Although “The Offering” is a work of fiction, it will leave its readers with plenty of food for thought. Without being at all judgmental, the author offers facts and questions about the ethics of surrogate parenting that most have probably never considered. Her characters must weigh their decisions based on their own beliefs despite the reactions of friends and family members.
For much of the book I did not care for Amanda. She seemed to be a devoted wife and mother who cared for others but there was also a self-centeredness about her. She had herself convinced that she wanted to help another couple have a baby they couldn’t have otherwise but it really seemed to be about the money she would earn. Amanda wanted things for herself and her daughter that her husband couldn’t provide quickly enough so she decided to help him out by becoming a surrogate mother. I was happy to see Amanda change as the book progressed and become less selfish and more aware of the feelings of others. I grieved with her over her loss and was encouraged by the difficult choice she made at the end. Sometimes the right choice involves sacrifice.
“The Offering” is a story that emphasizes the importance of family who are always there for you even during difficult times. Several highly emotional scenes may require a box of tissues close at hand.
This book was provided for review by LitFuse Publicity.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
From bestselling author Angela Hunt, the heart-wrenching story of a young mother who unknowingly gave away her own child after serving as a surrogate for a childless couple.
After growing up as an only child, Amanda Lisandra wants a big family. But since she and her soldier husband can’t afford to have more children right away, Mandy decides to earn money as a gestational carrier for a childless couple. She loves being pregnant, and while carrying the child she dreams of having her own son and maybe another daughter…
Just when the nearly perfect pregnancy is about to conclude, unexpected tragedy enters Mandy’s world and leaves her reeling. Devastated by grief, she surrenders the child she was carrying and struggles to regain her emotional equilibrium.
Two years later she studies a photograph of the baby she bore and wonders if the unthinkable has happened—could she have inadvertently given away her own biological child? Over the next few months Mandy struggles to decide between the desires of her grief-stricken heart and what’s best for the little boy she has never known.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
With over four million copies of her books sold worldwide, Angela Hunt is the bestselling author of more than one hundred books, including “The Nativity Story.” Hunt is one of the most sought-after collaborators in the publishing industry. Her nonfiction book “Don’t Bet Against Me,” written with Deanna Favre, spent several weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Angela’s novel “The Note” (with sales of over 141,000) was filmed as the Hallmark Channel’s Christmas movie for 2007 and proved to be the highest rated television movie in the channel’s history. Angela’s novels have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, including the RITA, the Christy Award, the ECPA Christian Book Award, and the Holt Medallion. She often travels to teach writing workshops at schools and writers’ conferences, and she served as the keynote speaker at the 2008 American Christian Fiction Writers’ national conference. She and her husband make their home in Florida with mastiffs. In 2001, one of her dogs was featured on Live with Regis and Kelly as the second-largest dog in America.
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