The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers is a wonderful book. It is about a young college girl who is raped on her way home from work. She finds out that she is pregnant, having been a virgin prior to the rape. This book deals with the effects of an abortion on everyone involved, the doctor, the person having it, and those people's future spouses. This books is definitely a must read!
I've read pretty much every novel Francine has written. "The Atonement Child" was not one of my favorites, but it's nice to see it back on shelves again. Francine handles the issue of abortion through her gift of story, and she does it without being heavy-handed or preachy.
The characters are well-developed and the story flows well. This just didn't have the usual depth I've come to enjoy from a Francine Rivers novel. But fans of Francine Rivers will enjoy this one.
The Atonement Child is an example of what Christian authors should be doing with their talents. It is an engaging read and deals thoroughly with the subject of abortion, treating it biblically and compassionately. The only way that the killing of unborn children will cease in our nation is for individuals to become convinced of the horrors of abortion. The best way to convince individuals is through popular media and entertainment such as literature and film. Harriet Beecher Stowe proved this in relation to slavery with Uncle Tom's Cabin. Francine Rivers contributes in the same way with The Atonement Chiold, in which she does a wonderful job of balancing bold truth with hope and healing.