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The Last Sin Eater Paperback – June 1, 2013
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Even in her romances, Rivers (Redeeming Love, LJ 11/1/97) tackles some difficult issues, so this story of a family and a community in turmoil is different from her other books only in that it lacks a love interest. Ten-year-old Cadi's grief over her beloved grandmother?the only person who seemed to love her unconditionally?is compounded by a previous family tragedy for which she believes her family blames her. While at her grandmother's grave, Cadi sees the "sin eater," a human who absolves the residents of the tiny Smoky Mountain community of their sins. Somehow Cadi, touchingly portrayed by Rivers, comes to realize that the sin eater is false and learns of Jesus, and her conversion to Christianity leads to a reconciliation with her family. Rivers delivers both a powerful message about Christian beliefs and the need for forgiveness of sins and an evocative portrayal of life in the 1850s. Highly recommended.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Taking a bold step into the arena of historical suspense, Francine Rivers draws readers into a captivating tale of suffering, seeking, and redemption. Set in the highlands of the Great Smoky Mountains, The Last Sin Eater is a masterful blend of realistic characters, historical accuracy, and compelling mystery. As always, Rivers weaves a story that goes beyond entertainment to the only One who can truly set us free: Jesus, the Christ. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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The ancestors of the local people were Scotch-Irish and English. They came to the mountains in the 1700's. The mountains are rugged therefore they were completely isolated. As a result, many of the customs, ballads, speech and tales are from the 1700's. In "The History of English"
Dr. Cratis Williams, a longtime family friend, addresses some of the speech patterns/words from the "back hills”.
In summary, the book is fiction but the custom is true. It really happened.
In the end the author gives the complete plan of salvation, explaining that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, sacrificed Himself on Calvary and took upon Himself the sins of every human being. " In Him, we have redemption, through His Blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His Grace". The choice to ask forgiveness of sin is while a person is alive.
Jesus Christ is the ONLY ONE who can forgive sin. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16