The Calling: A true story of faith, hope and love

The Calling: A true story of faith, hope and love

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Susan Prescott


Monica Mary Job was one of only a few women doctors to graduate from university in the 1930s, and, as a descendant from a long line of missionaries, Monica inspired Stanley Prescott to leave England for missionary work in China – a decision made without forewarning of World War II and the Japanese occupation of China.

‘I met Stanley while I was in medical school. He was a lecturer in physiology and pharmaceutics. I had already done physiology at that stage and so he did not lecture me. But he passed through the medical school a lot. And he saw my fair curly hair. And that was it. He decided he had to marry that girl.’

This biography draws extensively on letters written by both Monica and Stanley as well as newspaper clippings, interviews and family lore to bring Monica and Stanley’s story to life. Their shared story spanned three continents and four decades, and it is part of a greater story of faith, hope and love.

This is a loving tribute—in the form of a biography—by their granddaughter Professor Susan Prescott who followed their lead into a distinguished medical career.


Praise for The Calling:

The Calling is a masterful account of the lives of two remarkable West Australians, Monica and Stanley Prescott. Told powerfully in the first person through direct transcripts, their story is utterly fascinating … There is adventure, true love, hard work, war and ‘mandarin-style diplomacy’. But at the heart of this story is remarkable grace.

Book details
FORMAT: Paperback
EXTENT: 384 pages
SIZE: 234 x 153 mm
ISBN: 9781742584898
CATEGORY: Biography and AutobiographyGeneral Non-fictionSusan Prescott,