The Waiting: The True Story of a Lost Child, a Lifetime of Longing, and a Miracle for a Mother Who Never Gave Up  -     By: Cathy LaGrow, Cindy Coloma
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The Waiting: The True Story of a Lost Child, a Lifetime of Longing, and a Miracle for a Mother Who Never Gave Up

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In 1928, 16-year-old Minka was raped and her baby, Betty Jane, was given up for adoption. For decades, Minka prayed for her daughter but never thought she'd see her again. Nearly 80 years later, Minka made a specific request of God - and soon her phone rang! Written by Minka's granddaughter, this memoir shares a miraculous story of faith.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414391900
ISBN-13: 9781414391908
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An unforgettable true story that will touch your heart and make you believe in love’s enduring legacy, and in the power of prayer.
In 1928, 16-year-old Minka was on a picnic in the woods when she was assaulted and raped. And suddenly this innocent farm girl—who still thought the stork brought babies—was pregnant. The baby was secretly born, named Betty Jane, and given up for adoption. For decades, Minka wrote letters trying to get news of her daughter; she kept loving and praying for her, even though she never dared believe they would meet again. Until nearly eighty years later, when Minka whispered her secret, impossible prayer for the first time: Lord, I’d like to see Betty Jane before I die. I promise I won’t bother her or interrupt her life. I just want to lay eyes on her. Unbeknownst to Minka, that very same day, a judge was releasing the sealed adoption records to her 77-year-old daughter. And soon, Minka’s phone would ring. Written by Cathy LaGrow (Minka’s granddaughter), The Waiting brings three generations of this most unusual family together over the course of a century to tell a story of faith that triumphs, forgiveness that sets us free, and love that never forgets.

About the Author

Cathy

Cathy LaGrow first fell in love with books as a young girl, when she often chose to lose herself in a story rather than play outside. That love has never waned. She estimates that she's read more than two thousand books, and she habitually collects new titles much faster than she can read them.

Her previous writing endeavors include her blog, Windows and Paper Walls; a story for Chicken Soup for the Soul titled "A Good Mother"; and a weekly column for All the Church Ladies on a website created by journalist Karen Spears Zacharias.

In 2006, just after the birth of her first baby, Cathy and her family learned the secret her grandmother Minka Disbrow had been carrying for almost eighty years - that at age seventeen, she'd given up a baby for adoption. Cathy's mother is Minka's second child, born nearly eighteen years later. Cathy began working on The Waiting in early 2012.

Cathy has been married to her high school sweetheart, Dan, for almost twenty-five years. She is a licensed, nonpracticing US Customs broker and a piano teacher. She lives in Oregon, where she's often found in the kitchen baking or curled up in a chair reading. An avid runner, she sometimes runs literal circles around her two small boys at the neighborhood park. Nearly everything fascinates her.

This is Cathy's debut book.

Editorial Reviews

When author LaGrow heard her grandmother Minka’s story of her first daughter—conceived as a result of rape nearly 80 years earlier, when her grandmother was 16; born in secret; and then placed for adoption—she could hardly imagine that it was all true. Yet the adoption file contained indisputable evidence: decades worth of Minka’s letters asking for news of this baby she had named Betty Jane. Unbelievably, that same baby, now also a grandmother and named Ruth, was seeking her biological mother and had obtained the previously sealed adoption record. Through many cross-country meeting between the women and their families, LaGrow came to know the stories of both women’s lives through the decades during which they had been separated and their ultimate and utter joy when reunited. While the presence of some historical details distracts from the rhythm of the story, LaGrow tells Minka’s story with candor that makes the characters come alive. It is a stunning story of forgiveness, faithfulness, and persistent hope.
The Waiting offers up the poignant and true story of a lost child and a mother who never gave up searching for her, and gathers decades of secret letters from a mother reflecting her perpetual agony wondering how her daughter is doing in life. As her reflection turns to an all-out search, readers follow her progress, begun when she was raped by a stranger in the woods and following her search for God’s insights along the way. The result is a title that blends biography with spiritual reflection and a vivid, true search that readers will find engrossing.

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  1. i blog 4 books
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Simply Delightful
    August 30, 2014
    i blog 4 books
    When I heard the premise for this book, I knew I had to read it. It was every bit as good as I anticipated! After Minka is raped as a teenager, she discovers she is pregnant and gives the baby up for adoption. This incredible story goes on to tell of Minka's life and reunion with that baby 77 years later.

    I was shocked time after time at how different life is now than when Minka was growing up 100 years ago. Her difficult circumstances were heartbreaking, but she was strong despite them. I appreciated, especially, that she grew closer to God in the midst of these challenging times.

    The writing is tender and moving, which only adds to the beauty of the story. By the time I reached the end of the book, I was quite emotional. What a wonderful gift the Lord gave both Minka and "Betty Jean"! And what a wonderful gift Minka's family has given all of us through the telling of this story. It was simply delightful. One of the best books I have read this year. [5 stars]
  2. bookworm
    Pennsylvania
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Heart-Warming Tale
    July 15, 2014
    bookworm
    Pennsylvania
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Waiting is one of those books that will keep you turning pages until the last one. It is the story about a 16 year old girl who was assaulted during a picnic. Several weeks later, the girl found out she was pregnant and at that time (1928), unwed girls were often sent away because of the stigma of being single and pregnant. The girl, whose name is Minka and the grandmother of the author, was sent to live with some relatives but later went to stay with a home for unwed mothers run by the Lutherans. While at the home, Minka had to make a decision that not only would change her life forever, but that of her unborn child. She either had to place her baby up for adoption right after birth or if she decided to keep the baby and raise her, she would live with the stigma of being an unwed mother. In those days, being an unwed mother was frowned upon and she would not only be ostracized by members of society, but also gossiped about behind her back. Because she wanted her baby to be loved by a family who could care about her, she gave her up for adoption. However, for years, she longed to see her daughter one more time and unknown to her, her daughter had longed for years to meet the mother she had never known. It was almost 80 years later after much searching, that the two women got their lifelong wish: to meet each other. This is a touching story about the author's family history that will not only make you tear up, but also laugh for joy.
  3. eb7bibliophile
    High Desert West
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This is a Beautiful Life Story
    July 12, 2014
    eb7bibliophile
    High Desert West
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What a wonderful, detailed, fascinating record of a very full life! This account is so heartwarming and heart-rending at the same time that it touches every emotion. I did not want this precious story to end. Just when I thought the events were reaching a conclusion, I received the gift of more details about this extended family. The writing was well done. The author and the contributor gave hints at the beginnings of chapters, to be cleared up expertly through the rest of the narrative. I would not give anything away, but much sorrow was described, deep faith, and a very joyful resolution. (I kept my tissues handy.) The research was excellent; Cathy LaGrow kept the history accurate and fascinating. All the photos were beautiful. This is very much worth reading!
  4. SoaringEagle
    USA
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An amazing true story
    June 10, 2014
    SoaringEagle
    USA
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Have you ever waited for something or someone for a very long time? How about for almost a lifetime. The Waiting by Cathy LaGrow is about such a story, a true story about her grandmother.

    Minka De Young is a 16-year old girl, living with her family on a dairy farm. Her step-father is delivers milk. Her life pretty much consists of work, work, and more work. She was looking forward to a much anticipated sewing class picnic. This was a day that she would never forget. It was a day that took away her innocence and changed her life upside down. Minka and her friend Jane were taking a walk and ended up away from the group. They came across some men hanging out. Two of them took the girls and raped them. Minka didn't even know where babies came from. She truly thought babies came from the storks who brought them to the families. That's what their parents taught them. She didn't say a word about what had happened until one day when her mother got suspicious. Then she told all. With the help of their pastor, Minka starts a new journey. One with many unknowns. How will Minka deal with all of this??? You'll have to read this true story to find out.

    This is as far as I got into the book. For about the first 3-4 chapters, I felt it was very slow going. Not terrible but slow, a lot of details. But now as I continue reading, it is getting more interesting. I want to know what will happen to Minka. How does she handle such events? How does her life turn out. God can still do miracles in people's lives that's for sure.

    Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in return for my honest review.
  5. Seasons of Grace
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Incredible story!! Must Read!
    June 4, 2014
    Seasons of Grace
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is just an incredible story! It's so moving, it will bring you to tears. Cathy did such a wonderful job showing the emotion involved. Minka's heart torn over having to part with a baby that in-spite of circumstances Minka had come to love dearly. The love Minka had for her baby carried her through many years and kept her writing letters for information for many years. A wonderful demonstration of her love that would pay off immensely in years to come. The hope she kept in her heart after 77 years that just maybe she could see her "baby" again.

    This book is about God's faithfulness. I see it over and over in the pages. How he took care of Minka, her family. But also in a whole different location, He gently cared for Ruth (Minka's daughter) and her family too. It amazes me, that even with Minka's difficult life and circumstances she lived to be over 100! She outlived her parents, one of her children, and her husband.

    The other intriguing part of this story is the history involved. One hundred years of history!! You see America and the world changing right before you eyes. When Minka went to that fateful picnic in 1928 she rode in a Chrysler Imperial. Life was completely different, indoor plumbing was a luxury! She watched the Space Age come to existence, went through several wars and her grandson located her by using a computer!! To me, that is just fascinating.

    You will be encouraged and uplifted by this story. You will fall in love with the people in it. It's a five star book and worth the read!

    I was blessed with this book by the Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for my unbiased opinion. I was in no way required to give a positive review.
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