Sunday, February 15, 2015

{{Book Review}} The Crimson Cord

"Rahab's story is one of the most moving redemption accounts in Scripture. The Crimson Cord perfectly captures all the drama of the original, fleshing out the characters with care and thought. Jill's storytelling skills kept me reading late into the night. A beautiful tale, beautifully told!"--Liz Curtis HiggsNew York Timesbestselling author of Mine Is the Night

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.

**My Review**
I'm sure we all know the story of Rahab in the Bible, even if it was a short story. I don't know about everyone else, but I personally have always wondered more about her story.

Author Jill Eileen Smith gives us a backstory for Rahab the prostitute, even though much of it is just guessing, because we really don’t know what happened. The tale Smith tells is a wonderful one. This was a difficult story to read though,even for me as Ms. Smith’s version puts Rahab as a prostitute against her will. It is a hard story to follow as Rahab is faced with many cruel men taking charge of her life, and honestly it is very painful to watch/read.

Anyone looking for a well written novel, even one that was hard to read at times because of the subject matte should check this book out. I think she approached the subject as best she could and wrote a wonderful book that will resonate forgiveness to all of us.

Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling author of the Wives of King David series, the Wives of the Patriarchs series, and The Desert Princess, first in the Loves of King Solomon series. Her research into the lives of biblical women has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan. Learn more at

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I am not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

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