In the Arena by Isobel Kuhn

Cover image: Isobel Kuhn [1902-1957], In the Arena.

In this book Isobel Kuhn completes her autobiography, started in By Searching. My thanks to Book Aid for providing a copy of this book for digitisation and to OMF International-UK for their kind permission to place it online.

Isobel Kuhn [1902-1957], In the Arena. London: China Inland Mission, 1959. Hbk. pp.192. [Click here to visit the download page for this title]


  1. Obstacles (1024)
  2. Uncongenial Work (1925)
  3. Secret Choices (1926)
  4. Crossed Nature (1928-30)
  5. Frustrations (1928-50)
  6. Extinguished Candle-flames (1942)
  7. Small Harassments (1942-44)
  8. Taut Nerves (1944-46)
  9. Seeming Defeat (1948)
  10. Between the Scissors’ Knives (1949)
  11. Stranded at World’s End (1950)
  12. Dread Disease (1954-57)

Life Story of Isobel Kuhn – Carolyn Canfield

Carolyn Canfield, One Vision Only. A Biography of Isobel Kuhn

Isobel Kuhn and her husband were Canadian missionaries with the China Inland Mission. They worked among the Lisu People in Southwestern China and in Thailand after the Communist revolution. Her eight books were very influential amongst evangelicals in the 1950s.

This standard biography of Isobel Kuhn is still in copyright and I am grateful to OMF International (UK) for their kind permission to digitise and host the book online. My thanks to Book Aid for making a copy of this book available for scanning.

Carolyn Canfield, One Vision Only. A Biography of Isobel Kuhn. London: China Inland Mission, [1959]. Hbk. pp.189. [Click to visit the download page for this title]


  • Prologue: High in Her Mountains

Part One: The Vision Sighted

  1. Daddy’s Girl
  2. All in a Whirl
  3. A New Look
  4. Bound by a Love Chain
  5. Black and White Pen Sketch
  6. Outstanding Girl
  7. Across the Wide Ocean

Part Two: The Vision Pursued (autobiographical)

  1. Anticipation
  2. Getting Married is not a Private Affair After All
  3. Our First Home—What Comes First?
  4. How to Develop a Taste for Beancurd
  5. His Wonderful Cook—as Viewed by Her
  6. Speech Seasoned with Salt
  7. When We Became Parents
  8. The Unwanted Assignment
  9. Beginnings at Yungping
  10. The Forgotten Cloak
  11. A Hard Day
  12. A Glimpse of Storybook Land
  13. A Parting that did not Part
  14. The trhing with the Stuff in It
  15. Furlough without Baggage (1936)
  16. Home Town
  17. The Ticklish Vision

Part Three: The Vision Realised

  1. Pen of a Ready Writer
  2. Experiences, Full-orbed
  3. Pressing on
  4. Always a Missionary
  5. Over the Back Wall
  6. With Purpose of Heart
  7. The Ruling Thing
  8. Confident
  9. In Christ’s Company

About This Book

“You’re not going to attach wings to her, are you?” This question, in substance, has confronted me several times as I have been writing Isobel Kuhn’s biography.

No! No wings.

Her own frank pen reveals her fallibility.

But here anyone may also see the development of an extraordinary character. It was only in her own eyes that she was the usual sort. Others saw in her the sparkle of her two Irish grandmothers, the personal charm of her irrepressible father, the gifts of an actress, and graces of a society girl.

She was a school teacher in Vancouver, when she chose to give God first place in her affections. Then all the drive and stamina that had been pushing her toward a successful career projected her instead into the oblivion of the wild mountains of south-west China.

When she “buried herself” as a missionary, doubtless many a voice protested that she was throwing her life away. But how could anyone then foresee how remarkably she would demonstrate one of Christ’s greatest paradoxes? “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow mt, For wlwsoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake, shall find it.”

So this is the story of one who deliberately threw away her life-and found it.

Carolyn Canfield – from the dust jacket

Story of Monorom, the Paddy Field Hospital in Thailand

Catherine Maddox, Paddy Field Hospital. A Story from Manorom, Thailand.The railway that runs hundreds.of miles up the Malayan Peninsula from Singapore to Bangkok proceeds from there to its destination near the border of Burma through the great central plain which is the rice-bowl of Thailand. It was to this well populated area, intersected by numerous waterways, that a little group of C.I.M. missionaries, recently out from China, went in 1952. Its friendly courteous people, Buddhists all, welcomed the strangers (if not their message) who had come to dwell among them, and it was here that the principal medical work of the C.I.M. Overseas Missionary Fellowship was commenced.

In this book Dr. Catherine Maddox, wife of the doctor superintendent of the medical work, gives an intimate history of the way in which the Christian Hospital was planted in the paddy fields of Central Thailand.

[From the front dustjacket]

My thanks to Book Aid for providing a copy of this book to digitisation and to OMF International-UK for their kind permission to place it on-line. The PDF of this title may be reproduced for free educational purposes, but not sold for profit without written permission from the copyright holder.

Catherine Maddox, Paddy Field Hospital. A Story from Manorom, Thailand. London: China Inland Mission, [1961], Hbk. pp.183. [Click to visit the download page]


  1. Doubt
  2. Certainty
  3. Background
  4. Spadework
  5. Plans
  6. Building
  7. Expansion
  8. Compound
  9. Garden
  10. Opening
  11. Business Manager
  12. Staff (a)
  13. Staff (b)
  14. Nurses
  15. Departments (a)
  16. Departments (b)
  17. Homes
  18. Events
  19. Fields
  20. Evangelism (a)
  21. Evangelism (b)
  22. Follow-up
  23. Cases (a)
  24. Cases (b)
  25. Dykes
  26. Floods
  27. Harvest

About the author – Catherine Maddox, M.B., B.S.

As a child, the author wanted to be a missionary, and she took up medicine with this in mind. In 1938 she sailed for China with the China Inland Mission, devoting herself to medical and evangelistic work in the provinces of Honan, Anhwei and Szechwan. In 1946 she married Dr. F. C. Maddox. Her earlier book The Invincible Company was written while in China. Following the enforced withdrawal of the C.I.M. from that land, the Drs. Maddox went to Thailand, where to-day they are serving God in the Christian Hospital at Manorom.

From the back dustjacket