“Halford’s enlightening memoir is a must-read for those interested in My Utmost for His Highest or evangelicalism in the 21st century.”—Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)
My Utmost: A Devotional Memoir is an intimate exploration of one of the best-selling Evangelical daily devotionals of all time, Oswald Chambers’s My Utmost for His Highest, told through the story of one reader’s decades-long devotion to the book. Moving between the author’s conservative Evangelical upbringing in Texas to her adult life in New York and France, My Utmost illuminates the ties between religion, culture, and place, and the ability of faith—and literature—to transcend them. Read more about the book, or order a copy .
More praise for My Utmost:
“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.”—The Dallas Morning News
“Absorbing . . . One of the best books of [its] kind I’ve read over the past twenty-five years or so.”—John Wilson, Commonweal
Macy Halford is an author and reviewer, whose first book, My Utmost: A Devotional Memoir, about the bestselling Evangelical daily devotional My Utmost for His Highest, is due out in February, 2017, from Knopf. It’s an intimate intellectual exploration of faith, literature, culture, and moving between worlds.
Macy grew up in Dallas, Texas, in the nineteen-eighties and nineties, and moved to New York to attend Barnard college, graduating in 2001. For eight years, she was on the editorial staff of The New Yorker magazine, where she wrote and edited the online book review.
In 2012, she moved to Strasbourg, France, where she lives with her husband. She teaches English at Sciences Po University and works as a freelance reviewer and translator. In her free time, she is mastering the art of Alsatian cooking, which is much like mastering the art of French cooking, only with less art (tip: when in doubt, add more pork).