The Waiting: The True Story of a Lost Child, a Lifetime of Longing, and a Miracle for a Mother Who Never Gave Up - eBook
The Waiting: The True Story of a Lost Child, a Lifetime of Longing, and a Miracle for a Mother Who Never Gave Up - eBook  -     By: Cathy LaGrow, Cindy Coloma
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Tyndale Momentum
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 9781496408600
ISBN-13: 9781496408600

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Now with a new afterword! A five star–reviewed, unforgettable story that bestselling author Homer Hickam calls “one of the most eloquent, moving, irresistible true stories” he’s ever read. The Waiting will touch your heart and make you believe in love’s enduring legacy, as well as 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 story that follows has been almost a hundred years in the making. After a lifetime of separation, Minka whispered an impossible prayer for the first time: Lord, I’d like to see Betty Jane before I die. What happened next was a miracle. Written by Cathy LaGrow (Minka’s granddaughter), The Waiting brings three generations of this most unusual family together over the course of a century in a story of faith that triumphs, forgiveness that sets us free, and love that never forgets. (As seen on The Today Show.)

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  1. Rachel
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Beautiful Story
    December 4, 2017
    Rachel
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This is a heartbreaking and beautiful story of Minka, a mother who had to give up her baby daughter through adoption. Over the years she never forgot about her precious baby girl, whom she had named Betty Jane. She prayed for her daughter throughout her life, and when she was 93 she asked God if she could see Betty Jane again before she died. God granted her request, and after more than 70 years, Minka was reunited with her first daughter and was joyfully welcomed into her extended family.

    This is definitely a sad book in places. The story contains rape, difficulties in marriage, and death. But each is told with honesty and discretion.

    If you enjoy reading memoirs, you will love this book! Cathy LaGrow is an excellent writer, and she did a very good job telling the story of Minka's life. My favorite part was reading about the reunion at the end of the book. What a beautiful story!
  2. E W
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Waiting
    November 14, 2015
    E W
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book accidentally fell into my hand I could not put it down.For anyone who has ever given up a child it is a great comfort.I was greatly inspired to make my life count.Very well written,held me right from the start.
  3. Virginia
    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.
  4. Jolene
    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."
  5. Cassandra
    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.
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