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
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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

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.
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.

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  1. upstate NY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Very good
    June 3, 2015
    Virginia
    upstate NY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is the true story of Minka, who was raped as a teenager, gave her baby daughter up for adoption, then prayed to be reunited with her 77 years later. It was written by Minka's granddaughter. I thought that the book was very good and interesting, both the storyline and the photos. It was not an easy book to read, and was at times sad, but I'm glad that I read it.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Vivid narration, intriguing historical detail and a heart-wrenching plot.
    April 15, 2015
    Jolene
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Minka DeYoung grew up in circumstances that were simultaneously difficult and safe. Working alongside her parents and being unable to attend high school, Minka is innocent and shy. On a picnic one summer day in 1928, Minka slips away for a walk in the woods with another girl, only to be sexually assaulted by a stranger. Understandably confused and hurt, she later realizes that she is also pregnant. Sent away to hide the pregnancy and give the baby up for adoption, Minka falls in love with her beautiful baby girl, Betty Jane. Realizing that giving her to another family is for the best, Minka sacrifices her own desires and leaves the child for its adoptive parents. Almost eighty years later, she utters a prayer asking to see her daughter, but never expects that it will happen. Such a prayer seems impossible, but Minka's story exemplifies the truth that with God, nothing is impossible. Read more in The Waiting by Cathy LaGrow.

    At times, The Waiting was difficult to read and I found myself on the verge of tears. It's not light, fluffy entertainment, but a remarkable true story that has the potential to change hearts with its themes of perseverance, faith and love.

    The author expertly brings the reader into Minka's experience with vivid narration, intriguing historical detail and a heart-wrenching plot. Some details of the rape are given, but only the necessities that help the reader to understand the story. While it is unpleasant to read about and probably not appropriate for younger readers, it is not overly graphic. I enjoyed how much history was integrated within the story. Not just big events like wars and economic upheaval, but lesser known things like the doctor following the standard procedure of the day in dosing Minka with ether when she came to the pushing stage of childbirth.

    The cover of The Waiting is stunning and the photos inside contribute positively to the reader's experience. To see Minka and Ruth (Betty Jane) together after reading their story is such a poignant image.

    Readers who are looking for an inspirational, true story of perseverance and faith will enjoy The Waiting. This book is a keeper for me. It's not something I'll want to read again in three months, but I'm sure I'll read it again in the future.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  3. Maine
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    good book
    March 9, 2015
    Cassandra
    Maine
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    I liked this book a lot more than I expected to. It is a story of love and forgiveness, and a true one at that.
  4. Royalton, MN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Love and hope that never died
    February 23, 2015
    Jennie Wren
    Royalton, MN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Waiting is about all the years that a mother waited to learn about her daughter, given up for adoption in 1929. Minka was an innocent farm girl who still thought the stork brought babies. She was raped and became pregnant. Her family made arrangements for her to have her baby in a home for unwed mothers, where she bonded with her daughter. Minka wrote letters for decades, asking the people at the home if they had any news of the child. She never stopped loving her daughter and thinking of her.

    Nearly eighty years later, Minka dares to pray an impossible request - that she would see her daughter before she died. On that same day, a judge released the sealed adoption records to her 77-year-old daughter. It wasn't long before Minka's phone rang with the long-awaited news. There was quite a bit of catching up to do and the families eagerly made plans to meet.

    The Waiting was written by Minka's granddaughter, who did exhaustive research. The details of history come alive in this story.

    I waited months for this book to be available through my library system and it was well worth the wait. It's a compelling, inspiring story of forgiveness that sets us free, the power of prayer and a love that never, ever forgot.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Awesome Story of Hope In the Lord
    October 3, 2014
    tumc
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I loved this story. It was well written and I felt like I knew those it was written about and could feel what they felt. It truly is a story of hope in the Lord. I have a situation in my life that is hurtful but I trust God and this book helped remind me that God is bigger than our situations and we just need to be still, pray, and trust in Him.
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