The Rapture of Canaan

The Rapture of Canaan

Book - 1996
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Ninah Huff, a member of an isolated religious community, only sees the outside world at school, where she is labeled as odd, and when it is discovered that she is pregnant, Ninah maintains her belief that she carries a holy child. By the author of Bitteroot Landing.

Blackwell North Amer
Ninah Huff is the granddaughter of the founder of the Church of Fire and Brimstone and God's Almighty Baptizing Wind, an isolated southern religious community ruled by its patriarch. Ninah is fourteen and full of contradictory feelings. She sees the outside world only at school, where her long dresses and uncut hair mark her as odd and keep her apart from the other girls. She loves her family, but is never sure that she is truly "holy" enough. In particular, she worries about the sanctity of her feelings for James, her prayer partner, as they spend an hour a day together in prayer and meditation, "being Jesus to each other."
When Ninah is discovered to be pregnant, the community is outraged. But in the midst of her tragedy and loneliness, Ninah continues to maintain that she is not guilty of the sin of fornication; she says that a holy child grows inside her. No amount of punishment can make her recant.
And in the end there is a miracle, though like most miracles it takes an unpredictable form. Ninah must face with sudden clarity the things she must do for the sake of her own life, and her child's. She will come to understand at last that to embrace the life of the normal world can be a holy act.

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Ninah Huff, the teenage granddaughter of the founder of an isolated religious community, causes controversy when she is discovered to be pregnant with what she claims is a holy child

Publisher: New York : G.P.Putnam's Sons, 1996.
ISBN: 9780399141126
Branch Call Number: REY
Characteristics: 320 p. ; 21 cm.


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Nov 07, 2012

What a great tale of acceptance, forgiveness and redemption!

Oct 11, 2007

This was beautifully written, and a very unique coming of age story. It is a book that you could read every few years and discover something new about yourself. The ending was surprisingly joyous and one that I still think about every so often - bringing a smile to my face.


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