Honest. Stunning. Raw. Captivating. Challenging. Full of hope. These words describe Kim de Blecourt’s book “Until We All Come Home.” Kim shares the heart-wrenching story her family experienced in adopting a child from the former Soviet Union province, Ukraine. Jahn and Kim could be a neighbor, best friend or co-worker of any reader. Their journey began as a common experience of those seeking adoption. But one turn after another, one decision after another, one day after another brought them to places they never imagined from the comfort of their Michigan home before undertaking a Ukrainian adoption.
In sharing their journey, Kim details the unbelievable turn of events with honesty, poignancy, and grace. She brings the reader as a silent witness to their journey through sights, smells, sounds, and conversations. You can feel the remnants of Soviet influence in the bleak orphanage walls and unspoken corruption meeting them at every turn. Kim invites the reader into her private thoughts and feelings, bringing a sense of awe and respect for this family who could have turned back at any time. Instead, they clung to their faith, their commitment to an orphan, and commitment to themselves.
The de Blecourt’s journey is not just a personal journey, it’s an eye-witness account of human depravity and divine hope. It challenges the reader to trust a God that is bigger than circumstances. It inspires the human spirit to persevere when hope is gone. Until We All Come Home is a book which leaves the reader disappointed the story had to end because much was received while reading it. It’s more than just an adoption story.
Until We All Come Hope should be in every church library. It should be the first non-fiction book a hesitant reader picks up. It should be in the hands of every person who has an adoptive child in their sphere of influence. It should be a gift to someone needing hope in a difficult situation. It’s a book about a family full of honor and grace.