Review: The Crimson Cord
Author:Jill Eileen Smith
Series: Daughters of the Promised Land #1
Genre: FICT, Historical Fiction
Short Book Description:
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.
Biblical fiction has always been a favorite of mine, so when I got an email asking if I wanted to review this one I couldn’t resist. I have actually never read a story based on Rahab and the spies that Joshua sent into Jericho.
I have always wondered though about the rest of the story. Like, why did Rahab become what she was? who did she marry in the Israelite camp? So although this book is fictional, I believe it painted an accurate picture of the Bible story.
I have actually never read any books by Jill Eileen Smith before, now I can’t wait to get the rest of her books and the rest in this series when they come out.
This book painted a really realistic portrait of Rahab I believe. She wasn’t overly strong mentally or emotionally, she was pure human. She made mistakes, trusted the wrong people, got into the wrong line of work, but in the end she prevailed and came out a strong follower of Yahweh and someone who other women, and men, looked up to for her faith.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Biblical fiction or historical fiction in general.
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