There is a lot of arguing and selfishness in this book, which is a bit hard to wade through in the first half or more of the book. There are lessons for all of us, to trust Christ and His sovereign plan, follow His ways, turn from selfishness, be submissive wives, and more, but it still was rather painful to read. There were one or two sections I skimmed over, as they were a little more intimate than I'm comfortable with (kissing passionately and the like). The end of the book was better in a way, but the main character still took quite a while in her learning; perhaps this is realistic. Then there was the time in which the woman in the 1800s journal prayed for a dead man's soul: "He was our first and dearest friend, and though he did not know You, Lord, I believe in my heart he was your child in spirit. I have never known a man more humble and loving. Please, Lord, be merciful and bring Koxoenis into Your kingdom." After one is dead, there is no salvation given. Ignorance on the part of the character? Perhaps, but it still gives the impression this is a possibility, and as if "good works" (which done without God's glory in mind are just filthy rags in the Lord's sight) are good enough to save. Elsewhere it seems to contradict this slightly, but not clearly. So I don't think I would recommend this book overall, sadly. The author gave a few good insights and examples, both good and bad--mostly bad, so it was not as uplifting as I would have hoped. Also, note that it deals with adultery. It is quite a well-written book, but that is one of the few things that kept me going, as well as wanting to find out the resolution.
Loved it also, this one was one that really struck a cord with me I knew what was happening and so wanted to say to Sierra wake up, open your eyes! She was just so upset and blind sided by the move that she didn't see or maybe didn't want to see what was going on right in front of her. Then faced with the dreaded phone call no one wants she was able to go home and really examine her life and was faced with a double whammy. Does Sierra find herself? True happiness for her family? and in the end finds out that she never stopped loving God she just forgot that he was with her the whole time all she had to do was ask for her love, and guidance! The Scarlet Thread was a book that was filled with first love, family tragedies, lose, heartbreak, happiness and finding ourselves along the way.
Sierra Madrid finds herself uprooted from her hometown in Northern California and transplanted to L.A. for her husband's new, competitive job in the brand-new computer gaming industry. The resentment which follows her unwanted move proceeds to eat away at her life until she is forced to confront her own attitude and decide where her values ultimately lie.
The novel is well written, with the interlaced stories of Sierra and her Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandmother Katherine simultaneously balancing, commenting, and fulfilling each other. The message of needing Christ at the center of everything, including love for one another, is well presented and examined from several angles.
I'd recommend the novel as an entertaining reminder of what is required for successful relationships - Christ, self-sacrifice, and unconditional love.
A compelling story of God's Providence, from gener
June 19, 2012
"The Scarlet Thread" tells the story of two women, nearly 200 years and many generations apart. The two characters are brought together through the diary of the 1840's ancestor, Mary Kathryn McMurray, which her modern day descendant, Sierra Madrid, discovers as a wife and mother dealing with some heavy and stressful issues. As Solomon wrote thousands of years ago, "There is nothing new under the sun," and Sierra finds comfort and advice by reading the diary and discovering that her many times great-grandmother struggled with many of the same life-changing issues such as changing jobs, moving, death of parents, etc.
Neither woman is a big fan of God and at times even hates God as they blame Him for the pain and turmoil in their lives. However, as their lives play out, they're able to grasp and comprehend the redeeming and transforming love and sovereignty of their Creator God.
As always, Francine Rivers spins a story so relatable and compelling that its hard to put down! Although perhaps not quite as exceptional and moving as some of her classics, such as "The Atonement Child," "The Scarlet Thread" is still a great read and worth your time. If you're already a fan of hers, I think you'll really enjoy the book, and if you've never read Ms. Rivers before, you're in for a real treat! :)
Read from June 08 to 09, 2012 Ã¢â¬â I own a copy
Reading the slight description blurb for this book does not even begin to touch on what all is inside. This Creative Madness Mama had the God-timing to accidentally pick this book up after a very frustrating disagreement with the Enginerd. This edition is a reprint with a gorgeous new cover (also just reprinted The Atonement Child). As a person that loves matching book spines, seeing these new ones makes me really happy. Now back to the book_ Asking now memory does not even begin to recall what the argument was about, but fury would best describe emotions present. This book and it's story is a God-send.
Characters through out this book are found in two different settings, one is contemporary (although written for 1996, everything still works well and fits as if it were 2012) and the other is historical in the time of Oregon Trail and heading west. With a combination of view points from sidelines to inside emotions and even a journal readers are kept captive from page one. This reader was not even planning to read this one yet as it just arrived and is not quite scheduled, but upon picking it up it became an impossibility to put it down until the wee hours of the morning and sleep demanded it. Even at around five hundred pages, this was read pretty quickly.
Into the heart, into the mind and soul this is a great read. I recommend it for anyone married or planning to get married. That's what this is about overall, marriage. Marriage between the love of your life and in the end the inclusion of God within that triune marriage. It's about a new marriage, an older marriage, a broken marriage, a fixed marriage and many things that influence a marriage in between. Filled with scripture and a friend, but not what some call overly preachy this book appeals.