The Atonement Child

The Atonement Child

Book - 1997
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The Atonement Child faces the tough and divisive issues of abortion through the story of three women in the same family. In preparation for this book, Francine Rivers spoke with numerous women of all points of view on abortion, painstakingly bringing the experiences, pains, and hearts of the women to this book. The Atonement Child looks at the medical and social dilemma of abortion and the consequences that are shared by society. The theme is that abortion is not just a woman's problem. The Christian community must have more compassion and take a less confrontational approach to women who have experienced an abortion.

The Atonement Child centers around three women, Dynah Carey, a rape victim faced with a momentous decision, and her mother, Hannah Carey, and grandmother, Eve Daniels, both of whom have had abortions.

As horrible as the rape experience is, it is minimal compared to the trauma everyone experiences when it is discovered that Dynah is pregnant from the assault. A student on a Christian campus, she faces the Dean and the rigid rules of the college. Engaged to a pastoral student with a brilliant scholastic record, she comes face to face with his dreams for their future. Abandoned, she seeks solace from her family and learns love is not always unconditional even from those who espouse the Christian faith. Standing on her own, she comes face to face with God and learns what true love means.

The story addresses the tremendous inner struggles of those who have had abortions and those who are facing them. It is a story of how victims are often victimized and those who need love the most are often forgotten in the fight to save the child. It is a story of women in crisis andthe realities of what it means to face abortion.
-- Best-selling fiction author Francine Rivers.
-- Story captures the emotions of real women.
-- Honest, realistic understanding of abortion issues.
-- Book theme: "Giving unconditional love".
-- Compassionate

Publisher: Wheaton, Ill. : Tyndale House Publishers, c1997.
ISBN: 9780842300414
Branch Call Number: Riv
Characteristics: 376 p. ; 24 cm.


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Mar 05, 2018

One of my favorite books- love Francine Rivers. This book is beautiful, unique, romantic, and keeps Jesus at the center:) would 100% recommend.

Oct 06, 2014

Awesome book of a young woman coming of age and believing the word of God and not taking the easy way out in life. Beautifully written!!!

May 23, 2014

This is a well-written, nitty gritty, tell-it-like-it-is book about abortion. It's a valuable book for Christians who want to face the issue with honesty. When it comes to controversial topics, there's no one better than Francine Rivers at dissecting the problem and being fair but uncompromising. For non-Christians, Rivers presents, in "Atonement Child", a side of Christianity they have probably never seen. It's the aspect of Christianity that demands integrity from Christ's followers, in every part of their lives. For a look at child abuse and prostitution, Rivers' "Redeeming Love" is another eye-opener. - See more at:

May 04, 2012

May 4, 2012...Was shelving this yesterday, and decided to read it. I think we all need to think about this subject a little bit more than we do.
May 10, 2012.....finished it this morning. Pretty emotional.....gets you thinking......but not everyone has a knight in shining armour to come to the rescue.......or maybe we do and just don't know it yet.....??? Anyway, I've been lucky enough not to have to deal with this so far.....hopefully never?!

kpalichuk Sep 09, 2009

I think I was expecting more than this book delivered.

Sep 03, 2009

A gripping story about a woman victimized by rape and the unwanted pregnancy that results. Deeply moving and thought-provoking.


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