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The Last Sin Eater [Library Binding]

Francine Rivers
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October 1999
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Even in her romances, Rivers (Redeeming Love, LJ 11/1/97) tackles some difficult issues, so this story of a family and a community in turmoil is different from her other books only in that it lacks a love interest. Ten-year-old Cadi's grief over her beloved grandmother?the only person who seemed to love her unconditionally?is compounded by a previous family tragedy for which she believes her family blames her. While at her grandmother's grave, Cadi sees the "sin eater," a human who absolves the residents of the tiny Smoky Mountain community of their sins. Somehow Cadi, touchingly portrayed by Rivers, comes to realize that the sin eater is false and learns of Jesus, and her conversion to Christianity leads to a reconciliation with her family. Rivers delivers both a powerful message about Christian beliefs and the need for forgiveness of sins and an evocative portrayal of life in the 1850s. Highly recommended.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Taking a bold step into the arena of historical suspense, Francine Rivers draws readers into a captivating tale of suffering, seeking, and redemption. Set in the highlands of the Great Smoky Mountains, The Last Sin Eater is a masterful blend of realistic characters, historical accuracy, and compelling mystery. As always, Rivers weaves a story that goes beyond entertainment to the only One who can truly set us free: Jesus, the Christ. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars One Sitting March 5 2004
By A Customer
I didn't know who Francine Rivers was but while looking at the library this title got my attention so I checked it out. I started reading it early in the day, and didn't lay it down until I had finished it late at night! (I have never done this before) I am a die-hard Francine Rivers fan now. I have read many more of her books and although none have grabbed me like this one, I am NEVER disappointed...BUY IT AND SEE!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I just can't keep a copy of this book! Feb. 4 2004
By A Customer
This is an exceptional work by Ms. Rivers, easily one of the most powerful and unforgettable books I've ever read (and that's saying something). The themes of guilt, shame, and redemption have universal appeal, though I must admit that lifelong familiarity with the people of eastern Tennessee and Kentucky gave this book added poignancy for me. I found the book's portrait of grace so clear and vivid that I keep "lending" it out. The books never seem to find their way home because the recipients invariably think of someone else who "must" read the book! A worthwhile investment, even if I do have to keep buying a new copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Beautiful Work Jan. 3 2004
Francine Rivers brings to life with power and authenticity the language and feel of mid-1800's Appalachia. The Last Sin Eater is the story of 10-year-old Cadi Forbes whose family is wracked with grief over a terrible tragedy for which Cadi blames herself. Because of this tragedy, she has lost her mother's love and is the object of scorn in her small community. The only way for Cadi to redeem herself is to find the "sin eater" and confess her role in the tragedy.
What follows is a beautifully drawn story of discovery, redemption, and grace. The characters are authentic and believable. The reader can empathize with Cadi's feelings of failure and inadequacy, experience her mother's pain and loss, and understand the resistance of the community to relinguish its old ways. Miss Rivers has done a beautiful job of creating parallels between the "sin eater" and Jesus Christ, the only true way to the throne, without making a mockery of the people she protrays.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, if unexpected, story! June 25 2003
This book is completely unlike Rivers' other novels, but it is just as enthralling! I found the concept of the sin eater--and the redemption of one--to be very compelling. Wonderfully drawn characters and the rich and varied world in which they live! I could not put this book down and I read it in one sitting. Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Humbling and Heartwarming April 11 2004
By A Customer
Like other reviewers, I had never read Francine Rivers. If this book had not been given to me as a gift I never would have read it. I am so thankful I received it! I plan on reading more of her work.
This is the story of a girl's journey to find forgiveness. Her pain is deep and believable, and if you've ever needed forgiveness you will identify with her immediately.
All of the characters in The Last Sin Eater have depth. After finishing the book, I found myself thinking of them, something very few authors have made me do.
Although this is an easy read, it is suspenseful,humbling, heartwarming, and very well written. Definitely not one-dimensional. I laughed and I cried. I had to force myself to put it down at 3:30 a.m., (and it was difficult). I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving, Charming, Bittersweet, Feb. 3 2004
By A Customer
This is a charming, touching, bittersweet, yet ultimately triumphant, book about intriguing archaic beliefs from past centuries: the idea that one person in a community be designated to "take on" the sins of the village, damning his soul to hell.
Beautifully written, I was captured from the first paragraph and my interest was sustained throughout the book. I found the book's redemptive ending very satisfying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! What an amazing book! April 3 2003
The book Atonement Child first turned me on to Francine Rivers books, but The Last Sin Eater has surpassed most of anything I have ever read. Spell-binding doesn't come close to describing this book! It kept all of our noses in the family glued to the pages. It is very historically informative as well as spiritually enlightening. Great story line about Cadi and Lilybet, and it doesn't reveal everything right away. You'll learn as you go. Characters are deep and will capture your empathy and curiousity. Sin Eater made me research the old Welsh culture as well. I would reccomend this book to young and old, male and female. Sooooo good! It'll raise your standards of reading in the future!
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By Celisse
WOW!! i was blown away by this book and the message that it sends out. This is a great book for people of all ages of every nation!! this book is one of a kind because you see that the main characters are young children, most fiction books are written with adults as the main characters. Having a young main character draws in young readers like myself!!! This IS the greatest book of all time... once you start it, it is impossible to put down! you will want to just keep reading it over and over again!!! (which i have many times)
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