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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; Repackaged Edition edition (Jan. 30 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0842335714
  • ISBN-13: 978-0842335713
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #315,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on Jan. 3 2004
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5 2004
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11 2004
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 4 2004
Format: Paperback
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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By Emily on Jan. 26 2003
Format: Paperback
Cadi Forbes is a 10-year-old girl living in the Smokey Mountains during the min 1800's, in a valley where religion is seldom dwelled upon and a "sin-eater" takes away the dead's damnation. It is not until Cadi sneaks a forbidden peak at the sin-eater during her beloved Granny's funeral that a strong longing to purge herself of her hidden sin and guilt -- a longing that fuels the rest of the story -- is put into motion. Cadi wonders what the man who has become the sin-eater has done to deserve to take all the valley's woes upon himself; who will take away HIS sin? And, more importantly, who will take away her own?
And so Cadi plunges onward, encouraged by her new friend Miz Elda and accompanied by her friend Fagan and mysterious companion Lilybet. As Cadi's search for redemtion progresses, it becomes evident that much of her torment and grief center around the much-shadowed death of her little sister Elen and the shunning of her grief-stricken mother. But just when she begins to give up hope, a prophet enters the valley and both Cadi and Fagan grow up considerably after only several nights of his teaching the Word of Christ. Despite an ever-looming veil of foreboding as thick as the mists of the Smokeys, Cadi and Fagan are determined to spread the Word and save their valley from the flames.
Brogan Kai, the violent and quite mad self-appointed "leader" of the valley (and Fagan's father), launches a vicious attack on them, nearly killing Fagan. And so the wire snaps. The rest of the book follows their race against time as Fagan fights to stand up to his abusive father, Cadi confronts inner-demons, and the dark history of the valley is revealed during the children's struggle to redeem the sin-eater, save the valley, and expose the Word of Christ.
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This is the second Francine Rivers novel I've read. ATONEMENT CHILD was the first. After reading both of them, I found myself praying and thinking for a long time after. In my opinion, that's a good book!
Some reviews stated they thought Cadi and Fagan's King James Bible talking unbelievable. I had no problem with it. Like the masterfully woven dialect, the way the children talked after being saved kept pace with the rest of the story.
For three nights (two in Fagan's case), they'd been listening to the "man of God" speak to them in this way (King James) for hours and hours. These children had no television, no deficit of attention as we do. :) They soaked up and repeated everything they'd heard over and over--to Miss Elda, to Bletsung, to the sin eater, to each other.
I also saw their child-like faith as a perfect picture of the new believer. The Word is everything then--nothing else matters. There is an urgency to witness and share that can only be described as "life or death".
For me, Rivers recaptured my own salvation experience and fascination with the Word of God. Althugh I still study the Bible daily and witness often, I spent hours after the final page searching myself for the initial passion (and compassion) for the lost I had during those first hours, days, weeks, of my conversion.
This book is not only an entertaining read, but a picture of how God blesses those who love them, even to a thousand generations. I wonder too, who among my ancestors held out, praying, hoping... for me.
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