I didn't really have any issues with this book until the last third of it, from what I can recall.
--Rivers' character seriously require an anti-psychotic medication, because they constantly hear voices (which they then attribute to God).
--The thing that really torqued me was that the woman is blamed for her husband's infidelity. That makes no sense. She did not force his to have sex with anyone, no matter what she may have said or done in their marriage. HE was to blame, and he alone!!
--Rivers has no true sense of salvation or what a biblical Christian is. She completely disregards the power of the Holy Spirit in a truly repentant, redeemed, regenerated, individual; and thoroughly perverts God's grace. She has such an erroneous, unbiblical view of what makes a Christian.
--"Salvation" of her characters often just involves the character simply "believing in God" or his forgiveness, "wanting" forgiveness, not wanting to go to hell, wanting to be saved out of a bad situation, wanting something from God, getting caught in a sin, etc.--it rarely has to do with the redeeming power of the blood of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit that allows a true Christian to live a life pleasing to God. Rivers' character states that "Jesus is at the very heart of who I am know...I can't go back," yet that's exactly what most of her characters do: they "go back" to the lives they lived or to a different life of sin that they lived prior to their being "saved." But their "salvation" was nothing but a head belief.
--Rivers has people praying for a dead guy stating that the dead guy is "lost forever," and "though he did not know You, Lord, I believe in my heart he was your child in spirit," and that he was "obedient to Your will," and asks God to "be merciful and bring Koxoenis [the dead man] into Your kingdom." Ugh, this is so unbiblical in so many ways!! It is sad that people think this way.
I absolutely LOVED this story. This is truly a beautiful story of two women journey to the ultimate love of life, our Heavenly Father. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of reading this book. It tells of life, love, hurt, healing and restoration. Most of all it reminds us that always through everything .god and his love for us is what takes us through every difficulty, joy and circumstances that we face even when we don't always see and recognize it. I like that Sierra and her ancestor Mary both saw it in time. I loved the prayers of their heart to our precious father in heaven, I am moved to tears by them. The love story between Sierra and Alex really touched me and I grieved at the hurt they all went through. I was of course delighted by their reconciliation and wish that every marriage which breaks down would get a chance for healing like that. Francine Rivers has done another excellent job and I applaud her on The Scarlett Thread. I highly recommend this book to all readers
The Scarlet Thread by Francine Rivers is NOT my favorite book. It probably never will be, no matter how many times I read it. I can't even say I like Sierra, the main character of the novel, or what she does, or Alex, the other main character. Why not? Because reading this book is like holding up a mirror and looking at myself, square in the face. Never did I feel I was inside Sierra's mind, but often I felt she had invaded mine.
This novel actually is a story within a story, telling the story of Sierra along side the story of Mary Katherine. Both left their comfortable life among family to follow their husbands, and did this unwillingly. Though many years separated them, the two stories (Mary Katherine's narrative told through her journal which survived all those centuries) are closer than is comfortable. This clearly shows that humans through the ages have battled the same enemy. Ms. Rivers does not hesitate to write about the hard issues, and does not gloss over the repercussions that might arise from them.
This is truly a romantic story, not so much between husband and wife, though that is definitely there, but between God and His crowning creation. How He pursues us, and uses our choices and decisions to call us to Him. How He is always there, waiting for us to turn to Him at our lowest point, when we feel the most insignificant and always loving us, even when our determination is to have nothing to do with Him.
So even though this is not my favorite book by Francine Rivers, this is one that has a permanent and prominent spot on my bookselves.