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 by Dabir, counselor to the Syrian king, Rahab 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. Readers will find themselves fully immersed 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 readers' hearts.
Those familiar with the Bible likely know the scriptures that tell of Rahab, a harlot who helps Israelites during their preparation in tearing down the walls of Jericho. The Crimson Cord: Rahab's Story isn't a factual account of that Bible story and shouldn't be taken as such. But what the book does is weave scripture into a story of what Rahab's life might have been like.
The Crimson Cord: Rahab's Story tells of a ravishing beauty named Rahab who is married to an abusive man who owes debt. Because of faulty actions, Gamal causes great trouble to himself and his wife. Rahab ends up being forced into prostitution and becomes astute in keeping her real feelings to herself, while outwardly mastering how to play on other's feelings. Rahab is tossed between different men, is held captive in a palace, loses family connection, and has to go through a forced abortion. She keeps praying to the moon god to save her, but it's to no avail.
During one particular meeting with two men, Rahab trusts a gut instinct within her and asks for their protection if she helps them get a lay of the land so they can prepare for battle. When the Israelites finally do come to tear down the walls of Jericho, Rahab and her family are saved. Rahab takes a giant leap and decides to join the new group of people who believe in a different god than the one she had put her faith in for so long. Rahab's struggles don't end there. Her family leaves and she wrestles with whether or not she can be forgiven for her life as a prostitute. It takes a lot of inward self-realization and some nudging, but Rahab finally learns that God is merciful and she learns what it's like to truly love.
I felt that this story was absorbent and engaging. The narrative did well with taking me into a world of old, and the characters were compelling. It's a story of redemption and forgiveness.
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