Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Book Review - "This Scarlet Cord"

Joan Wolf's latest novel, "This Scarlet Cord," is an action-filled romance!  I am familiar with Rahab; however her story is not shared with too many details in the Bible and Joan uses her gift of writing to bring Rahab to life and expand on her story!

From the publisher:

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.

My review:

I found this book exciting and well-written!  The characters were all brought to life in the story and I ended this book feeling as if I know this story so much better and have a new perspective on Rahab.  Rahab is a young woman who is striving to live her life for God among expectations placed upon her by others.  She follows her heart and finds favor while risking her life  and becomes a woman who is forever remembered.  Joan Wolf does an excellent job researching and expanding on Biblical accounts.  I did see that this is a first in a series, and I am looking forward to reading the rest.  

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

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