Wednesday, November 4, 2009

On My Nightstand - The Atonement Child - by Francine Rivers

Well-known author, Francine Rivers, handles an explosive topic with truth and diplomacy. The Atonement Child tells the story of Dynah Carey, whose perfect life is forever changed by rape and an unwanted pregnancy.

Dynah feels helpless and alone as her fiance, family, and friends struggle with the reality of an uncertain future. All of them agonize as Dynah seeks answers on whether or not to abort her child.

The author deals with the intense fears, suffering, and future considerations of each character. Atonement Child drew me in and gave me a glimpse into the heart of a woman so dreadfully wronged.

This book was my introduction to Francine Rivers' writing. I can see why she's a respected Christian author. I'll be picking up more of her books.

16 comments:

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

This is a great book! I haven't read it in years but would love to again. My favorites of hers are the Mark of the Lion series. They are AMAZING!

Jessica said...

Wow, you've never read any others???
I think you'd love her historicals. They are amazingly powerful. Atonement Child is one of my fave books of hers too, though. :-) I'm glad you enjoyed it. I thought she handled the subject well.

Jody Hedlund said...

Oh I adore Francine Rivers! Isn't she coming out with a new book soon?

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Kristen -

Surprise, surprise. I thought this was a new release. LOL!

I'll definitely be checking out other books by Francine Rivers. Thanks for the recommendation.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jess -

This is too funny. Am I the only one who hasn't read her books before this one?

BTW, this post was late today because I scheduled for tomorrow by mistake. I caught the error, and sent it out into cyberspace.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jody -

I thought this one was new. If you find out about a new release, please let me know.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Krista Phillips said...

Francine's new book is set to release in March. I'm biting my nails for it, and can guarentee I'll be one of the first in line to purchase it!

Mark of the Lion series is VERY good... so is Redeeming Love... and And the Shofar Blew... OH and the Scarlet Thread is really good too!

Can you tell I'm a Francine River's fan??

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Krista -

I'm glad I finally read one of her books. Now, I know why she's so popular.

Thanks for your recommendations. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Jaime said...

Oh wow. Yes, this was a great book!! Also check out her Mark of the Lion series ... Love.it.to.death.
Well, not to death - because I like to live - but you get what I mean. :)

Rosslyn Elliott said...

Thanks for the description! I've only read Redeeming Love, which I really enjoyed. A friend keeps telling me I MUST read the Mark of the Lion books. So whenever I get a free minute... HA! :-)

Diane said...

Sounds like a tear jerker. Thanks for the recommendation! :O)

Eileen Astels Watson said...

I really need to get aquainted with this author. i hear her name all over the place, but yet to read her work.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jaime -

LOL! How about "love it to life?"

Hope all is going well.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Rosslyn -

My mother is retired and loves to read. I confess I sometimes envy the time she has to blast through a series. :)

I try to read a book every 1-2 weeks. Thanks for the recommendation.

Blessings,
Susan

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Diane -

Thanks for stopping in and commenting.

Actually, I thought it contained more suspense than tear-jerkiness (how's that for an expression).

BTW, I'd love to comment on your blog and a number of others, but can't with the format your running. If you used the format I have (pop-up window), I'd be able to comment.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Eileen -

This was my first Francine Rivers book. I'd like to read more of her work.

Blessings,
Susan :)