February 14, 2015

The Crimson Cord

Common sense whispered warnings. Fight back. Flee. But he had captured her with kindness, leaving all courage behind her.

The Crimson Cord, by Jill Eileen Smith, is a fictional story of the Biblical woman, Rahab, and is the first book in the Promised Land book series.

Rahab is wed to a self-serving, egotistic gambler. Because of his selfish ways, she is sold into slavery and prostitution. She desperately wants to redeem herself from the life she’s been forced into. When Israeli spies come to her house, an opportunity arises, but she must put her faith in God, who she doesn’t know.

Though there is limited Biblical information on Rahab, we get an essence of her heart. This fictional story, focusing on Rahab, taps into that essence and paints a lovely story of faith, forgiveness, and restoration.

This story is highly descriptive, pulling me back to Bible times and customs. The secondary characters are believable and add so much to the story. But the star is definitely Rahab, a strong, and crafty woman. She is the thread throughout this story, and though her journey through faith and mercy is sometimes ugly, it is realistic and so very memorable.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fictional accounts of Bible stories. A great read that is hard to put down.

4 Stars

Cover: Love it
Title: Love it
Publisher: Revell
Pages: 368
First Lines: And Joshua the son of Nun sent two men secretly from Shittim as spies, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.” And they went and came into the house of a prostitute whose name was Rahab, and lodged there…

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley and Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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