The Crimson Cord by Jill Eileen Smith

Rahab, despite all her hard work and every attempt to please her husband, finds herself sold as a slave to cover the multitude of debts her husband incurs. Although relieved to be free from a man who did not love her, Rahab soon discovers she was simply traded from one fool to another, forced to endure prostitution to line the purse of another greedy man. Just when she feels she is losing all hope of freedom, Rahab encounters spies for the Israelites and agrees to keep their secret in exchange for sparing her family’s lives. As the wealth and sin of her city destroy its very foundations, once again Rahab is adrift without a home. She is an outcast among a foreign people, her sordid past setting her apart from a holy people. Desperate for peace and forgiveness, she turns to the Israelites’ God, seeking the love He promises. Rahab learns to trust her new God to give her the desires of her heart, even the nearly impossible hope of a family.

This fictional account of the true Biblical tale of Rahab is so wonderfully and poignantly told that it becomes vividly real, every emotion stirring my heart to feel Rahab’s longings, pain, and shame. I fell in love with her as I grew to understand her deepest desires in spite of her circumstances and as she searched for the One she knew would bring her the forgiveness and peace that she sought. The author did a remarkable job of including true facts, some phrases and words taken directly from the Bible. And despite the sensitive nature of Rahab’s life, Ms. Smith skillfully crafts a tale that communicates the emotions without including too many sordid details. Although some of the facts of Rahab’s life are fictional in this book, I have no doubt that Ms. Smith captured Rahab’s heart, allowing us to once again be amazed at God’s ability to use even the most lost sinners for His greatest good. This book is most highly recommended!

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.


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