Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Scarlet Thread

The Scarlet Thread is the second Francine Rivers book I have read. I found it so encouraging for what I am going through at the moment. The story is of two women; Sierra who's husband takes them miles away from her family with a new job developing computer games; and Mary Kathryn who becomes a pilgrim in the 1880s travelling 2,000 miles across USA on the Oregon Trail, with a young family. Sierra (an ancestor of Mary) reads Mary's journal of her early life and the anger at being uprooted from her home. They both struggle with being obedient to their husbands and what they feel as their selfishness to their wives, almost destroying their marriages.

But they both discover the love of God, as often spoken to them by their mothers and realise they themselves have been being selfish. The forgiveness they receive and then are able to show to their husbands saves their marriages one way or another how ever for Mary she loses her husband.

I was encouraged to have faith in God through all I am going through at the moment, and to see the work He has done and is doing with my husband and his work issues. It reminded me in the hope I live for in knowing that in all things God works for the good of those whom He loves.


  1. Have you read Redeeming Love? It is the only one of hers I've read but thought it was beautiful. I cried my eyes out!

  2. Yes that was the first one of hers I read. I loved it too and like this one once you get into it you just want to keep reading to find out what happens. Some books can not really be like that until near the end but these you just want to go back to them every moment you get
    I also have 'The Atonement Child' and 'The Last Sin Eater' by her. My second daughter has them and she has leant them to me, so I am reading them.