Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Crimson Cord: Rahab's Story (Daughters of the Promised Land #1)

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.

My Impressions: 

Oh my gosh I LOVED this Historical fiction book. Its one of those great stories about putting your faith and trust in the Lord and sitting back and seeing how time and again He will reveal Himself to you and provide. This book had me in tears. Forgiveness is such a simple and complicated thing to us. It is hard for us to wrap our minds around a God that forgives and casts our past and sins into oblivion. Watching Rahab comes to terms with God was beautiful and encouraging. God can redeeem and does. What most people know about Rhab was simply that she was the prostitute that helped  the Israelite spies. That's it. Reading her story though was heartwarming. The layers of people and how and who God uses always amazes me. I love the stories of the so called nonredeemable, being remade and renewed in God. 

I appreciated how Jill kept up with all the other biblical accounts that were happening as well, so you could truly see this story coming to life and unfolding in a brand new light. Filled with historical detail, laws and unwritten rules for the lay of the land during this time period, Jill transports you back to one of the most memorable periods of biblical history. Who knew about captive brides before reading this book? I sure didn't and it really laid on a new insight for me that allows me to read the bible with a deeper appreciation. It was easy to relate to Rahab's character as a woman, especially the part when she tried to escape to save her unborn child.Who among us would not have done the same? 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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