The Waiting - A Touching True Story of One Mother's Unwavering Love

The Waiting – A Touching True Story of One Mother’s Unwavering Love

The Waiting -The true story of a lost child, a lifetime of longing, and a miracle for a mother who never gave up. (book review)

I remember the early days of being a new mom. The soft skin of my newborn son, his soft cooing, the smell of his breath. It was like Heaven. It was the beginning of a new adventure. I cannot begin to fathom the sorrow that would envelope me if I had to hand my newborn child over to be adopted, with no hope of ever seeing him again. How would I go on? How big would the hole in my heart be? The Waiting is the true story of a young and innocent girl named Minka who has to give up her child after she was sexually assaulted in 1929. It is an incredible story that will have you turning the pages in anticipation and reaching for the tissue box.

Many times in my life I have felt like I have really grown to love a character from a work of fiction. I have even felt silly when I cried over their imaginary hardships and challenges. However, the story of Minka Disbrow is true and because it is so incredible I had to keep reminding myself that it is a true story. In the year before the Great Depression began, a young Minka was approached near a lake by strangers while taking a walk with a friend. One of the men raped her and she became pregnant. Minka was 16 and had lived a very sheltered and traditional upbringing and she still believed the stork brought babies. She was confused and did fully understand what had happened to her. Her experience was truly tragic and it left a lifetime of echoes. A few months later her pregnancy was confirmed and arrangements were made to send her away where she could have the baby in secret. After a tearful goodbye, Minka had to part with her firstborn daughter but she never forgot her.

For years Minka sent letters inquiring about her daughter to the head of the home for girls where she had stayed. She asked for updates and even included details about her own life. These letters continued for years and she never forgot her baby, who she called Betty Jane. The Waiting is the story of one mother’s selfless love and her lifetime of hope and prayers for her daughter. It will move you and touch your heart. Just read this excerpt illustrating the long-awaited and seemingly impossible reunion between Minka and her firstborn daughter. Amazing!

This story was one of the most beautiful examples I can remember of God trading beauty for ashes and also of Romans 8:28 which says “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”  The tragic rape that changed a teenaged girl’s life forever and caused her the great pain of losing her child resulted in a baby being adopted who grew into a mother of six named Ruth. Ruth’s children include an astronaut, teachers, a business owner, a West Point graduate – a family of great accomplishments. 

Minka and Ruth’s story is your story and mine in a way. We all understand family love and bonds that cannot be broken by distance or circumstance. Watch these two woman share their story in their Today Show interview (but grab the tissue first).

Every mother, daughter, and granddaughter should read The Waiting. Read it and then pass it along to someone else. This story of tragedy, selflessness, hope, and love should be shared with someone you love.


Disclosure: I received a copy of “The Waiting” from Tyndale House Publishers for review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.

About Janice

I am so glad you stopped by. Kick your shoes off and hang with me a while. I am an Arizona native, wife to a hard-working hubby, mom of two, and daughter of the King. I love sharing recipes, crafts, and family activities that any mom can do. Life is complicated enough, right? When I am not up to my ears in laundry, dishes, and creating for Celebrating Family, you will also find me at East Valley Mom Guide. Come follow me on Google +, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.


  1. Favorite memory – just those times in-between – when there are smiles and love and hugs.

  2. Tari Lawson says

    I remember vacationing at the shore with my family. My dad would rent us rafts for the water and we would enjoy the day at the beach riding them.

  3. This sounds like a wonderful book! I really only read at the beach over the summer and I have been looking for something to add to my reading list. This sounds perfect.

  4. This sounds great, I hadn’t heard of it till now. Gonna have to enter the giveaway!

  5. WOW…I really want to read this book!!!

  6. One of my favorite family memories is camping with my 3 daughters and my Mom & Dad ( AKA: grandma & grandpa) and everyone sitting around the campfire playing I pack my bags and making up and telling ghost stories. We also did this many times with my neices and nephews and my sister. so fun! miss it

  7. michelle crooks rattan says

    I really loved going on vacation with my family as a child. This book sounds wonderful.

  8. Wow, sounds like an amazing & touching story

  9. Oh my goodness I have to read this book!! In my own family I have 2 cousins that were both given up for adoption when my aunts were teenagers and then were reunited with the family decades later! I’m heading over to facebook to let my aunts now about this right now!

  10. I have to read this. It sounds like a good book.

  11. Sounds like a good read. I really should get busy reading more often!

  12. I have to add this to my reading list. I plan on doing a lot of reading this summer!!

  13. Wow, this sounds like a must read! I watched the video and I just have to know how things turned out. Thanks so much for sharing this important book with us! I also entered to win, thank you so much!

  14. I have read this book – aside from the Bible this is the best book I have ever read in my life !

  15. My reading list keeps growing! I love to read but just don’t have enough time to do much of it.

  16. It sounds like an interesting book. I will have to tell my friend about it. She loves heart touching books.

  17. My favorite was when everyone got together for the holidays.

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