Monday, April 13, 2015

A Whole City of Ugly

The Crimson Cord: Rahab's Story

Jill Eileen Smith

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.

    The Crimson Cord  was really, really good. It is such a provoking retelling and I cried and felt with Rahab. It incorporated such a level of historical Jewish laws, it was simply amazing. 

    This book is really only suitable for adults. While not explicit in any way, shape, or form it does touch on: domestic abuse, rape, abortion, the making of a eunuch, adultery, stoning,  barrenness (and miscarriages), and prostitution. 

     I really, really did not like Gamal (the husband), he continued to be a ridiculous thorn in our sides throughout the whole book. Despite that, he did make an interesting contribution to the story. One I really enjoyed. I'll give you a hint: he is the subject of a biblical parable. Which one? You ask. Guess. Then, read. 

     We got the advantage of several points-of-view including Rahab, Salmon, and Dabir. All bring interesting things to the plot. The bulk of the book focuses on Rahab's time pre-falling of Jericho. It was really heart wrenching, and Jericho was gross. Just so you know.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Enjoy reading, and don't forget to click on the cover to read an excerpt. 

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