Saturday, February 21, 2015

Review: The Crimson Cord by Jill Eileen Smith

The Crimson Cord by Jill Eileen Smith is a fictional account based on Rahab’s story in the Bible.  Rahab, a prostitute, helps the Israelite spies and she and those within her home are saved from the destruction of the city of Jericho.  Putting her faith in the God of Israel, she places a red cord out her window and she and her loved ones are sheltered in her home as the city walls come tumbling down (Hebrews 11:31). This book explores the events before Rahab meets the spies, the destruction of Jericho, and after.  I have always wondered if God sent those two spies specifically to save Rahab and I was always curious about more of her story.  Ms. Smith gives us her imaginings of how Rahab may have been placed in prostitution and how she was crying out to any god to save her before the events in the story unfolded and she became Rahab the prostitute.  I really did enjoy this story as the characters asked many of the same questions as we do today, especially in regards to the mercy and grace of God and yet His perfect judgement on mankind as well.   Forgiveness, salvation, and faith are themes in this story and they are interwoven throughout.  There is a romantic thread between Rahab and Salmon, one of the two spies, and it was interesting to see how that played out.  In the Bible Rahab becomes the mother of Boaz, firmly placing her in the genealogical line of Jesus (Mathew 1:5).   I liked how Ms. Smith wove the story around the Biblical accounts located in Joshua chapters 4-9.  I look forward to the next in this series, Daughters of the Promised Land.  I have received my copy from Revell Publishers for an honest review and the opinions are my own.

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