Review: The Crimson Cord: Rahab's Story by Jill Eileen Smith

February 19, 2015

Title: The Crimson Cord: Rahab's Story
Author: Jill Eileen Smith
Publisher: Revell
Pages: 368
ISBN: 978-0-8007-2034-6
Publication Date: February 17th, 2015

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 by Dabir, counselor to the Syrian king, Rahab 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. Readers will find themselves fully immersed 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 readers' hearts.
Rahab is such an interesting person. She showed so much courage in what led up to the fall of Jericho. She stood against her own people and hid the Israelite spies. She was a brave woman who had some amazing faith and she played such an important part in the line of Jesus.

I love reading stories and seeing different interpretations of Rahab, this is the second one I've read in a year, and they have been so different and wonderful, to see the possibilities to why Rahab did what she did and how her faith came to be.

Jill Eileen Smith made Rahab in a real woman who you can feel for. Who you wanted to help. It was easy to hurt for Rahab after witnessing everything she was forced to endure. We are also invited in to watch and see the change that takes place in Rahab's life after Jericho. Unfortunately, pain is a close companion to Rahab, but you see how God is able to use it and transform her.

This was a wonderful story that had me flipping pages to see what would happen next. And I enjoyed how the romance was portrayed in this story. It made me happy to see how it played out the way it did.

If you are a fan of Biblical fiction, this story is right up your ally.

Too Read
4 out of 5

About the Author:
Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling author of the Wives of King David series, the Wives of the Patriarchs series, and the ebook novella The Desert Princess, book 1 in the Loves of King Solomon series. Her research has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. When she isn't writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She can often be found reading, testing new recipes, grabbing lunch with friends, or snuggling Tiger, her little writing buddy who chews her fingers as she works. She lives with her family in southeast Michigan. She loves hearing from her readers.

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Thank you to Revell Reads Blog Tour, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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