The Scarlet Thread
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About "The Scarlet Thread"
Two women, centuries apart, are joined through a tattered journal as they contend with God, husbands, and even themselves . . . until they fall into the arms of the One who loves them unconditionally. Sierra Madrid?s life has just been turned upside down when she discovers the handcrafted quilt and journal of her ancestor Mary Kathryn McMurray, a young woman who was uprooted from her home only to endure harsh conditions on the Oregon Trail. Though the women are separated by time and circumstance, Sierra discovers that many of the issues they face are remarkably similar. By following Mary Kathryn?s example, Sierra learns to surrender to God?s sovereignty and unconditional love.
Meet the Author
New York Times best-selling author Francine Rivers (born 1947) began her literary career at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and journalism. From 1976 to 1985, she had a successful writing career in the general market, and her books were highly acclaimed by readers and reviewers. Although raised in a religious home, Francine did not truly encounter Christ until later in life, when she was already a wife, a mother of three, and an established romance novelist.
Five years after becoming a born-again Christian in 1986, Francine released Redeeming Love as her statement of faith. This retelling of the biblical story of Gomer and Hosea, set during the time of the California Gold Rush, is now considered by many to be a classic work of Christian fiction. The popularity of Redeeming Love continues unabated over a quarter of a century after its publication.
Since Redeeming Love, Francine has published numerous novels with Christian themes - all best sellers. The Last Sin Eater, earned her the CBA Gold Medal award and has since been made into a feature film - She has continued to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe. Her Christian novels have been awarded or nominated for numerous honours, including the RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Gold Medallion, and the Holt Medallion in Honour of Outstanding Literary Talent. In 1997, after winning her third RITA Award for inspirational fiction, Francine was inducted into the Romance Writers of America's Hall of Fame. Francine's books have been translated into over thirty languages, and she enjoys best-seller status in many countries, including Germany, the Netherlands, and South Africa.
Francine and her husband, Rick, live in northern California and enjoy time spent with their three grown children and taking every opportunity to spoil their grandchildren. Francine uses her writing to draw closer to the Lord, and she desires that through her work she might worship and praise Jesus for all He has done and is doing in her life.
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What I love about Francine Rivers' books is that it makes the reader think about the storyline even after finishing the book. I couldn't put down the book once I started reading it and it was a different experience reading about the main character and her ancestor as their stories intertwined. Another great book on facing real-life struggles and drawing the reader closer to the Bible.
This is a beautifully told story which gently provides real-life lessons for relationship breakdown. As with all Rivers' novels, the characters are well-developed and relatable. I love the way Rivers weaves the protagonist's story with that of her ancestor, told through a diary. This is an enjoyable read - not my absolute favourite of Rivers' book - but thoroughly enjoyable.
Francine Rivers weaves together two stories from two different eras to create a poignant tale of overcoming heartbreak and broken relationships to become whole again through Jesus. As with all Rivers's books, 'The Scarlet Thread' is beautifully-written, extremely poignant and unfailingly relatable, even for those not suffering a broken marriage. I cried so many times through the book, but I took away a message of God's healing power. I heartily recommend this book, although I would exercise caution with women who have recently experienced a marital breakup as it may not be the right time or place for this message.
I found that I was not enjoying this book until the halfway point, after that I just could not put it down. This book had a interesting different kind of layout and the women in this story showed a determination that I quite enjoyed. It is filled with issues that are relevant to today's society, with heartache, materialism and a few other issues (which you are going to have to read to find out). However, I would be very careful to whom I was to recommend this book.
I read this book so fast, I just could not put it down, the characters go through so much heartache and hard dilemmas and I was never content with where I stopped reading and had to know what happened next. I think this book can be so relevant to people in today's society who are facing certain relationship struggles and just like the woman in this book, are searching for some story like their own to inspire and encourage them. It is definitely a 'Can't put it down' read.