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

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

by Jill Eileen Smith

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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.

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ISBN-13: 9781441221155
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/10/2015
Series: Daughters of the Promised Land Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,637
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Jill Eileen Smith is the author of the bestselling Michal, Abigail, and Bathsheba, all part of The Wives of King David series, and of Sarai, Rebekah, and Rachel in the Wives of the Patriarchs series. Her research into the lives of biblical women has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan. Learn more at
www.jilleileensmith.com.
Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling and award-winning author of The Wives of King David, the Wives of the Patriarchs, The Loves of King Solomon, and The Daughters of the Promised Land series. Her research into the lives of biblical women has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan. Learn more at www.jilleileensmith.com.

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The Crimson Cord: Rahab's Story 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
The Crimson Cord: Rahab's Story is a beautifully written account of the Biblical hero Rahab. Rahab is a complex character. She endures so much turmoil in her young life. She finds herself in a loveless and abusive marriage, sold to slavery and forced into prostitution. I enjoyed Jill Eileen Smith imagination on how Rahab lived and how she became the famous hero during Biblical times. I love reading the scenes of Rahab and Salmon together midway. There are such two strong characters. And I loved it when they were interacting with one another. Such a sweet part of the story. I thought the book to be a wonderful reminder of the power of forgiveness and how you can redeem yourself. No matter what, God loves you and forgives. Even when you have found yourself in horrible circumstances, always keep faith in God. You never know what HE has planned for you. What a wonderful beautiful piece of Biblical fiction. I cannot wait to read more by Jill Eileen Smith and look forward to see what other Biblical greats she will write about in the future. I highly highly recommend it! 5 plus stars
Sue1 More than 1 year ago
The Bible tells us little about Rahab other than she was a prostitute who hid Israelite spies and helped them escape. In exchange she exacted a promise from them that she and her family would be spared when the Israelites conquered Jericho. She is also mentioned by Matthew in the lineage of Christ.  But what might her life have been like? What if Rahab had been forced into prostitution after being sold as a slave to help pay her husband's debt? What if  she despised her life and those who forced her into a life of shame and misery? What if she tried to escape? What if the Israelite spies didn't keep their word? What if they did--then what sort of life would she have? Can she trust these men and their God? Jill Eileen Smith takes the little bit of knowledge we have of Rahab and combines it with history of the time period to create a marvelous tale of what could have been. History is woven into the story and not presented as a litany of facts. The story and characters are completely plausible. The reader will keep turning pages to discover if Rahab will ever be free to make her own decisions and if she will find the love that has been missing from her life. If you enjoy reading moving fiction in Biblical settings with strong, unforgettable characters, you won't want to miss The Crimson Cord.  A word of warning, though:  It will be hard to put the book down once you begin. Susan Simpson, Author
Wilani More than 1 year ago
A great read of Biblical Fiction.  I found myself searching the Scripture while I read this book.  I found it to be be quite accurate with the Bible.  I loved the way she described the characters.  She did a great job with the research and the book is well written.  I look forward to reading more of her books.  I was given a copy of this book in exchange for giving an honest review.
TheTeaCupLady More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author put together a very credible story for the Biblical character Rahab. I was captured by Rahab's story and felt the depth of her heartache and loss and was moved to tears when she finally experienced the depth of the love, grace, and mercy from God. When I finished, I felt like I had a better understanding of how Rahab made it to the Faith Hall of Fame. The story was beautifully written and begs the readers to examine their own hearts. I loved how the author even wove in a New Testament parable with Rahab's husband. I would highly recommend this book. I was given a copy of this book by the author as part of her launch team in exchange for an honest review.
wileysmSM More than 1 year ago
I really liked reading this fictional account of the Biblical character Rahab.  The fictional account was very believable and the culture of that time was well explained.  I met Rahab, her beauty and charm well described, who was trapped in her lifestyle of lies, seduction, and sex with no apparent way out until the God of The Hebrews intervenes.  I was impressed with Joshua's strong, God-given leadership and protection and nurturing of Rahab.  Salmon impressed me first as courageous when following God's plan for Jericho and then his cowardice and indecision when it came to Rahab living among the Hebrews.  Eliana was a beautiful mother figure to Rahab, by the display of her tender spirit reaching out to ladies in desperate need of God's love.  Greed and power described Gamal and Dabir in their relentless desire for women and wealth at any cost.  These and other characters grabbed and kept my attention riveted to this well written book centered on the sin of men versus the love and forgiveness of Almighty God.  A FABULOUS book.  I was given this book by the author as part of her Launch Team, in exchange for my review.
iStudyScripture More than 1 year ago
Followers of Christ know of God’s amazing love for man. Scripture tells us that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us paying the penalty for our sins. It’s our redemption story and every believer has one. In her new book The Crimson Cord, Jill Eileen Smith, has created a beautiful retelling of Rahab’s redemption story. At points along the way, Rahab endures soul crushing hardships, but through her perseverance and faith in the One God of the Israel she is given new life and hope for a future. All that we know about Rahab from scripture can be drawn from chapters 2 & 6 in the book of Joshua, Hebrews 11:31, and from the lineage of Christ listed in Matthew 1:5. From these seeds of scripture Smith has written a story that will firmly take root in your heart. The portion of this retelling which resonated the strongest with me was Rahab’s difficulty in accepting God’s free gift of love and her desire to repay Him for His mercy and forgiveness. A gift so BIG can seem unfathomable to our guilt stricken hearts. Rahab’s character - her inner thoughts, doubts, and longings felt authentic. Smith has crafted her character to be a careful blend of feminine vulnerability and strength. Jill Eileen Smith shares numerous historical and biblical details throughout the book, especially the law regarding captive brides, which plays a large role in the storyline. From their first encounter Salmon and Rahab have a special chemistry. While they don’t always share a fondness for one another, their relationship evolves into a love story of biblical proportions. In The Crimson Cord, Jill Eileen Smith places God’s glory, strength, and love on display. Her combination of desperate emotional lows countered by mountain top highs made for a page-turning work of biblical fiction. You will not want to pass this one up! ** I received this book from the author for my honest review. 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.”
sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
Are You Ready For A Life Changing Journey? I have enjoyed all the books that I have read by this author.  I must say, this is my new favorite!   Author Jill Eileen Smith took me on a Biblical journey that was vividly real to me.   I pictured the scenes, I felt the abuse, I could smell the devastation and I felt the terror. We know very little about Rahab from the Bible.  What we do know is God used her in a mighty way!   While this story is fiction, the author paints a very believable story line.  I loved it! If you think that God can never use you, that your sins are too awful and too many, think again.  Often we have a harder time forgiving ourselves for what we have done but God is faithful and just to forgive us.  Rahab is the perfect example of what God can do. The Crimson Cord is a book you don’t want to miss.  It just might change your life! I was given a copy of this book from the author and publisher to read and review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.
Anonymous 7 days ago
This book was very good. It stayed true to the Biblical account while filling in the gaps with an interesting fictional story. It reminded us how we wrongly judge others while we are just as deserving of judgment. It did a great job of foreshadowing the need for a spotless Savior to be sacrificed for our sins.
Anonymous 12 days ago
Well told.
Anonymous 20 days ago
Liked the way the Biblical story was expanded into a plausible Christian fiction without drawing away from the actual history.
Anonymous 24 days ago
I really enjoyed this book. How it brought Rahab’s story to life. I couldn’t put it down. Looking forward to read more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great story! I felt like I knew her!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read with extras thrown in to keep book exciting & interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My real name is Abby
ksnapier475 More than 1 year ago
The Crimson Cord, by Jill Eileen Smith, is the first in Daughters of the Promised Land series. Rahab was a prostitute who is listed in the lineage of Jesus Christ. But there is more to her story than that. When Joshua sent spies into Jericho, Rahab provided them with a hiding place. She was a believer of God who could have been killed for her actions and her belief.  With so little known of Rahab, the author did have to take some liberties to provide her back story. However, she did such a great job that the novel is easy to believe. Jill Eileen Smith did stay true to the Bible, but allowed the reader to feel like they now can understand more about  the main character.  This well-written book, published by Revell Publishing and I would recommend it to any of my friends and families.  I will give it the maximum number of stars on all of the sites where I post this. I was given this book by the author and Revell Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
WOW! What a powerful rendition of the story of one of the Bible's most famous women. This book is a hard one to review. Not because it isn't good, but because there is just so much in this special story that it's hard to highlight only a little bit. As I read The Crimson Cord I was reminded of God's mercy and forgiveness and it touched me in a way that I haven't been in years. The Crimson Cord is all about forgiveness and mercy. After everything that has happened to her and the choices she has made haunt Rahab. She will do whatever it takes to save her family and to find God's acceptance and love. Salmon has a little bit different issue, one that we, as Christians, often struggle with, and that is self-righteousness. That one pricked me a little while I was reading. I would imagine that Biblical fiction is probably one of the hardest genres to write. Giving life and a different perspective to familiar passages, while trying to stay true to what the Bible actually says. I, honestly, felt that Jill Eileen Smith was successful. She tells an entertaining story without sacrificing the Biblical record, she also weaves in some fascinating historical facts. I quickly became invested in Rahab and her story. Jill Eileen Smith is a master at getting her readers emotionally involved in the story she is telling. The Crimson Cord is a beautiful story of woman trapped by circumstance and destined to be remembered by history as a woman of great faith. The last lines sum it all up, “Forgiven prostitute. Who had married a prince in Judah.” When forgiven by God, He can and will make something amazing out of us. (I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.)
Vicuna More than 1 year ago
Jill Eileen Smith has taken a story about Rahab, and women that we seem to have a love-hate relationship with, and turned it into an amazing story of strength, courage and faith. I really loved this book. The story pulls you in from the beginning and holds your interest to the very end. I’m not going to spoil the story by going into details, but there were several passages that really grabbed me. The unfolding of Rahab’s faith and the passage with the Passover lamb had me in tears. Get it, read it and tell all your friends!
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
If you've read any of Jill's Wives of King David or Wives of the Patriarchs series you already know that you are in for a real treat with this first book in the Daughters of the Promised Land series. My book club has read several of her books so I was thrilled to get my hands on  The Crimson Cord. The book is divided into three parts. In the first part Jill pens a what if scenario of Rahab's life before the Biblical account. She fills in the blanks of all those questions that we have about this infamous woman. How did she become a prostitute in the first place? What type of relationship does she have with her family that they would be willing to come to her house of ill repute to be saved? I enjoyed Jill's suppositions and thought that the situations that she came up with were very plausible. She fleshed out Rahab and allowed the reader to see what Rahab's life must have been like.  The second and third parts of the novel are made up of the Biblical account sprinkled with some more maybe this could have happened scenes to fill in the gaps of the complete story. This portion of the book was particularly moving for me. To watch a woman go from being a self-loathing wretch of a person to a beloved wife in the lineage of Christ was just beautiful. It was also a wonderful reminder that no one is ever too far away from God to be redeemed. I highly recommend this book for personal reading. I also think that it would make a wonderful novel for your book club. The discussion would be interesting. I personally can't wait to read it with my club.  I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
The Crimson Cord by Jill Eileen Smith is a wonderful, captivating story of Rahab. For those who have wanted to know more behind the brief encounter in the Old Testament account, there will be no disappointment. The author spins a delightful, logical background story of Rahab and her importance in Biblical history. Every character is richly portrayed and comes alive through the author’s descriptions. The drama of Rahab’s life, as the author envisions it, is very plausible and enthralling. The story woven here explains how Rahab’s life became one of a prostitute and how it was not a willing choice. Through quite believable circumstances her existence is dictated by the men in her life. The author portrays her husband as a compulsive gambler addicted to the game, and he uses his beautiful wife for his purposes. Not only does Jill Eileen Smith capture the essence of the weak and conniving men of Jericho and the ruthless and cruel-natured men of Jericho but also she captures that of the courageous and loving men of Israel and the God-following and compassionate men of Israel. Through this historical story Joshua and Salmon are brought to life as the God-honoring, leaders of the Israelites—men that you feel you know better by the conclusion of the story. Besides a very gripping romance, we have the story of a woman’s journey of faith and faith rewarded. Furthermore, we have a story of redemption and God’s unfailing love to those who ask forgiveness and receive Him. This novel continues the tradition of Jill Eileen Smith’s well-crafted works. Her extensive research for her novels is very evident and rewards the reader with a very intriguing story and Biblical history that comes alive. I very highly recommend this wonderful story. It draws the reader in, and the reader wishes that the story could go on and on. I received a copy of this book from the author who asked that an honest review be posted.
itsraymarie More than 1 year ago
I've made no secret of my love for Biblical retellings, and this one definitely hit the mark. I've read previous books by Jill Eileen Smith, and she never disappoints. She brings new life into stories we've heard for ages, making you think about them in a new and different way. Rahab is married to a gambler. So far into debt, and making even more wrong choices, he and his wife and all his belongings are sold to pay his debt to the king. Rahab is bought by the King's counselor, who has one plan for her: force her into prostitution. With no other options, Rahab despairingly fills the role that Dabir has forced her into. It's interesting to see things from Rahab's perspective. We don't know much about her in the Bible, only that she helped the Israelites and was saved. This story sets up how she got the point where she was able to help them. The circumstances that brought her into the place where she was. I think it's easy to look on her lifestyle with disdain, but this story gently reminds us that women in her day didn't really have a choice, and offers a glimpse at the person that she was. This story also changes perspective between Ruth, and the spies, which I found to be very interesting. We get to see what had happened from both perspectives. I think we also often forget what it would be like to be an Israelite, wandering around in a wilderness, following orders that don't make sense. This showed that from both sides, from unwavering faith to those that had some doubts, and I think Smith did a good job of showcasing that. But we don't often hear or think about what happened to Rahab after she was saved. Would the Israelites take her in? Would she join them? Worship their God? I loved how this story also spent a significant amount of time on what happened after the fall of Jericho, and how Rahab's life was afterwards. This was a beautifully depicted retelling of an old story. I think Smith did such a good job of staying historically, culturally, and Biblically relevant. You could feel yourself being immersed in the time and place of the story. This was a well-done story, and one I very much enjoyed.
TCramer More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book by Jill Eileen Smith and it's the first book by her I've read. Such a fascinating view of the story of Rahab and the forgiveness of God. The first 2/3 of the book was very difficult to put down, while the last 1/3 slowed down a bit, and I was tired from working all day so my attention span was at its weakest. However, the beauty of the story is from cover to cover. If you enjoy Biblical fiction you will love this book. I look forward to reading more by this author.
StaceyZink More than 1 year ago
I knew within a few pages Jill Eileen Smith had written another masterpiece. I embraced this story with the same passion that I did all her other novels. I couldn’t put it down until I reached the last page. I wanted to know that Rahab would be okay, even knowing the Bible story wasn’t enough. I needed to know Jill’s version, too. Jill takes us from the beginning and creates compassion by explaining how Rahab became a prostitute. One message that I clearly read: each of us is a sinner. We are condemned to die a sinner’s death without the grace of God. This message was delivered unapologetically, yet through fiction, which makes it fun to read because the bad stuff is happening to someone else. We can sit and say that would never happen to me or I wouldn’t put myself in that situation, but the truth of the matter is we are all sinners. It doesn’t matter what your manner of sin might look like today. Deep down we are all the same. We are all in need of salvation. This is a book about passion and purpose. A woman who is forced into slavery as a prostitute. Her one hope for rescue is the one who betrays her. Life isn’t easy, but she endures and finds a way to be content. Smith paints a picture of a woman tested beyond belief, yet, she comes through the fire and shines. God has a purpose for each of our lives. He has a plan, even if we don’t see it at this moment. I love how Smith wrote Rahab’s character. There are so many possibilities for how to create a character in this position, yet she made her human. This is a book I will be thinking about for a long time. I was provided with a free copy in exchange for my honest review.
millstreetreader More than 1 year ago
Jill Eileen Smith is known for her Biblical fiction featuring the women of the Bible.  Liz Curtis Higgs, one of my most favorite authors, has also made a career of retelling those Bible stories which feature women, but Higgs changes the settings to another historical time period.  When I read Higgs's personal review praising Smith's version of Rahab, I knew I wanted to read the book.  I was NOT disappointed. Smith  paints Rahab with sympathetic strokes, making it clear how few rights a woman had in Old Testament times -- an arranged marriage at a young age, a foolish and greedy husband, a deceptive "friend"  who twists his own lustful desire into slavery, plus the shame of barrenness.  All these details lend plausibility to Rahab position as a prostitute willing to help the enemy, the Israelites, who promise safe asylum for her family. The early part of the book makes Old Jericho comes alive with-- the excesses, the false gods, the emptiness. Soon even the powerful are crippled with fear of Israel's God.  Later readers are given a glimpse of what challenges Rahab would have faced once she joined the victorious Israelites.  Mercy and forgiveness are key themes of this book, and I loved the way Smith works the parable of the man who was forgiven much who then turns around and demands payment of a lesser debt from another into the story of Rahab's husband. This is the first book I have read by Jill  Eileen Smith but I will reading more of her Old Testament retellings.  I received a copy of this title for review purposes from Revell Reads. 
JenniferMcLucas More than 1 year ago
Rahab’s story is nothing if not a story of redemption. The redemption theme played out in The Crimson Cord over and over again. I was pleasantly surprised with the way Smith wove scripture from other places, including one of my favorite parables, into Rahab’s story. The promise of redemption for all of us was written well between the lines of Rahab’s story. I’ve never read a book by Jill Eileen Smith before, but the way she weaves drama, passion, and wonder into her writing I can hardly wait to read another. She did an outstanding job of telling Rahab’s story. I immediately fell into sisterly love for Rahab, someone who’s story I really hadn’t related to much before now. I have often considered the kindness of Boaz and wondered what kind of character his parents must have had to bring up such a wonderful man, but the pictures in my head often conflicted with the truth I knew about Rahab’s past. I feel now a strong kinship with Rahab, I feel as though I understand her better. It’s so much easier for me now to reconcile Rahab, the prostitute with Rahab, the mother of Boaz. After completing The Crimson Cord I was desperate to read Part 4. My hope is that the next book in this Daughters of the Promised Land series will be the story of Ruth and Boaz and that it will pick up not far from where this first book ended. Regardless, I simply cannot wait to get my hands on another book by Jill Eileen Smith. I’m excited to find out that she has already written two other Biblical fiction series, The Wives of Kind David and Wives of the Patriarchs. You can be assured I’ve already added those to my reading list!
VicG More than 1 year ago
Jill Eileen Smith in her new book, “The Crimson Cord” Book One in her Daughters of the Promised Land series published by Revell gives us a fictional account of the life of Rahab From the Back Cover: 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, she 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. Immerse yourself 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 your heart. When you read the story of Rahab in The Bible it is very dramatic and exciting. However there is a lot of backstory that is completely left out from The Bible. Jill Eileen Smith to our rescue. Wow, the depth of information that Ms. Smith presents to us is astounding, quite interesting and captivating. Because of all this research and information we are given quite a picture of this woman that makes her very interesting and someone to really care about. It is important that we learn about Rahab because she is part of the genealogy. Ms. Smith makes Rahab come alive and we get a chance to walk with her and share her adventure intimately. We see what she sees, we feel what she feels simply because Ms. Smith is such a great storyteller. 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.”