This post contains affiliate links. Cuddle Bug (CB) and I recently finished reading Mildred Cable by Janet & Geoff Benge. CB is studying China in Sonlight’s Level F, so this book was a perfect complement as Cable spent most of her life as a missionary in China.
About Mildred Cable by Janet & Geoff Benge
Mildred Cable knew at an early age that she wanted to work in China. She reached China shortly after the Boxer Rebellion. Once there, she joined Eva French, a Christian missionary in China. In just a few short years, Eva’s sister, Francesca, joined the two women, and the three would be together for the rest of their lives.
Cable’s time in China was adventure-filled and, at times, dangerous. She did return to her homeland a few times, but for the most part, she lived in China.
My Thoughts on Mildred Cable
I found this book inspiring, especially for girls. Mildred and the French sisters were brave women. While some of their time in China was peaceful, most of the time, they were in danger. At one point, they were even held prisoner by a general who traumatized the area. In addition, they were the first Englishwomen to cross the Gobi desert.
Beyond her missionary work, Mildred also wrote several books about her experiences and the regions of China she lived in, which helped cement her fame.
Unlike other missionaries I have read about, she didn’t stay in one location. Instead, she and the French sisters traveled throughout China, going where they felt they were needed.
However, the one drawback to this book is that I didn’t feel like I ever got to know Cable. I felt that I was watching her through the distance rather than living her story with her.
I give Mildred Cable by Janet & Geoff Benge 4 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.