Bringing A Bible Story To Life
The Scarlet Cord by Debbie McQueen is a Christian historical story of Rahab. It is beautifully written, taking the bare bones of the biblical story and enhancing it with Debbie McQueen’s imagination. It is not meant to be read instead of the Bible but alongside it, as a means of understanding part of the Old Testament. Several OT stories are woven together in the tale.
There is the theme of God’s goodness and faithfulness. In a time of many gods, the god of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was the only true God. It required faith to worship the unseen. “The key was to trust, believe and have faith without knowing all the answers.”
God uses willing people. “Let me be available to you, to help your people.” God rewards faithfulness. He does not necessarily call the qualified, He qualifies the called. God wants a willing heart and He can supply the rest.
God’s faithfulness in the past means He can be trusted with the future. “He knew His God did big things when He told His people to obey.” God has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. He will make a way where there seems no way.
Life is a battle between good and evil. “You cannot let darkness in and steal who you are.” We need to be careful how we live and let the light shine through us.
The novel is about overcoming. Life can throw all sorts at us but we have a God who is faithful.
When we know God, we can know a peace that is above all understanding. The world around us may be in chaos but God can calm any storm.
Debbie McQueen has taken the relatively flat characters of the Bible and made them come alive for the reader with her embellishments. They have become easier to identify with.
The Scarlet Cord is a story of great beauty. As the reader progresses, so familiar biblical names and places spring to life. It is a perfect story to be read in tandem with the Bible, enhancing ones understanding.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.