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As I Have Loved You

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  481 ratings  ·  154 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
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Linda Hart
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
Jenny
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.
Tovi
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.
Teresa
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
Rebecca
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.
Nicole
Very inspirational story of faith, love and gratitude during WWII. It made me want to be a better mother. Really quick read.
Mary Lou
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
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Mimi
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
Desiree
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
Natasha
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
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Bailee Hammond
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
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Katina
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
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Catharine
Jul 28, 2009 Catharine rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Cindy
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
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Diane
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 (viewing the Sphinx from the Suez canal may be one example?) 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 b ...more
Vivian
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
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Cloe Stocking
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
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
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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.
Kristin
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
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Linda
Mar 29, 2008 Linda rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who can read!
Recommended to Linda by: Deon Morlock
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
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Jessica
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
Clarica
I've read this book before, but I think I was more ready this time. This book taught me historically, praised our country, and changed some of the ways I look at things spiritually. The example of Kitty's mother, among others, is so deep I couldn't help but have it change me. It has changed part of the way I think of prayer. The story of Kitty's mother, treated as less than an animal, bleeding and starving, because she protected the virtue of others- I can't think of words adequate to describe t ...more
Shawnah
Great book! Wonderful read. It was so inspiring to learn of a mother's courage and faith during the most difficult and challenging times. I was moved by her strength, her knowledge, and her ability to rely on the Lord. What a marvelous example to her children and those around her.

I really enjoyed learning more about the Japanese and their role in Indonesia during the WWII! I found it so interesting and loved gaining knowledge and understanding of this corner of the world at that time. I love hi
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Shirlene
A story of courage and love as Kitty deRuyter endured the terror of captivity during World War II. She was eight years old when the Japanese soldiers invaded her island of Indonesia. Kitty's parents were both Christians who lived their religion regardless of their circumstances. Kitty's mother, Anna, experienced mental and physical torture at the prison camp in caring for her children. Her husband and boys were sent to another prison camp.

This true story tells about Kitty's life after the war w
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Cherry
Being Raised by a WW II buff (My Mom loves to learn about that time and was always so interested because her father fought in that war) it is hard for me not to be very interested in this time period. This book takes place during this time but on an island that you don’t hear as much about compared to the Europe tribulations. I felt that I learned a lot about the hard ships of other people besides just Europeans during that time period, as a mother I was so deeply touched by the sacrifices of mo ...more
Stephanie
What an inspiring mother the author had! Kitty tells of her story during WWII in Indonesia. Her family is Indo-Dutch and when the Japanese invade, her family is put into a concentration camp. Kitty's mother, Anna, showed faith and love to all those around her and was a pillar of strength to her family (7 kids). I was pulled into Kitty's story of survival, courage, love and faith in Heavenly Father. I just wish she shared more of her life after the war and made the book a little longer. Very insp ...more
Julie
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