill Marvel, The Dallas Morning News 
“A valuable memoir . . . The chronicle of her search can help us all, irrespective of our particular religious affiliation.” —Father Ron Rolheiser, Catholic San Francisco

“Halford’s enlightening memoir is a must-read for those interested in Oswald Chambers’s My Utmost for His Highest or evangelicalism in the 21st century . . . Chambers’s life and legacy, along with Halford’s own personal journey, prove to be a powerful lens through which to examine the roots of fundamentalist evangelicalism and its rocky relationship with the modern world.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Ardently told, diligently researched . . . Halford is an expert, assured surveyor of all the rivers that nursed Chambers’s soul . . . My Utmost will be enjoyed and admired primarily by those who feel, as Halford does, ‘a complicated nostalgia’ for the evangelical faith they were raised in—those who can’t and won’t defend all the old doctrines but find that religion still pulls at them.” —Carlene Bauer, The New York Times Book Review
“The memoir is devotional, inspirational and . . . full of interesting quotes. . . . Macy Halford has joined countless others in presenting a spiritual/religious book attempting to make sense of this technological age, excessive instant gratification, and individual renewal.” —Myra Arnold, The Decatur Daily

“That the most popular faith in America is so precariously positioned—structurally omnipresent, but substantially obscure—is what makes a book like Macy Halford’s so fascinating.” —Casey N. Cep, The New Republic

“Self-aware but never self-indulgent, My Utmost provides an edifying look at one person’s spiritual journey and the impact an obscure Scottish preacher’s musings can have years later.” —Christine Engel, Booklist

“[Halford] leaves New York to trace Chambers’s history and spiritual and theological influences. Along the way, she experiences her own journey of spiritual self-discovery, embracing anew her commitment to a faith best expressed by Utmost.” —Library Journal

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