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.
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]
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.
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!
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.