The Waiting Child: How the Faith and Love of One Orphan Saved the Life of Another

The Waiting Child: How the Faith and Love of One Orphan Saved the Life of Another

by Cindy Champnella
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The Waiting Child: How the Faith and Love of One Orphan Saved the Life of Another by Cindy Champnella

The inspiring true story of a four-year-old Chinese orphan who convinces her adoptive American family to return to China to rescue the little boy she couldn't forget

Adopted by an American family at age four, Jaclyn traveled to her new home with a great burden. Her new family had to leave behind a little boy who had been under her charge at the Chinese orphanage where Jaclyn fought the odds against abandonment, institutionalization, and hunger---not for herself, but on behalf of this even smaller child, whom she regarded as her responsibility.

Jaclyn's saga spans oceans and cultures. The Waiting Child is an extraordinary story of human resilience in the face of profound loss and suffering---and a testament to the ability of a loving heart to prevail over great adversity. Jaclyn's unshakable determination to bring to her new life the child she had cared for in the institution, the one she believed with all her heart was "her baby," will change all assumptions made about the human spirit. In the end, this moving story affirms everything that is good and hopeful in life, when, after a two-year effort, the little boy is brought to this country as the adopted son of Jaclyn's American aunt and uncle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466850064
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 07/16/2013
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Cindy Champnella is very active in the adoption community and is a passionate advocate for and speaker on adoption issues. She and her family live in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

Cindy Champnella, is a speaker and advocate for adoption issues.

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Waiting Child: How the Faith and Love of One Orphan Saved the Life of Another 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down and found myself wiping tears from my eyes as I read it. Each chapter begins with a picture and I had to go back to look at the pictures over and over again. It was a heartwarming true story about unconditional love, the love of a little girl for her 'little Xiao Mei Mei'. If the word gets out, I think this book would on the bestseller list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an amazing story about Jaclyn and 'her baby'. It shows that love and faith can make great things happen. To those people who are saying this book was a disappointment (ahem the idiot on the last page) you aren't a very smart person. How can you not see how wonderfully the author writes Jaclyn's story? Oh, I know how you can't see it. Because you don't have a heart. Some people say this books is racist and self-serving, yes I think the author went to China to adopt two kids is AWFUL! That is SO racist and self-serving. (note the sarcasam) This book, in my opinion, is wonderfully written, has great infomation, and shows great lessons in life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a mom to 5 (including 2 bio, 1 from Korea, and 2 from China), this is the most accurate adoption resource I've found. My daughter's story was so similar to the author's, right down to the language mistakes that she used to make when she first arrived home. I recommend this book to anyone considering older child adoption. Contrary to what has been written in prior reviews, I do not see this as a 'dark' book. It is a REAL book. You will see the difficult side, and you will see the joyful side of adoption. I will say that by and large, most orphanages seem to be better run and the care is better than what this child experienced while in China. However, the author makes this clear in her story and does a nice job of storytelling while still honoring the Chinese culture. I recommend this book to anyone considering older child international adoption. My only recommendation for improving this book is that it should come with a box of tissues attached. You will need them!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am currently in the process of adopting a little girl from Guatemala, and although this is a China story, it is universal in the world of adoption. People with or without an interest in adoption will be inspired by this book. It is also a wonderful faith story, a story inspired by 'the least of these'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I bought this book, I was just looking for a good read. Little did I know that this book was about to chang my life! After reading it, I instantly decided that we too would be adopting from China. I have read many adoption books since that time but can honestly say that this is the best real-life adoption story that I have ever read. You cannot walk away from reading this book without being compelled to do something for these lost little children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The realities of this child's life were vividly described by the author in a way that was at times heart-wrenching. However, this child's spirit was undaunted by all of it. It is a truly heart-warming story. This is the best adoption book I have read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a good read, I would suggest picking up this book.I loved the book so much I could hardly put it down! This book as it all: the funny moments that make you laugh aloud to the moments that just make you cry. Cindy Champnella captures her audience with the heart rendering tale of the passion and devotion Jaclyn has for her baby.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cindy Champnella¿s book The Waiting Child is about the pain-staking journey that Jaclyn takes to have her baby with her again. When Jaclyn is adopted she can only think of the pain that Xiao Mei Mei is going through in China. After pleading to her mom, Cindy, and God, the Champnella¿s decide that they have to adopt Xiao Mei Mei. When Cindy tells her sister Laura that they are going to adopt him, Laura has already started the adoption. The Waiting Child will grab the strings to your heart and pull from the very first page. If it doesn¿t hurt you then you must not have a heart at all. Champnella allows you to see the pain Jaclyn feels after her baby is taken from her through the eyes of the four year old. The book has received some negative reviews for being racist about China but I have to say that the book is about Jaclyn and how she feels. I would recommend The Waiting Child to anyone who has a heart and loves kids. This book truly shows how the faith and love of one orphan saves the life of another. The Waiting Child is a must read. --- J. VanValkenburg
Guest More than 1 year ago
I feel that Cindy wrote this book for 2 reasons. One: Because she wanted her daughters story told. Two: Because we do not know what goes on in every orphanage in China. I feel I was very fortunate to have children from good orphanages, but, I can't say what went on behind closed doors. Jaclyn remembered the things that went on and Cindy told her story. Very well, I might add. This book will touch your heart even if it is not written as well as other might think it should be. If you are human at all and you need to clear out the old tear ducts, this is the book that you NEED to read. I have read many things that Cindy Champnella has written (newsletters for different agencies) and I think she does a wonderful job, for not being a professional writer. Thanks Cindy for a great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had heard about 'The Waiting Child' from others who had read it. Their response was 'it was a little dark.' Having adopted an older child from China myself, I was interested in this mother's experiences. It didn't take me very long to decide that I didn't really care for the author's writing style -- sentence fragments, repetetive word usage, etc. Some of the text just didn't seem to flow. However, I was very touched by Jaclyn and her love for 'her baby'. It was a very sweet story, but I felt it could have been told more eloquently. I had a difficult time putting myself in the story because it lacked descriptive details that help pull the reader into the book. The author would often foreshadow an event or topic, but never come back to it in the book. The author did not paint a very good picture of orphanages or the Chinese people. Having been to China myself, I came away with a completely different opinion. I became somewhat dissinterested toward the middle of the book as it became very repetetive and didn't hold my interest. The ending was happy, but the final pages really seemed to say 'look what a great person I am for saving these children'. I think the editor and publisher could have worked with the author a little more to make this book outstanding. It definitely had the potential.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I agree with the back cover quote on this book that says, 'Anyone whose heart isn't touched by this book should see a doctor!' It is an incredible story, beautifully wirtten. I had to put the book down several times and just hold it in my lap as my heart filled with emotion. This is a story for our time--the triumph of the spirit over incredible odds.This book and its message will endure for all time--thank you, Jaclyn!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A well written book about an incredible little girl. This is a book that I needed to have a box of kleenex next to me as I read. It was sad to read about the pain that such a little girl had to endure, but it helps you to understand the fighting personality and spunk she has. This story is a modern fairy tale of a little girl that won't give up her hope to have her Xiao Mei Mei join her in America. Although, this is a story of adoption, it is also much more, it tells the real meaning of love, faith and family. I read the book in a day, because I didn't want to put it down. What a refreshing story in a world full of materialism.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"The Waiting Child" is a warmly sensitive, deeply insightful peek into the indomitable spirit of one incredibly precocious, fiercely tenacious child. Powerfully evocative writing tells the true story of four-year-old Jaclyn, who, once adopted, embarks on the impossible quest to also find a home for ¿her baby,¿--the child she cared for in the orphanage. This book is a celebration of the enduring power of love and will be treasured by anyone who has ever loved a child. But, be warned: to know Jaclyn is to enlarge your heart¿s capacity for love--forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had heard about this book coming out for some time, so I bought it immediately. What a waste of money and time! The author is just promoting an agenda on adoption. The so-called "facts" seem very suspicious to me and smack of sentimental fiction. It had a happy ending, but the road there was boring and not worth the trip. Author does not seem to be a very accomplished writer either.