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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 Gods 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 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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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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2.0 out of 5 stars One side of the issue Nov. 19 2003
Dynah is a young woman who is attending a Christian college when she is brutally raped. When she discovers that she is pregnant, she finds little support from her fiance, her family, or her college and she is pressured by many of them to have an abortion. There is no doubt where Francine Rivers stands on the subject of abortion. She is squarely against it and she uses everything in her writing arsenal to put across that point. Even while agreeing with her viewpoint, I feel that she has not done the topic justice in this book. The plot is very predictable from the very beginning and the characters are one-dimensional. It seems as if every woman in the book has had an abortion at one time or another and that is not realistic. There are several questions left unanswered at the end of the book. Who will take care of Dynah's grandmother? How much support will Dynah receive from her father? How will Joe finish his education? If you want to read better Francine Rivers books, I recommend her Women of the Bible series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A touching story about a controversial topic March 11 2003
This book touches the heart of all who read it.Francine Rivers took a risk when writing this book because of the controversial material being presented. Francine Rivers not only talks about the awards of being prolife but the forgiveness and healing offered to those who choose prochoice.
I am Mindy or so it seems
im wrapped in this bubble ,its dark but it's clean
My mommy feeds me all the right foods
she exercises daily and reads to me at noon
I can't wait to come out and see her soon
I hope she loves me,I hope she approves
I have this great plan,once im out
to tell moommy i love her i'll jump and shout
Mommy u are the best ,there is no doubt.....
I'm scared mommy those tools did hurt
I thought u loved me,why did u abort
please answer for im with dirt
Goodbye mom i really did care
mabey in heaven u will explain to me there
P.S God offers healing and forgiveness,just ask!!
If u would like to reach me i am at:[e-mail address]
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Story About Faith and Courage Dec 14 2002
In a word . . . amazing. This book was incredible to read, not only because of the vivid and touching characters, but also because I think this book reaches out to both Christians and non-Christians. In today's world, abortion has become such a natural part of living and Francine Rivers does an amazing job of letting us know, through her words and characters, about both sides of the issue while being a part of the story. Dynah is such an incredible character - she had a perfect life set out for her, but after her traumatizing ordeal, she finds out who really is as a person. Her faith was tested in so many ways and this book went a long way in showing you that no matter how much tragedy happens in your life, God is so much stronger than anything you have to face and He will always be guiding you. And along with Dynah, I fell in love with Joe as well. Who wouldn't? He's sweet, charming and incredibly loyal. This is a book that I know I will read over and over again, and I know others will feel the same way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Atonement Child
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. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lori Butler
3.0 out of 5 stars A Heartbreaker of a Book
A novel dealing with the focus of abortion and it's many scanarios and emotional implications for both womn and men. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Elizabeth
3.0 out of 5 stars It was Okay
I really enjoy Francine Rivers novels but this one was mediocre in comparison to other I have read from her. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Michelle Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Francine Rivers does it again
I love all her books. They are such a great way to experience God's love through any circumstance. What a delight!
Published 19 months ago by Sophy Munro
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
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... Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2010 by Alexandra S.
2.0 out of 5 stars expecting more
This book really disappointed me. I agree with the reader who said it seemed like every woman in the book had had an abortion. I also really didn't like Dynah all that much. Read more
Published on May 5 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
It took me all of a day and a half to read this book. This book is so powerful and inspiring, you will immediately want to recommend it to any and everyone. Read more
Published on Feb. 12 2004 by Jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars The Atonement Child
This is an awesome book which shows the Power of God's forgiveness and love in the midst of pain. I could not put it down for three days. I laughed and cried. Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2004 by Dani T.
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I am a huge fan of Francine Rivers', and this book really disappointed me. It was totally predictable and unrealistic. Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2004 by MLH
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most moving books I've ever read
I found this to be a very emotional and spiritual book.A friend had read it and suggested that I should too.Once I started reading it i couldnt put it down. Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2004
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