This post contains affiliate links. Cuddle Bug & I continue to make our way through the Christian Heroes: Then & Now series. This time, we read Klaus-Dieter John by Janet & Geoff Benge. Unlike most of the Benges’ other books, this one is about a man who is still alive.
About Klaus-Dieter John by Janet & Geoff Benge
Born in Germany in 1960, Klaus dreamed of being a missionary doctor. He did achieve his dreams, but not without significant obstacles. He and his wife, Tina, served in various developing countries before landing in South America.
They both dreamed of building a hospital to help the poor people in their area, but as this was such a massive undertaking, Klaus kept putting it off. He was filled with doubt. Then, one day, Tina spurred him to action; the rest is history.
My Thoughts on the Book
I love watching God work in my own life as well as the lives of others. This book is filled with examples of God at work, filling a need at precisely the right time. This is true for Klaus’ medical studies as well as for building the hospital. For that reason alone, this book is worth the read.
However, as I mentioned before, this book is different than other books by the Benges because, at the time of this review, Klaus-Dieter John is only 62 years old. He still has a lot of life left. Further, the book was written in 2013, when Klaus was only 53 years old.
The first half of the book was exciting and interesting. Then, the second half of the book is entirely about building the hospital, which got a bit tedious. If this book was about someone who had already died, the building of the hospital would be a large portion of the book, but not half of the book. While the book was fast-paced in the beginning, once he decided to build the hospital, the pace slowed dramatically. I wish that the Benges would have made this section of the book smaller and then written more about his life after building the hospital
I give Klaus-Dieter John by Janet & Geoff Benge 3.5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.