Saturday, August 4, 2012

"This Scarlet Cord" by Joan Wolf

Here is the book description: Within one of the Old Testament’s most famous battles lies one of its 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 beautiful youngest daughter of a Canaanite farmer, taken to Jericho for the pagan New Year celebration so that her father can find her a wealthy spouse. Sala is the only son of an Israelite merchant, in Jericho as a spy for Joshua’s army. Their love would have been destined for heartache, were it not ordained by God.
When Rahab finds favor with the king, and is to become his ritual bride, she abandons the pagan gods who have abandoned her and pleads with the One True God of the Israelites for deliverance. With her prayer answered, she vows to deliver Jericho to Joshua, risking her life to do so.
Motivated by love and empowered by a new faith, Rahab saves her family, and secures her future as one of the most important women in the Bible.
"This Scarlet Cord" by Joan Wolf is a beautiful book that I think would be a good book for just about anyone to read. This book itself is in the format of more of a love story perspective on the story of Rahab and the Battle of Jericho. What really drew me into this book is that the book is mainly done within the perspective of Rahab herself, allowing us to get a clearer picture of her personality and what it looks like to be a true Woman of God today. Though the story is fiction, it placed a desire in my heart to not only learn more about Rahab, but to desire to be more like her in my personal walk with God. There were times in this book that I could really relate to Rahab and the fear that she experienced at different points in this story. But I loved watching her learn more about God and grow to trust him more.  For me, this book was a great reminder of God's love for me regardless of my past mistakes. I hope that when you read this book you will not only take from it the beautiful fictional story of Rahab, but that you will also take with it a better understanding of God's never ending love for you and his desire to draw you closer to him. I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars, it's a really well written book that I would read again if given the chance. 
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