A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Revell Reads. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.The Crimson Cord by Jill Eileen Smith
Series: Daughters of the Promised Land #1
Published by Baker Publishing Group on February 17th 2015
Genres: Christian, Fiction, General, Historical, Romance
Source: Revell Reads
Suggested Age: 18+
Parental Discretion Advised for the following reasons: Adultery, prostitution and issues that go along with that (unwanted pregnancies, drugs, abuse) and some violence.
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.
This is a fictional account of one of the greatest stories of grace in the Bible! By faith was Rahab spared. By faith she was redeemed. This fascinating woman became the mother of Boaz, a type of Christ in the Bible. For the type of man that Boaz became—his mother had to be a remarkable woman.
We do not know the reasons that Rahab became labeled as “Rahab the Harlot” so there is of course a good bit of speculation as to why she was living this life. She may or may have not been a willing participant in this lifestyle but the important thing is that at some point she gave her heart to the God of Israel.
By faith she and her family were spared when Jericho was overthrown. This woman put her faith into God and into two spies that she hid among the flax on her rooftop—securing their passage out of the city and earning the promise that she and her family would be spared. As a symbol of this promise she was asked to tie a scarlet cord in her window so that the Israelite army knew that her family was to be saved.
That scarlet thread of grace became not only symbolic of her physical but also spiritual salvation. In the genealogy of Christ, all four women from the Old Testament are women who receiving extraordinary grace. Oh, how that God extended his grace to all of us! He is an amazing God that changes lives!
While this book is a little edgy (How can it not be?) and sometimes even a little dark, it was so beautifully written. I couldn’t put this book down and I would definitely suggest this to older Christian ladies who do not mind a bit of an edge to their books.