"Though it has been awhile since I've read this book, it is one of those stories that stays with you. Francine Rivers lovingly and thought-provokingly broaches the subject of abortion. Many people feel that abortion is warranted when a pregnancy is due to rape, but this book will make you think twice. The Atonement Child takes into account how bringing a new life into the world can bring healing, rather than adding another hurt to the already searing wounds of the rape victim. In light of Jaycee Dugard's story, and her proclamation of the love she has for her two daughters who were fathered by her captor, I feel this is a timely read about love and the value of human life."
"This book was a very enjoyable read. Interesting story with a hint of mystery. This book will make you think about spirituality, justice, love, and how the choices we make can affect our lives forever. Author did a great job telling the story in a way that keeps you involved and keeps you wondering what really happened. I give it 4 out of 5 stars for an enjoyable and thought provoking novel."
"I enjoyed this book. I have read 3 of this author's books and her books are very character driven vs. plot driven. The story is good, but it seems her writing tends to investigate feelings, discoveries and experiences more than tell a mind-blowing story. That being said, the material makes you think. I think it is also very believable and relatable."
"This book was well written and heartbreaking. Laci's death was a compelling and sensational news story when it hit the media. The country was in shock that a husband could kill his gorgeous pregnant wife. This book will help you get to know the real Laci Rocha Peterson. Getting to know this family from Sharon's perspective will drive home the true evil of what Scott Peterson did. Even though I knew the outcome, I was compelled to keep reading. Sharon Rocha's pain and loss is searing, but Laci's light shines through in this tragic book about one mother's very personal loss."
"Made me realize that my perception of my man is really not always accurate. It opened my eyes to the struggles men face, their inner thought lives, and it explains some of their behavior. Very insightful. A must read for all married women."
"While well-written and gripping, this book was very disturbing to me. As another reviewer said, the things in this book are not things I want in my mind. I have also read Just Another Kid and One Child and I loved them both, but the images of abuse and violence are almost beyond what I could handle. I did however, stay up really late reading this entire book because I wanted to find out what really happened to Jadie. Warning to sensitive readers --this book is very graphic and the images and content, while true events, are extremely disturbing."
"This book was wonderful. Todd Burpo, a small-town minister from Nebraska, encounters the supernatural through the near-death experience of his son Colton, age 4 at the time. Todd tells the story of a series of family hardships, including his son's sudden and life-threatening illness, and Todd's battles with God during that time. He later discovers that God was with Colton during that time, and that Colton experienced a number of extraordinary encounters with the supernatural. Including a firsthand glimpse of heaven. This book will make you laugh and cry, and boost your faith. I would love a follow-up book by the little boy Colton Burpo when he is older, to see if he can recall any of this experience first hand and how it has affected his life. I give this one 5 stars."
"I thought this book was an eye-opening journey into the secretive lives of the Hutterite community. I felt the author was honest and did a wonderful job of portraying her feelings and experiences as a child on the Hutterite colony. I liked her quote "Freedom is found neither on the colony nor off the colony, it is an inside job." And though sometimes non-fiction and memoirs are somewhat boring, I thought this book read like a fiction book and there were lots of events happening that kept me turning the page."
"Very interesting story with some interesting points regarding aging and the value of human life as we age. I enjoyed the characters and the story. Not my favorite Francine Rivers work, but worth the read."
"One of my favorite books. A simple story about an ordinary family, but this book will speak to the soul and touch your heart. I laughed hard and cried too. I also loved the movie which was pretty true to the book. Great read."
"Loved it. I saw the movie a few years back and was worried that having seen the movie would ruin the book experience for me. Fortunately, I only saw the movie once and didn't remember what happened between the main character and the chairman. There is also a lot of detail in the book that is not in the movie. I would read and read and look up and realize that I'd been reading for several hours. A story that is very easy to get into."
"Hearing the story from the viewpoint of the adoptee as an adult was very interesting. I felt like many people don't realize how it feels to be adopted unless they are in that position. But as another reviewer said, I tired of the self-pity. I felt like the book was one big complaint about her life. I also felt like the book got a little boring at times. I didn't get to the end because I got tired of hearing her complain."
"Read this book wanting something lighthearted, naughty and funny. This book was downright nasty and kind of depressing. I guess it was just too much for me. The "escapades" were not really funny. I found this to be over the top raunchy and it kind of disgusted me. Sorry Chelsea."