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Not exactly a Disney princess... and yet... she married a prince in Israel... and she's listed as the great-great-grandmother of King David. We all know Jesus is called Son of David. I've lost track of how many greats that is. ~smile~
I've read some historical fiction books about the Bible before, so I thought that this one might give me some insight into the customs of the time period. It did. I am continually amazed at how God works. Oh I want to tell you, but I'm not allowed! You just have to pay attention to why the Israelites marched around the city for seven days. ~hint hint~
Truthfully, I nearly had to put this book away. It's so hard to imagine women being treated merely as property. That's exactly what Rahab was in Jericho. I found that the way that Rahab was forced into prostitution and some of the details shared were a bit too much for me. Since it was a review book, I decided to give it just one more chapter. I'm glad I did. The whole book changed when the Israelite spies came. From there, it got really good. It was a beautiful story of redemption. While I know that we do not know the details of Rahab's life, this story of how it might have been made her true story, while unknown, all the more precious. It truly highlighted the loving, all powerful, holy God that we call Jehovah.
Jesus is our redeemer, but God was redeeming people, not just the Israelites, even before Jesus. Rahab is a prime example. The Crimson Cord is a story of redemption. I believe it is a tool to show the love of God to those who are hurting in their sins longing for a savior without even knowing what or whom that may be.
I recommend this book, but do not put it in the hands of a teenager. It's mature content is for mature adults. It's not explicit. I wouldn't have read it if it were, but Rahab was a harlot. I don't want my young daughters to read it.
No sin is too great, no sinner too far gone for Jesus Christ to redeem. He loves you and is reaching out to you.
Have you been redeemed? Jesus is the only way and truth and life.
Now is the time. I'll be happy to answer any questions I can.
God bless you!
~~~~~Here's information from the publisher:
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 www.jilleileensmith.com.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Baker Publishing Group and Revell Reads. Opinions expressed are my own.
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