I read a lot, but it is rare that I take a 300-page book and read it in 24 hours. The Waiting gripped me from the start. In the late 1920's, Minka was a teen who was raped one Sunday afternoon in her hometown in South Dakota. Nine months later she gave birth to a daughter that she would take care of for a few weeks, but would eventually have to give up for adoption. Then for almost eight decades she writes letters to the agency where she left her daughter and waits praying that one day she will see her again.
Minka's story is non-fiction, but it grabs you as if it were fiction! What an amazing story of how God can take a wound and use it as a blessing! Throughout the book, you are introduced to Minka's indomitable spirit, her wit, and her losses. Losses that she seems to plow through with grace and dignity. Her courage and determination are mind-boggling.
If you are a mother or someone who has experienced great loss in life then you will identify with this story! There were several points in the book in which I was trying to fight back the tears, but the ending gave me goosebumps! What an awesome God we serve that He would bring a story like Minka's full circle! This book gave me hope that God is in the details of our lives and that He is out to bless His children even if they must endure heartache.