Thursday, May 11, 2006

The Last Sin Eater

I just finished a great book by Francine Rivers called "The Last Sin Eater." It is one of Krista's books and a little out of character for me to read because Krista and I have very different taste when it comes to books. Most of the books on my shelves are authored by people like Charles Ryrie, John Piper, and John Maxwell whereas Krista is more likely to read a book by James Dobson, Beth Moore or Liz Curtis Higgs. I don't know what made me put down the copy of "Robert's Rules of Order" that I was trying to read and go get "The Last Sin Eater" off Krista's book shelf but I'm glad I did.

The book is a historical fiction set in the 1850s in the Appalachians. It deals with the old burial tradition of sin eating which was brought over by immigrants from England, Scotland and Wales. They believed that the Sin Eater could absolve a person's sins at the time of death allowing the deceased to be able to stand sinless before God. The tradition is is similiar to the scape goat found in Leviticus 16:20-22. Now that Christ has come there is no longer need of a scape goat. The book is centered around the life of a ten year old girl and her quest to have the guilt of her sins taken away. Her search takes her through many adventures where she learns the history of her people and eventually finds what she is looking for. Though it is a fictional story, it presents very clear truths from God's Word. I won't share anymore than that in case you want to read it for yourself. You can find it online if you are interested. Have a great day!


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