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.
After reading a brief synopsis of this book, I immediately purchased my own copy. I knew I wanted to get a hard copy, so I could pass it along to friends, because without even reading this story, I knew it would be one I'd want to share.
And I was right. Not only do I want to share my copy, but I want to encourage every person I know to buy their own. The Waiting is a non-fiction book that reads like a fictional novel--but it's even more powerful, because it's completely true.
The story chronicles the life of Minka DeYoung Disbrow who grew up on the plains of South Dakota, a shy and innocent farm girl who, at the age of sixteen, was accosted by a stranger at a picnic. For a young girl who still believed the stork delivered babies, she was shocked to discover she was pregnant.
Her parents sent her to the House of Mercy to deliver the baby. Minka was to have the baby, and then come home and pretend as if nothing had happened. But, for Minka, no amount of pretending would allow her to forget her sweet baby, Betty Jane. She knew the baby went to a minister and his wife, but that was little solace for the years of pain.
The book follows Minka's life through the Great Depression, WWII, getting married, giving birth to another daughter (eighteen years after the first), as well as a son. We see Minka as a hardworking wife, mother, landlady, daycare provider, and employee who traverses the country, and eventually ends up in California. We see her hardships and her joys, and our hearts are woven around this amazing, courageous woman.
For seventy-seven years, Minka would mourn the loss of her baby girl. But on the day of her baby's seventy-seventh birthday, when Minka was ninety-four, she would ask God to allow her to see her daughter, at least once.
The very same day, back in South Dakota, a judge opened Betty Jane's adoption record, at the request of a woman named Ruth Lee--once known as sweet baby, Betty Jane. The adoption file contained over a hundred letters from Minka. And Ruth soon discovered Minka was still alive.
My heart broke for Minka, and when her dream is finally realized, after seventy-seven years of waiting, I wept. I've never cried like that while reading a book before. This is a powerful love story, not only between a mother and a daughter, but between God and His people. We see the hand of God woven into every little detail, and it's truly remarkable.
Just the little I'd heard about this story made me salivate to read the book. And it did not disappoint. Heartfelt and deeply touching, THE WAITING shows a mother's unfailing love over a span of many, many years. Steadfast hope in what seemed a hopeless situation. The writing is winsome and the story compelling. Sometimes through tears, I found myself cheering on Minka until the last page. Don't miss this one!
This is one of the best novels I have ever read. Not only is it a true story but a very emotional one. One that can not be put down as it is to good but you find yourself laying it aside for a while because once you start reading this book, emotions grip you and you cry *a lot* and need to put the book down to gather yourself together so you can go on.