A touching story intertwining three generations of women, following the impact of choices made in difficult moments. The message is heartfelt and timely, and makes an honest effort at providing both sides of the pro-life/pro-choice issue. If you share the same bias as the author, the novel makes for a decently entertaining read. A more critical reader will perhaps find fault with the writing style and the intentional effort to pull heartstrings as a way to persuade thought. I'd recommend it to a friend, but only one who already shares my pro-life views. As persuasive literature, it falls just shy of hitting the mark.
The Atonement Child is one of the first books I read by Francine Rivers, and though it is fiction, it deals with two tough topics: rape and abortion. Rivers takes a tough, yet compassionate view on the issue of abortion and weaves a great story around it. In my opinion, this is the best book she wrote. Although I am a guy, I loved the book and was pulled into the story. I always considered myself very pro-life, but this book helped my pro-life views to be even stronger. Kudos to Francine Rivers for doing such job writing about these two issues.
To be clear, I read this book years ago, but just picked it up again in its new format and cover. As I went to re-read it, I mistakenly thought perhaps it would be less powerful since I knew the ending before I started. Boy, was I wrong!
In "The Atonement Child," Francine Rivers writes a heart-wrenching tale of a young woman who is raped and soon finds her perfect little life changed forever. In her talented, moving way, Ms. Rivers turns this into a multi-generational story, showing the responses and experiences of "those gone before."
In the story, she handles the issue of unplanned pregnancy and the sometimes hypocritical way the world responds to it, especially those in "Christian" circles. I would definitely recommend this book (and have) to anyone I know. Especially those who claim to be "pro-life, but...", as this book will challenge your thinking and make you answer, "What does it really and truly mean to value life as God commands?"
Francine Rivers has a God-given talent to write life-changing stories, and I think its quite telling that this book is just as applicable to today's issues as it was when she originally published it 15 years ago.
Francine Rivers just cannot write a bad book, this one is as fabulous as all the others. Heartwrenching, eye opening, full of encouragement. The Atonement Child deals with a sensitive issue and Francine handles it beautifully.
A baby conceived of rape, an abortion, more than one generation effected, this book shows the baby is not the only victim. It sheds light on a controversy that plagues people today.This is not an easy read and it gives plenty of food for thought.