Isobel Kuhn: On the Roof of the World by Janet & Geoffe Benge – A Book Review

I had the idea that Cuddle Bug and I might also like to read some missionary stories together, but after about 80 pages, Cuddle Bug promptly and adamantly let me know that she had no interest in missionary stories.

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Still, I was 80 pages into Isobel Kuhn: On the Roof of the World, so I decided I’d finish reading the book myself.

Before I read this book, I had never heard of Isobel Kuhn before, but I was intrigued by her story.  Kuhn was raised by rather religious parents and herself was devout until she got to college and one of her professor’s chastised her for her religious beliefs.  Kuhn dated a man for quite a while in college and was engaged–until she found out he was seeing other women and expected to do so during their marriage.  Kuhn promptly dumped him.

Kuhn was a teacher after college, but she was restless, and through a series of connections, she ended up wanting to become a missionary to the Lisu people in China.  However, the path to missionary work was not a smooth one, and I admired her determination, grit, and unfailing devotion to her goal.

Eventually, Kuhn did become a missionary to China, but that didn’t mean she immediately got to the Lisu people she had wanted to serve for so long.

Another part of Kuhn’s story that gripped me was the fact that she had to separate from her daughter when she was just a young girl of 6 or 7 so that her daughter could be educated in the mission school far from where Kuhn and her husband served.  I could not imagine doing that, but apparently, that was the practice of the organization that Kuhn was a mission for.

Overall, I learned quite a bit about Kuhn and her life, and I appreciated her devotion and determination.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.

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