Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Crimson Cord by Jill Eileen Smith

"Rahab's story is one of the most moving redemption accounts in Scripture. The Crimson Cord perfectly captures all the drama of the original, fleshing out the characters with care and thought. Jill's storytelling skills kept me reading late into the night. A beautiful tale, beautifully told!"--Liz Curtis Higgs, New York Times bestselling author of Mine Is the Night

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.

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

Here is my review of this beautiful work of fiction:

First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Jill Eileen Smith and her publisher for sending me a copy of "The Crimson Cord" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
The story of Rahab, the infamous prostitute who sheltered the Israelite spies under Joshua’s leadership, comes to vivid life in “The Crimson Cord” by Jill Eileen Smith.  From her beginnings as an underappreciated wife to how she became a prostitute then a notorious traitor of her people to her entrance into the nation of Israel and the most illustrious of lineages, Rahab is fleshed out creatively and beautifully in this novel.  It will be interesting to talk with her in heaven about her story.

Jill Eileen Smith has proven herself many times over as a gifted writer of stories that bring the women of the Bible to life.  Her stories get me thinking about these Biblical accounts more deeply and from different perspectives.  Reading her fiction makes me more thoroughly consider the passages of Scripture I am studying.  This work is both entertaining and inspiring.

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