Tags: Literary Criticism

Macy Halford

Journalism, Memoir, Spirituality

Macy Halford is a memoirist and book reviewer. Her first book, My Utmost: A Devotional Memoir, focuses on her fascination with My Utmost for His Highest, the bestselling evangelical daily devotional first published by Oswald Chambers in 1935. My Utmost is, in part, an exploration of Chambers’s life, but more pointedly it tells Halford’s own story. As such, it speaks to such themes as faith, literature, and contemporary culture, narrating her experiences moving between worlds.

Halford was raised in Dallas and moved to New York to attend Barnard College. For eight years, she was on the editorial staff of the New Yorker magazine, where she wrote and edited online book reviews.

In 2012, she moved to Strasbourg, France, where she lives with her husband. There, 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 she describes as much like mastering the art of French cooking, only with less art.

Her Spirit Guide: The Face Behind a Faith-Shaping Devotional | review | New York Times
The 2011 National Book Awards Finalists | article | The New Yorker
Reviewers on Reviewing | article | The New Yorker

Festival Years: 2018

Recommended Reading

My Utmost: A Devotional Memoir