Thursday, June 04, 2015

Review: The Crimson Cord: Rahab's Story

Jill Eileen Smith

The Crimson Cord: Rahab’s Story

by Jill Eileen Smith
Revell, February 2015

About the Book

“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

My Review

While I’ve enjoyed Jill’s books before, I was especially intrigued by the subject of this one because the Bible tells us so little about Rahab, and yet she was special enough to be saved during the destruction of Jericho. I wondered how Jill would portray this prostitute.

I think writing biblical fiction is one of the most difficult things for a writer to do well. So many characters are already engrained in our thoughts, even if we have imagined parts of their lives ourselves. But Jill does it as well as anyone out there. I was pulled into the story from the beginning.

I thought Jill’s explanation and imaginings of what happened to Rahab’s first husband and how she became a prostitute were very well done. Jill’s descriptions of life in the ancient world are so well drawn I felt I was right there with the characters, kicking dust from my sandals and fetching water from the Jordan. Highly recommended.

Cindy Thomson