The Scarlet Thread by Francine Rivers
I have read a couple of books by Francine Rivers (Atonement Child and maybe 1 other) and thoroughly enjoyed them but generally I tend to “shun” her books. I don’t know if this is true but in my mind her books were too “old-timey” or were about pioneer women and that did not really interest me.
But, my Mimi LOVES Francine Rivers – she may have read all of her books. We were at her house visiting and she had just finished The Scarlet Thread and asked if I wanted to borrow it. I said, “No.” Then I changed my mind and decided to borrow it – I didn’t have to finish it if I didn’t like it did I?!?! Well, I did fnish it and it was a great read.
The story follows “two women centuries apart, joined through a tattered journal as they content with God, husbands – even themselves- until they fall into the arms of the One who loves them unconditionally.”
Sierra Madrid is the modern woman who had it all – until her husband takes a job in southern California and turns her life inside out. And Mary Kathryn McMurray is a pioneer woman trying to survive the Oregon Trail. Their life circumstances are similar yet are worlds apart as they try to depend on their own strength to get through hard times yet fail until they find God’s grace and love.
The one theme that really stuck out to me from this novel was that when we are feeling sorry for ourselves, or playing the part of the victim, we fail to see how we have (or are) contributing to the problem. It was a good reminder to take a step back and look at the big picture from an objective place every once in a while.
The Scarlet Thread is a great story about love, family, forgiveness and restoration.