Book Review | Disrupting Grace

Title: Disrupting Grace: A Story of Relinquishment and Healing

Author: Kristen Richburg

My Review:

This is the true story of a family who decided they wanted a third child. They already had 2 biological ones, but could not have a third. They did some research and began the proceedings to adopt a little girl {22 months old} from Thailand.

Their new daughter’s name was Emma and she was very excited to meet them. She was not shy at all and did not seem to mind one bit leaving her home behind her. No tears or sad good-byes as she left the only family she had known. Her new mother found this to be odd. She had no speech… not her native tongue or English. When they got her home they were in for some rude awakenings.

I do not want to give the story away, but Emma started exhibiting very strange and harmful behaviors which eventually took its toll on the whole family. The kids did not want to come home, they were afraid to leave her alone with their puppy, the school did not know what to do with her.

They tried everything humanly possible to figure out what was wrong and how to fix it~ therapists, doctors, medication… nothing worked.

After 5 long years the decision was made that they could no longer keep her in their home. You will read of the heartbreak they faced and how guilt consumed their lives yet how relieved they were when she was finally in another place with another new family.

You can almost imagine reading this information in the newspaper as it has happened quite recently. I found it brave of this family to share their dramatic tale in such an honest way. This story was heart wrenching to me.. I myself cannot have children and have considered adoption before so this story really hit home. It’s not often I break down and have a read good cry when I’m reading something, but this one really brought me to tears… It’s a short book that I am sure you will read in one sitting.

Thanks to Ms. Richburg and her family for baring their hearts for us…

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*


Vicki is a single woman living in Nova Scotia, Canada who loves to read, sing, cook for her friends and family and scrapbook. She loves to keep busy, hang out with her boyfriend and his cat and only sits still long enough to read and review books for "Simply Stacie."

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