I've never seen any book written quite like this one. Francine braids two stories into one. While Sierra is struggling with changes in her life, she reads about and finds comfort in an ancestors diary - Mary Kathryn. Uniquely written with a powerful message in the end.
When Sierra's husband decides to uproot the family and move because of a job opportunity without consulting her, she is resentful and gives him a hard time. Separately, she finds an old diary of a relative who had to travel the Oregon trail because her husband wanted the free land offered and discovers parallel situations. Do these marriages survive?
This was a great book and brought together 2 ladies from different eras. A journal helps a women with her marriage problems and she comes to know God thought her struggles.
A women of the nineties and a young pioneer on the Oregan Trail share a remarkable journey.
This book was a good read. However, the beginning was so slow and I became so annoyed at the immaturity of the main character, that I put it aside. I only picked it up again because I didn't have anything else to read. I am glad I did because the story really gains momentum and finally grabbed my attention. The book has a wonderful message. My suggestion: keep reading. You'll be glad you did.
This is an excellent book.
When Sierra discovers her young ancestor's handcrafted quilt and reads her journal, she finds that their lives are very similar. By following her ancestor's example, she learns to surrender to God's sovereignty and unconditional love.
Franice Rivers has done it again. Wonderfully written story.
Sierra Madrid - Woman of today. Bold. Determined. Her life is about to be turned upside down.
Mary Katheryn McMurray - Young Pioneer on the Oregon Trail. She is filled with anger at being uprooted from her home.
Two women, centuries apart, are joined through a tattered journal as they condent with God, husbands -- even themselves -- until they fall into the arms of the One who loves them unconditionally.
This was my first Francine Rivers book and I loved it. I'll be looking for more of her books. Sierra life starts to fall apart when her husband takes a new job with a computer company and moves the family away from their home and family without consulting Sierra first. Her mother sends her off with the journal of Mary Kathryn McMurry, a young pioneer on the Oregon Trail who like Sierra, is on a journey chosen by her husband without considering Mary Kathryn's wish to remain in her childhood home. Throughout the book the two womens lives parallel with trials and tribulations including a distrust of God for letting them get into the possition of dispair each is in. The story is full of humor and realistic life situations and written tastefully. It's like getting two stories in one book that meld together with the Scarlet Thread running through it.
This Author never ceases to impress me! Story is of 2 generations and the issues that seem overwhelming, mistakes they make w/ decisions until they begin to see the direction God is taking them and the need to turn everything over to him. How healing of emotions and acceptance happens!
story interesting in two generations. I found the modern one a bit pat and convenient. Why in the historical one is it assumed that w/o birth control a woman would be pregnant every year, actually very unusual due to breast feeding. The review of Rahab's story is good, every woman should be familiar with her story and it is time that men learned it, also. God's grace is HUGE it is not by chance that her story is in the Bible.
This has been the hardest of all the Francine Rivers books that I have read. Maybe because it's easier to imagine how I would react had I been in Sierras situation. I would have liked to have had more insight into Alex's inner world as the story was told, not just at the ending. But as Francine Rivers always does she has challenged me and reminded me that God will make all things work for good.
When I read Francine Rivers' first series, The Mark of the Lion, I set the bar high for what I expected of her other books. Let's just say that I was NOT disappointed! I love EVERYTHING about The Scarlet Thread -- especially the parallel tales of Sierra and Mary Kathryn set centuries apart. Rivers' narratives flow beautifully, and the central messages of God's unfailing love, His desire for us to hear His voice and accept His Son as Savior, and His desire for us to then allow our relationship with Him to be first in order to love others flood my heart anew!
My least favorite of the Francine Rivers' books, but still a great read. In perspective, being my least favorite of her books still places it well above most everything else I've read. This is a modern day story and I tend to lean toward historical stories.
I enjoyed this book. At times it was kind of hard to grasp the common ground between the 2 main characters but really pretty good. I just started reading Francine Rivers books and love her books. Its such a blessing to find some Christian reading material.
A woman of the nineties. A young pioneer on the Oregon trail. Though lifetimes apart, they shared a remarkable journey...
Susan Madrid. Woman of the nineties. Bold. Determined. Her life was about to be turned upside down.
Mary Katherine McMurray. Young pioneer on the Oregon Trail. She was filled with anger at being uprooted from her home.
Two women centuries apart, are joined through a tattered journal as they contend with God, husbands-even themselves-until t hey fall into the arms of the One who loves them unconditionally.
I just finished this book. It is another book that is hard to put down. I love Francine Rivers but in this story it feels a little like she glosses over the marriage struggle. The author writes about people and their spiritual life so well it's easy to read the story and identify with the characters. This is a great book.
The only reason that I did not rate this book higher was that it was set in the Valley near where I live. I like to read about far away places or historical novels. If you have not been to Hollywood or the Valley you might like this book.
I thought this book was alright, but not the best book by Francine Rivers that I've ever read. It tells the story of a woman going through a divorce who finds a journal from one of her ancestors, and it helps her to read about her experiences. A nice book, but not life-changing.
Francine Rivers writes good Christian Fiction, once I start one of her books I can't put it down. This one is no exception. This book interweaves two stories: Sierra and her Ancestor who came to california by Wagon. It tells a similar story between the two thru troubles, tragedies, and hard times; how they grew in their relationship with God and in love with the Men in their lives. A great Read.
Wow is all I can say. Her character development is amazing. The booked tugged at my emotions and helped me to really examine my attitudes and relationship with my own husband. The insiders look at an adulterers heart was gut wrenching.
Francine Rivers is an amazing writer, and I always enjoy her books. This one was no exception. It took me a while to warm up to the story within the story, but it did grow on me. I was more interested in Serena's story. If you like Francine Rivers, you should like this book.
Great writing with a wonderful message and a great ending! I think this would be an excellent book club read because of the marriage issues and the spiritual journey. It even has discussion questions in the back!
I just finished The Scarlet Thread by Francine Rivers. I am so glad that I read it. It starts out rather slowly and takes a bit of determination to get past the unpleasant beginings. But if you will hold on you see the character development. It parallels the spiritual development as well. THis is NOT a predictable book and the two stories in one format is complex enough to hold your interest on so many levels. How do lifes trials influence us? Do they draw us closer to the Lord or farther away? I recommend this book!