Wife to a gambler who took one too many risks, Rahab finds herself sold as a slave to cover her husband’s debt. Forced into prostitution, she despairs of ever regaining her freedom and her self-respect. But when Israelite spies enter Jericho and come to lodge at her house, Rahab sees a glimmer of hope and the opportunity of a lifetime.
In one risky moment, she takes a leap of faith, puts her trust in a God she does not know, and vows to protect the spies from the authorities. When the armies of Israel arrive weeks later, Rahab hopes they will keep their promise, but she has no idea what kind of challenges await her outside Jericho’s walls–or if she will ever know the meaning of love.
Under Jill Eileen Smith’s talented hand, the familiar story of Rahab bursts forth in high definition. Immerse yourself in a world of dark and dusty streets, clandestine meetings, and daring escapes as a mysterious biblical figure claims her full humanity–and a permanent place in your heart.
The newest series by Jill Eileen Smith begins with the intriguing story of Rahab, the prostitute who protected the two Israelite spies in the book of Joshua. In return, she asked for protection for her family when the Israelites conquered Jericho. In her story, we read of God’s goodness, His grace to sinners, and His plan for the world. Rahab is one of four women (in addition to Mary) listed in the genealogy of Jesus. We know she married a man named Salmon, but how did that come about?
It’s my opinion that Smith has yet to write a bad book. Unlike some writers of Biblical fiction, she doesn’t pick and choose which facts to include. She includes all the information provided on a character in the Bible and creates a story around that. As a result, I feel her work is Biblically accurate. In The Crimson Cord, Smith has also worked in a familiar New Testament parable. It’s a surprising inclusion, but it’s woven into the tale seamlessly. That’s something else about Smith’s writing: although it’s easy to read in just one or two sittings, it doesn’t lack depth. I was immediately drawn into Rahab’s tale and the life she endured prior to meeting the Israelites. The descriptions of Jericho and the Israelites’ camp were written in such a way I could picture them without difficulty.
The Crimson Cord is the first in the Daughters of the Promised Land series. The other books will focus on Deborah, Ruth, and Hannah.
Thank you to Jill Eileen Smith and Revell for my complimentary copy of The Crimson Cord, which I received in exchange for my honest review.
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Publisher: Revell (a division of Baker Publishing)
Publication Date: 10 February 2015
Page Count: 368