As I Have Loved You

As I Have Loved You

by Kitty de Ruyter- Bons

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ISBN-13: 9781608616701
Publisher: Deseret Book Company
Publication date: 08/08/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 344 KB

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As I Have Loved You 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
cmbohn on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I really enjoyed this book, and it went right along with The Zookeeper's Wife, which I just finished. Kitty, the author, grew up in Indonesia, where she lived an idyllic life with her family. Then World War II broke out, and the Japanese invaded. Suddenly her life was turned around. She was a young child at the time, but experienced some great challenges.I just loved this book. I was amazed at the courage shown by her mother. In one really amazing scene, her mother stands up to the Japanese. They have commandeered their home and allowed her family to stay in two rooms. Meanwhile they are waiting to hear news of her father, who is fighting with rebels and is a wanted man. Her mother gives birth with the help of her teenage daughter. Just days later, she is forced to make her way to a town where her husband is being held prisoner. She waits without food for two days, along with her newborn, then is interrogated by the Japanese. Then she has to walk home.While this book contains some sobering accounts of wartime violence, it also has stories of compassion, from the clerk who smuggles some food into the mother while waiting for her interrogation to begin, to the nanny who risks her life to bring Kitty her favorite doll and treasures from home. While it is written by an LDS writer, the book is full of her love for both her Christian parents and the Muslim people who helped her family when they were in need. I highly recommend this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We do not beleive in StarClan, we beleive in Gemzone. Gemzone is a place of crystals hanging everywhere, every cat has a special spirit gem, which they keep in their eyes. Their eyes each hold a gem, and those gems bring them to Gemzone when they die. In our Clan, since we are kits, the female cat recieves many jewels before she brings new members to the Clan. She matches up the jewels and places them undergroynd next to eachother. Sometimes, their is a pair of gems that do not match. These are paired up and become a cat with miscolored eyes. When a gem is cracked or broken, it becomes a blind cat. Gemzone cannot make new gems, so they reuse gems over and over and over again until they crack, then they must be used once more before they can be healed, or they end up becoming pearls or obsidian, and any cat that uses them will be blind. Your soul stays eternally in a giant crystal when you die. You can see from the eyes of any cat who has your gem throughout the ages, and can comunicate with other Gemzen. Gemzens cannot see into the future, instead, they share what they see and predict, then send messages to cats on the surface. Tis not cats that sparkle in the nightsky, tis gems. The moon is The Great Gem. Gemzens, our souls, go to Gemzone. The Great Gem is in full glory whenever we need to meet the other Clans.
4wheelerfam More than 1 year ago
The story of how her mother prepared their family for what was to come is amazing. She explains without guile or anger the difficult life in the "concentration camp". Their faith is so pure. Their story is a must read. (The audio version in her own voice is an added plus)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Touching story but not very well written. You can tell that it is a memoir that is written many years after the experience. Everything is kind of glossed over and some details are mixed up. Lots of preaching, it felt like.
Familiegeschiedenis More than 1 year ago
De auteur GREAT vrijheden veroorloofd met de familiegeschiedenis. Toch is gepubliceerd als non-fictie testament van geloof voor de Kerk van de Heiligen der Laatste Dagen? Als een vroom christen, moeder en familielid van Kitty is verschrikkelijk dat ze in staat is om haar hoofd omhoog te houden hoog in haar gezin en de kerkelijke gemeenschap. De waarheid zou zijn geweest een meeslepend verhaal, behalve voor het feit dat ze niet te converteren naar de LDS kerk tot ontmoette ze haar geliefde Bob in Nederland als een jonge vrouw, niet als een kind! English translation: The author took GREAT liberties with the family history. Yet it is published as non-fiction testament of faith for the Church of Latter Day Saints? As a devout Christian, mother and relative of Kitty is appalling that she is able to hold her head up high within her family and church community. The truth would have been a compelling story except for the fact that she did not convert to the LDS church until she met her beloved Bob in Holland as a young woman, NOT as a child!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful story. This family's faith is incredible and inspiring. It amazes me that anyone could survive such harsh circumstances as those in the concentration camps. I loved reading of all the miracles in their lives that kept them going - the rain when the mother was in the hole, the stranger bearing money on the street, the secret stash in her doll. God does take care of us. We only have to trust in Him. =)