Until We All Come Home: A Harrowing Journey, A Mother's Courage, A Race to Freedom  -     By: Kim Blecourt, Ginger Kolbaba
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Until We All Come Home: A Harrowing Journey, A Mother's Courage, A Race to Freedom

FaithWords / 2012 / Hardcover

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When Kim de Blecourt and her husband decided to adopt a child from Ukraine, they knew that the process might be challenging. Nothing, however, could have prepared de Blecourt for the twisted nightmare she would endure. During her year-long struggle to extricate her newly adopted little boy from that post-Soviet country's corrupt social service and judicial systems, de Blecourt was intimidated, physically assaulted, and arrested. Worse, her months of loneliness, worry, and fear drove her to the brink of spiritual despair. But God had no intention of abandoning de Blecourt or her family. Her amazing story-culminating in a spine-chilling race to freedom-offers dramatic proof that God's light shines on even in the deepest darkness.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: FaithWords
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.97 (inches)
ISBN: 1455515108
ISBN-13: 9781455515103
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Publisher's Description

When Kim de Blecourt and her husband decided to adopt a child from Ukraine, they knew that the process might be challenging. Nothing, however, could have prepared de Blecourt for the twisted nightmare she would endure. During her year-long struggle to extricate her newly adopted little boy from that post-Soviet country's corrupt social service and judicial systems, de Blecourt was intimidated, physically assaulted, and arrested. Worse, her months of loneliness, worry, and fear drove her to the brink of spiritual despair. But God had no intention of abandoning de Blecourt or her family. Her amazing story-culminating in a spine-chilling race to freedom-offers dramatic proof that God's light shines on even in the deepest darkness.

Author Bio

Kim de Blecourt is a media veteran, experienced writer and speaker, and expert on international adoption. Kim leads a ministry called Nourished Hearts to encourage, inspire, and create community around those who are adopting/have adopted, provide foster care and/or work in orphan care internationally. Kim and her husband, Jahn, have been married for fifteen years and are the parents of two children, Jacey and Jake. They reside in Michigan.

Editorial Reviews

"I can describe this book in one word: captivating. It details the heart-wrenching excitement of running and hiding from one of the scariest government agencies in the world, and it is absolutely magnetic. I don't know how this family survived such a horrendous ordeal other than through God's intervention and favor. This is a must-read that you will be talking about for years to come, and a reference manual on the positive results that come from having a tenacious, never-quit attitude."—Gary VanDyke, President, Food for Orphans
"Kim de Blecourt's story is amazing--and I never use the word amazing. Her courage in the face of persecution and obstacles will inspire you as you turn the pages of her adoption saga, a tale like none other. Until We All Come Home reads like a novel, and will enthrall you with each nail-biting episode until the blockbuster conclusion. The difference is, Kim really lived this story, and her profound devotion for her little boy is a tribute to a mother's love, and to God's care and shelter in the worst circumstances."—Lorilee Craker, journalist and New York Times best-selling author of 11 books, including Through the Storm with Lynne Spears and Money Secrets of the Amish.
"UNTIL WE ALL COME HOME is a page-turner! This true life story is so captivating the reader is fully emotionally engaged from the beginning to the end. Kim de Blecourt has done an extraordinary job of relating the gripping impact of saying 'Yes' to God's leading in the life of her family. The tenacity, passion, and relentless cry of this mother's heart will make a lasting imprint on your life."—Carol Kent, Speaker and Author of When I Lay My Isaac Down and Between a Rock and a Grace Place
"From its opening words to its last, UNTIL WE ALL COME HOME, take the readers on a heart-pounding journey that combines the intrigue of a political spy novel with the warmth of a mother's diary. Kim de Blecourt's book is that rare true-to-life tale that combines warmth, perspective, and wisdom with a message for everyone; we are all orphans in search of a relentless love that fulfills the promise to bring us home."—Shelly Beach, award-winning author of The Silent Seduction of Self-Talk
"Until We All Come Home reads like a spy thriller, but with the reality that a child's life and livelihood is at stake. It's a terribly beautiful story of a family's love for a child, a corrupt bureaucracy, and the painful lessons we learn when we follow God wherever He leads. I loved this page-turning, God-breathed book."—Mary DeMuth, author of Everything: What You Give and What You Gain to Become Like Jesus
"Until We All Come Home is one woman's true story which will draw you in from the very first sentence. It is a story of love, intrigue, harrowing fear, and absolute faith in the One who protects and provides in the midst of great darkness. I literally could not put this book down."—Kristine McGuire, author of Escaping the Cauldron: Exposing Occult Influences in Every Day Life
"Wow! That is probably the word I used the most while reading this wonderful book! From the opening chapter to the last word and everything in between-it is a wile, page-turning ride that pulls the reader in and doesn't let go. Bravo, Kim de Blecourt, bravo!"—Wanda L. Sanchez, Producer, Salem Radio Network, San Francisco
"Watching God work in the lives of people is always intriguing, and sometimes very unique. UNTIL WE ALL COME HOME is a story of hope when every turn of events appeared to be hopeless. This is an open and honest review of God's faithfulness and one person's struggle in recognizing it."—Dean Parham, Pastor of Immanuel Church of Holland, MI
"An international adoption, out-of-control oppression, assault, robbery, corruption, manipulation, lawsuits, a national warrant, spiritual attack, more than eleven months in a foreign country-and one woman's courage. Kim de Blecourt's story will grab hold of your heart and won't let go. You might wonder, as I did, what you'd be willing to do for love and whether your trust in God is enough."—Twila Belk, writing, speaker, co-author of Heavenly Company and I Believe in Healing

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    What a Thriller--God's Sized!
    October 8, 2013
    Kathy Collard Miller
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Loved this book; it kept me on the edge of my seat, holding my breath, and hurting for Kim's struggle. This is a modern day Bible story that shows God's power and care for the hurting. My own faith grew to see how God strengthens us for all of life's challenges even when they are beyond our own ability to handle. I highly recommend this book. Even though I received my copy in a publisher give-away, my comments are my own and I enthusiastically say: "Read this book! You won't want to put it down!"
  2. Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Could not put this book down
    July 3, 2013
    Millstreetreader
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    n recent years, I've read several international adoption stories. Each one was an emotional tale of anticipation, hope, setbacks, and love that grew so quickly and went so deep, that nothing could stop the determined parents, not even foreign governments. Until We All Come Home is another such story. From the time Kim de Blecourt and her husband decide to adopt to the day mom and new son Jake arrive in Michigan, it is over four years. The first years were spent finding an adoption agency, saving the necessary money, and preparing their young daughter. Kim was delighted when she found an agency that worked in the Ukraine partly because she had accompanied her church on a mission trip there years earlier. However, I doubt she had any idea just how difficult their new journey would be.

    When Kim, her husband, daughter Jacey, and father-in-law arrived in the Ukraine in May 2009 they felt their hearts were ready to accept a new son, and they even felt they were prepared for the careful maneuvering necessary in a country that had an "on and off again" foreign adoption policy. They were not prepared for a single government official determined to stop their adoption at every turn.

    Until We All Come Home tells the story of corruption and fear vs. the force of a mother's love and her ultimate trust in God. As weeks turn into months and still the final paperwork is denied, Kim's family returns to the United States, leaving her alone with young Sasha, whom they rename Jake. As the family's life savings is used up, church members and new friends help. A young Ukrainian woman Kim had met years earlier on that mission trip becomes her translator, alleviating some of their problems. But it seemed as soon as something helpful happened, a new and more devastating problem arose to take its place.

    Reading this book as been described as being plunged into part spy story and part mother's diary. I cannot agree more. Descriptions of hiding behind closed doors and frequently moving to avoid being discovered are interspersed with memories of Sasha's first experiences on a playground and the first time he teases his sister. Just like the best thrillers I've read, Until We All Come Home demanded my full attention until I read the last word. For me, that meant staying up until 2:00 a.m. No sleep until I

    knew the final answers, and now that I'm finished, I highly recommend the book.

    I received a copy of this title from the publisher Faith Words for review purposes. All opinions are mine.
  3. Lincoln, NE
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    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Didn't want to do anything else but read this book
    December 20, 2012
    Lelia
    Lincoln, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    When I got my hands on this book, I had to force myself to engage in my daily activities in my life. I didn't want to stop reading. From the first to the last page, Kim takes your attention captive. You cry with her, hurt with her and even laugh with her. My emotions jumped from relief to fear within paragraphs of each other.

    Kim has a way of sharing her story that makes you not have a better understanding of the way God allows things to unfold in our lives, but rather possess a deeper desire for Him.

    "Where are you, God? You got me here and you told me to be patient, and now...where are you?" This is a time when she released her anger at God and her situation for the first time. I love Kim's honesty and I believe that God does too.

    This is a book you want to pass on to others to read, but then get it back so you can read it again. It's that amazing.
  4. Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Captivating and Inspiring
    December 7, 2012
    jsunne
    Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Until We All Come Home is a gripping account of the de Blecourt family's journey to bring their adopted son home from the Ukraine. The family's roller coaster experiences sorely tested their faith. And author Kim de Blecourt doesn't hesitate to share this struggle, as well as the Lord's steadfast presence, with her readers.

    In her wonderful book, Kim writes with refreshing openness and honesty about the times she lost sight of God in the trials of adopting little Jake. Stuck in a post-Soviet society still reeling from the effects of communism, she was assaulted, ridiculed, and ultimately arrested. Yet she never gave up on her son just as God never abandoned her.

    Over the long lonely months of isolation, raised expectations, and dashed hopes, Kim periodically questioned God's presence. These compelling scenes of her despair and God's faithfulness bring an incredibly inspiring aspect to the de Blecourt's adoption story.

    Until We All Come Home is a book you'll be reading long into the night. It is a story of adoption. It is a story of trials and celebrations. It is a story of perseverance and faithfulness.

    Ultimately, it is a story of God's love in action, and it is told by the de Blecourt's for His glory.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Poignant and Captivating
    December 1, 2012
    Valerie Garrett
    "It was compassion that opened our hearts to adoption and it was love that made us stay, but it was God who brought us home." - Kim de Blecourt

    Each adoption story has its own challenges and joys, perhaps none more so than Until We All Come Home, uniquely wrought with stark and racking experiences as it recounts the powerful tale of the de Blecourt family's adoption of their Ukrainian son. As the reader is drawn along with Kim de Blecourt for her year-long stay in the Ukraine, it's difficult not to wonder just how much more one family can withstand. At each turn, however, the faithfulness of God is highlighted and lifted up. In essence, while Kim is the writer, Until We All Come Home is really God's story of care for one orphan, one mother, one family, and the global network of people He placed around them to be His hands and feet when they were each most deeply in need.

    Until We All Come Home is poignantly and captivatingly layered with fear and protection, need and provision, heart rending sadness and life altering joy. It is a fast-paced tale woven in such a way as to cause the reader to feel it a privilege to share in this very personal part of the de Blecourt family's story.

    Against the grey backdrop of Ukraine, God's faithfulness shines. Until We All Come Home inspires the reader to resonate with Kim's mother-heart, to treasure the orphan, and to delight in God's care of His own. Pick it up; you'll be glad you did.
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