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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  17,518 ratings  ·  692 reviews
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
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Published 2007 by Hypogrammos (first published 1998)
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Colleen
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Kacie
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 5 of 5 stars  ·  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!
Anne
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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Cori Cook
I loved this book. Kinda weird, but I really liked the message about grace. Again, good redemption theme runs throughout. Lilybet cracked me up!
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
John
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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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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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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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Sandi
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
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,
Donna Bruton
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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Valerie
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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Rhonda
" 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
Rob
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
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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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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Louise
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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Janica
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
Emily
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
Sherry
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 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone and Everyone!
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"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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C.J. Darlington
If you enjoyed Christy by Catherine Marshall, this is a novel you must read too. I loved the theme, and if I recall it actually made me tear up in spots. It's been several years since I've read The Last Sin Eater, but I can heartily recommend it to all historical fiction fans, especially those who enjoy the Appalachian setting.
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
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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Anne-liisa
At first I was a little if-y when I got the book. The title confused me and brought up questions. Who was the sin eater? What is what mean anyways?once I got into the story I was so glad that I picked this book up! It was a heart wrenching story. Francine Rivers does an amazing job in showing situations that in our eyes seem terrible but that God mends and forgives! It shows us how God is compassionate and is not the way we think of him to be at times. People get the impression that God is this ...more
Melissa
This story amazes me. It is the story of a fictitious girl and the real-life story of the ‘sin eaters.’ Cadi may not have killed her younger sister, but she blames herself for doing so. She lives in complete and utter guilt, estranged from her mother and considering herself the worst person on earth. She thinks there may be a solution to her problems: the Sin Eater. The Sin Eater was chosen years before Cadi was born, to continue the tradition of the times: when people died, he would eat their s ...more
Bob Allen
Good read — this was my second time reading this book and, so far, it's the only Francine Rivers' book I've read. This book is full of the gospel, told in KJV English. As a conservative believer, I agree with what's said but it was a little over the top, even for me. Some will also find the Appalachian dialect in the dialogue sections off-putting, but I thought it added to the authenticity of the book. My favourite parts of this book are those that deal with the culture of the Appalachian people ...more
Christina
Francine Rivers has interesting premises and enjoyable books, overall. They're entertaining yet have heart behind them. The historical backgrounds are fascinating to me. For these reasons I feel partial to her works. However, this doesn't prevent me from acknowledging weaknesses in her writing.

So far, I have read the Mark of the Lion series, Redeeming Love, The Scarlet Thread, and this novel. All are historical fiction, at least partially, and I really like this element. It makes me want to res
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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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“It was no accident, no coincidence, that the seasons came round and round year after year. It was the Lord speaking to us all and showing us over and over again the birth, life, death, and resurrection of his only begotten Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, our Lord. It was like a best-loved story being told day after day with each sunrise and sunset, year after year with the seasons, down through the ages since time began.” 36 likes
“Fagan hated what his father was, but he still loved him. I reckon that's the way God is. Loving us enough to send Jesus but hating the way we live. Hating the sin, not the sinner.” 0 likes
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