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!"
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.
Didn't want to do anything else but read this book
December 20, 2012
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.
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.
"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.