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The Atonement Child [Paperback]

Francine "Rivers "
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Feb. 27 1999
"Readers will enjoy and be challenged by this best-selling contemporary fiction novel by popular author Francine Rivers. When tragedy strikes Dynah, a devout Christian with a bright future, the Carey family struggles to cope. In considering the question of abortion, Dynah and her family must come to terms with God's provision and goodness and what it means to live out the truth even when the cost is high."

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About the Author

Francine Rivers began her literary career at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and journalism. From 1976 to 1985, she had a successful writing career in the general market, and her books were highly acclaimed by readers and reviewers. Although raised in a religious home, Francine did not truly encounter Christ until later in life, when she was already a wife, a mother of three, and an established romance novelist.

Francine and her husband, Rick, live in Northern California and enjoy the time spent with their three grown children and every opportunity to spoil their grandchildren.

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Liz Higgs portrays Dynah Careys struggle with rape and her difficult decision to abort the resulting pregnancy, a decision that profoundly affects her relationship with her family. With her versatile vocal range, Higgs depicts Dynahs feelings of victimization, which challenge her rock-solid faith. She depicts Dynahs sense of betrayal--first, by her fianc, and then by her college dean, who tells her to leave to protect her fiancs reputation. Detailed characterization gives the sense of multiple narrators. Higgss portrayal of Dynahs rising anxiety as she waits for God to provide answers is especially believable. Higgs empathy and sensitivity animate the entire reading. G.D.W. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A real look at Abortion June 16 2004
I have to say that I fell in love with this book. At first I thought that the characters were a bit shallow, but then I realized that this was not just a story about Dynah. It was more a story of sin being passed through the generations. River's took a multifaceted look at abortion, presenting the different reasons women turn to it. In all situations abortion seems to be the best and easiest way out, but the characters show that there are many lasting consequences that may not be apparent beforehand. I loved this story, and highly reccomend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Atonement Child March 24 2014
I love how Francine Rivers writes to he'll us see the perspective of everyone in the story. This book helped me assess my beliefs regarding abortion, and how God views it. Thanks again Francine Rivers for delivering a magnificent book!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Heartbreaker of a Book Aug. 3 2013
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A novel dealing with the focus of abortion and it's many scanarios and emotional implications for both womn and men. This book made me weep in places for the cruel choices people are forced into making. Some parts of this book are overly predictable and the central character is so sheltered as to be unbelievable; a bit of a Pollyanna type. Still, it's very truthful about our society's attitudes. It pulls no punches about the devastation these attitudes are leaving in their wake. The gospel message of hope is woven throughout.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It was Okay June 30 2013
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I really enjoy Francine Rivers novels but this one was mediocre in comparison to other I have read from her. It was a positive read in regards to a woman faced with this situation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Francine Rivers does it again Feb. 25 2013
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I love all her books. They are such a great way to experience God's love through any circumstance. What a delight!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Atonement Child is a must read April 12 2004
By Amanda
The book the Atonement Child by: Francine Rivers is about choice, sacrifice and love. The book is about a young girl who gets raped and becomes pregnant. After she finds out she's pregnant her whole world falls apart. The book then is about her struggle to decide what to do with this child that's growing inside her. Her religion makes abortion to her seem completely wrong, but she doesn't think she will be able to give the baby up. All the people in her life a screaming for her to get an abortion when her whole life they've all been against it. The rest of the book is about Dynah's struggle to decide what to do. I really enjoyed this book, it was well written and made me think about things.
With me myself being a Christian I could really relate to what Dynah was struggling with. I mean its really easy to say something until it actually hits home. The subject of abortion is a complicated subject , but I think Francine Rivers did an excellent job portraying what people put up to that decision go through. She also shows the long term affects an abortion can have on people, through the mom and grandma's abortions. She also so the affects it has on others, like Ethan, Joe and Dynah's father.
After Dynah brakes off her engagement to Ethan, she moves home to her parents. She moves home because the dean kicks her out of school for being pregnant. She had not yet told her parents that she is pregnant or that she got raped. When she does return home and tell her parents it brings up stuff from there past, and causes problem between her parents. She learn that her mother had an abortion before she met her father. After this Dynah runs away, because she feels like things are her fault, and starts to work at a little diner. Until Joe comes and finds her and convinces her she must go back.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read Jan. 15 2010
I am a Francine Rivers fan but, I am on the balance with this book. A part of me really liked it and the other part of me just wondered if many of the pages were wasted on unimportant things. This is the kind of book that really makes you think, I mean REALLY makes you think. I can't honestly say that in Dynah's position I wouldn't have made the same choices but at the same time I don't know that I could. I found myself talking to people about this subject because like Dynah I think that I would be on the line between my beliefs and the consequences.

I have to agree with some of the other reviews when they say that it seems like everyone in the book has had an abortion. Okay so I get that the book has to do with that topic and I'm not saying that there aren't many people who get them, but honestly what are the odds that everyone around Dynah has had one or been a part of one? That did become a bit predictable and you just came to expect that from every character.

I didn't like all the insight into random people's lives because I found no particular reason for it, I could have understood if that particular person had a special place in the book, but it just seemed like it was page fillers. For example there is a part in the book that Dynah's grandmother is gathered with all her friends and they talk about a bunch of things that although great, I kept on thinking how those multitude of pages could have been used towards more information of Dynah, the baby, Joe (Dynah's friend) and the multitude of questions left unanswered at the end of the book.
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