Monthly Archives: February 2015

The Crimson Cord: Rahab’s Story by Jill Eileen Smith

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Have I ever mentioned I love biblical fiction?! I really love it, and this one did not disappoint.

Hopefully, we have all read of Rahab. She was a harlot that hid the Israelite spies on her roof. Then she was promised by the spies that when Jericho fell, she would be saved, and all in her house, as long as the scarlet cord was hanging from her window. The imagination and research of the author really brought Rahab’s story to life.

We know from the Bible, that Rahab remained in the Israelite camp after Jericho fell. She married a man named Salmon, and gave birth to Boaz (who redeemed and married Ruth). She is also in the kingly line into which Jesus was born. I love that God used a harlot, saved by grace, to have descendants which would include His own Son.

There is very little in the Bible about Rahab, so most of this story is most likely fiction. But it never hurts to imagine… How did she end up being a harlot? Was it her own choice, or was she a slave? How did she meet her future husband? How did she come to believe in God while living in pagan Jericho?

This story is precious! It is one of grace, and hope in God. You will not be disappointed if you pick up this book… you won’t be able to put it down!

I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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Romancing Your Better Half by Rick Johnson

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This book is all about intimacy in marriage, how to achieve it, but also keep it. It talks a lot about communication, and about the differences in how men and women communicate. It talks about how women have more emotional needs, while men have more physical needs. There is a chapter just for women, about men. And another just for men, about women.

Mr. Johnson is a very colorful author, easy to read, easy to follow. He is witty and honest in his advice. I really love how he confessed his shortcomings, and how he is trying to overcome them for the good of his marriage. It’s refreshing when authors don’t “know-it-all.”

While there was a lot of sound advice in this book, there wasn’t much that I haven’t read or heard somewhere before. It’s always good to be reminded and re-focused, but there wasn’t too much in the book that helped me at this time in my life. I would definitely recommend it though, because it’s full of truth and great practical advice! Definitely a great book!

I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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Where Rivers Part by Kellie Coates Gilbert

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This was a book unlike others I’ve read. Most fiction books are purely romance, but this one was different. I enjoyed a glimpse into a corporate world, one I know nothing about. It was simple enough not to overwhelm me, but complicated enough to make for a great story!

Dr. Juliet Ryan finally landed a big job, one that can show her father what she is made of. They have never seen eye-to-eye, because of past mistakes. She is the director of QA, quality assurance, in charge of the lab at a bottled water company. The company is coming into one of the biggest mergers in its history, and is getting ready to go global. At the same time, a breakout of E.Coli occurs in the city. Assured she has done her job well, she never even thinks it could be from their own bottled water, until the unthinkable happens!

Juliet finds herself in the midst of a personal tragedy, all the while she is fighting for her job, her company, and her own name. She begins to suspect everyone around her as the story continues. Who is to blame?

This book was easy to read, and had a perfect amount of suspense. I did not enjoy the affair between a few of the main characters. I know these things go on, but I personally think it could have been a little more subtle, and less offensive. However, there were no graphic details.

Overall I enjoyed this book.

I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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