Christian Book Review
Book Title and Author
The Offering by Angela Hunt
Genre / Category
Contemporary Women's Fiction
Published: 2013; Howard Books; Paperback; 308 Pages.
What I Liked Most & Least About this Book / Author
I liked the way Hunt doesn't accept the easy answer.
Gideon's pet name for his wife, "Baby Girl," jarred me a little. It seemed condescending even for a traditional family in this century. But hey, if he's going to put his life on the line for my country, he can call her anything he wants.
A young wife and mother determined to provide for her family.
A desperate couple. Make that more than one.
A technological advance that has changed the world. For good or ill? That is to be determined.
The Offering has the ripped-from-the-headlines feel of a Jodi Picoult novel, with the addition of a spiritual dimension and a challenge to Christians.
Amanda Lisandra, a young wife and mother, finds it difficult to manage on her husband's military pay and her part-time job. When she hears about surrogate parenting, she thinks she's found a solution. She tells herself it's not only for the money -- she'll be helping an infertile couple achieve their dream.
Mandy chooses an aristocratic French couple and prepares to bear their son.
Amanda convinces herself that she's doing a selfless act. But as her husband's cousin struggles with infertility, Amanda is forced to question her own motives.
Amanda also grapples with the larger question, "What is a family?"
And in a stunning reveal, she takes a journey she and the reader will never forget.
Hunt provides an appealing and sympathetic protagonist, without sugar-coating Amanda's motives. Her desire to help her family is typical of any young mother. Reproductive technology is not a black-and-white issue, even for Christians, and Hunt doesn't pretend that it is.
Hunt doesn't preach, she shows the issues through Amanda's thoughts and conflicts. At the end of the book, she explains her own position. The technology is a boon to the infertile, but she warns against freezing too many embryos, noting that once they begin to thaw, they have trouble surviving.
Hunt doesn't write "women's fiction," she writes "people's fiction."
Would you recommend this to a friend?Yes
Mary Fairchild, About.com Christianity, says:I've enjoyed a few of Angela Hunt's contemporary novels and this sounds like one I'd like. Thanks for telling readers about it, Kathleen!
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