Francine Rivers: Let’s Chat! The Last Sin Eater

Welcome, everyone!

Francine Rivers ranks near the top of most lovers of Christian fiction’s favorite authors lists. For many, her most memorable books are Redeeming Love or the Mark of the Lion series. I admit those novels vie for top billing on my list too. But The Last Sin Eater surpasses even those masterful works.

The Last Sin Eater

rom the author’s website: 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 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. A captivating tale of suffering, seeking, and redemption.

Why I Choose Sin Eater

The Last Sin Eater ranks at the top of my favorite Francine Rivers works for several reasons. Here are five of them:

The Title

First, the title. When I heard the term “sin eater”, I was hooked. What in the world is a sin eater?

The Setting

in the 1850s. While the rest of the world was experiencing “enlightenment” in science, philosophy, and a host of other arenas, the souls living apart in backwoods Appalachia were holding onto a flawed view of sin that affected every area of their lives. Secluded, they needed enlightenment they had never imagined.

The First Line

The last time I saw the sin eater was the night Granny Forbes was taken to her grave. The questions those eighteen words engendered drew me into the story, siren-like. And I’ve not strayed far.

The Theme

Suffering. Seeking. And Redemption. All three hover around a central theme of sin, its consequences, and its solution. When separated from a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, human beings revert to humanism. Surely human frailty–sin–is to be dealt with by human beings. Isn’t it?

And mustn’t the one who remedies sin’s plaguing effect be kept apart from others so as not to “reinfect” them? (Leviticus 16:10 – But the goat chosen by lot as the scapegoat shall be presented alive before the Lord to be used for making atonement by sending it into the wilderness as a scapegoat.)

No one must open the locked door that keeps the answers safe, certainly not a child. Surely . . .

The Take Away

he effect this story had on me can’t be over emphasized. I was born in a loving, devoted Christian home. So I learned God’s solution for sin early on. But I grew to adulthood with misconceptions galore and lived in a “separate from the world” mindset that crippled my knowledge of the fullness of God’s grace.

I have known a similar internal agony to Cadi’s and the sin eater’s. And I’ve sought answers to similar questions myself. So I came away from this masterpiece with tears and gratitude and a level of peace I hadn’t yet attained.


f you’ve read The Last Sin Eater, I’d love to hear your impressions. Please share with us in Comments.

I don’t want anyone to miss out on the brilliance of this story. So join the conversation below, and you might receive The Last Sin Eater in digital format. 

P.S. Winners of the 2-week drawing: Shonda and Debbey.

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Lord, thank You for showing us what sin is and giving us free will to choose–or reject–it. Thank You for providing the answer to sin. Thank You for the enlightenment that comes from Your Word. It’s a light to our paths and a lamp to our feet. Hallelujah! Please bless every word Francine Rivers writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

18 thoughts on “Francine Rivers: Let’s Chat! The Last Sin Eater

  1. Alicia Haney

    The Last Sin Eater sounds very interesting , I have not read it yet either, but God willng someday I will, I myself like to read a book before they make it into a movie, because I find the books to be a lot better then the book, when I have read a book and they turn it into a movie, I am usually very disappointed when I watch the movie. This book sounds very intriguing. I am not an ebook reader either as i prefer to hold a book in my hand. God Bless you and I would Love to read this book. Thank you for sharing this.

    1. I hope you get to read it too, Alicia. Thanks for participating.

  2. Debbey Cozzone

    I have not read the book or seen the movie. Appalachia has come a long way since the 1850s as has most secluded areas. I am intrigued.

    1. This is an intriguing book, Debby! I hope you get to read it. Thanks for stopping by. Please come again.

  3. Marilyn

    I haven’t read The Last Sin Eater.

    Blessings for a joyous Easter.

    1. Hi, Marilyn. Welcome, friend. What a faithful follower you are. I hope your Easter was joyous. Maybe you’ll win The Last Sin Eater. 🙂

  4. I’ve read the book twice, and refused to give it away. I’ve also seen the movie. Love, love, love.

    1. I won’t turn my loose either, Clarice. I have it on audio and have listened to it more than once. The movie is excellent too. I’m with you on this favorite!

  5. Lelia (Lucy) Reynolds

    I’ve read the book and watched the movie. I loved the book, but I need to read it again as it has been such a long time. Thank you for sharing.

    1. The Last Sin Eater is unforgettable. Thanks for joining the conversation, Lucy.

  6. Shonda Fischer

    Ive heard of this book but have not read it. I’ve heard that it’s exceptionally good! Francine Rivers book are always so good and I have to get this book, adding to my TBR pile.

    1. It IS exceptional, Shonda. Thanks so much for joining our chat. Please come back.

  7. Faith Creech

    I have read many of Francine’s books and enjoyed them so much but have not read this one yet. It does look very good!

    1. Hi, Faith. Great to see you in our circle this week. Keep coming back!

  8. Paula Shreckhise

    I read this a few years ago. I remember it was very well done. Guess I need to read it again.

    1. Hi, Paula. Great to have you in the circle this week. Yes, this one is unforgettable.

  9. Perrianne Askew

    Inhave not read the book but I have seen the movie. The book is always better, right?

    1. Hi, Perianne. Thanks for joining in this week. Yes, I’ve seen the movie too. The last scene gives me chills just remembering it 🙂


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Let’s Chat! Author Mary Hanks

Welcome, Mary Hanks! And welcome, Readers!

This week Mary Hanks treats us with a chat about her yummy Christian Romance & Marriage novels. Mary’s name appears on several books, each as beautiful as the former. 

You’ll want to get to know this author, so join our chat. Mary’s offering a give-away: all 5 ebooks in the Second Chances series. So be sure to comment below! 

*Congratulations to Kathleen Friesen, winner of Mary’s fabulous give-away: the Second Chances 5-ebook series!*

Pre-Author Life of Mary Hanks:

I am a firecracker, born on the 4th of July! When I was little, I thought the fireworks were all for me. Boy, was I disappointed to learn the truth!

Also, I consider myself an Alaska Girl. Even though I haven’t lived in the “last frontier” for quite a few years, its raw beauty still dwells in my heart. I love nature, whether hiking in the woods or traipsing across miles of beaches, and I’m sure that originated in my Alaskan experiences.

My earliest dream was to be a wife and mom. This year, Jason and I celebrated our forty-second anniversary. And I’m blessed with four kids, who are grown and on their own exciting journeys. So my dream definitely came true!

My second dream was to write books. I’m living that adventure right now.

How it all Began for Mary Hanks

Mary HanksWhen I received a typewriter for Christmas, at age thirteen, I began writing a book—a Walton’s-esque tale I never finished. But even our early attempts at writing are stepping stones in our path toward becoming an author.

At fifteen, I had the opportunity to write skits for youth services at church. It was my first chance to see my words come to life on stage. Over the next couple of decades, I worked with schools to create drama programs. I love Youth Theater, and I’ve had the privilege of writing and directing 20+ full-stage shows.

Mary’s Favorite Themes

My favorite genre for reading or writing is Christian romance with a marital-reconciliation theme. Every marriage will face storms. Jason and I have weathered our share. But when we came to breaking points in our relationship, we chose to hold on tight to each other and to not let go, and I’m so glad we did. Since then, or maybe because of those experiences, the writing themes God has planted in my heart are redemption, reconciliation, and love in marriage. The beauty of second chances still strikes a thrilling chord within me. (Click to Tweet!)

Mary E. Hanks: First Book and Debut

My first published book was Winter’s Past (2013). In this story, Ty and Winter have been divorced for ten years, but neither of them have forgotten the love they shared. Ty’s life has been radically transformed by God’s love, and he’s praying for a chance to make things right with Winter. When she comes to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, to speak at a conference, he considers the opportunity to see her again a miracle. However, she’s still troubled by their past. Can she forgive the man she hasn’t been able to forget?

What’s up with Mary Hanks now?

Mary HanksIt’s been hard for me to end my Second Chance series. The characters are like my family. However, my fifth book, Season’s Flame, a story about a pastor and his wife who, after losing their church, struggle in their marriage, released in September. While Saying goodbye to the characters I’ve grown so fond of is hard, but it’s time for me to move on.

I’m eager to meet new friends (and a few enemies) in a town on the Oregon Coast. I can’t wait to go there and do the research! The first book in this series is about a woman who returns to the beach to start over. But sometimes coming back is just as painful as leaving in the first place.

We all need a second chance sometime, don’t you agree? (Click to Tweet!)

Being an Indie Author

I love being an indie author. I like making all the decisions and being the boss (after God) of my art and ambitions. While I hire out tasks, like graphic design work and professional editing, I’m a DIY lifer. I also appreciate being a part of the indie community. And I thank God for letting me see my dream of writing books come true.

Second Chance Series:

Winter’s Past
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April’s Storm








Summer’s Dream 







Autumn’s Break 






Season’s Flame 
Mary HanksHow can we find Mary Hanks?

I love sharing about God’s love, reconciliation in marriage, and chocolate!

Here are some of the places online where I hang out:





Lord, You are the God of Second Chances! What a lovely theme You’ve called Mary to write. We glory in Your ways that are beyond our understanding and our ways.
Bless each word Mary writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake





















27 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Mary Hanks

  1. Thank you to everyone who participated in the responses, here, and also to those who read about my journey in the interview.
    Blessings. And happy reading!

  2. Nadine Hapaz

    I’m an avid fan of Mary’s books. They are both interesting and inspirational. It was great to learn more about her life from the interview and I look forward to her future books. I’m grateful and pray many blessings. 💐🌹

    1. Thank you ever so much for joining us, Nadine. Your comments encourage us!

    2. Hi Nadine! So good to see you here. Thanks for your kind and generous comments. Blessings to you, my friend.

  3. Good interview, Mary and Linda. These books look like the type my wife likes to read.

    1. Hi David! Thanks for stopping by and joining in the discussion. Blessings to you and your wife.

    2. Hi, David. I’ll bet you’re right about Mary’s books and your wife. Maybe you’ll win the 5!

  4. Joan Shaver

    Hi, Mary, I have read all five of your books in the Second Chances series and love them…yes, the characters feel like family! Blessings on your new adventures and stories to come!

    1. Hi Joan! Thank you so much for always being so encouraging. I really appreciate your kind words and support. And thanks for sharing in this discussion too. 🙂

    2. Welcome, Joan. So glad you joined us.

  5. Ann Ellison

    Wonderful interview. This is a new to me author and I look forward to reading her books. What a wonderful giveaway.

    1. Hi Ann! Thanks for your kind words. I appreciate the chance to get to visit with readers. Blessings on your journey.

    2. Seeing your name always brings a smile to my face, Ann! Yes, Mary’s offering a wonderful giveaway!

  6. All God’s richest blessings in your endeavors, Mary. I will definitely be buying one of your books. Just seeing your comments about yourself and indie publishing, I feel more confident I have made the right decision…My first 2 books are about 2nd chances too, so we’re on the same page(oops! that was a little too clunky, wasn’t it?) Many blessings to you!
    Jane Quail (Pen name)
    Jane Waughtal

    1. Hi Jane! Thank you for joining in the conversation here. And thanks for your kind words. I’m glad you are writing about second chances also. We need more stories about God’s grace and His ability to change us–and our marriages. He brought about a beautiful healing in my life, and I like to share it through my storytelling.

    2. Hi, Jane! How exciting to see you in our circle! Love!

  7. I love second chances–and sometimes third and fourth! Great interview, Linda and Mary. Mary, visiting Alaska is high on my “bucket” list, and the Oregon coast is a favorite destination. You have great taste! I’d love to meet you through your stories.

    1. Hi Kathleen! Oh, me too! I must be on my 356th or so time of needing a second chance. 🙂 I hope you can go to Alaska. It’s so beautiful. Truly the “last frontier.” But the Oregon Coast is right up there in my esteem. I love it!
      Thanks for your kind words.

    2. Love seeing you in our circle, Kathleen!

    3. Congratulations, Kathleen! You’re the winner of the drawing! I’ll give Mary your email address. Happy reading!

      1. Congratulations, Kathleen! I hope you’ll enjoy this series. Blessings to you!

  8. Becky Smith

    I’m following Mary on all her social media sites, so I’ve obviously heard of this author. However, I have not yet read any of her books, but they are now on my list to read. Fun interview and, yes, we all do need second chances!

    1. Hi Becky! Nice to visit with you here. Thanks for joining the discussion. Yes, we all need second chances. I know I sure do! Blessings to you.

    2. Hi, Becky! So wonderful to welcome you into our circle!

  9. Paula

    Thanks for sharing. These looks really interesting.

    1. Hi Paula! Thank you for stopping by. And thanks for your kind comments.
      Blessings to you.

    2. Hi, Paula! So good to see you with us!


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