“The Crimson Cord” by Jill Eileen Smith tells the story of Rahab. In the Bible Rahab was a prostitute in Jericho who helped Israelite spies. Rahab protected the Israelites and was promised safety when the Israelites took Jericho. She was told to hang a crimson cord on her window and when the time came she and anyone who resided in her house would be safe. “The Crimson Cord” takes us into Rahab’s world and brings the scriptures in the Bible to life. The Bible does not say why Rahab became a prostitute but this book gives us one possibility. This book also makes us think what her thoughts and feelings were during that dark time in her life. We also see how she moves from her past to a bright future and become an ancestor to Jesus. While we can only speculate about most of Rahab’s life, this book will bring her to life and make us wonder what this woman was truly like.
This is a wonderfully written book and that will draw you in from the first page and keep you turning until the last. Jill Eileen Smith does an amazing job in bringing the Bible to life and detailing what life was life back then. This is the ultimate story of redemption and forgiveness. We see that if we put our trust and faith in God He will forgive us of our sins if we are sincere and repent. Rahab’s story shows us that God can and will use anybody from any walk of life for a greater good. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Revell.