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Scarlet Thread Paperback – 1 Dec 2000
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Author Receives RWA Award for The Scarlet Thread
Francine Rivers, received the "Best Inspirational Fiction" Award at the Romance Writers of America Convention this summer for The Scarlet Thread. A three-time winner, she was also inducted into RWA's Hall of Fame. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Francine Rivers, winner of the ECPA Gold Medallion, has been writing for almost thirty years. Her books have received numerous awards and have endeared her to millions of readers.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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as described...these are the real deal...gonna get me more of these!!
Sierra and Alex's story line grew on me more than Mary Kathryn's, but I felt so deeply for Ron - he's such a kind and sweet character (though flawed just as any other person - for coveting another's wife) and wish we learned more about what happens to him. I do understand some of the reviews saying Alex got of too easily for his adultery, but I guess that's what (or one of the lessons) The Scarlet Thread is trying to teach us: forgiveness, love, and that we are all sinners - none better than the other. It just makes me know how His love for us is that much stronger, more faithful, and so much more magnificent.
Set across different centures, The Scarlet Thread follows the lives of two women who are joined through an old journal as they grapple with their husbands' ambition. Twenty-first century woman Sierra Madrid is less than thrilled when her husband Alex announces that he has accepted a job offer which means they must move hundreds of miles to Los Angeles. She is so upset about the family being uprooted that she fails to see how God could have a hand in any of this, despite her mother's insistance that God has a plan for her life. Suspicious of her husband's new work colleagues and superficial new friendships, Sierra begins to feel like an uneducated country bumpkin and worthless. In her loneliness, she turns to an old family journal for solace and finds her life becoming intertwined with her ancestor Mary Kathryn McMurray.
Mary is a feisty young woman whose husband James insists on travelling to Oregan in a covered wagon in the 1840s. Like Sierra, Mary is reluctant to uproot her family and move hundreds of miles away but she has promised to obey her husband and so - with bad grace - she packs up and prepares for the long journey through Indian territory with her young family.
The hardships - both modern-day and in the 1800s - are real and Sierra and Mary have some real ups and downs. They doubt themselves, their husbands, and God. But eventually, they come to recognise that God really does have a plan for each of them, and their separate journeys build their personal faith in God. Mary's faith journey is carefully embroidered in scarlet thread onto a 'friendship' quilt. It's only when Sierra submits herself to God's plan for her life and learns to forgive and be reconciled with Alex that she understands what the scarlet-embroidered quilt means.
I loved this book. Any wife will identify with some of the things Sierra and Mary go through with their husbands; every marriage has its ups and downs. The fact that it is set in two different times drew me like metal to a magnet - I love this type of storyline. Like all of Francine Rivers' books, there is tragedy, drama, love, forgiveness, grace. Wondering how Sierra and Mary will cope with each new incident that comes along kept me turning the pages, eager to read on. Skillfully written, it brings history to life while showing us modern-day women that we can learn from the past.
From traveling across country not knowing if you'll live or die to the pain of abandonment or divorce, this book offers the reader hope and assurance that there is someone who understands your fears and is always with you -- whether to guide, to listen or to carry you through.
Francine Rivers offers two stories in one and touches on everyone's desire to find purpose and meaning in life. Read this book, you'll be glad you did.
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