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Not In Vain
Susan Evans McCloud
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Nov 29, 2016 Kristine rated it liked it
I enjoyed the slice of church history this provided: insight into plural marriage, the prophet Brigham Young, and the daily lives of these early Saints. I also appreciate the research done by the author using the journals of Ellis and her children to tell this story accurately.The journals basically went silent once Ellis became a practicing doctor, about 2/3 of the way through the book, and this made the story harder to tell, and therefore, harder to read and I found myself losing interest. I ...more
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Dec 27, 2011 Jenny Stringham rated it it was amazing
What an amazing/inspiring story! I like to read a biography occasionally about someone who affected American history, well this is a story of a woman who was a huge part of Utah history. I did a report on her when I was a teenager and read her autobiography (her published journal). Just recently I came across this book by McCloud, it had a lot more information than her autobiography. This is because her last entry in her journal was the day she graduated from Medical School with a few other ...more
Apr 15, 2016 Cathy rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, it was interesting about the 2nd female doctor in the state of Utah. She was a plural wife, but she idolized her husband. Although I would have found him hard to live with. He was about 10 years her senior and I think he had 4 wives, but he didn't really want to stay around and take care of everyone he wanted to be out preaching the gospel and at the same time he sent Ellis to Pennsylvania to go to school to become a medical doctor. So the other wives stayed at home and ...more
Feb 24, 2012 Abby rated it it was amazing
Ellis Shipp is my husbands 4th great aunt. I didn't know anything about her until my mother in law gave me this book with the geneology carefully handwritten in the opening pages. I am so very greatful for Ellis Shipp's incredible example of sacrifice, hard work, service, patience, and mothering. This story brought me to tears more than once as I read of the hardships Ellis struggled through, as well as the sweet insights into motherhood that she recorded in her journal. I couldn't put this book ...more
Sep 02, 2008 Ami rated it it was amazing
This book introduced me as a teenager to Ellis R. Shipp, the second female doctor in Utah. She put herself through medical school while pregnant, having the baby, and going door to door selling dress patterns.

But when she came back to practice, she greatly advanced the help and care that women recieved. She helped found Deseret Hospital and trained many nurses and midwives.

Her love of the gospel, science, and service has made her one of my heroes.
Jan 27, 2014 Lori rated it it was amazing
This book was incredible, once I picked it up I just couldn't put it down. The story of Ellis Ship is so amazing and so inspiring. Reading this book once doesn't seem like enough. There is so much to learn and gain from the life of this faithful and determined woman. I plan on reading this book again.
Jul 19, 2011 Cynthia rated it really liked it
Shipp hall at BYU is named after this remarkable woman. I loved this book and simply can't imagine every working as hard as this pioneer doctor.
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Mar 20, 2008 Rinda rated it it was ok
Story of Ellis Shipp, pioneer woman doctor. I liked the medicine part and her experiences being a polygamous wife. She was truely a saint.
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The subtitle is The inspiring story of Ellis Shipp, pioneer woman doctor.
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