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'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:).
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.
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.
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 loved the characters and the story.
The way Francine Rivers writes this story is as if you are experiencing it.
I feel that to tell this story and get the feelings of the ages of the characters in this book, the narrator should be younger. It irritated me at times that the voices the characters were elderly sounding and not quite as believable as the voice of a younger person (ages 30-50) would be. At 19, Dinah shouldn't sound like an elderly person. However, the narrator portrayed Evie (Dinah's grandma) and her friends perfectly.
Yes, but I stretched it out while driving.
I read this book many years ago and really enjoyed it. I wanted a book I could listen to while driving on a trip. Francine Rivers never fails to tell "can't put it down" and "want to keep driving" stories. She is definitely a favorite author.
Can't hear you....I'm reading!!
No, it was a good book, but someone might feel I am pushing some kind of agenda on them.
I knew it!!
I didn't like that the narrator sounded like an old woman (sorry). It was hard to imagine a young women in college with the voice. I did get used to it, but still.
No, Francine Rivers stories leave me satisfied at the end. There is no hanging questions. I like that there is closure in her books.
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.
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!
The story was a bit hard to get into since the narrator sounded like an old lady. Ruth sounds like she is trying to make her voice soft, but instead takes on an old lady scratchy nasaly sound. All the characters have the same 'manly' tone and the main character is made to sound like a small child rather than a soft young woman.
This is a book I would probably rather read than listen to. A great book can be ruined by the wrong narrator, and this just about happened for me.
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