Masterfully told: "The Crimson Cord" by Jill Eileen Smith

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about the book....

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.

my review....

Bringing the story of Rahab to life in an utterly unique way, "The Crimson Cord" is sure to please fans of historical fiction! As with her prior books, it is clear that Smith has carefully mined the scriptures to provide a fictionalized version of Rahab's story that is still faithful to the Biblical account. The historical setting rings with authenticity as the author has brought the time and place to life, including capturing the arrogant and violent attitudes of the men who ruled the land. Rahab's descent into the oldest profession on earth is heartbreaking to behold, and makes the ending all the more precious. Smith has done an excellent job at fleshing out Rahab's character, along with that of Salmon, and their love story is handled beautifully. Reading this fictional account makes me so thankful for a God of grace. Although the majority of readers of this novel are not going to empathize with Rahab's journey into prostitution, they will surely connect with Rahab's realization of her sin and unworthiness, and the forgiveness that is offered by our God. I continue to enjoy Smith's ability to create page-turning tales that are based in stories from the Word. They continue to be some of the best books in the Christian marketplace today.

If you have long wondered how Rahab came to be a prostitute and how her life was so beautifully redeemed, then pick up a copy of "The Crimson Cord". It is a wonderful read! I award this book a solid 4 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

 about the author....

Jill Eileen Smith

Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling author of the Wives of King David series, the Wives of the Patriarchs series, and The Desert Princess, first in the Loves of King Solomon series. Her research into the lives of biblical women has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan. Learn more at

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