With over a quarter-million print copies sold, The Atonement Child explores the devastating consequences of rape and resulting pregnancy on innocent victims, their families, and their faith.
Honored with the Holt Medallion, three RITAs, and membership in the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame, Christy Award-winning author Francine Rivers is acclaimed for perennial best sellers like Redeeming Love.
©1997 Francine Rivers; (P)2008 Recorded Books
I love books! All kinds... classics, mysteries, Christian fiction, suspense and action! I'm also a sucker for anything romantic. ;) And just recently started getting into some non-fiction, philosophical books.
I gave this audiobook 5 stars based on the novel itself. It's incredibly poignant, as well as controversial. I love how she handles everything from a strict Biblical standpoint, while still making the characters very very real. It's also a very hard look at modern day Christians (though the copyright is over 10 years ago0: hypocrisy, showing how Christians are prone to attacking their wounded, and how compromise based on pity and what's easiest is not always what's right. Incredible, heart-wrenching book.
That said... I hated the narration. Ruth Ann Phimister is an excellent narrator, don't get me wrong... but I did not feel that her voice fit this book in the slightest. I could understand her narrating And The Shofar Blew, because the main characters were older, one even elderly, so I could understand... However, with the main character of this story being 18, with a lot of other young characters, her voice was just not believable to me, and took away from what I consider to be an amazing novel. Kate Forbes would have been a better choice (narrator for Redeeming Love).
Overall though, I highly recommend this book. It pulls your heart in two directions, while gently steering you toward sound Biblical principles. A must read for any woman, or man for that matter.
I'm a 24-year-old woman who loves to read. The longer the book, the better. The Stand, The Help and The Hunger Games are my favorites.
I'm a huge fan of Francine Rivers, and this book was not disappointing at all. What I love about Mrs. Rivers' writing is her ability for the reader to really see how the characters feel. i found myself arguing with characters as I read through the novel. It was as if i was there inside the novel somewhere. I felt everyone's emotions, and to me, that is a sign of a good author. The narator is really good as well. Another must read from Francine:).
Guy with Weird Interests
When I started listening to this book, I thought I would hate it. I've always considered myself to be pro-choice. This book is about a girl who was raped, found out she was going to have a baby, and decided to carry the child to term even though everyone around her suggested abortion. Some of her closest friends even demanded it. I started reading the book thinking that I could understand a girl in such a situation deciding not to have the child. The story was really enjoyable, and I found myself wondering if the guilt and shame a young mother would have after aborting a child would be something hard to get over. Maybe, even in such a horrible situation, bringing a life into this world can still be a beautiful thing.
The depth to the characters. The only thing wrong was that it ended.
Joe! He is steadfast and true!
God's Timing, Not Ours
I would LOVE for this to be a movie!
This book is outstanding. It is very relatable, with amazingly developed characters, lots of unexpected twists, an inspiring and engaging storyline, and an ending that is heart-warming. This book challenges the Christian Church to be better, extend grace, and love people where they are at. My favorite book of all time.
I love Christian Fiction, especially Francine Rivers! Anything to help me with relationships, and Apologetics.
I have read several of Francine River's books and it is hard to say which is my favorite but this book is one that means more to me as a mother and as a daughter. I truly appreciate how Francine creates character's that are so real and relatable. Especially when they are struggling with their faith. Her ability to just sneak in truth into her stories in a way that makes the reader really contemplates the true message of hope and love is remarkable. Her books make me thirsty for living water and leave me feeling the Love of Jesus in a profound and personal way.
I always enjoy the love story even when there is a twist.
The end but I don't want to give it away so that is all I will say.
I would not make a film of this book.
I love all things Francine Rivers. This was my 9th book of hers to read, and I couldn't finish it fast enough. There were so many places it seemed false and not good in story telling...just to talk about how terrible abortion is. Bringing in a grandmother who had had one early in life...and giving her breast cancer??? I know that there are increased risk of breast cancer if one has an abortion, but one is also increased chance if she doesn't nurse a baby. I was annoyed, frustrated and completely turned off by this book. What I have loved about Rivers's books in the past...the lack of judging, the love of God.....was completely lacking in this book!
the narrator's voice was much too old sounding for these characters, if I didn't love Francine Rivers so much I would have stopped listening after the first chapter but I knew the story would be great!
This is one of the most valuable apps on our phones. My kids get car sick if they read. Books keep them quiet. No fighting!
Kudos to F. R. for tackling an extremely sensitive topic. I believe she did an excellent job of addressing the complexity on the subject. It is not an "easy read". I found a few of the narrator's character voices to be irritating. That said, I would still read it again.
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