Book review (and Kindle sale price): This Scarlet Cord, by Joan Wolf

August 27, 2012

I recently had the chance to read This Scarlet Cord by Joan Wolf, a historical fiction novel that develops the Biblical story of Rahab. This book was published this summer by Thomas Nelson.

About this book (from the back cover):

“Within one of the Old Testament’s most famous battles lies one of the 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 youngest daughter of a Canaanite farmer, taken to Jericho for the pagan New Year so her father can find her a wealthy spouse. Sala, the Israelite boy who had once saved her from being kidnapped, is also in Jericho. When the two young people meet again they admit their love for one another, but their different religions make marriage impossible.

Their love story plays out against the background of Jericho’s pagan rites. It is only when the One True God of Israel comes into Rahab’s life—and she realizes what He is calling her to do—that she and Sala can come together.

Witness Rahab as a young woman determined to find her destiny as she follows her heart toward true love . . . and the One True God.”

Final Verdict:

I’ve read the story of Rahab and the fall of the walls of Jericho many times in my life, but recently my interest in that particular story was piqued after reading Francine Rivers’ AMAZING A Lineage of Grace. When you read fictional accounts of true-life Bible stories you have to be careful that you don’t integrate the fictional elements into your real-life understanding of the story. You have to think – things may have gone down that way, but all we really know to be true is what scripture tells us. What I did like about this book was Wolf’s easy-to-read writing style and the large about of historical research she did into the time period, especially on the pagan religions surrounding the gods of Ashera and Baal. The main thing I did not like – while trying to remain vague in order to avoid spoilers – was how an important piece of Rahab’s character was “redefined” in a way that I believe went against how she is described in scripture. Taking that into account, and reading this with a knowledge of what scripture tells us about the fascinating character of Rahab (as well as what we don’t know about her….because there are a lot of unanswered questions!) I found this to be an enjoyable read that kept my interest.

If you’d like to check out This Scarlet Cord it is currently on sale for $8.79 for the Kindle version right now. (Regularly $15.99) If you prefer a hard copy it’s currently on sale for $11.38. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze® book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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