Jun 11, 2012

This Scarlet Cord by Joan Wolf

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.

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The story of Rahab and her unwavering courage to hide the Israelite spies has always intrigued me. This Scarlet Cord brings the well known story from the book of Joshua to life with drama and unforgettable characters.

I love when a story inspires me to dig into the Bible and confirm the actual account of a particular time in history.  Joan Wolf has done a fascinating job of bringing the story of Rahab to life in a fresh and delightful way.

Beginning when Rahab is twelve years old, the story follows the unlikely friendship between Sala and Rahab.  Due to their conflicting religious beliefs, they know a future together is impossible, yet over the years they continually feel drawn together. They can't begin to imagine the future that God had in store for them!

I was captivated by this story from the very beginning, and highly recommend it. 

Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley courtesy of Thomas Nelson, in exchange for my honest review.

1 comment:

  1. I remember that Bible story.Would love to read this one.