Episode 18

Michelle Ule

The Story Behind The Most Popular Devotional

Michelle Ule is the author of Mrs. Oswald Chambers, the story behind the world's most popular devotional, My Utmost For His Highest. She joins me to talk about the Chambers' story, writing, and biographies.
Michelle Ule is the author of Mrs. Oswald Chambers, the story behind the world's most popular devotional, My Utmost For His Highest. She joins me to talk about the Chambers' story, writing, and biographies.
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Show Notes:18. Michelle Ule — The Story Behind The Most Popular Devotional

Michelle Ule is the biographer of Mrs. Oswald Chambers: The Woman Behind the World’s Bestselling Devotional, an essayist for Utmost Ongoing: Reflections on the Legacy of Oswald Chambers and a bestselling author of inspirational historical novellas. 

She became interested in the Chambers family after using My Utmost for His Highest as a devotional for many years and then writing an as-yet-unpublished World War I novel in which Oswald and Biddy Chambers appeared as “marquee characters.”

Michelle writes an “Utmost Response” to each day’s reading on her Michelle Ule, writer Facebook page–for all those folks who seek insight into what that day’s My Utmost for His Highest means!

A 35 year Bible study teacher in a variety of Christian settings and denominations, she studied English Literature at UCLA and trained as a reporter. Michelle’s also an amateur genealogist.

Long married to a retired naval officer, Michelle and her family live in Northern California.

You can learn more about her and read her 90+ blog posts about Biddy, Oswald and My Utmost for His Highest at www.michelleule.com

  • Chaptaer 1: Hard Words to Hear
Chapter 2: Offense
Chapter 3: Insecurity
Chapter 4: Obsession
Chapter 5: Imitation
Chapter 6: Affirmation
Chapter 7: Accusation
Chapter 8: Healing
Chapter 9: Should We Too Offend?
  • My favorite sailing crew.
  • I’ve been working the last few years on a new book. I can’t wait to share the details. Stay tuned for more.
  • Art lessons at the KC Art Museum. Just a quick day-trip for some art, food, and Trader Joe’s.
  • A girl and her dog. Lucy getting her first intoduction to the boat.
  • I have a stained glass artist in my congregation who does incredible work. This past week, as a graduation gift, the congregation gave me this stained glass piece. It is of a bent oak tree like the one we named the church after. I listened as they explained how the church had been for them a bent oak, a tree designed to point towards safety and water. They are common in the Ozarks. Native Americans would tie down young trees and force them to grow in odd shapes as markers. I have always been impressed by their willingness to do that work, knowing that it might be only be later generations that would benefit from them. Still, it’s a weird name for a church. I know. But to hear people personally resonate with what moved me those many years ago was an incredible gift. And this stained glass piece is now one of my favorite possessions.
  • Last 3 years have been working on a doctorate of ministry in writing. Grateful for the time to study, write and for the great friendships.
Chaptaer 1: Hard Words to Hear
Chapter 2: Offense
Chapter 3: Insecurity
Chapter 4: Obsession
Chapter 5: Imitation
Chapter 6: Affirmation
Chapter 7: Accusation
Chapter 8: Healing
Chapter 9: Should We Too Offend?
Chaptaer 1: Hard Words to Hear
Chapter 2: Offense
Chapter 3: Insecurity
Chapter 4: Obsession
Chapter 5: Imitation
Chapter 6: Affirmation
Chapter 7: Accusation
Chapter 8: Healing
Chapter 9: Should We Too Offend?
Chaptaer 1: Hard Words to Hear
Chapter 2: Offense
Chapter 3: Insecurity
Chapter 4: Obsession
Chapter 5: Imitation
Chapter 6: Affirmation
Chapter 7: Accusation
Chapter 8: Healing
Chapter 9: Should We Too Offend?
Chaptaer 1: Hard Words to Hear
Chapter 2: Offense
Chapter 3: Insecurity
Chapter 4: Obsession
Chapter 5: Imitation
Chapter 6: Affirmation
Chapter 7: Accusation
Chapter 8: Healing
Chapter 9: Should We Too Offend?
Chaptaer 1: Hard Words to Hear Chapter 2: Offense Chapter 3: Insecurity Chapter 4: Obsession Chapter 5: Imitation Chapter 6: Affirmation Chapter 7: Accusation Chapter 8: Healing Chapter 9: Should We Too Offend?
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My favorite sailing crew.
My favorite sailing crew.
My favorite sailing crew.
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I’ve been working the last few years on a new book. I can’t wait to share the details. Stay tuned for more.
I’ve been working the last few years on a new book. I can’t wait to share the details. Stay tuned for more.
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Art lessons at the KC Art Museum. Just a quick day-trip for some art, food, and Trader Joe’s.
Art lessons at the KC Art Museum. Just a quick day-trip for some art, food, and Trader Joe’s.
Art lessons at the KC Art Museum. Just a quick day-trip for some art, food, and Trader Joe’s.
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A girl and her dog. Lucy getting her first intoduction to the boat.
A girl and her dog. Lucy getting her first intoduction to the boat.
A girl and her dog. Lucy getting her first intoduction to the boat.
A girl and her dog. Lucy getting her first intoduction to the boat.
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I have a stained glass artist in my congregation who does incredible work. This past week, as a graduation gift, the congregation gave me this stained glass piece. It is of a bent oak tree like the one we named the church after. I listened as they explained how the church had been for them a bent oak, a tree designed to point towards safety and water. They are common in the Ozarks. Native Americans would tie down young trees and force them to grow in odd shapes as markers. I have always been impressed by their willingness to do that work, knowing that it might be only be later generations that would benefit from them. Still, it’s a weird name for a church. I know. But to hear people personally resonate with what moved me those many years ago was an incredible gift. And this stained glass piece is now one of my favorite possessions.
I have a stained glass artist in my congregation who does incredible work. This past week, as a graduation gift, the congregation gave me this stained glass piece. It is of a bent oak tree like the one we named the church after. I listened as they explained how the church had been for them a bent oak, a tree designed to point towards safety and water. They are common in the Ozarks. Native Americans would tie down young trees and force them to grow in odd shapes as markers. I have always been impressed by their willingness to do that work, knowing that it might be only be later generations that would benefit from them. Still, it’s a weird name for a church. I know. But to hear people personally resonate with what moved me those many years ago was an incredible gift. And this stained glass piece is now one of my favorite possessions.
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Last 3 years have been working on a doctorate of ministry in writing. Grateful for the time to study, write and for the great friendships.
Last 3 years have been working on a doctorate of ministry in writing. Grateful for the time to study, write and for the great friendships.
Last 3 years have been working on a doctorate of ministry in writing. Grateful for the time to study, write and for the great friendships.
Last 3 years have been working on a doctorate of ministry in writing. Grateful for the time to study, write and for the great friendships.
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