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Kathryn Kuhlman: The Radio Chapel Years

5 out of 5 based on 32 customer ratings
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In May of 1939, one of America’s most beloved preachers forever departed Mason City, Iowa, while the dream church she helped pioneer lay in ruins. For two years, Kathryn had served as co-pastor at Radio Chapel, a grand ministry of evangelism and one of the most extraordinary churches of that day. At the height of Radio Chapel’s success, strongholds of suspicion and persecution quickly arose, destroying the church and derailing her ministry.

Kathryn Kuhlman: The Radio Chapel Years is the true account of the adversity that Kathryn encountered during the earliest years of her ministry and paints a touching portrait of her heartbreaking journey and shattered ministry. This is an intimate look at a pivotal time in Kathryn’s life that unveils the secrets to her overcoming faith and the strength she possessed which would ultimately propel her to a place of national and international recognition.

Within these pages is a fascinating narrative that pulls back the curtain of time and offers a rare glimpse into the trials and tribulations of one of this generation’s most dynamic evangelists and faith pioneers. An exhaustive compilation of historical documents, as well as never-before-seen sermons preached by Kathryn herself, The Radio Chapel Years gives profound insight into the battles she faced and pays tribute to the enduring faithfulness of God.

32 reviews for Kathryn Kuhlman: The Radio Chapel Years

  1. 5 out of 5


    Far more than a biography. This a a compelling story of mystery and heart-warming emotion.

    Well-written and compelling, this is not what I expected. I thought it would be more of a biography. What a surprise to find it was so much more. Even if you knew nothing of Kathryn’s ministry, this will appeal to any reader who has walked through “the dark night of the soul” and wondered if they would ever see the other side.

    It not only uncovers the mystery of that season in Kathryn’s ministry that was shrouded in what appeared to be failure and negativity, but is full of emotion, prophetic, heart-break, victory and ultimately a story of hope. Such a story of hope! Why do some people quit when the going gets rough and why do others survive and come out even stronger? The dichotomy between Kathryn’s response to those years and her husband’s and how it played out for both of their futures is worth the read right there.

    This is a real page-turner. I highly recommend this book. It is well worth the read and will stay with you a very long time.

  2. 5 out of 5


    Valuable and encouraging read!

    This book revealed a part of Kathryn Kuhlman’s story I had never heard. I liked the fact that Mr. Philpott shared the story chronologically without judgement. It was a thorough overview of the events of the time period. I appreciated Mr. Philpott’s sensitivity and reverence. Although it is a rather sad story, I was greatly encouraged at the conclusion. This story shows the great mercy of God, and his willingness to use imperfect vessels. I came away with a satisfying sense that Mr. Philpott had followed the story full circle, brought to light a productive and important era of ministry, and restored valuable understanding to the body. I am changed as a result of reading this book. It has encouraged me to dust off and ride again!

  3. 5 out of 5


    Being the historical buff that I am, I enjoy drinking from great books that have a historical, biographical, and personal- inspirational narrative. I recently purchased and finished reading Shane Philpott’s new book entitled: “Kathryn Kuhlman, The Radio Chapel Years.”

    Mr. Philpott is a provocative and intoxicating writer. His ability to tell a story reminds me of Edgar Allen Poe, Hawthorne, or perhaps Henry David Thoreau in their prime. The pages from this new epic piece kept me coming back for more. I must admit, I sat down as a causal reader and quickly found myself in the middle the author’s well articulated recollections and research of the “Radio Chapel Years.” I finished the book in a day.

    The collaboration between Shane Philpott and Keith and Mary Williams is masterful, as together they recall some of the most spiritually powerful and moving moments of Kathryn Kulhman’s life, marriage, and ministry. From the triumphs, to the burgeoning crowds, and the toxic poison of indifference, the mediocre could not grasp the enormity of the vision nor its immensity. These pages capture it all.

    This book reminds us all of our humanity and the need to persevere in the midst of extreme jealousy, resentment, and ministerial espionage among well meaning Christian Zealots who will spend their time tearing down the best of God’s plans.

    A must read for all Pastors and Christian workers, The Radio Chapel Years reminds us that even though some of God’s Generals have passed away, the message never dies, if you and I will keep those words alive. By embracing the memory of our mentors who taught us “Your light will never burn brighter by blowing out someone else’s candle,’ we preserve the Radio Chapel Years in the here and the now.

    Let me finish by saying, Ms. Kuhlman moved on to do great things in her ministry. But I don’t see The Radio Chapel experience as a hiccup or a failure. I see it as a courageous undertaking, a divinely appointed chapter in the life of a splendid woman of God who stayed true to the call; who persevered, who triumphed; who never let distractions defeat her; And, who finished her course with joy. These are the qualities that you and I must strive to emulate.

    In her own words, “Living with faith and courage is something that life requires of each of us. Absolutely ever give up! Never give in, no matter what! Fight it through! And I promise you something with all my heart – God will help you.”

    With God on our side, how can any of us lose? It sounds like Kathryn was reminding us that whether we’re in the midst of the victory or the battle, “Keep standing on the Rock!”

  4. 5 out of 5


    An inspirational and untold story

    After I finished reading this book, I found that I wanted to start again from the beginning, scouring for details and highlighting my favorite passages. Kathryn Kuhlman The Radio Chapel Years was a truly interesting and inspiring read.

    The story of what took place all those years ago is widely unknown although Kathryn went on to become one of the most well known and influential evangelists world wide. This story provides an insight into a different chapter of her life. The story of what took place in Mason City is so interesting it would even appeal to non-believers as well as Christians.

    While reading, I found myself being challenged by the sermons of Kathryn and those of Burroughs Waltrip. I am a Christian but their strong words and convictions made even me wonder what else I could be doing to make sure I make it into heaven and what I can do to further the plans of the Lord. Another thing I noticed while reading the sermons that were written over seventy years ago, was how well almost all of them applied to the same issues we face today.

    Rev. Shane Philpott seamlessly weaves Kathryn’s sermons, various newspaper articles and interviews with Keith and Mary Williams with his own opinions and experiences. This is truly a must read for Christians and non-Christians alike.

  5. 5 out of 5


    Touched my spirit

    What a beautiful heartfelt true story, and how Kathryn triumphed over shame and heartbreak knowing God is faithful to get us through all. It reinforces to me all good things come from heaven and I am not to compare , envy, or question what others have to my own circumstances. Be glad in the successes of joy of others.

  6. 5 out of 5



    As a pastor reading this well written and obviously well researched book, I find myself being drawn into the events in such a way that I literally feel like I’m present watching these events unfold. No only did I enjoy what’s being shared, but I found myself doing some purposeful self examination as I was being challenged by the zeal for evangelism that was a driving force in the lives of Ms. Kuhlman and the Radio Chapel leadership. Their passion for the lost was and is contagious. I want what they had. I want my congregation to have what they had. I want the Body of Christ as a whole to have what they had. “Kathryn Kuhlman: The Radio Chapel Years” is more than a story being told, it’s an inspiration to the soul.

  7. 5 out of 5


    Of all places,why did Kathryn Kuhlman choose Mason City?

    Wow! What a great story in Pastor Shane Philpott’s book of Kathryn Kuhlman! I knew very little of her time while she was at Radio Chapel in Mason City, Iowa.Great details of what happened there have been uncovered in this amazing account of her ministry there some 77 years ago. The sermons from so long ago could even be applied today as fresh and new, for either believer or non believer. Not much was known of her time while in Mason City. Perhaps other authors or people stayed away from it because they may have deemed her time at Radio Chapel as a failure. This may be the very account of things that made or molded her into the worldwide known person she became.You could look at it as a lost battle……but remember she won the war in the end.Yet maybe she fullfilled what God called her to do there, to break up fallow ground and plant seed for something to spring forth and harvest 77 plus years later.An interesting story for any and all to read.

  8. 5 out of 5


    What an amazing story of truth!

    I’d heard of Kathryn Kuhlman but never knew what the story of Radio Chapel was about until I read this book. They were truly a head of their times in building Radio Chapel, but what truly amazed me was that even through the hard times and persecution, she came through trusting God even more and she allowed God to use her in every circumstance. How easy it would have been to give up but she didn’t do that. She stood on the side of truth and persevered. God blessed her ministry for that! Truly an amazing, God inspired story!

  9. 5 out of 5


    Excellent read and provided insight to this great woman of …

    Excellent read and provided insight to this great woman of God’s calling and ministry. I thoroughtly enjoyed readying this book. Highly recommend it.

  10. 5 out of 5


    Five Stars

    Great book. What a wonderful eye-opener and reminder of just what our Lord is capable of.

  11. 5 out of 5


    Kathryn Kuhlman: The Radio Chapel Years 5 Stars

    This book was amazingly written and encouraging. The way the messages were placed in this book are just as much valid today as they were 70 years ago. To hear and see the story of Mason City as it applies to MIss Kuhlman’s life as well as the Radio Chapel Church, where my wife’s grandfather attended is very cool. This book and its story is a large blessing to all that read it and digest all that the Holy Spirit says through Pastor Shane Philpott as well as through the sermons recorded in this book given by Kahtryn Kuhlman and Burroughs Waltrip! Definately a must read!

  12. 5 out of 5


    A Must Read!!

    Kathryn Kuhlman: The Radio Chapel Years was a great read! Such a fantastic book rich in history, inspiration and truth! It was very well written by Shane Philpott.

  13. 5 out of 5


    The Radio Chapel Years

    The story of a preacher who told it like it was, by a preacher who tells it like it is. Includes unpublished sermons of Kathryn’s along with the keen insight of Pastor Philpott. This book is sure to be a favorite!

  14. 5 out of 5


    Inspirational account of faith and perseverance

    I just finished this incredible account of Kathryn Kuhlman during her time in Mason City, Iowa at Radio Chapel. It was amazing to read about how the people of the region celebrated this ministry so much in the beginning and within months people would reject the same ministry. With Kathryn’s unshakeable faith she was able to continue and persevere, and go on to influence so many others globally, including the world-reknown Benny Hinn.
    Due to Shane Phillpott’s diligent research and relationship he built with Keith and Mary Williams, he was able to obtain the powerful sermon notes Kathryn gave in the 1930’s that are still so relevant today.
    This book is a great history lesson for both the believer and non.

  15. 5 out of 5



    Kathryn Kuhlman – What a woman of God! This book inspired me that we as woman can be used mightily of God. Reading this book you could sense the gentleness of Kathryn as a woman, but also the fire of God shut up in her bones. She never shied away from telling the truth about salvation and living holy as a christian.

    I felt as though I was transported to the 1930’s through the words of Shane Philpott. I appreciate all the time he took in researching the accounts of what took place during the Radio Chapel years.

    The story of Kathryn made my heart yearn for revival! I would definitely recommend this book to friends and family.

  16. 5 out of 5


    Incredible Inspirational History

    Great story of perseverence in ministry; the rise and fall of public favor. It pulls you chapter by chapter into the courage and faith of great ministry and ministers. The honor bestowed as it comes full circle, confirms in me the faithfulness of God. Great reveal of a short but critical time in the life of Kathryn Kuhlman. Highly recommend.

  17. 5 out of 5


    The author gives great details as he unveils this portion of her life

    The Truth Revealed
    Kathryn Kuhlman The Radio Chapel Years tells the never before known events in Ms Kuhlmans life spent in Mason City, IA. The author gives great details as he unveils this portion of her life. I felt as if he was personally saying, ” Come with me and I will take you back in time and I will show you things you never knew. There is mystery and history.” He describes this portal of time so clear I could literally picture it in my mind. I never knew about this time she spent in Iowa. Once I started reading it I did not want to put it down. I recommend this book for the truth and history it reveals and the excellent writing of a first time author.

  18. 5 out of 5



    This book by Shane Philpott is written very eloquently. As soon as I picked it up, I was drawn into the life, struggles, and stories of Kathryn Kuhlman. The sermons she preached so long ago are still relevant and spoke to me in a deep way. She preached with such zeal and passion, and Shane Philpott does a wonderful job weaving this story together. There is so much in this book I am already looking forward to re-reading it again and again; it stirs up my soul.

  19. 5 out of 5


    First time author

    As soon as I started reading this book I knew it deserved a 5 star rating. The divine intervention that took place during this journey is amazing but not surprising. I especially enjoyed the story of Pastor Philpott meeting the Williams for the first time, and the wonderful gift Keith Williams had to present him.

  20. 5 out of 5


    Kathryn Kuhlman the Radio Chapel Years

    Wow, what a wonderful account of the time that Kathryn Kuhlman spent in the Mason City area. I am from this area and I had no idea what God was doing in Mason City in the late 30’s.
    Shane Philpott has done a wonderful job researching and writing this book, I hope to see more from this author in the near future.

  21. 5 out of 5


    A hidden treasure! A must read!

    Kathryn Kuhlman: The Radio Chapel Years, by Shane Philpott, gives us insight into the early years of one of the most sought after & respected preachers of her time.

    It is a story of hope. A story of great faith. We journey with a very young Kathryn Kuhlman as she presses on and overcomes what is perhaps her darkest hour in her ministry. Numberless obstacles present themselves all around her. Any one of which, on its own, would have been more than enough for anyone to bear.

    But, Kathryn was a woman of great courage. She had placed all her hope and trust in God, even when oppostion was at its pinnacle.

    Rev. Philpott did an outstanding job of bringing this untold story to life. You can really feel every emotion of Miss Kuhlman, and you know without a doubt the hand of God was with her the entire way. This book is a must read. It is a testimony that will encourage you on your own faith walk. I gladly give this book a five star rating. I know it will bless you as you read it, just as it has been a blessing to me.

  22. 5 out of 5



    After the first chapter I knew this book would hold my attention! The Radio Chapel Years is a thoughtful look at history. I’m not old enough to have been a part of the tent revivals but this book put a longing in my heart to bring them back! With Kathryn Kuhlman’s sermons!
    This book as a wonderful tell of a heartbreaking adventure but the amazing providence of God! Gave me goosebumps by the end! Great read!!

  23. 5 out of 5



    This story is amazing. The book is well written and easy to read. I’m grateful for all the details that Shane Philpott put in the book. This book has given me great insight of Kathryn Kuhlman’s ministry. Kathryn Kuhlman is a great example how to live for God. Kathryn preaching was gentle and sweet. She love fellowship and praying with people. Kathryn Kuhlman: The Radio Chapel Years book is must read for all Christians.

  24. 5 out of 5


    Even if you don’t know who Kathryn Kuhlman is, you need to read this book!

    For a true, thorough introspective on the history of Radio Chapel and Kathryn Kuhlman, this is a must read. As Pastor Shane Philpott takes you from the beginning years of her ministry and time in Mason City, Iowa through the trials, successes, and sacrifices of a demanding vocation, this is a mesmerizing book that transports you to the 1930’s, with actual pieces of her sermons quoted throughout. You will not want to put this book down.

  25. 5 out of 5



    I never knew these accounts about Kathryn Kuhlman and her ministry. I heard of her world-wide impact but Shane Philpott drew me in by illuminating her resolve through the hills and valleys of The Radio Chapel Years leading to her success.

    After reading this book, I am richly encouraged and inspired by the sermons and stories of Kathryn Kuhlman’s perseverance. This book will be a “permanent” in my faith library.

  26. 5 out of 5



    What an amazing read. The true story of Kathryn’s time in Mason City, Iowa. Things I never even knew about filled this book!! DEFINITELY a book worth your time!! Pastor Shane Philpott is truly gifted with a talent to write.

  27. 5 out of 5


    This book offers a window into the history of some great Faith Pioneers

    I am a technical person. In chapter 9: titled “The Dedication” the author, Shane Philpott synthesizes the research hours he spent and describes the feel and experience of the building where Kathryn Kuhlman and Burroughs Waltrip developed Radio Chapel. The fact that back in that day, people cared enough for the sound, the comfort of the air, the seating, but yet not sacrificing holiness, is very inspiring. A balanced and effective ministry is one that can achieve the mix.
    This book is a very easy read. I found myself unable to put the book down for too long. While incredibly informative, the author brought yesterday’s sermons with today’s feel to keep the reader yearning for more. Kathryn Kuhlman: The Radio Chapel years, is a breath of fresh air. Much needed for the day we are living in.

  28. 5 out of 5


    The TRUE story of Radio Chapel Mason City Iowa — AWESOME!

    Kathryn Kuhlman the Radio Chapel Years has touched my heart deeply. Kathryn’s ministry started as a young single girl of the 1930’s. The faith and courage she must have had to be an evangelist. Her story is very inspiring to me – Her style of preaching was described as soft and sweet. She could reach any person for the Lord just by being a friend to them. She has inspired me to strive for a deeper connection with people. Her sermons quoted in the book are as relevant today as they were all those years ago and I found myself applying her teachings to my life today. Kathryn has inspired me to dig deeper, to fill my being with the Word of God, to increase my passion for the Lord and to be genuine with everyone. As we all know, with success come challenges and setbacks. Suspicions and jealousy arose. But that never slowed Kathryn down; she remained strong and maintained a victorious attitude through it all. Knowing that God had a plan for her to spread the gospel, she stayed true to her calling. She yielded her life to the power of the Holy Spirit and she saw the world change because of it.

    First time author Shane Philpott must have heard from Heaven when writing this true story. The divine appointments he had to acquire all these facts, pictures, original sermons, and newspaper articles is proof that Shane Philpott was the only person who could have told this story. His style of writing keeps you focused and wanting to stay up all night reading until you get to the end! I know that I will read this story more than once. I anxiously await more books from him. He is a natural born author.

  29. 5 out of 5


    Well deserved 5 star

    I have to admit going into this book I didn’t know who Kathryn Kuhlman was, what she did or what Radio Chapel was. I honestly can only describe it as a God thing I picked up this book up.
    Saying all that, I couldn’t put it down. This book is life changing. If you feel like you are in this world alone and you are getting attacked from every corner, this is a must read for you. It opened my eyes up to see that God really can you broken abused people. I see more love in this world thanks to this book. So I would say this is a well deserved 5 star

  30. 5 out of 5


    Incredible and unforgettable true story!!

    An inspiring story of courage, persecution, and of God’s amazing redemptive plan. The Radio Chapel Years is a well written book that once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. I found that Kathryn Kuhlman’s early sermons are still relevant after 70 years, challenged me to examine myself and walk closer with the Lord. This book is a MUST read for everyone!

  31. 5 out of 5


    Kathryn Kuhlman’s untold story: A must read!

    This impacting book transports the early sermons of Kathryn Kuhlman and the events of her life to a modern message for today. I was deeply affected by Miss Kuhlman’s inspired words written so long ago. I was moved to tears as the providence of God linked Shane Philpott, a pastor who today preaches in the same city where Kathryn launched a great work of God over 77 years ago, to this untold story. Kathryn Kuhlman: The Radio Chapel Years needs to be heard by many!

  32. 5 out of 5


    Unforgettable and Timeless

    This book was incredible. The explosive story of the life and ministry of Kathryn Kuhlman should never be allowed to fade quietly away and Shane Philpott rockets her story into blazing light with a fuidity and eloquence that had me spellbound till the end. This book left an impact on me as it will many around the world and I can’t wait to see what comes next from Shane Philpott!

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