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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Author: Kristen Richburg
Publisher/Publication Date: VMI Publishers, Feb 2010
ISBN: 978-1-935265-04-7

I have two children. I used to have three. My third child didn’t grow up and leave home, she didn’t die. I relinquished her. I stood before a judge and said that I was no longer able to meet her needs. She is living with another family now and has a new last name.

For five years she called me “Mom” Now she calls someone else that. . . . I still wake up each day and go to bed at night asking myself “How did I get here? Were those five years a dream?” Aren’t adoptions stories supposed to have happy endings?
While many adoptions stories do have happy endings, this is not one of them . . .
My Thoughts
I received a copy of Disrupting Grace to review from Bring It On Communications. The preface of the book instantly drew me in. What would a family have gone through to have faced the nightmare of relinquishing their own child? I couldn't put the book down which wasn't a good thing since we were so busy working on the house. 

The book is a true story based off Kristen Richburg and Husbands decision to adopt after learning a third pregnancy was too risky. They adopted a little girl from Thailand. After a hard five years, they experienced the worst thing a family could. I'm not one of those people that will read a review if it's going to give away the ending so I'll leave it at that and tell you what i thought. 

My heart was breaking for this family through the entire book. I don't know how many times I cried for this family I didn't even know and for this little girl that will never know true love. It's such a hard concept to swallow and at the same time I felt for the family that would never get love in return. The book was so real and as a Mother I couldn't imagine what she went through. I felt like I was having a conversation with her myself. She did a great job telling her story. The book was only 136 pages but I didn't feel like it was rushed or that she left any details out. The book is straight forward and honest.

I almost feel bad for saying what a great book I thought it was. I think she is a great writer but at the same time she lived through a very heartbreaking story.
BUY IT: You can purchase this book in any local bookstore or on Amazon new for only  $11.89 and used for only $5.49.

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