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The Last Sin Eater

by Francine Rivers

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This is a great book although it dragged a little towards the end. It is told in the first person by a child "Cadi Forbes." She is growing up in a clan in the remote mountains. Her younger sister is accidentally drowned and Cadi believes she is responsible. She feels the terrible weight of her sin and begins seeking ways to rid herself of the burden. She becomes desperate over time believing she will be punished forever for her sin.

Cadi's Grandma dies and she overhears talk of the banished "sin eater" who comes to remove the sin of the deceased allowing them to move forward to the afterlife. Cadi believes this mysterious creature is the answer to her own problems and decides to do whatever it takes to find him including alienating all of the other members of her clan who fear and hate the "sin eater."

When Cadi eventually locates the "sin eater" he admits that he is actually powerless to deal with her sin as he carries many burdens himself. He instead points her in the direction of a "Man of God".....

This story clearly portrays the Gospel message and the need for evangelism. The main message is that "no one can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him." Only Jesus can save souls and this is made clear through various Scripture quotations throughout the book. It is a powerful message of redemption.

This book is basically clean and free of bad language and sexual content. There are a few murders but not in graphic detail and there is one brief reference to a rape. This would be suitable reading for teenagers and adults. It could also be used as an evangelistic gift as the message of salvation is clear.

I am rating it 4 stars as I personally found the style of writing during conversations tricky to read in places but I would definitely recommend this book. ( )
  sparkleandchico | Aug 31, 2016 |
Had a hard time getting in to this one. I'll fiber it another try later on.
  LNBRNS | Mar 29, 2013 |
Beautiful book! I can hardly imagine living in fear of God's judgement for generations then suddenly learning of Jesus' mercy!!! ( )
  ninetythree | Aug 27, 2011 |
THE LAST SIN EATER - Book review by Nic

This is a powerful book. The story draws you in and leaves you with a strong presence of strength and forgiveness.

Ten-year-old Cadi, after her sibling's accidental death, searches for forgiveness and relief from her feelings of guilt. Many surprises and emotions as you read. The

I like the book much better than the movie (surprise surprise). ( )
  Nicnac63 | Dec 7, 2010 |
In this story set in mid 19th-century Appalachia, young Cadi learns a valuable spiritual lesson about Jesus Christ after she confronts a mysterious man who comes to absolve her guilt over her grandmother's death. ( )
  Lynngood | Jun 28, 2010 |
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To my husband, Rick,
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1999 Gold Medallion Award winner! A repackage of Francine Rivers's beloved novel, now with a stunning new look and bonus discussion questions. All that matters for Cadi Forbes is finding the one man who can set her free from the sin that plagues her, the sin that has stolen her mother's love from her and made her wish she could flee life and its terrible injustice. But Cadi doesn't know that the "sin eater" is seeking as well. Before their journeys are over, Cadi and the sin eater must face themselves, each other, and the One who will demand everything from them in exchange for the answers they seek. A captivating tale of suffering, seeking, and redemption.

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Set in Appalachia in the 1850s, a ten-year-old searches for the elusive "sin eater" so her sins can be absolved now, rather than after her death.

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