This post contains affiliate links. We’re slowly making our way through the Christian Heroes Then & Now books. Our latest read was Isobel Kuhn: On the Roof of the World, by Janet & Geoff Benge. This book is another inspiring story of a strong female who makes a great role model for young girls.
About Isobel Kuhn by Janet & Geoff Benge
Kuhn was raised by rather religious parents. She, herself, was devout until she got to college and one of her professor’s chastised her for her religious beliefs. She became an atheist soon after.
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.
She took a job as a teacher after college, but she was restless. 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. 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. The Benges shared how difficult it was to be a missionary at the time–Kuhn regularly had to deal with fleas and lice. While some people may think of missionary work as exotic and exciting, Kuhn’s story shows that it sometimes involves arduous travel and death of those you grow to love.
My Thoughts on the Book
Before I read this book, I had never heard of Isobel Kuhn. However, I was intrigued by her story. I appreciate how she explored her own religious beliefs, struggled with them, and then ultimately became confident as a Christian.
Another part of Kuhn’s story that gripped me was the fact that she had to separate from her daughter, Kathryn, when Kathryn 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. Apparently, that was the practice of the organization that Kuhn was a mission for. Still, her daughter went on to become a missionary herself and served in Thailand for 40 years, so she must have understood.
Overall, I learned quite a bit about Kuhn and her life, and I appreciated her devotion and determination.
I give Isobel Kuhn by Janet & Geoff Benge 4 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.