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.
“She would never be free of the greed of fools.” (p. 91)
Considering Rahab’s circumstances, I am quite sure she felt this way on more than one occasion. Jill Eileen Smith does a most excellent job of recreating an accurate depiction of Rahab’s life as a prostitute during ancient times. Her recognition of God’s power when the spies came to her was a powerful moment – her first step toward accepting God’s presence in her life and submitting to His will. From the moment she comes to live among the Israelites to the moment she weds Salmon, the reader has a front row seat to the transforming power of grace. Rahab’s thirst after God is not slaked even after she becomes part of the lineage of Christ. She thirsts for His presence always!
What a mighty picture of God’s grace toward us as His redeemed children! How marvelous that He chose to redeem Rahab’s life and record it for believer’s to read throughout time! I was Rahab before Christ set me free!! We all were! We were as hopeless as she felt when she was bound in prostitution and made to be the brief satisfaction of men’s fleeting desires. BUT GOD took that away from her! Forgave her! Embraced and loved her and placed her in the lineage of Christ! THAT, dear reader, is a beautiful picture of grace!
No one writes biblical fiction like Jill Eileen Smith! No one places you on the ground and in the skin of biblical characters and remains accurate to both historical content and biblical content! The story of Rahab is now fresh in my heart and her story of grace increases my praise for my own forgiveness and great grace!
RUN to the store and begin reading The Crimson Cord today! It is most excellent!
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