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Ida Scudder was sure she would never follow in the footsteps of her medical missionary father, but when she witnessed Indian women dying because their religious beliefs didn't allow male doctors to treat them, Ida heard herself pray, "God, if You want me to, I will spend the rest of my life in India trying to help these women." Serving for nearly sixty years, Dr. Ida Scudd Ida Scudder was sure she would never follow in the footsteps of her medical missionary father, but when she witnessed Indian women dying because their religious beliefs didn't allow male doctors to treat them, Ida heard herself pray, "God, if You want me to, I will spend the rest of my life in India trying to help these women." Serving for nearly sixty years, Dr. Ida Scudder lived out the truth and compassion found in Christ. She pioneered a first rate medical school and hospital, brought life-saving health care to rural people, and left an inspiring legacy that still touches millions of people each year with healing and hope.


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Ida Scudder was sure she would never follow in the footsteps of her medical missionary father, but when she witnessed Indian women dying because their religious beliefs didn't allow male doctors to treat them, Ida heard herself pray, "God, if You want me to, I will spend the rest of my life in India trying to help these women." Serving for nearly sixty years, Dr. Ida Scudd Ida Scudder was sure she would never follow in the footsteps of her medical missionary father, but when she witnessed Indian women dying because their religious beliefs didn't allow male doctors to treat them, Ida heard herself pray, "God, if You want me to, I will spend the rest of my life in India trying to help these women." Serving for nearly sixty years, Dr. Ida Scudder lived out the truth and compassion found in Christ. She pioneered a first rate medical school and hospital, brought life-saving health care to rural people, and left an inspiring legacy that still touches millions of people each year with healing and hope.

30 review for Ida Scudder Audiobook: Healing Bodies, Touching Hearts

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    I just finished reading this with my two daughter's and it was really an amazing story of following God's will. My girls were really into it to, which made it fun. I just finished reading this with my two daughter's and it was really an amazing story of following God's will. My girls were really into it to, which made it fun.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ella

    I loved this book. Which is pretty miraculous itself considering my tremendous fear of Doctors, Hospitals, and surgeries- which comprised most of the book. At first I was positive I WAS NOT going to like it, but it quickly turned me. Ida's character was something I could relate to (being a MK myself) and was saddened greatly at the end. God's provision throughout this book was literally spectacular. Something that was good to be reminded of. I loved this book. Which is pretty miraculous itself considering my tremendous fear of Doctors, Hospitals, and surgeries- which comprised most of the book. At first I was positive I WAS NOT going to like it, but it quickly turned me. Ida's character was something I could relate to (being a MK myself) and was saddened greatly at the end. God's provision throughout this book was literally spectacular. Something that was good to be reminded of.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chandra

    Austin said this was one of his favorite missionary biographies so far. We all appreciated hearing how she was used by God, particularly to care for and teach women, through her specific training as a doctor.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Georgia Herod

    Ida Scudder (1870-1960) was the granddaughter of the first American medical missionary to India, the daughter of missionaries to India, and sister of missionaries. Born and raised in India, she was determined she would never join the missionary ranks in India. But when she witnessed first hand three Indian women dying in childbirth because they could not receive medical care by a male doctor, Ida yielded her heart and the rest of her life in God's service in India. A visionary woman, she started Ida Scudder (1870-1960) was the granddaughter of the first American medical missionary to India, the daughter of missionaries to India, and sister of missionaries. Born and raised in India, she was determined she would never join the missionary ranks in India. But when she witnessed first hand three Indian women dying in childbirth because they could not receive medical care by a male doctor, Ida yielded her heart and the rest of her life in God's service in India. A visionary woman, she started roadside clinics in the countryside, a hospital, nursing school, and medical college first for women only and later for men also during her 60 years in India, living out the truth and compassion of Christ. (Recently while traveling in India, I met folks whose lives had been impacted by her service--and who shared that she had changed medical practice in their country.) Inspiring and challenging, Ida Scudder's life has made huge impact on millions of lives in India, while her medical work continues to live on. Paul Brand, another medical missionary whose work with lepers changed their treatment, worked side by side with Scudder. This book is one in the very readable series, Christian Heroes: Then and Now, which "chronicles the exciting, challenging, and deeply touching true stories of ordinary men and women whose trust in God accomplished extraordinary exploits for His kingdom and glory." The series includes 32 men and women whom God has called and gifted, whose legacies have continued to impact millions of people. Among those are Adoniram Judson, Amy Carmichael, David Livingstone, Eric Liddell, Gladys Aylward, William Carey, Lillian Thrasher, Lottie Moon, and Mary Slessor. This series could easily be read by older children and adolescents.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah Streeter

    These authors do a fantastic job in their whole series of sharing history in an accessible way. The writing is good, content is rich, and it reads like a story. Ida Scudder's story is a powerful example of faith and obedience, and the work God does when we choose to work with him. I recommend this book and all the others by the Benges! These authors do a fantastic job in their whole series of sharing history in an accessible way. The writing is good, content is rich, and it reads like a story. Ida Scudder's story is a powerful example of faith and obedience, and the work God does when we choose to work with him. I recommend this book and all the others by the Benges!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jeneca

    Wow! I have to say, this is one of my favorites, and maybe just my fav rooted out of the Christian heroes then and now series. The way God blessed Ida and the ways she just so simply trusted Him were amazing, and the ripple effects of her decisions and actions are truly amazing.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brooke

    She inspired me so much. Of course i am not going to india but... I still like the book. Even though i want to be a teacher or a dancer sooo.......i don't think that i will be a doctor so yeah but you really didnt have to read this only if you really liked the " review" lol that sounded so wierd She inspired me so much. Of course i am not going to india but... I still like the book. Even though i want to be a teacher or a dancer sooo.......i don't think that i will be a doctor so yeah but you really didnt have to read this only if you really liked the " review" lol that sounded so wierd

  8. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    I really liked this lady. She had spunk. She did a lot of great things for women and India. Her legacy lives on even today.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I loved this book!!!!!!!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Smith

    Very readable. Inspirational.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    I loved this book. It truly amazed and inspired me. I encourage everyone to read it, and hope anyone who does will find it as inspiring as I did.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tiff Miller

    Dain gives this one five stars because of Dr. Ida's compassion, faith, and how many people she helped through her work in India. He was moved, over and over throughout the book as challenge after challenge arose, and God met the medical needs of the people in and around Vellore over the years. I myself am amazed by her story, and her focus on elevating Indian women to serve Indian women. Her accomplishment in training Indian women with essentially homemade teaching aids and extremely limited supp Dain gives this one five stars because of Dr. Ida's compassion, faith, and how many people she helped through her work in India. He was moved, over and over throughout the book as challenge after challenge arose, and God met the medical needs of the people in and around Vellore over the years. I myself am amazed by her story, and her focus on elevating Indian women to serve Indian women. Her accomplishment in training Indian women with essentially homemade teaching aids and extremely limited supplies, only to have every single one of her first-year medical students pass their exams with flying colors, when the pass rate was usually 20%, and then to go on to serve their communities as stellar doctors is incredible. I would have loved to have met her.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    What a woman. Born to a missionary doctor in India in 1870, at the age of around 20 she was severely impacted by three men who came to their house for their wives who were having issues in childbirth. Ida’s father could not go in to help them - religious issues with Hindu’s and Muslims. All three women and their children dies. This made Ida return to the U.S. and become a doctor. She spent 60 years as a doctor in India, starting a hospital and eventually a Christian medical school to train docto What a woman. Born to a missionary doctor in India in 1870, at the age of around 20 she was severely impacted by three men who came to their house for their wives who were having issues in childbirth. Ida’s father could not go in to help them - religious issues with Hindu’s and Muslims. All three women and their children dies. This made Ida return to the U.S. and become a doctor. She spent 60 years as a doctor in India, starting a hospital and eventually a Christian medical school to train doctors! The hospital and medical school she started are still flourishing today!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ardi

    Life changing dedication of one amazing woman I liked the book because of what the power of God can do in one in dividual who is in surrender to him I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn and grow and have compassion on other people who are in desperate need to survive

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tim Schwamb

    Great story about how someone who never wanted anything to do with the Indian people became convicted by God to do something, becoming a doctor and expanding medical care in India to unprecedented levels in the early to mid-1900s.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ana

    Enjoyed this book. It was also interesting how Ida interacted with Paul Brand who was also in this book series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Martin

    My kids and I loved this book. It kept all of our interest. What this woman did was amazing! I cried at the end and thanked God for using her as He did.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brieanna

    Wow! I do have a penchant for medical biographies, but this was outstanding.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nurzada

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  20. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    Absolutely amazing story that my kids and I enjoyed together.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Martin Spence

    Another inspiring biography

  22. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne Kehlenbeck

    Loved this book. Very inspiring.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ruthe Turner

    It is amazing what God did through Dr. Ida Scudder, one of the first female doctors to serve the people of India. You will be blessed and inspired to hear her story

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl-Greg Holmes

  25. 5 out of 5

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  26. 5 out of 5

    Ella Salas

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tena

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlyn

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michael Arias

  30. 4 out of 5

    ChristieCarlisle

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