Would you like to be inspired by a most courageous woman?
Then you need to read about Ivy Madeline.
Dr Rebecca’s biography of her Grandmother tells the story of Ivy who lived a thousand lives within her own demure vocation.
As a medical missionary, Ivy Madeline Stokes, later Williams, undertook the position of Sister Tutor in China in the 1930s. She learned to speak Chinese in less than a year and then taught the nursing staff for the region. This led to her building beautiful friendships and being trusted by her team to go and deal with the Japanese authorities.
There were frequent examples of her going to plead for those imprisoned unfairly. Her remit grew and grew and with many adventures will leave you feeling empowered! Here is a tale of a quiet, devout and courageous lady who defied convention and lived as a truly emancipated woman. All of this is even more astounding when we discover that during her youth she had endured great poverty, hunger and parental alcoholism. She overcame these challenges by embracing education and by looking to contribute.
Ivy’s story is told through her letters to her most precious people.
Each one contains a quietly reassuring tone and illuminates the journey of one brave soul. The tale unfolds in three sections about her childhood, her years in China and then as a glorious grandmother. You will not want this book to end and you will come away with an enlighted and enabled spirit.
Ivy was, by any standards, a shy child: shy but mighty! Her father was afflicted with the illness of alcoholism and the family slid from affluence to insecurity during her childhood. He had been a successful entrepreneur with a building business, a decorating business, a small holding and more. It all crumbled.
Her character was shaped into being a life-long problem solver whose work ethic was unparalleled. She worked with those with similar illnesses who were abandoned by their families, friends and wider society.
She deserved an inspirational book that showed life in all its glory, struggle and courage. Because that’s what beautiful books do ~ they are real. They offer a reflection for our souls, a safe haven for our hearts and a springboard for our minds. Ivy in life was all those things to me. She was delightful, dignified and devoted ~ faithful in ways that are so rare in this world ~ faithful to all that is good in humanity, compassionate to the sadder parts of the soul and wise to the power that is within us all. That’s why she deserved a book…because she was small in stature, strong in soul and mighty in mind. She showed us what a woman can be. It wasn’t right that you weren’t allowed to benefit from that gift.
This book is Dr Rebecca’s most important effort in academic research, social activism and spiritual inspiration. It has taken me decades to work out how to put it together and five years to compile it. It was too precious to rush and all-encompassing.
Dr Rebbeca Williams Dinsdale is Ivy’s only grandchild and has given hundreds of talks about her remarkable Ivy.
Rebecca is a prize-winning triple graduate and has written several books to treasure joy, love and courage.
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