Reading: The Atonement Child


The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers

The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers

What is it?

Christian romance about abortion

Who wrote it?

Francine Rivers

What did I like?

The heart. I can’t even express how amazing this book is. I love Francine Rivers’ writing, mainly because she draws you into the heart and emotion of her characters so you feel what they feel. When they experience pain and disappointment, you experience it. And what she has accomplished with this novel is epic. It’s a hard-hitting, no-excuses-made look at abortion from a true biblical perspective, but she accomplishes something I’ve never see anyone else do. She presents the entire abortion conflict from the perspective of the mothers and not the babies. And she takes the Church by the shoulders and the truth she uses delivers crushing blow after crushing blow, forcing us “believers” to take a good hard look at what we really believe and why.

What didn’t I like?

Overall, the book was one of the most amazing I’ve ever read. Heartwarming. Terrifying. Full of sorrow and joy. But the voice used throughout the book varies because it’s told in a limited omniscient perspective. So the POV of every scene jumps around depending on who is speaking. This is effective in many ways because of what needs to be accomplished in each scene, but in other instances it becomes distracting. An example is Evie, the grandmother. She’s a wonderful person, an advocate for the main character through and through. But I honestly don’t care about her enough to have a whole chapter told from her perspective, let alone two or three.

Should you read it?

Absolutely, yes. No matter what your stance is on abortion, I think this is a valuable book to read. It’s completely non-threatening. For those who believe that abortion is wrong, it will make you question why you think it’s wrong. For those who believe that abortion is perfectly fine, it will make you ask the same question.

If you’re not afraid to have your beliefs challenged, read this book.

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