Disclosure: I received a copy of the book The Crimson Cord to facilitate this review. All opinions stated are my own.
Rahab’s story has always intrigued me. What were her circumstances? Why would a prostitute risk her life to save the enemy? And how was it that she ended up being in the lineage that led to the Messiah? For anyone who has ever wondered about Rahab’s life, I highly recommend you read the book The Crimson Cord by Jill Eileen Smith. It’s a wonderful story of what life might have been life for Rahab and what led to her redemption.
About The Crimson Cord: Rahab’s Story (Daughter’s of the Promised Land)
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.
The Bible mentions how Rahab risked her life to save 2 Israelite spies and help them escape Jericho. In return, she was promised that she will be saved when Jericho is destroyed. Other than that we know very little of her life. There are so many unanswered questions… What made her turn to a life of prostitution? What made her risk her life and betray her ruler to help the Israelite spies? After Jericho fell, how did she adapt to life among a foreign nation? The book The Crimson Cord gives the reader a possible answer for all those questions and more in a richly woven tale of the redemptive power of God’s love.
The Crimson Cord is an easy read and once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down. Even though I knew how Rahab’s story ultimately ended up, I was still captivated by the journey. The author did an excellent job of making us feel at home in that world and you could definitely tell she had done her research into the time period.
At times I admit that Rahab’s story in The Crimson Cord was hard to stomach. Although I know that during this time period, women were treated as property and had no rights, it was at times hard to read what Rahab was forced to endure – first as the wife of a cruel and abusive man and then as a women forced into a life of prostitution. While I may not be able to relate to the particulars of Rahab’s story, I can relate to being in a situation where I feel totally out of control. It has been during those times of darkness in my life that I truly realized how much I needed God’s love and mercy.
I think the most powerful part of the book for me was at the end where Rahab finally surrenders to God’s merciful love. After all she had been through, she understandably felt unworthy of love and resigned herself to being alone. Only after she finally accepted that God’s love is a gift, and not something to be paid back, could Rahab finally put the past behind her and open herself to the possibility of forgiveness and grace.
We will never know exactly the circumstances of Rahab’s life, but I think Jill Eileen Smith’s version might have been close. After all Rahab’s story is much more of a testament to God’s mercy if she was at the lowest of lows. If he can provide redemption for a former prostitute, then certainly he can extend his grace to the likes of me. I don’t keep all of the books I read, but I am definitely going to be adding The Crimson Cord to my bookshelf and will likely read it again in the future. It’s a must read for anyone who has ever wondered about the rest of Rahab’s story.
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