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This Scarlet Cord: The Love Story of Rahab

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  • Posted December 14, 2012

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    Review originally featured on Bookluvrs Haven blog. My granddad

    Review originally featured on Bookluvrs Haven blog.

    My granddaddy was a devout Catholic that loved to read. And my best memories of him are of sitting next to him by the fire as he read stories from the Bible, a book he read religiously multiple times a week. Even though I don't qualify myself to be as devout as he was, it is no surprise that I do enjoy biblical fiction. The bible is filled with exciting stories of love, hope, war and betrayals - the foundations of any good story.

    I attribute my voracious appetite to the written word to him, so thanks grandpa. May you have endless amazing reading material up in Heaven.

    As a kid, I had my favorite stories. Samson was one of my favorite ones, and the one I wanted to hear most of the time. So when I pick up a biblical retelling, I sometimes don't know much about, or remember much about that particular story, such as this story of Rahab. So I am not very concerned with the accuracy of events. I just want a good read, interest read.

    In 'The Scarlet Cord' you definitely get an engaging read.

    Rahab is kidnapped by a band of bandits, but is rescued from their clutches by a young Sala. The two couldn't be from two more different worlds. Sala and his people believe in the one true God. While Rahab and her people believe in many. But the two forge a deep friendship as only two children, with no regard from any worldly imposed differences, can. Rahab's family comes to claim her and take her home and the two young friends separate, possibly forever...

    But it wasn't forever. Through a series of events, Sala and his father find themselves within the city of Jericho on a dangerous mission. At the same time, the old king of the city must perform a ritual to honor the god Baal and give the people their much needed hope for the upcoming year. Rahab is chosen for her beauty as the other half of this ritual, much to her anguish as she does not wish to be the selected beauty sacrificing her virginity. But behold! There is divine intervention! The King dies before he can complete the act!

    Jericho is on the brink of war, and this is only one event in a long chain that picks up momentum as you continue to read this story.

    Love? Oh yes, there is love in this story. A love so strong that it can conquer any difference if both Rahab and Saal can manage to see through their cultural and religious differences.

    Hope? Much hope. But in war, there are no winners.

    War? Tons of it. The majority of this novel is centered around it.

    Betrayal? What's a good biblical story without it?

    All the makings of a good story. All present in this imaginative and intense retelling of the story of Rahab 'the harlot', the Jericho woman who hid Israelite spies inside its city walls, while their world was on the brink of a war that would change history.

    *I received a eBook copy of this book for free to review from the author/publisher via Netgalley; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.*

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  • Posted July 16, 2012

    I enjoyed reading This Scarlet Cord, by Joan Wolf. This was a fi

    I enjoyed reading This Scarlet Cord, by Joan Wolf. This was a fictional book based on the love story of Rahab from the book of Joshua in the Bible. Obviously, mention of Rahab in the Bible consists of a few verses in chapter 2 and chapter 6. But her real importance is in the book of Matthew, chapter 1, the Genealogy of Christ.

    Rahab, in the Bible, is a prostitute who helps two Israelite spies escape Jericho. They in turn save her when the Lord takes Jericho for his people.

    In This Scarlet Cord, Wolf, takes a slightly different look at Rahab. She breaks the book into three parts. Part 1 is where Rahab and Sala (Salmon in the Bible) meet when he saves her from slave traders. They meet again in Part 2 when Sala and his father, Lord Nahshon, disguise themselves so that people in Jericho will not know they are Israelites‘. Rahab and her family have come to Jericho so that Rahab can find a wealthy husband. Then, in Part 3, this is the part of the story that comes from the Bible in Joshua Chapter 2-6.

    In order to read this book, you need to have an understanding of the book of Joshua so that you are not lead astray as to the character of Rahab. However, it is wonderfully written to give you some insight of the things that were happening at that time to both the Israelites and the Canaanites.

    I really enjoyed just being able to take a glimpse into history by reading this story. Thank you Booksneeze for the opportunity to review this book.

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  • Posted June 27, 2012

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    Rahab meets Sala, an Israelite boy when she is a young girl. But

    Rahab meets Sala, an Israelite boy when she is a young girl. But their families don’t intermingle and she is soon in Jericho while her father tries to find her the perfect husband. Perfect to her father means wealthy and important. But perfect to Rahab means someone she can relate to and who loves her. But that isn’t looking likely; especially when she is noticed by the king.

    In the notes by the author she mentions her intrigue with the story and how it came about. She created a story around why Rahab was a believer and how she came to be part of Christ’s lineage.
    I think she did a beautiful job. The story flows well and while plot driven, also engaged me with it’s well defined characters. It was a beautifully written historical fiction.

    I received this book free of charge from Booksneeze in exchange for my honest review.

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