The Waiting: The True Story of a Lost Child, a Lifetime of Longing, and a Miracle for a Mother Who Never Gave UpCathy LaGrow, Cindy ColomaTyndale Momentum / 2015 / Trade Paperback$12.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 17 Reviews
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Jennie WrenRoyalton, MNAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Love and hope that never diedFebruary 23, 2015Jennie WrenRoyalton, MNAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The 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.
tumc5 Stars Out Of 5Awesome Story of Hope In the LordOctober 3, 2014tumcQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I 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.
i blog 4 books5 Stars Out Of 5Simply DelightfulAugust 30, 2014i blog 4 booksWhen 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]
bookwormPennsylvaniaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Heart-Warming TaleJuly 15, 2014bookwormPennsylvaniaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The 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.
eb7bibliophileHigh Desert WestAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This is a Beautiful Life StoryJuly 12, 2014eb7bibliophileHigh Desert WestAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What 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!