The Offering

The Offering

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.

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  • Hey Lorri says:

    I really enjoyed this book and wondered at some of the decisions Mandy made.

  • The IE Mommy says:

    This was such an intriguing book unlike any I’ve read before. It made me really think and wonder what I’d do in a similar situation. The Offering is a book about love, sacrifice and the true definition of a parent. It will pull at your heart strings and stay with you long after you’ve finished the last page.

  • This was such a great book and a sad book in some ways but you will find happiness also in this book because it really is what I call a “realistic” book and it reflects upon life with great truth. Bad things happen to people all the time but they also experience great joy. None of us is immune to what life brings. Some may not have great loss or sadness but their lives are never peachy keen either. We all suffer in some ways.

  • I could totally relate to Mandy’s story, and it was easy to imagine the turmoil that she went through. Surrogacy in itself is a controversial subject, but Ms. Hunt made it realistic and believable, and I couldn’t help but empathize with both sides of the parental arrangement.

  • Sara Ella says:

    The message of The Offering, regarding sacrifice, made me think of the Bible in so many ways. Of Abraham and his willingness to give up Isaac when God called him to. Of the wise King Solomon and the story of the two mothers fighting over a baby. The true mother was willing to sacrifice her own happiness to keep her child safe. And of course, of Yahweh, who gave his only son Yeshua to die so we might live. What an amazing love that is! It touched me and made me oh so thankful for the Salvation that I all too often take for granted.

  • I just finished this book and I have to say that it really got me to thinking about a lot of things as a strong, pro-life Christian. I never gave much thought to surrogate pregnancies – either the woman who carries the baby or the IP’s (Intended Parents) but that has changed, then again I’m not going to start wondering if every pregnant woman is a surrogate or not! Amanda and her husband, Gideon story picks up quickly from the first page and through a 1st person telling we see Amanda’s coming to grips with love and loss.

  • The Offering is a poignant and tender story that will simply touch your heart and soul, and resonate with you long after the last word has been read.

  • The book was a good read. I liked the scenes. Very descriptive. Easy to get lost in. I love the family dynamics between Gideon, Mandy, and Marilee. I also love the dynamics between Mandy and her in-laws, and the customers at the store. Like the nudist, who frequents the store. There is also a river reference, which is not explained until a few chapters later. I got confused at first because I had no idea what it meant. The river reference is another way for saying goodbye. I also like how the book is Christian-based. God is mentioned multiple times throughout the book. The book is very good. I read over 100 pages immediately.

  • I liked the closeness of Mandy’s husband’s family and their acceptance of all within their doorway. Cooking together and sharing meals enriched the lives of the family members.

    The content covers topics not often discussed. Although well-written and researched, I think too much was given away before getting too far into the novel.

  • We live in an era of modern medical miracles. Couples who cannot carry an unborn child to term can now hire a woman to do so. That is the issue Hunt tackles in this book: surrogacy. But with this modern medical technology comes all kinds of bioethical decisions that previous generations never had to face. This is not a fluffy book. Hunt deals with painful issues involving hard decisions. The controversial nature of this book makes it a great choice for book groups. The discussion will be lively.

  • This was a very interesting book. I wasn’t really sure what the offering was at the beginning of the book, although I thought I knew.

    I don’t think I’m quite ready to let this family go yet. Do you have plans to include them in another book, Ms. Hunt?

  • WOW…. The Offering is one of those books that you think you know just how it will play out, but in this story and scenario, it leaves you thinking about it for a VERY long time! Surrogacy has sooo many layers to it on both sides and can open doors that you never even imagined were possible. I had an incredibly hard time with Amanda. Her pity party throughout the book made me want to just jump in there and straighten her out (haha)

    This story, at times is heart wrenching and as I said, will leave you thinking… not just about the story, but about family and what a gift it truly is! Some of the subject matter may be controversial to some, but as in life, Gods knows the heart of each of us, and for that I am so thankful!

    BEWARE…Read with Kleenex !

  • Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down. Even though a lot is given away, by reading the back of the book, I kept hoping it wasn’t true. It was almost like waiting for the other shoe to drop.

  • This book deals with many topics that a lot of people do not want to deal with. This poignant story transports the reader into Amanda’s story, you can’t help but become emotionally invested and step into Amanda’s shoes as her journey leads her down a difficult path to decide the best course of action to take for her son and family. Author Angela Hunt thoughtfully tackles the difficult issues surrounding surrogacy, and the emotional, moral, legal dilemmas and conse

  • Buzz4Mommies says:

    The Offering is such a gripping, emotional, tragic, yet glorious book. I found myself really connecting with the main character Mandy. I thought it so noble of her to be a surrogate and was amazed to learn a little more about how it works. This book also taught me how we cannot take our children for granted, that they are a precious gift from God and we are blessed every day having them in out lives.
    This is a wonderful book that I would highly recommend, but I also recommend carrying a tissue when you read it!!

  • Angela Hunt doesn’t try to hide the plotlines in this book. It was frustratingly obvious as the story moved along that the unthinkable was going to happen, and I was just going to have to deal with it. I don’t mean to say that the plot was uninteresting – on the contrary! I just wished I could rewrite the story and save the characters some heartache.

    This book wasn’t about plot though, in my opinion. It was about facing the complicated realities of infertility, surrogacy, adoption, multi-cultural relationships, loss, and family. I was tempted to stop reading several times because I didn’t really want to deal with the issues, honestly, but I’m glad I kept reading. I know I’ll be digesting ‘The Offering’ for quite a while.

  • By The Book says:

    The title of Angela Hunt’s website is Expect The Unexpected. How true that statement is for an author I count as one of my favorites. Her books make a reader stretch. The characters, plot lines and themes are not always comfortable or likable, but always make you think. The Offering is another such book. I had mixed emotions while reading it, but found in the end a book that made me wonder about my own choices and decisions. I just wished I had read this with a book club — it is a perfect book for in depth discussion.

    If you want to read a book that will make you examine your own choices, the viewpoint of the world and the moral land mines surrounding decisions, pick up The Offering.

  • The Offering is probably one of the most riveting, powerful books I have read in awhile.

    This book explores the subject of surrogacy and focuses on a military wife, desperate to contribute to her family’s finances. I did not know much about gestational carriers and this book provided interesting facts and information, which was incorporated naturally into the story. I was hooked!

    What starts out as a generous sacrifice, turns into a major tangled web, when Amanda Lisandra sees a photo two years later of the child she carried. He looks so much like her husband and the daughter they have, that she wonders if she actually gave her own child away. This story explores not only the ethics of gestational carriers, but also the emotional, moral, mental and physical aspects of such a sensitive topic.

    I loved it and can’t recommend it enough. If you are looking for an interesting book, off the beaten path of usual topics in contemporary women’s fiction, I suggest you pick this one up.

  • Thought-provoking, non-preachy, hard-to-put down all describe The Offering. It is a book who’s message and characters will stay with me for awhile as I peel through the layers and really think through what happened in the book. I like books that do that. Entertain me while reading, but make me really think when they are over. The Offering is a stellar book and one I can highly recommend.

  • Angela Hunt is a wonderful author and I believe she’s hit a home run with this novel. While some of her novels are intense, The Offering seems to tackle something that will resonate with every mother who picks it up. What would *I* do if it were *my* child living with another couple? How far would *I* go to get him back? I don’t believe any of us can know for sure how we would behave, but Hunt finds a way to show us both sides of the decision.

  • As always, the depth and breadth of Hunt’s research manifests in her storytelling. She also puts together an intriguing mix of characters. I felt a disconnect, though, with the main character, Mandy. Her naiveté about the world, people and relationships stretched my credibility. I also think the back cover reveals too much of the story. If I’d known less about what was going to happen, I may have been more drawn into the story. I did, however, appreciate the story’s redemptive ending.

  • I have to start out saying that this was a very tough book for me to read. I don’t know why I signed up for the blog tour, knowing that post-partum hormones would be rampant while I read it. But sign up I did, and I got through it, slowly. I don’t mean this in the way in that book was terrible, but in that it was emotionally hard. I consider this a tribute to the skills of the author – I felt many of the emotions that Amanda felt throughout the book.

  • A New Leaf says:

    This book was absolutely stunning and positively gripping. It held my attention from the first page. The characters are a little odd – I’m not sure I could relate to them, but the plot was insanely good.

    I’ve struggled inwardly with whether procedures such as IVF are truly a good idea. I won’t share my ultimate view points on that kind of thing here, but I will say that this author did a wonderful job in presenting reasons why it is and is not a good idea. That’s not really what this book was about – I think this book really is whatever you want it to be. If you just want a really good book to read, this is it. If you want a book that links Biblical truths to everyday life in new ways, this is it. If you want a book that questions scientific procedures, this is it.

  • Alas 3 Lads says:

    This story was sad and full of deep issues that really made you think. It described to me what a complicated issue surrogacy must be – but also how it can be a beautiful gift.

  • Angela Hunt does a heartfelt and thorough job of representing both sides of the surrogate/parent relationship. I actually became emotionally attached to the characters in this book. About 3/4 of the way through the story (while at the salon) I was blindsided by an event I didn’t anticipate and actually gasped out loud! The Offering is emotional and intense and portrays a fictional story that could very well become a reality. The ending is still on my mind and I wonder what decision I would’ve made?

  • Cummins Life says:

    This book tackles many hard and sometimes controversial topics including surrogacy, adoption, and infertility just to name a few. After Amanda talks to another military wife who she learns is acting as a surrogate she starts to wonder if that is the right path for her family to take. She would be helping out a couple who couldn’t have children and be providing supplemental income for her own family simultaneously. This is the path she decides to take, not alone though. Her husband, Gideon, while uncertain and resistant at first ultimately jumps on board. Only everything does not go according to plan. There are bumps in the road and plot twists and turns that ultimately lead to tragedy, loss, and a “beautiful sacrifice”.

  • Upon picking up The Offering you will find yourself in an emotionally drawn plot. I enjoyed the seriousness and the thought provoking issues presented throughout. The topics varied from surrogacy, IVF, infertility, adoption, and tragedy.

  • Well let me start by saying I love Angela’s books, my favorite being The Note.
    This one was true to Angela form, it is a book you can not put down.
    I had a very hard time with the decision Mandy had to make towards the end of the book, I have thought about it many times since I have finished the book and it is NOT one that I would have or could have made that is for sure.
    I hope that you if you buy a copy of this book and read and enjoy it as I did you will let me know if you would have made the same very hard decision that Mandy made.
    I recommend this book.
    I gave the book 4 stars.
    I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

  • The Offering is a story about something no parent should ever have to face.Angela Hunt has written a story about a mother’s love. I give this book a 5. It really made me think what I would do in her place.

  • Among my girlfriends, we all have that maternal instinct that makes us want the world to be one big happy family. I think the main character, Mandy, is a little bit the same way. She just gets more than she bargained for in her efforts. Consider yourself warned. The Offering is a book that you won’t want to put down and you won’t soon forget.

  • Happy Four says:

    The plot has multiple layers and flows in such a beautiful fashion. The characters come to life as you visualize them in your mind and love their strengths along with their flaws, their joys and sorrows, their sacrifices and desires. An incredible book that I highly recommend.

  • I honestly did not know what to expect from it but it was one of those books that you try to pick up whenever you can to read a little more.
    The novel is about a mom who agrees to be a surrogate for a family as a way to earn money (and provide them with a child they cannot have). The story has a lot of strong emotions, family ties and warmth built-in and has several twists and turns that may surprise you. I would definitely recommend it!

  • Angela Hunt has long impressed me with her ability to come up with plot ideas like I’ve never read before, and “The Offering” is no exception. I devoured this book in one day because I simply had to see how everything resolved, and I can tell you that I absolutely loved this book! I wasn’t expecting to cry – but I did. I wasn’t expecting to put down the book feeling deeply moved – but I did. I was, of course, expecting to be entertained – and I certainly was!

  • Author Angela Hunt writes yet another masterpiece in her new book, The Offering. I love books that capture my attention in the first few pages, and this one did that for sure. Angela Hunt weaves together the story of a family struggling just as we all do to make a better life for their family. And since Amanda didn’t have a college education, being a surrogate mom just sounded like an awesome way to put her family ahead financially. But as we follow her journey, the twists and turns that take place in this amazing story will keep you so engrossed in this book that you will have to remind yourself to come up for air! This story is difficult to because it is so heartbreaking and very sad. And I really wish I hadn’t read any reviews or the back of the book! It gives away too much!

  • When you grab yourself a copy of The Offering make sure to grab your tissues and prepare to have your head swimming with questions of ethics and what is right and wrong when things go horribly wrong.

    I hugged each of my children tight after completing The Offering, almost a full 24 hours later my mind is still whirling with what I would have done if I had been in the mess the main character Amanda Linsanda found herself in.

  • All Meant To Shine says:

    This book is sure to tug at your heart strings. It is definitely also quite controversial. I am very intrigued by adoption, surrogacy, motherhood, etc. and this book delves deep into all. I could hardly put this book down and read it until late into the night and picked it up as soon as I could the next morning. I just couldn’t wait to see what happened and I know if you get this book you will be as anxious as I was to find out.

    I recommend this book to all women. There is so much about love and life that you feel while reading this book and even after you are through.

  • Oh. My God. That’s all I can say. This is a phenomenal book! I read it in 2 days, I was so into it! The emotion this book brings is insane. But it is so good!

  • Angela Hunt is an extremely talented author. The subject she chose for this book is one that is often in the news and one that many of us have experienced. Infertility seems to be hitting more couples all the time- or else, people are just freer to discuss it. The first chapter grabbed my attention, as my husband and I had experienced the difficulty of not being able to have children. Angela’s book is one that you begin to read and cannot put down. The topic and plot attached itself to me and would NOT let go! I HAD to finish this book. What a page turner!!

  • I really did enjoy the authors writing and all the details she put in the book. She didn’t put so many details that you got lost but just enough so that you understood where the characters were coming from.

  • I am thrilled when I get the latest book from Angela Hunt, but I always wait just a bit after getting it before I read it, simply to enjoy the anticipation a little longer–especially since I know that as soon as I finish it, I’ll be waiting again! The Offering was definitely worth the wait! This is Hunt at her very best: a character novel that pulses with emotion and keeps me as glued to the pages as if it were a nail-biting, haunting suspense. . . .

  • I have to say I was not sure about this book, before I began reading it. The cover of the book did not appeal to me at all. But once I opened the book and started reading, it was a whole different story. WOW!! While there were some things that were just very predictable about the story (I won’t mention them, so as not to give any spoilers) the entire story was gripping. As a woman who has personally struggled with infertility, the idea of surrogacy is fascinating to me. I personally have no moral objections to surrogacy, and see the act as a sacrificial act on the behalf of the surrogate mother. I must add that I enjoyed the side story of Cousin Amelia, but sometimes she was very aggravating. Overall conclusion, a great story, very well written, with lovable characters.

  • This was a heartbreaking read, because I felt like this was such hard situation so many ways around and my heart hurt for what Amanda lost.

    The story was well written with a portrayal of the emotions that Amanda was going through, at times it was just so hard to read, because of the parallels of what it was like for Amanda and her sister-in-law, Amelia.

  • The Offering by Angela Hunt takes an in-depth look at infertility. Hunt explores infertility issues by skillfully wrapping them in a good story. The book takes an in-depth look at gestational carriers and adoption. It also shows the healing power of family and the difficulties that arise for parents through false perceptions. I found the story interesting in that I knew very little about gestational carriers. And I found it enjoyable along with challenging many of my perceptions. Hunt juxtaposes several social issues that are important to consider, along with writing a book that is a very good story. She gave me subjects to think about that I had not considered before, all enfolded in an interesting story.

  • This is the first book by Angela Hunt that I have read. I had no idea what to expect. The start of the book sucked me in and I couldn’t put it down. By the end I wanted to throw the book across the room. The back cover gives away the entire plot line, so you won’t be surprised except for the final decision.
    I can see this book becoming a best seller because it is what people want to read about and many can relate with this story line. I did not enjoy it as much but I do know others who would really enjoy the story.

    “I received this book from Litfuse for free in exchange for an honest review.”

  • Angela Hunt has put together a masterpiece. I love Mandy, but I don’t think that I would ever be able to make the choices she did. This was an amazing book!

  • This was a very intense book; it kept my attention from the very beginning. This was the first book that I have ever read by Angela Hunt, but it won’t be my last. She writes so well, that I felt Mandy’s pain on so many levels. I, thankfully, have never had to experience anything like Mandy had to experience, but the writing was so intense I wanted to go to Mandy and give her a hug; it was like I really knew her. The other characters in the book were also wonderful. This book shows you that you don’t have to be blood related to be a family. The faith element in this story was wonderful also. If you are looking for an intense book, that will cause you to shed some tears, this is the book for you. Great job, Angela.

  • “The Offering” deals with issues of surrogate parenting, tragedy, loss, adoption and infertility. These are issues that are not normally addressed in literature and Ms. Hunt has done a spectacular job in her presentation. She has certainly given us much to think about whether we agree with the actions that are taken by the characters or not.

  • Angela Hunt was a new to me author. I was excited to read this book because it is a very different story line than I have read before. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from Angela Hunt.

  • This book is definitely a complex book. It is a well written mix of ethics, heartbreak, infertility, controversy, surrogacy, adoption and so much more. You will definitely go through almost every emotion reading this book and it will stick with you the same way it has stuck with me days after reading it!

  • Hunt does a fantastic job of handling the emotional aspects of surrogacy, grief, loss, and anger.

  • 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…

    “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.

  • Slow It Down says:

    Angela Hunt has a way with words and invites us into the Lisandra family as we travel this journey with them and the ebb and flow of emotions that accompany it. There are many themes within The Offering. Surrogacy, pregnancy, adoption, and family are just a few. This is a book that will tug heart strings and make you ask the difficult questions.

  • The Offering deals with a topic I was basically unfamiliar with prior to reading the novel—gestational surrogacy. Hunt does an excellent job of exploring this topic fully—the pros, the cons, and the moral dilemmas. And she does it by telling a compelling story of one family’s journey with surrogacy, which takes a completely unexpected twist (provided you haven’t read the book summary, which gives away much of the plot).

    The Offering is a compelling novel that will force you to think. It will also make you cry. It’s one of those books that will stick with you long after you’ve read the epilogue!

  • WOW! Author Angela Hunt has crafted another page turner! This is such a unique story and I love it! Family drama, the topics of surrogacy and infertitly, and grief make this book impossible to put down. This book evoked a lot of emotions in me. I wondered how things would turn out and what I would have done in Mandy’s situation. This would make a great book club selection, lots to discuss!

  • Angela Hunt has written a contemporary story reminiscent of the biblical account of King Solomon’s wise ruling regarding the baby in 1 Kings chapter 3. Hunt has written a story replete with emotion, spiritual tension, and consequences of the choices we make in life. She draws you in immediately with richly developed characters and a riveting story line that grabs you and doesn’t let you go until the last page. The Offering is a story of sacrifice and points the reader’s heart and mind to the ultimate sacrifice made for us all by Christ.

  • When I was in high school, I took a class called ‘Biomedical Ethics–The Future is Now’. It was 1984, and the big story related to this topic was about the first test-tube baby. This seemed crazy at the time. How in the world could that kind of science even be possible? Why would anyone even want to study that or have a baby that way? Of course, that was almost 30 years ago now (how is that even possible?) and I had no concept of infertility and the lengths some people would go through to have a child of their own.

  • Crazed Mind says:

    Oh my I have been crying while reading The Offering. Not too many books have that ability for I am not one to drop a tear. But the realization that doing a good deed while working on providing for your own family can blow up in your face. Then the horror of knowing that you need to do what is right and best. Oh me, oh my, how does one decide?

  • I was hooked on Angela Hunt’s writing from the very first pages of The Note, and I have been a fan of hers ever since. She takes tough topics and writes in a way that you cannot help but be effected. I have said it before and I will say it again, she reminds me so much of Nicholas Sparks, so once again be prepared for tears and have tissue near by.

    The journey experienced in The Offering are heart-wrenching and honestly, I have no idea what I would do in the same situation. Hunt writes sensitively about touch topics and you cannot help but feel like you are experiencing each scene right along the characters.

  • Melanie S says:

    Wow! The concept of surrogacy will blow you over, and get your own personal morals considering the cost. This was an emotionally charged book for sure and evoked emotions toward the main characters through out the book. Definitely worth the read for the insights into a way of conception that many of us have never given much thought to.

  • The Offering was an emotional roller coaster of a book, the writing was fantastic, the story-line amazing. While I wish the marketing had left some mystery in its gripping plotline as the synopsis gives away over half the plot, it was in the end an amazing read. There are very few Inspy novels that make impressions on me as of lately and Hunts realistic, moving and authentic portrayal of the military, marriage, grief and relationships was a breath of fresh air.

  • This was an exceptionally written book, and I have nothing but praise for the style, the story, and in many aspects, the reality of the story. I always am impressed when Christian authors venture into areas that many don’t dare to go, and that of surrogacy is just such an area. I honestly didn’t even know that surrogacy was something that was still going on, but I learned that it is definitely a thriving, lucrative business that just tends to stay out of the news.

  • Angela Hunt tackles a difficult and emotional topic with creativity and empathy. This book centers around real characters with real emotions and struggles. The descriptions are vivid and placed me right in the middle of the turmoil. I love books like this that make me wrestle with all of the “what ifs.” Wow! I am a huge fan of Angela Hunt and would strongly recommend “The Offering” or any of her other books. I did receive this book free in exchange for my honest review.

  • As someone who has lived through infertility and a friend to someone who seriously considered being a surrogate mother, this book hit close to my heart in many ways. I felt invested in all of the characters in this book, even when I didn’t necessarily like them, and could sympathize with each of them for different reasons. If you’re looking for something that will challenge your thoughts and leave you thinking long after you’ve finished the last page, The Offering is a good choice for your reading list!

  • Curl up with the book if you wish, but don’t forget your kleenex. A great read that will make you cry, laugh, hope and more.

    I enjoyed this emotional journey, as well as the lingering thoughts it left. A great read.

  • Angela immediately connected me with and had compassion for her characters and their unreal situations. I was glued to this book from the start to finish. Warning you’ll be up late finishing this one. Grin! My heart raced and I got teary eyed at the end. I wasn’t sure how this author would complete these two couples journey. The ending was satisfying and made me think about so much. When science and man-kind try to play God things get challenging! I highly recommend this for your book club pick and your summer ready list! There is oh so much to talk about! Wow!

  • The Offering is a human interest story that is a real tear jerker at times. The issues addressed are heart-rending but well handled. An excellent story with an ending that this reader of 40+ books a month couldn’t predict.

  • As someone who has not struggled with infertility, I cannot truly empathize with those who do. I can only imagine the heartbreak and struggle that would accompany this. But I loved how Amanda came to realize that blood is not the trump card – love is.

  • This novel had to be one of the most emotionally charged books I have ever read.

    The Offering shows the ultimate sacrifice of a mother. I have no idea what I would do if I were in a similar situation to Mandy. Probably drown in my grief.

    I admire Mandy and her courage to seek the truth, as well as her ultimate “offering”.

    I highly recommend this book. It is a great read, full of information and will give you much to think about, however, be ready to shed many tears!

  • “The Offering” was thought-provoking, unique and well thought out.

  • Angela Hunt delivers a powerful story, drawing us into Mandy’s life and emotions. I found it easy to identify with Mandy and her desires for her family. Even though most of the plot is explained on the back cover of the book, I found the twists and turns of getting there fascinating. I knew next to nothing about surrogacy before reading The Offering, so it was interesting to learn about it along with Mandy and to go through the process with her.

  • This is a book that looks at the questions of having children from all sides: adoption, IVF, surrogacy, biological, and family inclusion. Infinitely interesting, it’s a book that will capture your heart and imagination. It will cause you to question your own sense of right and wrong, as well as your moral and ethical stances.

    Highly recommended!

    5 Stars

  • It is not often that I find myself up at 3am turning pages, completely engrossed in a novel these days. A family requires so much more of my time than I ever expected it would. The Offering. I was aware of, almost, the entire storyline from the very beginning because of the description on the back cover, but I did not expect my emotions to be so effected. It has been a long time since I have experienced such emotions from a simple novel. My entire mood was effected, even after I closed the book; to come up for air in the middle or as I turned the final page. Angela Hunt has
    written an amazing, fictional, story…that might as well be true, based on how strongly it effected me. Maybe, because I have experienced the joy of motherhood, the devastation of loss and the ties of love, this is why The Offering has effected me so – I don’t know. But I can tell you that this is a book to read alone, in the quiet, when you have a moment to truly experience what an amazing story The Offering is.

  • The Offering by Angela Hunt is a touching, thought-provoking novel. It tackles tough subject matter that is widely debated.

    I was instantly pulled into this novel and really enjoyed it. Yes, you know right away almost the entire plot line but throughout the entire book you find yourself debating Mandy’s decision and thinking what would you do? Even if you’ve already made your mind up regarding this topic, you’ll still find yourself asking questions.

  • The Offering is one of those books that will draw your every emotion to the very surface and leave them there long after you’ve put the book down. A lot of the stories main point is covered in the back description BUT there are many twists and events that take place that will leave you raw and reeling.

    Mandy has some very hard decisions to make and even though this is a fictional story with a fictional character, it could very easily be real. As a woman of the Christian faith with very strong beliefs, surrogacy is not a choice I would make. But that doesn’t mean that I would fault or belittle someone else who did. Mandy made the choice to be a surrogate mother and when tragedy struck, she had to decide if she should follow through with her commitment or not. And later, the decision also..

  • Mandy was an interesting character. I was very sympathetic to her. She is in an awkward situation with no straight-forward right answer. After she endures a great tragedy related to her husband, the child may be all that she has left of him. I found myself struggling with what decision I would make if I were in Mandy’s shoes. I honestly don’t know what I would decide, even after I finished the book. The other characters all added a little something to the novel. It was interesting to meet Mandy’s husband’s family and see how they factored in to the plot. Overall, this book is recommended to adult readers.

  • This story was great and well worth reading. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a touching story.

  • When I pick up an Angela Hunt book, I know with out a doubt that the subject matter will be rather controversial to many readers, and that this will be a book that causes me to rethink what I think I know. The Offering is in no ways different

  • Angela Hunt definitely knows how to deliver an emotion-packed story! And she has chosen a topic not seen much in the book world: surrogates. As I’ve stated a few times in previous book reviews, I really enjoy a book in which I learn new things and Angela gave me an intellectual feast because, before reading this book, I didn’t have much knowledge about surrogates.

    In addition to her careful research, Angela has managed to craft a rather complex plot.

    Mandy was an easy character to relate to and, due to the heart-breaking experiences she lived through, it was no wonder that I shed tears with her a couple times. By the time the ending came, my eyes were steadily leaking.

    An emotionally gripping story with an intricate plot and a lot of food for thought, I give The Offering 4 out of 5.

  • Kerrific says:

    Mandy makes some exceptional decisions and this uplifting story is one you won’t want to miss. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will love every moment of this adventure!

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