Book Review : The Crimson Cord

We all know the story of Rahab in the Bible, albeit a short story at best.  Who hasn’t wondered about more of her story?

I know that when I recount the lineage of Jesus each Christmas, I continue to wonder why the three women in the linear are there?  Why only three?  Why those three?  What is God teaching us in their stories’?

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Jill Eileen Smith gives us a backstory for Rahab the prostitute, even though much of it is supposition, because we really don’t know what happened.  However, the tale she tells is a good one.  This was a hard story to read though, as Ms. Smith’s version puts Rahab as a prostitute against her will.  It is a difficult story to follow as Rahab over and over is faced with cruel men taking charge of her life, and quite honestly it is painful to watch.

I really enjoyed The Crimson Cord, the end brought me to tears more than once as Rahab is coming to terms with forgiveness through the One true God.  Even though I am not a prostitute or at the end of bad choices forced on me, I need forgiveness, I need cleansing too.  I loved how Rahab mourned for the lamb that was sacrificed for her sins.  We should all feel that intimate pain for the Lamb – as Jesus was sacrificed for my sins.

One of the other parts I really enjoyed in this novel was that Ms. Smith went beyond Rahab’s story and was quite true to the book of Joshua.  I appreciated how she wove in the defeat at AI, as well as the treaty with the men deceiving the Israelites.

I applaud Ms. Smith for a well written novel, even one that was hard to read at times because of the subject matter.  I feel like she approached the subject delicately (as she could) and wrote a book that will resonate forgiveness to all of us.

NOTE : I received a copy of the Crimson Cord in exchange for an honest review from Revell Publishers.

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