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The Crimson Cord


I am over the moon excited to have found this book by author Jill Eileen Smith!  I love to read Biblical stories retold and Smith has done a masterful job retelling Rahab’s story. Books of this nature are always my favorite because they encourage me to go back to the Bible to read the account for myself.

In The Crimson Cord, Smith tells the story of Rahab who was a prostitute. The Bible tells us little about Rahab’s life before we meet her in the Book of Joshua.

Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. “Go, look over the land,” he said, “especially Jericho.” So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there.

When they arrive at her home she hides them from the King’s army and gives them a way out.  Rahab helped them escape with the promise that they would protect her family when the Israeli army arrived to take the city. This promise was kept and Rahab and her family were allowed to live. Rahab would go on to marry Salmon (Israelite) and is the mother of Boaz who would marry Ruth.

Through a fictionalized retelling, Smith imagines what Rahab’s life was before the Israeli men found their way to her home.  This book is most definitely a page turner and is by far the best piece of fiction I have read lately.

From the back cover:

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.

I have never read any of Smith’s books before, so I am elated to find that she has written other titles like this one. If I could rate this book with 10 stars, I absolutely would. It is oh so good! While this story is a retelling of a Biblical account, I would also rate it PG-13. It does have a heavy subject matter and speaks to the misery of prostitution. I would also add that you need not be familiar with the Biblical account to enjoy this book. It is an intriguing story separate from it being a Bible story. I was given a complimentary copy of this book by its publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I have not been compensated.