The Atonement Child

I just finished re-reading one of my all-time favorite books: “The Atonement Child” by Francine Rivers. Have you ever read this book? It’s about a young Christian woman who becomes a victim of a tragic act of evil and as a result, finds herself pregnant and unsure of what to do. Almost everyone around her – even the Christians – encourage her to end the pregnancy. Her fiance is worried about his reputation. Her Christian college won’t allow pregnant girls to attend. The pastor she seeks counsel from is afraid of being sued, so he waters down his response to her questions. Her roommate says she didn’t deserve this, so she has the right to end it. Her dad doesn’t want to have to support this child’s upbringing and pressures her mom to help her seek an abortion. Meanwhile the girl is full of fear and confusion – but can’t shake the still small Voice speaking the truth about what is inside of her. It’s a fascinating, hard-to-put-down book that deals with all of the tough questions and challenges the “except in cases of rape or incest” clause that so many attach to their pro-life position. And it’s just well-written. I first read it 5 or 6 years ago, and loved it then – but it was even more powerful to me after recently being pregnant myself. So…if you haven’t read it yet and are looking for a good read – check it out. 🙂

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