Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Book Review: This Scarlet Cord, by: Joan Wolf

There are two types of Christian fiction books.  The type that basically follows the Biblical account of lives, places, and situations; and the type that takes those same knowns and wraps a creative story around them.  This book is the latter.

Yes, this is a fictional book, very loosely based on the Biblical person of Rahab.  Joan Wolf has created an intriguing storyline about a woman who obviously led a very different (likely difficult) life.  While the Bible doesn't give away many details of the "real" Rahab's life, don't let the fact that the author took many literary liberties in creating a life story for her character dissuade you from reading the story.  I enjoyed this book but also realize Ms. Wolf wasn't saying that this is what the Bible says.

This Scarlet Cord helped me to understand better the culture of Jericho's day; a city drawn into self-desires and idol worship. I hesitate to write much about the storyline as it is unique in it's own right and I don't want to give away the plot.  Suffice it to say, it was a story I had never pictured the real Rahab living out but interesting to see the author's spin on her life in this fictional account. 

To meet the real Rahab one day will be grand; to hear how God spared her life, how she turned to the One true God in the midst of such wickedness, and became one of only 5 women listed in the genealogy of Jesus Christ!

This book was provided to me for review; all opinions are my own. 

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