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Infinitely More

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  251 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Abandoned by his mother in a St. Petersburg dumpster when he was only three days old, Alex Krutov should not have survived. But God had something else in mind. Raised in the harsh Russian orphanage system, Alex's life was one of hopelessness and despair until the arrival of Christian missionaries from the West when the Soviet Union collapsed. Infinitely More is the inspiri ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published March 28th 2011 by Whitecaps Media (first published March 27th 2011)
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Leah Good
The first hand account of a young man who grew up as a orphan in Russia and went on to become a Christian and serve other orphans. The writing in this book is nothing spectacular. The story is a straightforward narrative. However I never found it boring. If you, like me, have a heart for orphans and a desire to learn and understand, I have no doubt you'll enjoy this. If you don't particularly care about the subject and are seeking entertainment you might want to look elsewhere.
Ania Hammond
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Resonated with the story completely. Each chapter in one way or another correlated with my own life. Cried multiple times throughout the whole reading process. A story that grabs your immediate attention and draws you in deeper with each chapter of Alex's life. Would recommend this book to anyone as it is not only a story of hardship, but also is filled with lessons that each of us learn throughout our lives such as humility, understanding, ability not to rely on prejudices, appreciation, and mo ...more
Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book because it lays out plainly much of the experiences and plight of orphans in Russia. It is how one orphan broke free of the "there is no hope" mindset and how he is now helping other orphans do the same.

As far as how well it is written, it was written by a close friend who simply wanted Alex's story to be told to other people. She accomplished that purpose. I enjoyed reading Alex's story.
Mar 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
As the mother of a child adopted from Russia, I was really drawn to this book. I have spent many hours worrying about those children in Russia who do not get adopted (and it is an enormous number :-(, but Alex's story gave me hope that things could change for some-- and that is at least a start!
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the second memoir I've now read. Never thought I'd be one to read memoirs, but I loved this one. Very good book!
Havebooks Willread
Kids need a mom and a dad. They need to grow up in a family where they will be loved, nurtured, and trained. We know that--even just instinctively, we know that. But the more I learn, the more I read, the more I experience. . .well, the more I see how much better God's ways are. Reading Infinitely More by Alex Krutov reminded me of what I already knew, yet painted an even starker reality of the future for orphans than I previously understood.

Alex grew up in the Russian orphanage system and his s
Cheryl Boyd
Aug 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
We have all heard about the plight of the Russian orphan, but only as outsiders looking in. Alex
Krutov gives us his own, first-hand account of growing up as an orphan in Russia. While heart-breaking and eye-opening, his tale is far from despairing. This book will remind you of God's sovereignty and care even in the midst of extreme need. I was challenged to hear of people who chose to be the hands, feet, and heart of Jesus to the vulnerable and needy. I was deeply moved by Alex's vulnerability
Alex Krutov grew up a war of the Soviet Union after his mother, at eighteen, signed away her parental rights after leaving him in a dumpster. Thus begins a tragic life of trying to grow up before finding hope, joy, and religion with missionaries and caring American people who saw the atrocities of the Russian orphanages under Soviet rule and decided to try to help.

Alex was always self-sufficient but what got in his way was his self-esteem. Only until he reached a few milestones, did he realize h
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book helped me, as someone who took in an emancipated Ukrainian orphan. I really feel like I failed because "my kid" never had any internal desire to grow.

I have to believe that somehow God will still do a work. That even Alex in this story struggled with the Entitlement issues and lack of motivation.

The book did seem to sag after a time. I think there was alot of pages spent to acknowledge people who were in his life. This made it tough for the outsider reader and detracted from the story
Sep 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
I am appalled that such a poorly written book could have been published. Until the end, I had assumed it had been the work of Alex and was hence willing to make certain allowances for English not being his first language. Imagine my surprise when I discovered a native speaker was actually responsible for this disgraceful memoir. Beyond the elementary English, the non-stop references to God were nauseating. I mean no disrespect to Alex's story and admire his strong faith and the impact it has had ...more
May 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian, religious
I got this book because I really wanted to see tumult shaped into miracles. There are so many people who have such difficult circumstances who turn them around to live something beautifully. I wanted to be reminded of such miracles and to see that hope. I struggled with this book because it felt so judgemental and egocentric at times. There is some personal growth that is reflected in the end. I applaud Alex for his efforts and for strengthening others. But this book is a 2.5 for me.
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was not the best written book I've ever read but it's about a boy who was brought up in the Russian orphanages. He was fortunate that he got linked in with some American missionaries after the door was opened for them to come in. In that time he trusted God and his life went a direction that most Russian orphans did not go.

Good read and I highly suggest it to all. Just be less than critical of the writing.
Kelly Gressley
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all I want to thank Jackie Davis whom took the time to write about Alex.
It had opened the door more for me to pray for our group Sons of a Carpenter.
We travel and work locally in our home town to help people with rebuilding homes after disasters.
We had callings to AL, TN, IL and MS to help plus locally.
But we always had funding come in to help!

Keep up the great work!
Aug 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Brought tears to my eyes several times thinking of two of my own children who are from former Soviet countries. Amazing story of protection and redemption. I plan on looking into the ministry he helps run as it is an area of need my husband and I have long hoped to support but never knew quite how.
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, russia, kindle
The story of a man who grew up in orphanages in Russia, who is now helping orphans. While the writing is not terrific, it gives an insider's view into the orphanages and the system in Russia. It gives me hope to read such an uplifting story.
Charles Risinger
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story of God's grace and an overcoming spirit. Having been to see the orphans in St. Petersburg, this story really opens one's eyes.
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very inspirational.
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May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very eye opening and sad the way orphans in Russia are treated! It's a shame Putin has stopped all adoptions from Russia to the USA. Babies are so neglected.
Apr 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 20-for-2012

Such a beautiful story. Sad and tragic, yet full of hope!
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Good story, but slow at times.
Lynette Rambousek
Oct 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-kindle
The life of a boy, Alex brought up through a Russian orphanage and his success through the workings of God. Some repetition throughout yet amazing Alex's presistance to let God work through him.
Kit Sublett
Aug 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It's a compelling, page-turning read.
Paula Sloan
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adoption
Eye opening to the reality of life in a Russian orphanage. An easy read - recommend for adoptive families or someone considering adoption from Eastern Europe.
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