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Product Details

  • Paperback: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (July 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595548777
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595548771
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,986,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joan Wolf was born in New York City but has lived most of her adult life in Connecticut with her husband, two children, and numerous pets. She's the author of A Reluctant Queen and The Road to Avalon lauded as "historical fiction at its finest" by Publisher's Weekly.

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Joan Wolf is a USA TODAY bestselling American writer, whose acclaimed Regency romances have earned her national recognition as a master of the genre. Her many historical and contemporary romances, some of which have been chosen as Literary Guild selections, have been highly praised by reviewers and authors alike.

Joan was born in 1951 and she grew up in the Bronx, New York. A former English teacher, she obtained a Bachelor's degree in Mercy College and Master in English and Comparative Literature at Hunter College. An avid rider and horse owner, Joan lives in Connecticut with her husband Joe and two grown children, Jay and Pam.

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I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading Biblical fiction.
Deanna L Gottreu
Joan Wolf takes the story of Rahab and tells us a beautifully written story of what Rahab's life might of been like.
Overall, though I felt it took too much creative license here and there, I did like This Scarlet Cord.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By 30 Book A Month Reader on August 12, 2012
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The Scarlet Cord is a historical/biblical fiction piece loosely woven from a few paragraphs in the Bible about Rahab, the woman who helped bring down the City of Jerico and an ancestoress of Jesus.

I have been a huge fan of Joan Wolf for years, which is why I stepped out of my normal reading genre (urban fantasy) and purchased this book. I found The Scarlet Cord to be a very interesting story that definitely kept my attention, even though I found a few of the ideas to be slightly far-fetched. Wolf's writing style is very unique - she makes the reader "see" a picture in their mind in the briefest possible sentences. Wolf creates feeling and empathy for the characters in just a few descriptive words. I have long been fascinated at her concise writing style, which manages to entertain, as well as inform. The Scarlet Cord continues that excellent storytelling pattern.

I also enjoyed the Biblical references and religious conclusion Wolf came to concerning Rahab. Wolf managed to write a Bible story without becoming preachy or imposing her religious views too strongly on the reader. If the reader is religious, I'm sure the Biblical facts and the underlying religious theme will please them. If the reader is not very concerned with religion or practices other non-Christian doctrines, the reader can willingly ignore the themes and enjoy the story for simply a story. Very well balanced.

The only shortcoming I felt the story had was the attraction between Sala and Rahab. I understood her fascination for him, but thought Sala's seemed to be more of a case of strong lust for a beautiful woman. In order for a man to go against his family, his heritage, his God - especially in Biblical times - there had to be MORE to the woman than her beauty and spirit.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Laura on June 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
Rahab was a young Canaanite girl in Jericho who hid two Israelite spies. In doing this she was able to save herself and her family from Joshua's army during the battle of Jericho. During this time Rahab learns of the one true God and finds favor with God and in turn is placed in the genealogy of Christ. That is essentially all we are told about Rahab in the Book of Joshua.

"This Scarlet Cord" by Joan Wolf brings the story of Rahab to life by letting us imagine what her life was like before and after she met her future husband, Sala. Rahab was kidnapped as a girl and rescued by Sala. Several years later they meet again. They soon realize their love for one another but he is an Israelite and she is Canaanite. Sala shares his religion and the one true God with her and in her time of need she beings to pray to God instead of the pagan gods of the Canaanites. When Rahab hides the Israelite spies and helps them escape they give her a scarlet cord to hang from her window. The cord will be a sign that she and whoever is in the house will be spared. After Rahab and her family leave Jericho unharmed, both her father and Sala's father allow them to marry. Many years later their descendent Joseph married Mary who was the mother of Jesus.

I have read and heard about the battle of Jericho since I can remember. But I never paid attention to Rahab and what an important person she was. Joan Wolf brings her to life and shows us that no matter what kind of a person we are God can and will use to for a greater purpose. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Thomas Nelson.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anne Green on December 18, 2012
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Provided to me as a complimentary copy by Booksneeze, The Scarlet Cord by Joan Wolf fleshes out the life of Rahab, the Old Testament heroine who saved the spies in Jericho and whose life was spared in return. Ms. Wolf depicts Rahab as a young, innocent beauty who is mistakenly assumed to be a harlot by the Israelites since she is a Canaanite. Rahab and Sala (the Hebrew man, Salmon) fall in love, but are thwarted by their differing backgrounds and resulting family resistance. Due to Rahab's role in saving the spies, she wins Sala's father's grudging acceptance, and her family, too, comes around when it becomes obvious that Yahweh is the one true God as Jericho's walls fall.

I appreciate Biblical historical fiction because it allows me to imagine what the men and women of the Bible we're thinking and feeling as the drama of major Biblical events plays out. Usually these types of fictional works motivate me to reread the Scripture passage with a greater awareness. Unfortunately, author Joan Wolf's interpretation of Rahab fell so far off the mark of the Bible narrative that I didn't even bother to revisit the Biblical account. The Bible clearly states that Rahab was a harlot, not once but several times. This is one of the beautiful examples in Scripture of God redeeming people who are unworthy. It is a story of forgiveness and redemption, of saving to the uttermost. Wolf's depiction of Rahab as a virginal young girl not only misses a key point of the Biblical account but also seems to call into question the veracity of the Scriptural description of Rahab. For this reason, though the story was well written and an interesting read, I can not in good conscience recommend The Scarlet Cord.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By love2read77 on October 6, 2012
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One of the beautiful things about Rehab is that she was a woman who had a defile life of selling herself for money and God wash that all away from her when she repented and chose him. He used what the world called a castaway and made beauty out of it and used her in the linage of Christ. This book however takes that away. The author chose to remove that important fact and still had her to be pure when she left Jericho which was not the case. I know it's a Biblical fiction but still in writing a fiction about a highly known historical person As Rehab you must included the important facts. I was very disappointed. Her views at the end of the book on the Israelites where off also. She called their actions barbaric and wondered how she was going to make a hero out of them. The reason they cleaned the city of all was because they had to protect their children from the hideous cults that they city dealt with. Jericho killed children for what they thought was spiritual gain. They did many things that angered God. Our God is a God of love and in that love he provides protection. Again, this is the second book I have bought and read from this author and I won't buy another. She leaves out the most important facts out that makes these women special.
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