The Richburgs adopted Emma from Thailand after having two children of their own. They were filled with hope and dreams for this little girl and were thrilled to bring her into their home. They researched international adoptions and thought they were prepared for all of the transitions and struggles they were about to face. Even before Kristen and her husband Andrew left Thailand with Emma, they noticed that something just wasn’t right. Everything was too easy...she didn’t fuss or panic about leaving. Once they got home Emma got worse and started hated Kristen more and more. Over time they learned that Emma was incapable of love, trust or intimacy due to abuse do to her attachment disorder. This little girl only knew how to sabotage and manipulate those who loved her most.
I was completely unprepared for, and shocked by, the story of Kristen Richburg and her family’s struggle to care for a child who was incapable of loving them in return.
After reading this book, my heart just aches for this family because of all they’ve been through. This is a heavy read even in the end when Kristen shares of the healing process they have begun. As a mother I could relate to Kristen’s needs and desires to nurture and provide for her daughter and I can only imagine how much it must have hurt when Emma wouldn’t let her.
This story is an eye-opening account of what can happen despite our best efforts and a testimony to the fact that sometimes all we can do is let go and leave it in God’s hands.
Disrupting Grace is written by Kristen Richburg and published by VMI Publishers. $13.99, ISBN 978-1-935265-04-7. To learn more, visit www.disruptinggrace.com.
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