Jill Eileen Smith is a Christian fiction author that I really enjoy. I don’t tend to like Christian fiction because to be honest, it’s usually really corny. However, Smith’s books are not like that at all. Besides the book I’m about to review, The Crimson Cord, I’ve also read her series about David’s Wives and it was fantastic. That series and this one that I’m currently reading would be considered Christian historical fiction. I think even if you’re not a Christian you could still enjoy these as fiction placed in a historical setting. The Crimson Cord: Rahab’s Story is book one in a three part series. I’ll give you the synopsis and then my thoughts. This review will be spoiler free.
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.
Rahab is first mentioned in the book of the Bible, Joshua. Not much is known about her but what is known Jill Eileen Smith manages to turn into a full fledged and beautiful story. Like all of her books, this one is well written and keeps you interested the entire time. This book does stay accurate to what is known from the Bible and does not add anything that seems disrespectful or just outlandish.
I highly recommend this book and as I said above, I think even non-Christians could enjoy it. If you are a Christian this is ultimately a story of faith and redemption that I believe you will love. I’ll be reviewing book two, The Prophetess: Deborah’s Story, soon. Have you read anything by Jill Eileen Smith? Does this book sound interesting to you? Let me know! Thanks for reading and have a great day!