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About Cathy LaGrow
Cathy LaGrow first fell in love with books as a young girl, when she often chose to lose herself in a story rather than play outside. That love has never waned. She estimates that she's read more than two thousand books, and she habitually collects new titles much faster than she can read them.
Her writing endeavors include her blog, Windows and Paper Walls; a story for Chicken Soup for the Soul titled "A Good Mother"; and a weekly column for All the Church Ladies on a website created by journalist Karen Spears Zacharias.
In 2006, just after the birth of her first baby, Cathy and her family learned the secret her grandmother Minka Disbrow had been carrying for almost eighty years—that at age seventeen, she'd given up a baby for adoption. Cathy's mother is Minka's second child, born nearly eighteen years later. Cathy began working on The Waiting in early 2012. It will be published on May 6, 2014 by Tyndale Momentum.
Cathy has been married to her high school sweetheart, Dan, for almost twenty-five years. She is a licensed, nonpracticing US Customs broker and a piano teacher. She lives in Oregon, where she's often found in the kitchen baking or curled up in a chair reading. An avid runner, she sometimes runs literal circles around her two small boys at the neighborhood park. She is fascinated by nearly everything.
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In 1928, 16-year-old Minka was on a picnic in the woods when she was assaulted and raped. And suddenly this innocent farm girl—who still thought the stork brought babies—was pregnant. The story that follows has been almost a hundred years in the making. After a lifetime of separation, Minka whispered an impossible prayer for the first time: Lord, I’d like to see Betty Jane before I die. What happened next was a miracle. Written by Cathy LaGrow (Minka’s granddaughter), The Waiting brings three generations of this most unusual family together over the course of a century in a story of faith that triumphs, forgiveness that sets us free, and love that never forgets. (As seen on The Today Show.)
Alles beginnt im Sommer 1928, als die 16-jährige Minka mit anderen Mädchen einen Ausflug ins Grüne unternimmt. Für ein paar Stunden kann sie der schweren Arbeit auf dem elterlichen Hof entkommen. Doch was dann geschieht, verändert ihr ganzes Leben. Unbemerkt von der Gruppe vergeht sich ein fremder Mann an ihr. Ein paar Monate später stellt sich heraus, dass sie schwanger ist. Da sie dem Baby keine Zukunft bieten kann, gibt sie es schweren Herzens zur Adoption frei. Allerdings vergeht kaum ein Tag, an dem Minka nicht in Gedanken bei ihrer Tochter ist. Ob es ihr gut geht? Und ob es jemals zu einem Wiedersehen kommt?
Diese wahre Geschichte erzählt von festem Glauben, befreiender Vergebung und der Liebe einer Mutter, die über viele Jahrzehnte nicht an Kraft verliert.