This Scarlet Cord, Love Story Series #1   -     By: Joan Wolf
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This Scarlet Cord, Love Story Series #1

Thomas Nelson / 2012 / Paperback

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Hidden within the battle of Jericho is the story of Rahab, a beautiful and brave young Canaanite woman who aided the Israelites by hanging a piece of scarlet cord from a window. This act of faith changed her life by placing her in the genealogy of Christ.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1595548777
ISBN-13: 9781595548771
Availability: In Stock
Series: Love Story

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Publisher's Description

Within one of the Old Testament’s most famous battles lies one of the most tender love stories.

Hidden within the battle of Jericho is the story of Rahab, a beautiful and brave young Canaanite woman who aided the Israelites by hanging a piece of scarlet cord from a window. This act of faith changed her life by placing her in the genealogy of Christ.

Rahab is the youngest daughter of a Canaanite farmer, taken to Jericho for the pagan New Year so her father can find her a wealthy spouse. Sala, the Israelite boy who had once saved her from being kidnapped, is also in Jericho. When the two young people meet again they admit their love for one another, but their different religions make marriage impossible.

Their love story plays out against the background of Jericho’s pagan rites. It is only when the One True God of Israel comes into Rahab’s life—and she realizes what He is calling her to do—that she and Sala can come together.

Witness Rahab as a young woman determined to find her destiny as she follows her heart toward true love . . . and the One True God.

"Wolf (A Reluctant Queen) holds our interest by skillfully conjuring up a fascinating version of Rahab’s story, successfully persuading us that the story is far more complex than merely a “scarlet cord.” —Publishers Weekly

Author Bio

Joan Wolf was born in New York City but has lived most of her adult life in Connecticut with her husband, two children, and numerous pets. She's the author of A Reluctant Queen and The Road to Avalon lauded as "historical fiction at its finest" by Publisher's Weekly.

Publisher's Weekly

A few verses in the book of Joshua tell the story of Rahab, the prostitute who lived in Jericho when it was besieged by the Israelites. Two spies sent to the city were protected by Rahab, who helped them to escape by using a scarlet cord to climb out of her window. In return, they promised that Rahab and her family would be saved when Joshua captured Jericho, if she hung a scarlet cord out of her window, which she did. With this brief account as a point of departure, Wolf imagines Rahab’s life, beginning when she was a beautiful young girl taken to Jericho, where her Canaanite farmer father hoped to find a rich husband for her. She met and fell in love with Sala, an Israelite whose father was a spy for Joshua. A series of subsequent complications eventually lead to the biblical account. Wolf (A Reluctant Queen) holds our interest by skillfully conjuring up a fascinating version of Rahab’s story, successfully persuading us that the story is far more complex than merely a “scarlet cord.” Agent: Natasha Kern Literary Agency. (July 10)2012 Reed Business Information

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  1. Ingleside, IL
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Truly disappointing version of Rahab's story
    March 27, 2014
    Big Mom
    Ingleside, IL
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    Was so looking forward to reading another story on Rahab. For me, Joan Wolf really took liberties with this version. Stopped reading at chapter 7.

    This is the first book I have read that Joan has written. And definitely will be the last. I absolutely love biblical fiction. There are so many awesome author's while having to take some liberties, they do stick closely to accounts from the Bible.
  2. Harrisville, NY
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Another great book
    July 9, 2013
    booklover
    Harrisville, NY
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I loved this story of Rahab. It doesn't portray her as a harlot but it does indicate why she might be considered one. I went back and reread her story in the Bible to see how accurate it really was. Joan Wolf wrote this and she tells you where you can find Rahab's story and references to other story fact info in the Bible. I did love the story and I would recommend it to others.
  3. Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    An interesting take on Rahab's story.
    October 3, 2012
    Rosie
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Rahab's love story.

    Those were the words that piqued my interest. We all know who Rahab is, right? She was the woman who helped Joshua's spies escape in Jericho. She is also mentioned in the genealogy of Christ in the book of Matthew.

    So I wasn't entirely sure what to expect when I opened up Joan Wolf's latest release. Granted the book was not what I expected, but I still enjoyed it somewhat. Miss Wolf's writing is easy to read, and her imaginings about life in Biblical times appeared factual.

    I really liked how she portrayed Rahab: a free spirit, kind, life-loving, and beautiful girl. However, despite what we were told (that Rahab was only fourteen) it felt like she was much, much older. To pin an age to that, I mean sixteen or seventeen. She didn't read at all like a fourteen year old, except maybe when she was pining for Sala.

    Speaking of Sala, he also at times didn't seem as mature as his age would demand (eighteen). He had his endearing moments though, which made up for the latter. His compassion saved Rahab from being sold into slavery and his love brought her to Yahweh, making him an all around likable character.

    Overall, though I felt it took too much creative license here and there, I did like This Scarlet Cord. Before I finish though, I feel I must mention there is a sizable amount of implied sexual relations, due to the pagan culture Rahab lived in, and there was a situation/scene that left me very uncomfortable. Though Miss Wolf spared details, I felt it was unnecessary. For that reason, I give the book three stars.
  4. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    this scarlet cord review
    October 2, 2012
    beckie
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    "This Scarlet Cord" by Joan Wolf is a fictional account of the love story of Rahab from the book of Joshuah from the Old Testament. To say this is from the Old Testament would be a large exaggeration. There are a lot of liberties taken with this story. It is well researched as to the time period and it is historically acurate that I can tell, but to say it is biblical would be false. It is a fictional piece that is biblically inspired. Rahab is a prostitute living in Jericho during the time when Joshuah conquers Jericho with the Jewish army. Rahab hides the spies and later marries one. In this book, Rahab is a farmer's daughter who is visiting Jericho and comes across the spies. Though not true, it is an interesting story. Especially for women. The way women are portrayed during this time is heartbreaking at best. Rahab's father is in Jericho in order to "sell" her to the highest bidder for marriage. Marriage, slavery, very thin line.
  5. Arizona
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    More like 3.5 but close enough to round up
    September 1, 2012
    Michelle Sutton
    Arizona
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Well, this was certainly different from what I expected. I enjoyed the love story in this book, though the characters seemed younger than they actually were for the last two thirds of the story. It was a different take on the Bible's account so I had to wrap my mind around a different version. I appreciated the conflict and how the author set it up, but because it was so different than the Biblical account when it came to Rahab's relationship with Sala (Salmon) it was harder for me to enjoy this novel.

    On the plus side, there was a Romeo and Juliet feel to the story. However, because people familiar with the Biblical account know it contains an expected happily ever after, it's anticipated in this novel as well, therefore genuine angst is harder to evoke when reading this novel. For people who enjoy various takes on Biblical fiction this is sure to please. People who like more of an exact retelling when it comes to the actual facts may have difficulty with this one. All in all, I enjoyed it.
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