The Scarlet Thread

The Scarlet Thread Librarian s note An alternate cover edition can be found hereTwo women centuries apart are joined through a tattered journal as they contend with God husbands and even themselves until they fall i

  • Title: The Scarlet Thread
  • Author: Francine Rivers
  • ISBN: 9780842335683
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Paperback
  • Librarian s note An alternate cover edition can be found hereTwo women, centuries apart, are joined through a tattered journal as they contend with God, husbands, and even themselves until they fall into the arms of the One who loves them unconditionally Sierra Madrid s life has just been turned upside down when she discovers the handcrafted quilt and journal of heLibrarian s note An alternate cover edition can be found hereTwo women, centuries apart, are joined through a tattered journal as they contend with God, husbands, and even themselves until they fall into the arms of the One who loves them unconditionally Sierra Madrid s life has just been turned upside down when she discovers the handcrafted quilt and journal of her ancestor Mary Kathryn McMurray, a young woman who was uprooted from her home only to endure harsh conditions on the Oregon Trail Though the women are separated by time and circumstance, Sierra discovers that many of the issues they face are remarkably similar By following Mary Kathryn s example, Sierra learns to surrender to God s sovereignty and unconditional love.

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    1. The Scarlet Thread by Francine Rivers is NOT my favorite book. It probably never will be, no matter how many times I read it. I can't even say I like Sierra, the main character of the novel, or what she does, or Alex, the other main character. Why not? Because reading this book is like holding up a mirror and looking at myself, square in the face. Never did I feel I was inside Sierra's mind, but often I felt she had invaded mine. This novel actually is a story within a story, telling the story o [...]

    2. I didn't end up reading the entire book. Personal preference, but I was horrified when the husband up and announced they were leaving their home, moving somewhere "glamorous", and putting their house of ten years up for sale. With NO forewarning or previous communication. THEN the husband immediately pitches the argument that he's given everything up for HER, maybe she should repay the favor. Um, she's been raising your children and making a home for you for ten years. I don't see how she OWED h [...]

    3. I just read this book for the second time - I think it's a good portrayal of what can happen in a marriage when both parties are selfish. However, there's got to be some way that people can talk about finding God in their lives without being completely cliche. It's frustrating to be reading along and enjoying the book when suddenly, WHAM, there's a phrase that just makes you groan. One of Rivers' (as well as many other "inspirational fiction" writers) trademarks is using one phrase several times [...]

    4. I'm seeing a disturbing trend among Christian fiction where husbands engage in extra-marital affairs and it's always, ALWAYS ends up being the wife's fault!! ALWAYS! Plus, the women ALWAYS end suffering and losing everything, (pride, dignity, self-esteem), and the husbands get off with no more than a slap in the wrist. And not only that, it's the wife who always ends up apologizing to the husband because it's their fault the husband had an affair. Unbelievable!! I'm all for love and forgiveness [...]

    5. I had high hopes for this book due to having enjoyed The Atonement Child and And the Shofar Blew, however, I was disappointed. There are two stories which are meant to be running parallel and presumably woven together. But, they don't actually fit with each other and could easily be extracted from the book and told independently. The first story is about a gradually declining marriage leading to an affair and the other is told through the journal of a girl that used to live in the first couple's [...]

    6. After reading Redeeming Love, I couldn't wait to pick up another Francine Rivers book. The Scarlet Thread highlights the life of two women, generations apart but of the same family. Enduring differing but similar hardships, it is their ultimate reconciliation with their Savior that binds these two women together. Per the title, the scarlet thread is represented in a quilt made by the earlier of the two women. Interwoven throughout is a scarlet thread representing Jesus/God and is throughout each [...]

    7. What can I say? I don't expect a ton from Francine Rivers. The most interesting parts of her books are people's conversion stories. That's where this one disappointed. Everything happened "too easily" and all the resolutions to each problem (that took HUNDREDS of pages going through each minor issue) took only a handful of pages to resolve. I didn't feel that any of the characters grew, they just shifted into these obvious molds. The moral of this story is unfortunate as well seems that no matte [...]

    8. ‘… it is the men who dream of Oregon. It is as though Heaven itself beckons them and we must all cross hell to get to it.’Set across different centures, The Scarlet Thread follows the lives of two women who are joined through an old, tatty journal as they each grapple with their husband’s 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 [...]

    9. I am facing an upcoming move with my husband, and a friend of mine saw how much I was struggling with it, and she gave me this book to "help." She had the best of intentions (I think). While the story was completely captivating (I read it in 2 days), and I felt so attached to the characters, there were a few prevalent themes to this book that really bothered me. 1. The main character, Sierra. Where do I even start with her? She was bland, boring, and I could not understand why Alex was so "madly [...]

    10. For me the Scarlet Thread made sense. I could certainly relate to Sierra, her feelings about moving across country away from family and the life that they had established in her home town. I could also relate to her husband's need for adventure, feeling like he needed to better provide for his family and follow his dreams. I don't think it is always easy for a wife to follow her husband. And many times it takes lots of work on our attitudes when we are faced with those kind of decisions. In ligh [...]

    11. I read this book every time I have moved or go through some sort of big change. The theme of God working through all things is a very encouraging one for me.

    12. I rated this two stars because I didn't think this book was bad and deserved one star. I finished it and that says something but I don't think this will ever be a recommendation I give to others. It's a slow read without surprises. I knew exactly how the book was going to pan out from the first 50 pages and I was spot on.If you have nothing else to read then this novel will do but please know it is nothing like Francine Rivers' previous novels A Voice In The Wind or Redeeming Love. QUESTION: Sie [...]

    13. Originally posted on Creative Madness Mama Originally published in 1996, now refreshed with a gorgeous new cover for 2012! Read from June 08 to 09, 2012 — I own a copyReading the slight description blurb for this book does not even begin to touch on what all is inside. This Creative Madness Mama had the God-timing to accidentally pick this book up after a very frustrating disagreement with the Enginerd. This edition is a reprint with a gorgeous new cover (also just reprinted The Atonement Chil [...]

    14. The Scarlet Thread is a story about two women separated by time but sharing the same experiences and learning the same lessons together. Sierra is the modern woman who is battling marital problems while Mary Catherine McMurray is Sierra’s ancestor who was forced to make a journey on the Oregon trail. The story about Mary Catherine was set in the 1800s and was told through her journal, the entries of which I had a hard time reading at first especially during the parts where Mary Catherine did n [...]

    15. I have mixed feelings about this book On one hand, I did enjoy reading it and was very motivated to keep reading and finish it. On the other hand, I'm not sure how I feel about the message of the book- I feel like the woman was blamed way more than she should've been. Spoiler alert: There is NO excuse for having an affair; I don't care what your wife is like. Honestly, she had a legitimate reason to be ticked about having to move without having been consulted first. Yes, in Christian marriage, t [...]

    16. I gave this book 5 stars as I loved and loathed it. The parts I loved was the angst the drama, the dueling stories. the goodness and love that was projected by several characters. The parts I loathed hated. was the herouh not a hero in any manner in ANY WAY ON ANY DAY OR ON ANY PLANET I need to clarifylol. The other woman a side note of hatefulness (especially in her affair as well as the way she treated his son), the heroine she was at times a pillbut I rooted for her thru most of itUNTIL she a [...]

    17. This book certainly was not what I was expecting. It tells the story of Sierra Madrid (a name I found painful to constantly read), a woman who has it all until her husband decides to take a new job in a city far from their hometown. This event begins a journey down a long road of hurt, betrayal, and redemption. While reading about Sierra's life, we also read along with her as she goes through the diary of an ancestor whose circumstances mirror Sierra's in many ways.This book was painful for me t [...]

    18. The Scarlet Thread by Francine Rivers is contemporary fiction about God’s sovereignty and faithfulness. After 13 years of marriage, Alex decides on his own to leave his steady job for an opportunity in California as a video game designer. His wife, Sierra, does not want to move and becomes angry and bitter. I particularly liked reading the part about the issues in the contemporary marriage. The couple has four times as much money but becomes very unhappy and Alex asks for a divorce. Sierra’s [...]

    19. Francine Rivers is becoming one of my favorite authors. I just read The Scarlet Thread and what can I say but I loved it! This story is about two women in different times and the struggles that they go through. The characters we meet are Sierra Clanton Madrid and Mary Kathryn McMurray. These two women are related to each other but live years apart. Mary Kathryn’s is a pioneer woman struggling on the Oregon Trail and Sierra is a modern day wife that was also moved from her northern California h [...]

    20. At first I thought the book was kinda depressing. I kept thinking these people had such sad lives, and I was hoping that it would get better. As the book went on I got caught up in their characters, and how a life without Christ could be like. I kept thinking, "if they only knew God". By the middle of the book I couldn't put it down. i had to know if these people would be able to put their lives back together. It was an amazing testimony to the power of God to heal you no matter what has happene [...]

    21. I loved the book. If you need a good read, I would recommend it. It's about two women, one in the present and one in the past. One woman dealing with having to travel the Oregon trail. The other woman dealing with her problems and having to move to another state in the present. Both women moving from their homes and having to find a new way of life in another place. Both women dealing with anger and resentment and how they find their way and let go of it. Different time periods but the two women [...]

    22. 5+ ⭐️ I Listened to the audiobook. Beautiful Story. This was exactly what I needed at this time I grieve my Dad's passing. This story inspired me and made smile. I picked this book up to read at the right time. The narrator was excellent.

    23. I have read books by Francine Rivers before and this one is as good if not better than her others I have read.This books is two stories rolled into one - one of an ancestral generation and one in the present day.Both are amazing to read. Francine puts you right in both stories like your right there.Recommended for all to read. Great lessons on forgiveness, love and putting God first before everything else.

    24. No one likes change. That is, no one who doesn’t have a say in what is changing. However, there is a Source of comfort we can all run to when life is falling apart. Sierra’s life is ripping at the seams and happens upon a journal and quilt from one of her ancestors. Could this be a key to what she is missing in life?

    25. Soul searching book This book spoke to me in a personal way. Through it God spoke to me and showed me things He wants to do in my life.

    26. For some reason this book moved me so much. Don't get me wrong, I hated Alex. Like totally, he was such an ass through out the book and then he expected Sierra just to take him back? Idiot. I hated him for it.Well I found this book once again at my College library (funny the types of books you find there). I read my first Francine Rivers book from there too and I just wanted to try another when it came by my way. I got to say, Rivers is growing on me. Her books are nice, though in a way I think [...]

    27. I must've read this book a great deal, too many times to count. I had happened to find it, surreptitiously, at the library, never expecting to not ever set the book down-until it was ended. It took me two days ( I had to work a full shift) , but at home , I practically did the bare bones of humanity along with ignoring everybody, to finish. Idolatry at it's finest. See, I'm learning? Initially, I read this novel when it first came out and it happens to be my first Christian fiction novel, I read [...]

    28. There is a "scarlet thread" that runs through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. This thread represents the blood of Jesus and its redemptive power for the lost. Throughout scripture, it is shown again and again that the way to forgiveness is by the shedding of pure and holy blood. In the New Testament, Jesus sheds His own holy blood for humankind so that all may be redeemed. Northern California author Francine Rivers released a book in 2000, titled The Scarlet Thread, that shows the thread t [...]

    29. This book weaves the life of a current day woman, Sierra Madrid, and her ancestor, Mary Katheryn McMurray.In the beginning of this book I set it down because the character Sierra was so selfish and nagging I could not stand reading her laments against her life and her husband. This is perhaps set up for what is to come but I skipped ahead and still was able to follow along. Francine Rivers always brings spiritual strong characters into her writing and I always come away wishing I had a strong sp [...]

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