The Last Sin Eater

The Last Sin Eater

by Francine Rivers


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The New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love and A Voice in the Wind pens a captivating tale of suffering, seeking, and redemption set in Appalachia in the 1850s.

In the misty peaks and valleys of Appalachia roams the sin eater—a myth as much as a man, burdened with absolving the sins of villagers passing from this life to the next. But when a young girl uncovers the dark secret behind the tradition, she vows to show her village 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 Cadi 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.

“This unforgettable novel is rich in style, lore, and action, revealing a profound truth in a way only Francine Rivers can do. Transcending age, gender, and reading genres, this gripping story is a must-read for men, women, and young people alike.” Romantic Times

“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.” Library Journal

Also available in The Francine Rivers Historical Collection (e-book only).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781414370668
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 06/01/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 137,761
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Francine Rivers, winner of the ECPA Gold Medallion, has been writing for almost thirty years. Her books have received numerous awards and have endeared her to millions of readers.

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The Last Sin Eater 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 115 reviews.
NannoLC More than 1 year ago
Historical fiction that weaves a story for the ages. I highly recommend this awesome book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read about one book per week on an extremely wide range of subjects and this is probably one of the best books I have ever read! I have loaned my copy of THE LAST SIN EATER to eight people and all have agreed that it is one of their favorites. I even re-read it aloud to my daughter. The story of Cadi is so sad and yet it highlights the true Gospel! I highly recommend this book!
Steve Toney More than 1 year ago
It was a great read i have read it 5 times and still get a lot out of it
Beth Hallmark More than 1 year ago
I love Francine River's novels. The Last Sin Eater took me by surprise. It is a very thought provoking and heart changing read about the devastating impact of sin. Yet, as Francine does so well, it is the Truth of God's love that prevails and gives the reader an overwhelming sense of hope and enlightenment in this fallen world. A Must Read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a rare gem this book is. Author Rivers uses the crucial truth of Christ's death for mankind's sins as the pivotal element in this tale of the bonds that bind--or break--a family and a community. Compelling characters and a rich plot combine with genuine insight into the history of moutain life to make this an exceptional read. If you love tales of the Great Smokies and you long for a novel with substance, you will thoroughly enjoy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Francine Rivers is a truly gifted author. I loved how the story builds throughout and keeps you hooked from the start. The story was brilliant but is so true in life that we all have a choice to make...God or Satan. I will be recommending this to friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book!!! One of my favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read almost all of Francine Rivers books and "The Last Sin Eater" is one of my favorites. It is a historical Christian fiction novel that confronts the issue about human beings and our sins. This is a book for believers and non-believers alike; if you are not a Christian, I really encourage you to have an open mind and read it anyway. Even if you don't believe in some of the aspects that Rivers confronts, it is honestly a wonderful book. You can't deny Rivers' fantastic writing abilities; she has a great knack for holding your attention throughout the novel. The last thing I will say about this book is that it isn't watered-down or shallow when confronting the Gospel, so if you are looking for truth, it is here. Sometimes I get frustrated when I read Christian fiction because it is dull, untruthful, and "safe". I worry about non-believers reading those because they don't represent Christ very well at all. With that said, "The Last Sin Eater" is definitely a correct defender of the Word and a vivid, wonderful read; it will force you to examine some hard truths of this world. Happy reading to you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another riveting Rivers tale of a highland mountain community paralyzed by its own fears and superstitions until one child can endure the pain no longer and seeks out God to heal her!
Nicnac63 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
THE LAST SIN EATER - Book review by NicThis 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).
cherryblossommj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First off, to be honest, this is a review of the story through watching the film. I had purchased the book, the newest edition that shows that it is now a "feature film" and my husband saw it and rented it for me. His mistake, now he must go buy it! This story is incredible! (And yet, I find myself saying this often when I read something written by [author: Francine Rivers].) Set in the Blue Ridge Mountains, much like the story of [book: Christy], the mountain people live fascinating lives, continuing their traditions from their ancestors Welch land. One of the traditions that is continued on is that of the Sin Eater. It is the same sin eater tale that is told through that movie The Order, but so much more real to life. It is so hard, to not give away things as spoilers, so I'll try to hold my tongue. Through a stranger, a girl is capable of meeting the ultimate sin eater, and then share him with her people. The entire story is one of hurt, sin, forgiveness, love, life, and learning. There is pain, and their is tears, there is also giggles, and smiles. There is not a person anywhere that I would not recommend this story to. Read it, watch it, whatever, just experience it.
Lynngood on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
bluenichols on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
another great book by francine rivers you are really drawn to the characters
ninetythree on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beautiful book! I can hardly imagine living in fear of God's judgement for generations then suddenly learning of Jesus' mercy!!!
saskreader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first Christian novel I have read, and overall, I enjoyed it. It was an interesting story, although I did feel there were a few too many plot lines than were necessary. I did find the message uplifting and the story satisfying; however, the climax with all the community gathered together seemed overly heavy-handed with unrealistic dialogue (where much of the rest of the novel contained more realistic scenes). Ultimately, I liked it and will thank the person who recommended it to me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite stories! I've reread it many many times!
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Have enjoyed other Francine Rivers books far more, like Mark of the Lion series and Redeeming Love. Though nice story and worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is by far, the best book I've ever read. It is a touching story about a little girl and the powerful way she changes her town. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this when it first came out..... it is an eye opening read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Last Sineater is a beautiful story. Francine Rivers has a wonderful writing style and has a gift for storytelling. You can practically see whats happening. The book is interesting and kept me hooked until the very last page. Most importantly, it emphasized the importance of forgiveness, grace, healing and redemption. You feel it in your heart as much as you know it in your mind. Read it. You wont be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read every book by this author and never disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really, really, really loved this book. I could not put it down.