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The Scarlet Thread

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  15,794 ratings  ·  521 reviews
Book 2 of the Sons of Encouragement Series
Audio, Abridged
Published September 15th 2004 by Oasis Audio (first published October 1st 1995)
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I just read this book for the second time - I think it's a good portrayal of what can happen in a marriage when both parties are selfish. However, there's got to be some way that people can talk about finding God in their lives without being completely cliche. It's frustrating to be reading along and enjoying the book when suddenly, WHAM, there's a phrase that just makes you groan.

One of Rivers' (as well as many other "inspirational fiction" writers) trademarks is using one phrase several times
The Scarlet Thread by Francine Rivers is NOT my favorite book. It probably never will be, no matter how many times I read it. I can't even say I like Sierra, the main character of the novel, or what she does, or Alex, the other main character. Why not? Because reading this book is like holding up a mirror and looking at myself, square in the face. Never did I feel I was inside Sierra's mind, but often I felt she had invaded mine.
This novel actually is a story within a story, telling the story o
♥~♥Geri ~ the HEA junkie ♥~♥
I'm seeing a disturbing trend among Christian fiction where husbands engage in extra-marital affairs and it's always, ALWAYS ends up being the wife's fault!! ALWAYS! Plus, the women ALWAYS end suffering and losing everything, (pride, dignity, self-esteem), and the husbands get off with no more than a slap in the wrist. And not only that, it's the wife who always ends up apologizing to the husband because it's their fault the husband had an affair. Unbelievable!! I'm all for love and forgiveness ...more
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What can I say? I don't expect a ton from Francine Rivers. The most interesting parts of her books are people's conversion stories. That's where this one disappointed. Everything happened "too easily" and all the resolutions to each problem (that took HUNDREDS of pages going through each minor issue) took only a handful of pages to resolve. I didn't feel that any of the characters grew, they just shifted into these obvious molds. The moral of this story is unfortunate as seems that no ...more
Meredith White
After reading Redeeming Love, I couldn't wait to pick up another Francine Rivers book. The Scarlet Thread highlights the life of two women, generations apart but of the same family. Enduring differing but similar hardships, it is their ultimate reconciliation with their Savior that binds these two women together. Per the title, the scarlet thread is represented in a quilt made by the earlier of the two women. Interwoven throughout is a scarlet thread representing Jesus/God and is throughout each ...more
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For me the Scarlet Thread made sense. I could certainly relate to Sierra, her feelings about moving across country away from family and the life that they had established in her home town. I could also relate to her husband's need for adventure, feeling like he needed to better provide for his family and follow his dreams. I don't think it is always easy for a wife to follow her husband. And many times it takes lots of work on our attitudes when we are faced with those kind of decisions. In ligh ...more
The Scarlet Thread is a story about two women separated by time but sharing the same experiences and learning the same lessons together. Sierra is the modern woman who is battling marital problems while Mary Catherine McMurray is Sierra’s ancestor who was forced to make a journey on the Oregon trail. The story about Mary Catherine was set in the 1800s and was told through her journal, the entries of which I had a hard time reading at first especially during the parts where Mary Catherine did not ...more
‘… it is the men who dream of Oregon. It is as though Heaven itself beckons them and we must all cross hell to get to it.’

Set across different centures, The Scarlet Thread follows the lives of two women who are joined through an old, tatty journal as they each grapple with their husband’s ambition.

Twenty-first century woman Sierra Madrid is less than thrilled when her husband Alex announces that he has accepted a job offer which means they must move hundreds of miles to Los Angeles. She is so up
This book certainly was not what I was expecting. It tells the story of Sierra Madrid (a name I found painful to constantly read), a woman who has it all until her husband decides to take a new job in a city far from their hometown. This event begins a journey down a long road of hurt, betrayal, and redemption. While reading about Sierra's life, we also read along with her as she goes through the diary of an ancestor whose circumstances mirror Sierra's in many ways.

This book was painful for me t
There is a "scarlet thread" that runs through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. This thread represents the blood of Jesus and its redemptive power for the lost. Throughout scripture, it is shown again and again that the way to forgiveness is by the shedding of pure and holy blood. In the New Testament, Jesus sheds His own holy blood for humankind so that all may be redeemed.

Northern California author Francine Rivers released a book in 2000, titled The Scarlet Thread, that shows the thread t
Elizabeth Ray
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I read this book every time I have moved or go through some sort of big change. The theme of God working through all things is a very encouraging one for me.
Francine Rivers is becoming one of my favorite authors. I just read The Scarlet Thread and what can I say but I loved it! This story is about two women in different times and the struggles that they go through. The characters we meet are Sierra Clanton Madrid and Mary Kathryn McMurray. These two women are related to each other but live years apart. Mary Kathryn’s is a pioneer woman struggling on the Oregon Trail and Sierra is a modern day wife that was also moved from her northern California hom ...more
Karen & Gerard
The Scarlet Thread by Francine Rivers is contemporary fiction about God’s sovereignty and faithfulness. After 13 years of marriage, Alex decides on his own to leave his steady job for an opportunity in California as a video game designer. His wife, Sierra, does not want to move and becomes angry and bitter. I particularly liked reading the part about the issues in the contemporary marriage. The couple has four times as much money but becomes very unhappy and Alex asks for a divorce. Sierra’s God ...more
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This book weaves the life of a current day woman, Sierra Madrid, and her ancestor, Mary Katheryn McMurray.
In the beginning of this book I set it down because the character Sierra was so selfish and nagging I could not stand reading her laments against her life and her husband. This is perhaps set up for what is to come but I skipped ahead and still was able to follow along. Francine Rivers always brings spiritual strong characters into her writing and I always come away wishing I had a strong sp
Tobreth Hansen
nice, soft feel good thing. But at the end she talks about the scarlet thread/line hanging out of someone's window - an Old Testament story (truthfully Mormons could be more familiar with the Bible stories) and how all things in life are for our good and implies we have no control and God has no control. While I agree God is in control, if we had no control and he had all control it takes away the benefit of free agency and gets us back to pre-destination and if we are pre-destined than our choi ...more
At first I thought the book was kinda depressing. I kept thinking these people had such sad lives, and I was hoping that it would get better. As the book went on I got caught up in their characters, and how a life without Christ could be like. I kept thinking, "if they only knew God". By the middle of the book I couldn't put it down. i had to know if these people would be able to put their lives back together. It was an amazing testimony to the power of God to heal you no matter what has happene ...more
I loved the book. If you need a good read, I would recommend it. It's about two women, one in the present and one in the past. One woman dealing with having to travel the Oregon trail. The other woman dealing with her problems and having to move to another state in the present. Both women moving from their homes and having to find a new way of life in another place. Both women dealing with anger and resentment and how they find their way and let go of it. Different time periods but the two women ...more
This book is very atypical of the types of books I's inspirational fiction: believe and surrender to God is the motto. It was one of the few books that was available this week through our overdrive library site, so I thought I'd give it a shot. It's not bad...the modern marital struggles are definitely relatable. The Oregon Trail diary is engaging.

Just finished it. Uggh, what can I say...if you're looking for a novel about redemption and the Bible, God's love, and so on...then, this is
It was good up until the end. I didn't agree with Sierra's decision to return to her husband. He was extremely hostile, demeaning, uncaring, and selfish for a very long time. Not to mention that he took a mistress and completely destroyed Sierra's belief in herself and their love. He stomped on her and, in my opinion, said some very irreparable things. It was unbelievable to me that she would ever consider trusting him again. Especially with another, kinder, man ready to come into her life. Eith ...more
I could not get over his behaviour. He was not hero material in my opinion. The way he treated his wife...(view spoiler)...unexcusable and unforgivable.

Also, it was too preachy for my taste.
I would probably rate this a 3.5 if there were half stars. I enjoyed the novel and most appreciated the diary type entries from a young pioneer on the Oregon Trail. It seemed to paint an accurate historical picture in an engaging way. The modern story (and by modern I mean set in the 90's) didn't captivate me as much, nor did I feel as if the two narratives were connected (I would have preferred a more seamless switching back and forth). I appreciate redemption stories and this is one, but the t ...more
Jamie Eskelson
I am on a real Francine Rivers kick lately, having read 4 in a row. She's the best Christian fiction author I have ever come across. (I think I may have a slight obsession me, Rhonda.)

I liked the first 300 pages of this book and absolutely LOVED the last 150. There are two story lines. One about a husband and wife who are having marital difficulties because of lack of communication and stubbornness. The other story line is about a sweet gal who crossed the Oregon trail in the mid
I would give this book 4 1/2 stars if I could. I could relate to Sierra and Alex on so many levels --problems in marriage caused by lack of communication, the sense of powerlessness that comes when others make decisions for you, the healing that can come when working with the Lord to fix what's wrong in your life, the clearer vision that comes as we recognize the part we play in our own problems. THis list of a few things that I noticed in this book is in no way comprehensive. There are so many ...more
Ketsia Gustave
This book is a great example of what can happen in a marriage when God is not it's foundation and center, as well as what can happen when you allow your own desires to become your focus in your marriage. I like the fact that the author did not try to fantasize the story, things got ugly and depressing, but I loved the transformation in Sierra from self-centered, self-righteous and naive to a Christian woman determined to make God the center of her decisions instead of her emotions. Her journey w ...more
Okay story. The theme is putting God's will before your own and it plays out in the lives of the women in this story. My biggest problem with this story is the author pretty much makes it Sierra's fault her marriage to Alex is falling apart. But honestly, what woman would be happy and not question her spouse who wants to totally uproot your family without ever having any sort of discussion with his wife? I'd say he is the problem, especially after the move. He expects her to change her entire li ...more
"The Scarlet Thread" is a helpful read for anyone feeling isolated or alone in their struggles. The real life issues that the characters experience shed light on how we all are in this journey together.

From traveling across country not knowing if you'll live or die to the pain of abandonment or divorce, this book offers the reader hope and assurance that there is someone who understands your fears and is always with you -- whether to guide, to listen or to carry you through.

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New York Times best-selling author Francine Rivers began her literary career at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English and journalism. From 1976 to 1985, she had a successful writing career in the general market, and her books were highly acclaimed by readers and reviewers. Although raised in a religious home, Francine did not truly encounter ...more
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