The Crimson Cord {book review}

The Crimson Cord Book Review

The Crimson Cord by Jill Eileen Smith
Feb 15th – 21st

“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 Timesbestselling 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, andThe 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

My thoughts:

You know, we all know the story of Rahab.  It’s an important one in the Bible.  But this goes way beyond what is known.  This brings Rahab to life.  She is now your best friend.  You feel for her.  You want to help her.  You cry for her.  And then finally you rejoice with her.

I really haven’t been a fan of Bible fiction before.  And then I found this series.  Wow is all I can say.  I now feel that I know more about Rahab and who she was as a person and not merely as someone who got a mention in the Bible.  

I highly recommend this book to everyone and will be seeking out more of this type of story that I really hadn’t thought much of before.


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