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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.
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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.See all Product Description
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... Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2004
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. Read morePublished on June 25 2003 by R. L. Cobleigh
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. Read morePublished on April 2 2003 by M. De Vriend
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!! Read morePublished on April 1 2003 by Celisse
I just finished reading this novel. I started last night at 10pm and put it down early this afternoon. Read morePublished on Dec 2 2002 by Marina
I usually don't like books written about times before indoor plumming-HOWEVER, this book is written in such a personal and moving manner-I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2002