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As I Have Loved You

4.25  ·  Rating Details  ·  583 Ratings  ·  170 Reviews
Hardcover, 165 pages
Published October 1st 1994 by Covenant Communications Inc
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Tanya W
First of all, it should be noted that the audio is really a "fireside talk" and not the same as the book.

On a second reading, I have to give this five stars... absolutely wonderful and amazing story. It is hard to find such Christlike examples outside of the scriptures and Jesus Christ himself. This is absolutely right up there with The Hiding Place, perhaps even better (now I'll have to re-read that one too!). These kinds of books highlight the great disparity between the lives most of us live
Dec 11, 2014 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose this memoir because the author came to my church and spoke and I was so inspired by her life and the lessons she learned from her trials that I wanted to have them written down so that I could remember. This book contains a lot of history that she didn't include in her talk, and her talk contained things not in this book. One reviewer on Amazon claiming to be a member of her family claims some of it was fabricated, but I'm not too concerned about that a "memoir" concerns itself more with ...more
Linda Hart
Jul 12, 2010 Linda Hart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a touching, and amazing autobiography. The author's style is certainly not lyrical nor is it great literature, but what she has to say about her experiences as a previously privileged class child whose family was but in concentration camps on the the island of Java, Indonesia, during WW2 makes a compelling read. As a 12-13 yr old she emigrates to Holland with the surving members of her large family, where they lead a spartan lower case existence. Then as an 18 yr old she emigrates again ...more
Apr 26, 2008 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great true story, similar to The Hiding Place or Diary of Anne Frank. It is about a Dutch-Indonesian family that was taken to live in a concentration camp during WWII. They practiced their Christian religion despite strict orders not to. One thing I liked is that this book wasn't as tedious or in-depth as the previous two books I mentioned, and it also talks about what happened to the family after the war. The narrator joined the LDS church in her adulthood.
Jun 08, 2008 Tovi rated it really liked it
I read this for our July Book Club. What an amazing story! I truly respect and admire the author's mother. She was so strong during so much heartache. I hope I can be more like this mother! I can't say that I absolutely loved this book because the last quarter of the book was not tied in as well to the rest of the story. I guess I would have liked more details or a better wrap up to the narrative.
Mar 09, 2014 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best things of being such a vocal book enthusiasts is how often friends will randomly drop books off at my doorstep. I love it because it pushes me to read books that I would never normally read. I will freely admit that I'm not a huge fan of religious books, but I really enjoyed this one. Kitty De Ruyter has an amazing story to tell as an Indonesian who spent quite a bit of time in captivity during WWII. I couldn't help but feel that her story was almost more about her incredible mot ...more
Jun 29, 2008 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Wow, I really liked this book. It caused me to take pause in my life and thank the Lord for the many blessings that I take for granted. Great book.
May 06, 2010 Nicole rated it really liked it
Very inspirational story of faith, love and gratitude during WWII. It made me want to be a better mother. Really quick read.
Mar 21, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book starts our during Kitty's childhood living in Indonesia, being in concentration camps, living through wars, moving to Holland, then moving to the US and eventually her joining The Church of Jesus Christ of LDS.

If I managed to view what I was reading as a conversation with someone who is older and has fantastic stories to tell I found myself enjoying the book immensely. Those times where I slipped and realized I was reading a book I found myself getting frustrated with the repetition. I
May 12, 2016 Jodi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lds, survival-stories
This was a remarkable book written by a woman who endured a Japanese concentration camp as a young child. The story of her imprisonment with her mother and sisters was heart wrenching. I've read several accounts of people who have survived concentration camps, but none have I felt so personally as I did this one. This story is unique in that the author's mother had been left alone to care for her 6-7 young children when they are captured and imprisoned. The mother even delivers her own baby whil ...more
Mary Lou
Jul 06, 2014 Mary Lou rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best read of the year. Amazing story of love and devotion. I am amazed of the cruel things her Mother had to suffer through, yet kept her faith in God.

"Freedom is never free. Someone must pay the price for it, and many have paid the price to win my precious freedom" - What a great thought to remember on this Independence Day.

"Only good things come from God and God wants us to have peace in our souls and be happy people. If we knew beforehand what lay ahead of us, we might become too frightened t
Sep 08, 2010 Mimi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
I really enjoyed this book. After last spring, I promised to stay away from WWII books for a while, because I had gone on such a binge with them, but I am really glad I read this book. I have read about WWII from American, English, Dutch, and German perspectives, but I had never read or thought much about what happened in Indonesia during WWII. As a Dutch colony and so near to Japan, it was caught right up in the war. Everyone with Dutch descent was put in concentration camps, and then as soon a ...more
Johannes Familiegeschiedenis
De auteur GREAT vrijheden veroorloofd met de familiegeschiedenis. Toch is gepubliceerd als non-fictie testament van geloof voor de LDS kerk? 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 ...more
Sep 24, 2012 Desiree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was initially intrigued that her story takes place during the Japanese occupation of Indonesia during WWII and was humbled that her story was actually about love, as the title suggests. Kitty recounts the most horrible events with the most terrifying frankness and then goes on to astonish you with her loving reactions to it all. As a young child she handled the situations of war as you might expect, but her parents go above and beyond the call of Christianity. Kitty's accounts of her parents' ...more
Feb 03, 2011 Natasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was deeply moved as I heard Kitty relate her story at a women's conference back in the mid 1990's. First chance I had, I found her book and read it. Kitty de Ruyter told her experiences as powerfully on the page as she did in person. Her mother's spiritual strength was incredible.

Several years later, I had an opportunity to hear Kitty de Ruyter-Bons speak again to a much smaller group of about ten women. She told "the rest of the story," so to speak. She was really cute the way she told it. S
Bailee Hammond
May 28, 2012 Bailee Hammond rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I Have Loved You tells a story of everyday miracles that come to aid those who are filled with the light of God. Kitty de Ruyter's Personal story of her childhood in a japanese prison camp during World War II and her and her families human courage in the face of brutal oppression. This book is a sweet testimony of the power of faith told by a woman that lived through it all.

This book is not a movie. If it were, I'm sure they would have to change it a lot. There are a lot of different little
May 31, 2013 Katina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, book-club
This was the book for this month's book club. I kind of feel bad giving it two stars, it was probably between a 2 and 3 star book for me, but I think it was more "just okay" for me.

This book is written from a religious perspective (and I would classify this as a religious feel-good book/memoir so if that's not your thing, then don't read this book). I actually don't really like "religious" books, which is probably why I ended up giving this 2 instead of 3 stars. With that being said, I still li
Jul 28, 2009 Catharine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Catharine by: People in my water aerobics class
I recommend this book to all my friends. This is a book similar the "The Hiding Place" or "Diary of Ann Frank." This young girl was taken to a concentration camp in Indonesia during World War II. She tells of the faith and courage of her mother who risked so much for her children as well as other children in the camp. I have met the author (she's in my Water Aerobics class) and she's just one of the most beautiful women I know. It's amazing how people can live through horrible things and come ou ...more
Jun 03, 2008 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lds, biography, 888, history
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. The
Dec 03, 2014 Vivian rated it it was amazing
Join Kitty as she relates her idyllic childhood in 1930's Indonesia. Her parents, both children of Indonesian mothers and Dutch fathers, were wonderful parents. Her grandparents were remarkable as well. Then, when Kitty was six years old, the invasion of the Japanese cast a dark shadow over their lives.

At this point in the story I knew I wanted to share it with my family so I began reading aloud to my two teenagers from page one. This story was even more compelling to me than Corrie ten Boom's
Sep 16, 2015 Sherral rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My heart aches at the thought of this story. While it does end in a happy place, it has lots of painful moments. For a child who grew up in a Japanese concentration camp in Indonesia during WWII, Kitty becomes an amazing person through the teachings of her mother and the grace of God. But still, I just want to give her back her happy childhood. My favorite thing about this book, I think, was when she shared about the people who helped her and her family along the way.
Jun 29, 2015 Diane rated it liked it
Shelves: wwii, lds, non-fiction
I'm not sure what to make of this book. It was certainly an inspiring read. The author pays tribute to her mother who's faith helped her family to survive the horrors of a Japanese concentration camp during World War II. To her credit the author admits in her preface that her memories may not be entirely accurate She was only about 8 or 10 during the period of much of the book. It was a little frustrating not knowing how much of the book actually happened and how much was faulty memory. I know ...more
Cloe Stocking
Feb 26, 2012 Cloe Stocking rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I Have Loved You by Kitty de Ruyter is a autobiography. Kitty lived during WWII. The book is about all the trials her and her family faced. What here family faced is that they were moved to a concentration The plot is very interesting and well written. All the plot is is her life, but it is very well written and constructed. The setting changes a lot during the book. Each time it changes though she stops and describes it and makes it feel believable and like you have been there before and kno ...more
Jana B. Wall
May 28, 2012 Jana B. Wall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I Have Loved You tells a war story from the perspective of a young girl. Her family is taken all across Germany during the war. Their family is very wealthy, but end up losing everything. They are split up, having no way for communication. The concentration camps are tragic, but family and God are all that matter to them.

This book is not a movie. If it were, I'm sure they would have to change it a lot. There are a lot of different little back stories. I would imagine that they would just ch
Aug 06, 2016 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read since coming home from my mission! It has a great message of love, charity, and forgiveness. Though the terrible memories of war nearly destroyed Kitty and her family, their faith helped them through. I highly recommend this to read!
Chrisann Justice
I read this book so long ago I'm not 100% sure of the year. I think it was while I was living in Oregon so it would have been soon after it was published in 2001. It's an amazing story and I've loaned it out to several people who have also loved it over the years.
Sep 06, 2010 Kristin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED this book! It's an amazing true story of a Dutch-Indonesian family's experience during WWII, including becoming prisoners on a Japanese POW/concentration camp and later Dutch refugees fleeing the Indonesian persecution.

Well, the family members are the best thing about this book. I fell in love with them- especially the mother. It was very inspiring to read about her courage and integrity. The book made me want to be a much more generous and servicial person. The things they went through we
Feb 18, 2015 Linda rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who can read!
Recommended to Linda by: Deon Morlock
Shelves: changed-my-life
Before Kitty De Rutyer wrote this book, she was a guest speaker at various LDS meeting houses all over the country. I was one of the lucky ones who got to hear her sad yet touching story. She confessed that it was something she wasn't able to share with her own children until later in her life. I suppose being put on house arrest and then later sent to a concentration camp is not really a conversation you want to bring up at the dinner table.

This is a sad, but totally uplifting book. It has eve
Jan 11, 2015 KyneWynn rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
This was interesting to me as a memoir of WWII, and the story of her mother's courage and Christlike actions toward her enemies was inspiring. And the narrative about what actually happened was fascinating. I did find the idyllic life somewhat too-good to be true. . . but hey, kudos to any family that has tht kind of life. That said, I had found the repeated testimony and admonitions, distracting. Instead a simple statement of belief, the repeated words of diluted the strength of the testimony s ...more
Feb 28, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. The author wrote this book the way she speaks - so needless to say, the writing style wasn't artistic, super creative, or even very well done - BUT is was so AUTHENTIC. There weren't cheesy parts. It felt so honest. This was the author's story about her own past and what she learned from her mother during the horrors of living in a Japanese concentration camp and then being a refugee during WWII. Her mother was amazing. I feel uplifted and strengthened from her example. This boo ...more
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