Francine Rivers did such a great job portraying the big issue of abortion in this book. The main character, Dinah, a godly young lady, who is serving the Lord has the unexpected happen to her. You know the "why do bad things happen to good people" ordeal? Her "perfect" life is shattered by rape and the consequences multiplied by an unwanted pregnancy which now brings the question, "What to do with this child?". Her life as she knows it is over, unless she does what everyone else seems to think she should do, gets an abortion. That would solve it all. No bad reputation, no ruined life, no reminders of the bad thing that happened to her, as far as those around her it seems to be the perfect solution.... but what about the emotional scars abortions can leave? No one wants to talk about the facts, or give her any real information on the long term effects of a decision like this. Her family is being torn apart, her faith stretched to the limits, and time is running out. What will she do?
This book is so worth the read, for many reasons, but it especially gives insight about the damage abortion can do to a woman physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I wonder how many women are out there that no one knows what they have gone through or suffered in the course of their lives after having an abortion, whether out of choice or possibly being forced or coerced into one. What does God have to say about it? Is society's view on the issue an accurate one in light of His Word? This book certainly gives much to think about.
Loved it was hooked on page one and loved the ending! This was the ending I was hoping for and the characters were so well developed and just so real and likeable (well there were a few that I just wanted to scream at :) but 1 that was a knight in shining armor). This was the first one I've ever read of Francine Rivers and I am so glad I decided to give her a try I love her books!!! The Atonement Child was a wonderful book that had really wanting Dynah to find her true happiness after all that she had been through!
"The Atonement Child" by Francine Rivers is the story of Dynah Carey. She becomes pregnant as the result of a rape, and the novel shares her story of deciding whether to have an abortion or not, as well as the resulting consequences of the rape and pregnancy.
I loved that there is a novel that tackles such a hot-button issue. I felt it could have been a bit more balanced though. Putting the baby up for adoption was not really covered in the book--rather, the focus was on whether or not to have a abortion. Also, there wasn't a whole lot of closure regarding her rape. It's such a traumatic event, but we the readers weren't really given a lot of insight into her healing process from the rape.
Overall, a good read. I applaud Ms. Rivers for tackling the issue of abortion and presenting Dynah's story so well with how she wrestled with the issue herself (and not just Dynah, but several other characters as well have their own secrets and pain).
No one writes fiction like Francine Rivers. She really gets to the heart of the matter and challenges to reader to go deeper in the faith.
Abortion is such a tough issue and many have opinions that are black and white. Either it is wrong or it is a choice. Yet, when challenged, those on the side of pro-life will agree to the validity of an abortion when rape is involved. This book addresses this exact issue. Yet because Francine Rivers is such a good writer, she addresses this hotbed issue with gentleness, forgiveness, and grace.
What I enjoyed about this book is that it challenged what I believed. It is hard to stand on the side of pro-life without having compassion for women in tough circumstances. And what are we do with women who do have an abortion but have to live with the guilt and shame the rest of their lives? Are we to condemn them? Or are to to lavish compassion and grace on them? I am not sure what I would do, but this book has challenged me to look at this issue from a whole new perspective.