Until We All Come Home: A Harrowing Journey, a Mother's Courage, a Race to Freedom

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When Kim de Blecourt and her husband decided to adopt a child from Ukraine, they knew that the process might be challenging. Nothing, however, could have prepared de Blecourt for the twisted nightmare she would endure. During her year-long struggle to extricate her newly adopted little boy from that post-Soviet country's corrupt social service and judicial systems, de Blecourt was intimidated, physically assaulted, and arrested. Worse, her months of loneliness, worry, and fear drove her to the brink of spiritual ...
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Overview

When Kim de Blecourt and her husband decided to adopt a child from Ukraine, they knew that the process might be challenging. Nothing, however, could have prepared de Blecourt for the twisted nightmare she would endure. During her year-long struggle to extricate her newly adopted little boy from that post-Soviet country's corrupt social service and judicial systems, de Blecourt was intimidated, physically assaulted, and arrested. Worse, her months of loneliness, worry, and fear drove her to the brink of spiritual despair. But God had no intention of abandoning de Blecourt or her family. Her amazing story-culminating in a spine-chilling race to freedom-offers dramatic proof that God's light shines on even in the deepest darkness.
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"I can describe this book in one word: captivating. It details the heart-wrenching excitement of running and hiding from one of the scariest government agencies in the world, and it is absolutely magnetic. I don't know how this family survived such a horrendous ordeal other than through God's intervention and favor. This is a must-read that you will be talking about for years to come, and a reference manual on the positive results that come from having a tenacious, never-quit attitude."—Gary VanDyke, President, Food for Orphans

"Kim de Blecourt's story is amazing--and I never use the word amazing. Her courage in the face of persecution and obstacles will inspire you as you turn the pages of her adoption saga, a tale like none other. Until We All Come Home reads like a novel, and will enthrall you with each nail-biting episode until the blockbuster conclusion. The difference is, Kim really lived this story, and her profound devotion for her little boy is a tribute to a mother's love, and to God's care and shelter in the worst circumstances."—Lorilee Craker, journalist and New York Times best-selling author of 11 books, including Through the Storm with Lynne Spears and Money Secrets of the Amish.

"UNTIL WE ALL COME HOME is a page-turner! This true life story is so captivating the reader is fully emotionally engaged from the beginning to the end. Kim de Blecourt has done an extraordinary job of relating the gripping impact of saying 'Yes' to God's leading in the life of her family. The tenacity, passion, and relentless cry of this mother's heart will make a lasting imprint on your life."—Carol Kent, Speaker and Author of When I Lay My Isaac Down and Between a Rock and a Grace Place

"From its opening words to its last, UNTIL WE ALL COME HOME, take the readers on a heart-pounding journey that combines the intrigue of a political spy novel with the warmth of a mother's diary. Kim de Blecourt's book is that rare true-to-life tale that combines warmth, perspective, and wisdom with a message for everyone; we are all orphans in search of a relentless love that fulfills the promise to bring us home."—Shelly Beach, award-winning author of The Silent Seduction of Self-Talk

"Until We All Come Home reads like a spy thriller, but with the reality that a child's life and livelihood is at stake. It's a terribly beautiful story of a family's love for a child, a corrupt bureaucracy, and the painful lessons we learn when we follow God wherever He leads. I loved this page-turning, God-breathed book."—Mary DeMuth, author of Everything: What You Give and What You Gain to Become Like Jesus

"Until We All Come Home is one woman's true story which will draw you in from the very first sentence. It is a story of love, intrigue, harrowing fear, and absolute faith in the One who protects and provides in the midst of great darkness. I literally could not put this book down."—Kristine McGuire, author of Escaping the Cauldron: Exposing Occult Influences in Every Day Life

"Wow! That is probably the word I used the most while reading this wonderful book! From the opening chapter to the last word and everything in between-it is a wile, page-turning ride that pulls the reader in and doesn't let go. Bravo, Kim de Blecourt, bravo!"—Wanda L. Sanchez, Producer, Salem Radio Network, San Francisco

"Watching God work in the lives of people is always intriguing, and sometimes very unique. UNTIL WE ALL COME HOME is a story of hope when every turn of events appeared to be hopeless. This is an open and honest review of God's faithfulness and one person's struggle in recognizing it."—Dean Parham, Pastor of Immanuel Church of Holland, MI

"An international adoption, out-of-control oppression, assault, robbery, corruption, manipulation, lawsuits, a national warrant, spiritual attack, more than eleven months in a foreign country-and one woman's courage. Kim de Blecourt's story will grab hold of your heart and won't let go. You might wonder, as I did, what you'd be willing to do for love and whether your trust in God is enough."—Twila Belk, writing, speaker, co-author of Heavenly Company and I Believe in Healing

Mary DeMuth
"Until We All Come Home reads like a spy thriller, but with the reality that a child's life and livelihood is at stake. It's a terribly beautiful story of a family's love for a child, a corrupt bureaucracy, and the painful lessons we learn when we follow God wherever He leads. I loved this page-turning, God-breathed book."
Carol Kent
"UNTIL WE ALL COME HOME is a page-turner! This true life story is so captivating the reader is fully emotionally engaged from the beginning to the end. Kim de Blecourt has done an extraordinary job of relating the gripping impact of saying 'Yes' to God's leading in the life of her family. The tenacity, passion, and relentless cry of this mother's heart will make a lasting imprint on your life."
Shelly Beach
"From its opening words to its last, UNTIL WE ALL COME HOME, take the readers on a heart-pounding journey that combines the intrigue of a political spy novel with the warmth of a mother's diary. Kim de Blecourt's book is that rare true-to-life tale that combines warmth, perspective, and wisdom with a message for everyone; we are all orphans in search of a relentless love that fulfills the promise to bring us home."
Kristine McGuire
"Until We All Come Home is one woman's true story which will draw you in from the very first sentence. It is a story of love, intrigue, harrowing fear, and absolute faith in the One who protects and provides in the midst of great darkness. I literally could not put this book down."
Wanda L. Sanchez
"Wow! That is probably the word I used the most while reading this wonderful book! From the opening chapter to the last word and everything in between-it is a wile, page-turning ride that pulls the reader in and doesn't let go. Bravo, Kim de Blecourt, bravo!"
Twila Belk
"An international adoption, out-of-control oppression, assault, robbery, corruption, manipulation, lawsuits, a national warrant, spiritual attack, more than eleven months in a foreign country-and one woman's courage. Kim de Blecourt's story will grab hold of your heart and won't let go. You might wonder, as I did, what you'd be willing to do for love and whether your trust in God is enough."
Dean Parham
"Watching God work in the lives of people is always intriguing, and sometimes very unique. UNTIL WE ALL COME HOME is a story of hope when every turn of events appeared to be hopeless. This is an open and honest review of God's faithfulness and one person's struggle in recognizing it."
Gary VanDyke
"I can describe this book in one word: captivating. It details the heart-wrenching excitement of running and hiding from one of the scariest government agencies in the world, and it is absolutely magnetic. I don't know how this family survived such a horrendous ordeal other than through God's intervention and favor. This is a must-read that you will be talking about for years to come, and a reference manual on the positive results that come from having a tenacious, never-quit attitude."
Lorilee Craker
"Kim de Blecourt's story is amazing--and I never use the word amazing. Her courage in the face of persecution and obstacles will inspire you as you turn the pages of her adoption saga, a tale like none other. Until We All Come Home reads like a novel, and will enthrall you with each nail-biting episode until the blockbuster conclusion. The difference is, Kim really lived this story, and her profound devotion for her little boy is a tribute to a mother's love, and to God's care and shelter in the worst circumstances."
Jedd Medefind
"Until We All Come Home reveals in harrowing detail the great complexity and sacrifice that can come with choosing to love even a single orphan. It's not cute or easy, and often it pulls us into a world of difficult and costly choices that lead far from the tidy realm we once inhabited. As Kim de Blecourt shows, however, such a journey can transform lives-for an orphan, for ourselves and for others as well."
Kristine McGuire
"Until We All Come Home is one woman's true story which will draw you in from the very first sentence. It is a story of love, intrigue, harrowing fear, and absolute faith in the One who protects and provides in the midst of great darkness. I literally could not put this book down."
Mary DeMuth
"Until We All Come Home reads like a spy thriller, but with the reality that a child's life and livelihood is at stake. It's a terribly beautiful story of a family's love for a child, a corrupt bureaucracy, and the painful lessons we learn when we follow God wherever He leads. I loved this page-turning, God-breathed book."
Shelly Beach
"From its opening words to its last, UNTIL WE ALL COME HOME, take the readers on a heart-pounding journey that combines the intrigue of a political spy novel with the warmth of a mother's diary. Kim de Blecourt's book is that rare true-to-life tale that combines warmth, perspective, and wisdom with a message for everyone; we are all orphans in search of a relentless love that fulfills the promise to bring us home."
Wanda L. Sanchez
"Wow! That is probably the word I used the most while reading this wonderful book! From the opening chapter to the last word and everything in between-it is a wile, page-turning ride that pulls the reader in and doesn't let go. Bravo, Kim de Blecourt, bravo!"
Twila Belk
"An international adoption, out-of-control oppression, assault, robbery, corruption, manipulation, lawsuits, a national warrant, spiritual attack, more than eleven months in a foreign country-and one woman's courage. Kim de Blecourt's story will grab hold of your heart and won't let go. You might wonder, as I did, what you'd be willing to do for love and whether your trust in God is enough."
Dean Parham
"Watching God work in the lives of people is always intriguing, and sometimes very unique. UNTIL WE ALL COME HOME is a story of hope when every turn of events appeared to be hopeless. This is an open and honest review of God's faithfulness and one person's struggle in recognizing it."
Carol Kent
"UNTIL WE ALL COME HOME is a page-turner! This true life story is so captivating the reader is fully emotionally engaged from the beginning to the end. Kim de Blecourt has done an extraordinary job of relating the gripping impact of saying 'Yes' to God's leading in the life of her family. The tenacity, passion, and relentless cry of this mother's heart will make a lasting imprint on your life."
Gary VanDyke
"I can describe this book in one word: captivating. It details the heart-wrenching excitement of running and hiding from one of the scariest government agencies in the world, and it is absolutely magnetic. I don't know how this family survived such a horrendous ordeal other than through God's intervention and favor. This is a must-read that you will be talking about for years to come, and a reference manual on the positive results that come from having a tenacious, never-quit attitude."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455515103
  • Publisher: FaithWords
  • Publication date: 11/6/2012
  • Pages: 277
  • Sales rank: 370,577
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Kim de Blecourt is a media veteran, experienced writer and speaker, and expert on international adoption. Kim leads a ministry called Nourished Hearts to encourage, inspire, and create community around those who are adopting/have adopted, provide foster care and/or work in orphan care internationally. Kim and her husband, Jahn, have been married for fifteen years and are the parents of two children, Jacey and Jake. They reside in Michigan.
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  • Posted February 20, 2013

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    Reviewed by Brenda Ballard for Readers' Favorite Adoption is ne

    Reviewed by Brenda Ballard for Readers' Favorite

    Adoption is never a guarantee that the child you get will be what you had in mind, that the biological parents will actually go through with it at the last minute or that the country from which the child derives will be hospitable to your kindness. Enter a Soviet child, American adoptive parents and the horrific ordeal that was lived through to obtain the dream of family. "Until We Come Home: A Harrowing Journey, a Mother's Courage, a Race to Freedom" is the tale of one family's perseverance and trust in God. It is the mesmerizing story of true belief in a higher power even when the world appears to be completely against this family.

    The author manages to put into words the joy, the heart ache, the horror and the outcome. She does so in a smooth-flowing way that will mesmerize you to the point that hours and pages are the same. You will not want to put this book down until you find out what happened next, and next, and so on. I felt tremendous respect for this family who, despite the adversity, kept their eyes on the Lord and their focus on their goal. It amazes me that any person could withstand such pain and yet be so resilient to keep pushing back until what they had set out to do comes to pass. What a great addition to any library! What a wonderful gift for all occasions!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    Until We All Come Home is a thrill ride! I felt like I am in one

    Until We All Come Home is a thrill ride! I felt like I am in one of those Jack Reacher films/books where I cringe, not sure what will happen next. This is not a bore-of-a-book with statistics and Power Point presentations. It is a lively testimony where you pull for the safety of a child and safe passage home. I have read many books of this nature, and Kim reaches a new level of excitement, emotion, and Glory to God in a happy ending and interesting conclusion. She receives full praises from both a son and Mom in my corner. If you are on edge of whether to purchase, you will certainly benefit if do you and regret if you don’t. I recommend with my own highest regards. JLC iii

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  • Posted December 20, 2012

    When I got my hands on this book, I had to force myself to engag

    When I got my hands on this book, I had to force myself to engage in my daily activities in my life. I didn't want to stop reading. From the first to the last page, Kim takes your attention captive. You cry with her, hurt with her and even laugh with her. My emotions jumped from relief to fear within paragraphs of each other. 
    Kim has a way of sharing her story that makes you not have a better understanding of the way God allows things to unfold in our lives, but rather possess a deeper desire for Him. 
    "Where are you, God? You got me here and you told me to be patient, and now...where are you?" This is a time when she released her anger at God and her situation for the first time. I love Kim's honesty and I believe that God does too. 
    This is a story you want to pass on to others to read, but then get it back so you can read it again. It's that amazing. 

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  • Posted December 1, 2012

    ¿It was compassion that opened our hearts to adoption and it was

    “It was compassion that opened our hearts to adoption and it was love that made us stay, but it was God who brought us home.”
    - Kim de Blecourt

    Each adoption story has its own challenges and joys, perhaps none more so than Until We All Come Home, uniquely wrought with stark and racking experiences as it recounts the powerful tale of the de Blecourt family’s adoption of their Ukrainian son. As the reader is drawn along with Kim de Blecourt for her year-long stay in the Ukraine, it’s difficult not to wonder just how much more one family can withstand. At each turn, however, the faithfulness of God is highlighted and lifted up. In essence, while Kim is the writer, Until We All Come Home is really God’s story of care for one orphan, one mother, one family, and the global network of people He placed around them to be His hands and feet when they were each most deeply in need.

    Until We All Come Home is poignantly and captivatingly layered with fear and protection, need and provision, heart rending sadness and life altering joy. It is a fast-paced tale woven in such a way as to cause the reader to feel it a privilege to share in this very personal part of the de Blecourt family’s story.

    Against the grey backdrop of Ukraine, God’s faithfulness shines. Until We All Come Home inspires the reader to resonate with Kim’s mother-heart, to treasure the orphan, and to delight in God’s care of His own. Pick it up; you’ll be glad you did.

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  • Posted November 28, 2012

    As a mother, I've always imagined that I would do whatever I nee

    As a mother, I've always imagined that I would do whatever I needed to do to protect my children. And I've had to face some difficulties with my kids and work through some situations that I never would have imagined. But nothing like what Kim and Jahn de Blecourt went through to bring their son home.

    Their story is engaging from the first word. The pace of this book leaves you breathless as you eagerly turn each page to find out what happens next. Kim is honest about all of her emotions - even during the bleakest times - relating to all the doubts and fears parents face. Her bravery and perseverance allowed God to work in each situation to save her son.

    The de Blecourts' story will inspire you to face your challenges with courage and to trust how God is working every step of the way. Keep a box of tissue handy, you will need it!

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  • Posted November 13, 2012

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    The world is in need of heroes and Kim de Blecourt is one who ha

    The world is in need of heroes and Kim de Blecourt is one who has met that need not only for one orphan, but thousands. In her book, Until We All Come Home, Kim tells her story of what she thought would be a normal adoption process, but turned into a suspense thriller that would keep any moviegoer on the edge of their seat. The difference however is that her story is true.

    When the de Blecourts and Jake first laid eyes on each other, their hearts bonded. Sasha was to be a part of their forever family. They looked forward to the day of taking him home to America.

    The court date for adoption was finally set after a couple of months that the de Blecourts were there. Kim’s husband and daughter needed to go back to America two weeks before the court date. When the day in court arrived, another unexpected incident … the prosecutor tried to derail the adoption saying they weren’t adopting Sasha’s siblings. His brother was already adopted, and his sister did not wish to be adopted. They never lived together.

    The fight continued after the prosecutor appealed the judge’s decision on the adoption, and then a long fight was ahead where Kim had to stay in the Ukraine or lose her son. Her life turned upside down as she had to hide in a strange country, abandoned by the adoption agency, and had to learn survival in Ukraine with the language and cultural differences. At one point, there was a warrant for her arrest, resulting in them having to hide and stay inside their apartment for nearly a month.

    Her courage reminds me of how John Wayne defined it: “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.” Reading this book teaches all of us about the bravery of the human spirit and the faithfulness of a powerful God.

    Through all the drama of court hearings, relating to the people of Ukraine and trying to escape, there was one constant in all of this … God’s presence. He cared for Kim and the children during these dark times that threatened Kim’s emotional and spiritual health.

    God had a plan through this experience to equip Kim to serve him as an orphan advocate. Not only are all the proceeds of the book going to Food for Orphans, but Kim has given her time and energy in traveling the world to help the children who are without parents showing them that there is a Parent in heaven who loves them dearly. A mother’s love is powerful … this story proves it.

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  • Posted November 12, 2012

    As part of Kim's book launch team, I've had the privilege of rea

    As part of Kim's book launch team, I've had the privilege of reading an advanced copy of the book. Let me just tell you this...Kim's story is unbelievably touching, poignant, captivating and suspenseful. I literally read the entire book in 24 hours. I couldn't put it down. The trials and tribulations she and her family endured to adopt a child from Ukraine were harrowing. This is most assuredly the best book I've read this year. Journey with Kim and get ready to cry, laugh, cringe, pray, and cry some more. This book is a must-read!

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  • Posted November 8, 2012

    Having been a frequent guest in Russia & Eastern Europe, (an

    Having been a frequent guest in Russia & Eastern Europe, (and working with orphans there) I was particularly interested in this story. Kim's detailed account is thrilling. She shows both the beauty of the people there, along with the harsh realities if life. Most of all, I appreciated her transparency. A great story of love and hope!

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  • Posted November 7, 2012

    I received this book as part of the launch team.....O MY STARS!

    I received this book as part of the launch team.....O MY STARS! From the first chapter I was totally embraced with every detail! Kim's journey left me feeling as though I were right there with her. To embrace the encouragement and empowerment of God's lead while faithfully waiting for the next step was so captivating. This left me with such hope. This is a testimony sure to bless everyone! Thank you, Kim!

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  • Posted October 31, 2012

    A true on-the-edge-of-your-seat page turner!

    A stunning account of an American woman in a foreign country fighting for what God told her was HERS! This book is so captivating that I read it in one day! I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of the book. I decided to take a nice hot bath yesterday and start the book. I could. not. put. this. book. down. I had to refill the tub with hot water twice! The raw emotion that Kim De Blecourt writes with...the stunningly honest sharing of her fear, anger, exhaustion, faith, tenacity...makes this a story I won't soon forget! Bravo!

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  • Posted October 7, 2012

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    All the suspense of a Tom Clancy novel . . . (if Mr. Clancy were a mom.)

    I met Kim shortly after she returned from the Ukraine, or should I say escaped? The ordeal still embedded in her eyes, she told me the story of being underground in the former Soviet bloc country, trying to get home with the little boy she’d legally adopted.

    We’re spoiled here in America. Laws protect us (most of the time) from corrupt officials who use their offices for their own benefit at the expense of the helpless. Kim’s story is one of courage, true love, and a mom’s passion to help and protect the Ukrainian orphan she and her family grew to know and love. Somewhere along the way, the conflict became personal to a corrupt government official, and Kim’s flight became a race against politics and power in a foreign country.
    Until We all Come Home is the story of Kim and her family’s love and passion. On the run in a country in which she didn’t speak or understand the language, those who helped her understood the love she had for her son, and a mother’s devotion to her children. Until We all Come Home reads more like a Tom Clancy novel . . . well . . . if Tom had been a mom. Only then could he have told this true story.

    The book releases on November 6th, 2012, so don’t let the election get in the way of your trip to the book store. You can pre-order it now through all the major online book sellers.

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