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Cadi Forbes este o fetiţă de zece ani, care nu mai poate trăi cu povara vinovăţiei ce o apasă zi şi noapte. Este convinsă că numai devoratorul de păcate i-ar putea readuce liniştea. Însă el îndeplineşte ritualul mântuitor doar pentru cei morţi: în noaptea în care decedatul este dus la groapă, devoratorul mănâncă o pâine şi bea un pahar cu vin, luând astfel asupra sa păcate ...more
Paperback, 375 pages
Published 2007 by Hypogrammos (first published 1998)
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Lora Swafford I believe it would be a little tough for someone that young to really fully understand. But if you think it would be okay go for it! They are never to…moreI believe it would be a little tough for someone that young to really fully understand. But if you think it would be okay go for it! They are never to young to learn about Jesus!! :)(less)
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Natalie Vellacott
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
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Kacie
May 20, 2009 Kacie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My bookish blogging friends challenged my disdain for Francine Rivers (which I picked up from my fav. college lit professor, who called Rivers Christian crap-o-rama). Maybe I was being too harsh. Maybe there was a depth to Rivers that is often missing in popular Christian fiction.

Well - if Francine Rivers has a greater depth than most, it wasn't evident in "The Last Sin Eater". I didn't like it. I mean, I actually really liked the concept, but about half-way through the novel the concept starte
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Sherri
Dec 12, 2007 Sherri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
This is one of my all time favorites! A great story set in the isolation of the Appalachian Mountains. I loved the generational relationships between the older women in the community and the children. Also, just the unpredictablity of the storyline. A great read!
Colleen
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Barbara
This book can actually be read superficially and simply viewed as good historical fiction, but it also has a much deeper level that will truly amaze you if you give it enough thought. The old custom of a sin-eater is a fascinating one, and the parallels to Jesus Christ are obvious, especially as clearly depicted here by Francine Rivers. What a unique and unusual way to present the meaning of the Gospel. Cadi and Fagan are especially endearing characters. Set in the 1800's, the Appalachian mounta ...more
Cori Cook
Aug 23, 2008 Cori Cook rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Kinda weird, but I really liked the message about grace. Again, good redemption theme runs throughout. Lilybet cracked me up!
Anne
Mar 31, 2009 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Francine Rivers is absolutely my favorite Christian fiction author because she delves deeper than the usual romantic fare.

Her most well-known book is Redeeming Love, which is also great, but my favorite book written by her is "The Last Sin Eater". The story is told through the eyes of a young girl who is struggling with issues far too heavy for her age: grief, neglect, guilt, eternal destiny, sin and loneliness. Thanks to the help of her invisible friend (an angel?) and an itinerant preacher, s
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John
Aug 29, 2009 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-on-tape
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Jessica Lavette
Ehhhhh....this book was...ok. It is a good read. Don't get me wrong Francine Rivers writes some pretty awesome books, but this one was kind of bland compared to all of her other books.

If you ever feel like an outcast from time to time, then this book will encourage you to dare to be different.

The Last Sin Eater is an allegory of Jesus Chirst set in the Appalacian Mountains in the 1830's. It follows the story of a 10 year old girl, Cadi Forbes, her family and her clan. Yes, I said clan. Everyone
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Katherine
I've read this book several times and watched the movie, and it's a firm favourite.

Funny story: I actually dreamt this whole book, as a movie, and was convinced for months that I'd actually seen it (though I had NO IDEA where I'd watchied it). My movie version was totally awesome, better than the actual movie of it... yeah, when I watched the movie I realised that I'd dreamt it. The movie is still pretty good though, one of the better Christian movies I've seen.

I love this book for a reason that
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Mandy J. Hoffman
MY REVIEW:

My enjoyment of Francine Rivers writing began just over a year ago and I have since read a number of her books. This one being the most recent. Francine not only knows how to craft a riveting story, but one full of spiritual depth and challenge, too.

The Last Sin Eater sounds like a strange book but it only takes a few moments to get drawn into the old tale set in the heart of the mountains among a handful of families who settled there only 2 generations ago. It's a story of fear, fasci
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Shirley Conley
Sep 28, 2015 Shirley Conley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hard to read and I did not like this book. The story is told by Cadi Forbes from childhood through becoming a grandma herself. Cadi is naturally curious as a child and that curiosity is encouraged by her grandma. As a child she believes that she is responsible for her sister Elen’s death. After her grandma died, she is obsessed with finding the Sin Eater to get rid of her guilt. She finds him and others along the way that helps her. The sin eater makes her promise to go see the “man of God” who ...more
Sherry
Feb 25, 2015 Sherry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was outstanding. It had everything in it...folklore from Scotland and Wales, murder, guilt, sadness, joy, unrequited love, marriage for the sake of producing children, but no reciprocal love, innocent children, cruel and cold parents, cowards, secrets, God and of course the last sin eater. This was a powerful story of a little girl (10)who bore guilt and felt her mama didn't love her and a boy (can't remember his age exactly, but think he was about 12-14) whose father thought he was Go ...more
Jessica
Sep 17, 2007 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone and Everyone!
Shelves: christianfiction
"A little girl's quest for redemption uncovers a dark secret...and the truth shall set her free."

What can I say, except that I was surprised beyond belief? I'd gotten more than I'd hoped for from this book!!
It's the beautiful, Sweetly sorrowful story of a young girl, Cadi Forbes, who has, in her eyes, committed an almost unforgivable sin. She struggles to find cleansing for her broken heart, she searches, desperately trying to find the one who can take her sins away, the sins that are tearing at
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Sandi
Jul 19, 2009 Sandi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Despite the unusual title I picked up this book at the library because I have liked everything else I had read by Francine Rivers. The story takes place in the Smoky Mountains in the 1850's. The residents of this small hamlet believe that opon death one's sins are removed by offering food and drink the the sin eater. The sin eater taker the sins open himself and the person can be clean before God. Young Cadi Forbes questions this and sets out to meet the Sin Eater. Along the way she meets a ...more
Karen Phillips
Oct 20, 2013 Karen Phillips rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Francine Rivers remains a master storyteller. She casts a spell with her Appalachian setting and charming backwoods characters in The Last Sin-Eater. I felt the book was a bit too pedantic, and having the two children know so much scripture after spending only a few days with the preacher struck me as unrealistic. However, the plot, characters, and setting held my attention to the end, and the writing inspired my faith, with Cadi and Fagan proved worthy as heroine and hero,
Luisa Knight
This book is fantastic and beautifully captures the gospel! It's the only book by this author that I would actually say is "clean" and doesn't cross any inappropriate or gray lines.
Janica
Feb 28, 2012 Janica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge fan of Francine Rivers. Francine does an amazing job in my opinion with creating a beautiful, rich and touching stories of what a true relationship with Christ can be like. Some of the main focal points in a lot of her books is to trust God with unwavering faith. To believe that through him all things are possible and not to question how or even try to make sense of things we don’t understand because again ALL things are possible through God and we prove that we trust him and love hi ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I suppose this may be, to some people, a better book than 3 stars. I must admit that I would call this a "woman's" book. Is that sexiest? I also usually avoid what are generally called "coming of age" stories or tales. This is also one of those.

What drew me to it was the fact that I'm a Christian and also from the Smoky Mountain area. I grew up at the end of the 50s and into the 60s and still remember many of the superstitions held by my great grandparents and grand parents. Sin Eaters however w
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Rhonda
Jul 08, 2014 Rhonda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
" A captivating tale of suffering, seeking, and redemption set in Appalachia in the 1850s, The Last Sin Eater is the story of a community committed to its myth of a human “sin eater,” who absolves the dead of their sins, and the ten-year-old child who shows them the Truth. All that matters for young 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 injus ...more
Emily
Jun 01, 2012 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another historical fiction book that had a super interesting premise; a Sin Eater was a person who was paid to take upon himself the sins of the deceased & their consequences in the afterlife. The author's note says that the practice was common in the early 19th century in England, Scottish lowlands and near the Welsh border. The custom was brought over by some immigrants to the Americas & practiced in remote areas of Appalachia. This story focuses on one such (fictional) sin eat ...more
Valerie
Sep 26, 2014 Valerie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First, The Last Sin Eater, as a piece of historical reference, was very educational. Some of the superstitions brought over to America by the Scots, Irish, Welsh, etc., were truly curious especially in today's world. (although every group of immigrants probably brought their superstitions that would be strange to others)
Cadi Forbes is an impressionable young girl who is seeking for someone to help set her free from whatever sin it is that has come between her and her mother and caused her mom t
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Donna Bruton
Jan 19, 2015 Donna Bruton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Strange yet satisfying Christian novel.

This is not a Christian romance book. I think that is what Francine Rivers is known for, usually. There's no romance at all. There are examples of love, and marriage, but that is not the focus. The main character is a little girl and the book is told from her perspective. The setting is an important part of the book - most of the story occurs in Appalachian woodlands that are sparsely populated, mid 1800's.

The story is interesting, and reads like historical
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Emily
During the first half of this book I NEVER would have guessed that it was Christian literature. It seemed supernatural and kind of spooky to me. When it finally became apparent it suddenly dawned on me that the last Christian lit book I read was by the same author. I guess I'm not too observant.

This was very well done, especially the first half. Cadi Forbes has a terrible guilt (it's painfully obvious what it is but I guess I won't spoil it for you since the author takes forever to get around to
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Rob
Jun 24, 2012 Rob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
This was my first Francine Rivers novel. I enjoyed this one. She did a good job of creating a very entertaining story that presented the Gospel in a very clear and direct way. Rivers did not try to hide the real purpose of this story. This story points you directly to the Savior Jesus Christ and our need for Him in our lives. We all have sin and we all deal with guilt. There is no person who can take away our sins. No human is capable of erasing our sin for us. Only God can do that, and He has d ...more
Louise
Mar 24, 2009 Louise rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Quite an interesting piece of fiction...weird!

From dust jacket:

"Cadi Forbes knows it's forbidden, that doing so will bring curses down on her - but something deep and instinctive moves her, against all dire warnings, to find the "sin eater."

No matter that no one knows where he lives - nor that Cadi must keep her quest a well-guarded secret. All that matters is finding the one man who can set her free from the sin that plagues her days and nights, the sin that has stolen her mother's love from he
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Nichole
Feb 07, 2013 Nichole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I did not care for this book due to it's "New Agey" feel. However, it's historical value is far beyond the two stars I gave it. This books really gives a great in-depth look at the practice of one person chosen by lots to "eat the sin" of a deceased person so that the deceased may be "absolved" of any sin they may have. This was a very well-know practice in many countries. The Last Sin Eater is a story of a little girl who was fascinated by the Sin Eater and plagued by her own guilt over her sis ...more
Stephen Doyle
Philippians 4: 8 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.

I love Francine Rivers’ books because they are excellently written, without the rated R content that some authors use. “The Last Sin Eater” is a well written story that reminds us to not give into fear, but to have faith and obey God. It also reminds us the importance of holdi
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Sheri
Jul 20, 2009 Sheri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Someone recommended that I read this book and I thought the message of salvation came through well as far as the story goes. But I just could not warm up to any of the characters. I'm not a fan of Appalatian mountain lore anyway and that hindered me in liking the book.
As far as the mother goes, she says at the end of the book that the guilt she felt was why she couldn't look at her daughter...you'll see if you read the book. But the daughter felt nothing if totally unloved and ignored by her
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Carmel Elizabeth
Mar 27, 2013 Carmel Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
This book was recommended to me by a very close adult friend, whose opinion I hold in high regard.
That being said, I was already expecting to be moved by this book. I was not disappointed. The child-like faith of Cadi Forbes is inspirational, and a lot of her sin-related fears resonated with me. The ending was satisfactory, a very important factor for me. :)

Also, the ending made me cry, if that gives you any clue.
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New York Times best-selling author Francine Rivers began her literary career at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English and journalism. From 1976 to 1985, she had a successful writing career in the general market, and her books were highly acclaimed by readers and reviewers. Although raised in a religious home, Francine did not truly encounter ...more
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