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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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In the Shadow of Jezebel by Mesu Andrews

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Have I ever mentioned I LOVE biblical fiction? I really do! It’s so fun to see the truth of the Bible, interwoven with the unknown… what might-have been. This story is incredible. It’s so very eye-opening to the duties of the high priest in the work of the Temple. It’s horrifying, seeing all the works of Jezebel, and her wicked daughter Athaliah. It’s so intriguing to read of Jehosheba, the heroine of the story, and her faith in God to hide the young prince Jehoash from the queens who would take his life!

Meet Jehosheba, the adopted daughter of Athaliah. She has been raised to be a political success, and will soon become a priestess in Baal’s temple, forced to commit mutilating actions on her own body, and others’, as well as other disgusting and mis-guided forms of “worship.” But as Judah is attacked, and her forces almost wiped out, Jezebel and Athaliah come up with a new plan for Jehosheba. She will be forced to marry the high priest, and win his confidence, thus underhandedly bringing Baal into the place where God should be. She must not fail! Jezebel and Athaliah have ordered the killings of many of their own children, so Jehosheba knows she must make them proud.

Meet Jehoida, the new high priest. He is much older than Jehosheba, but after much prayer and consulting the Urim and Thummim, he agrees to marry Jehosheba. What Jehosheba doesn’t count on is Jehoida’s love, and most importantly, the love of the true God. The God her ancestors worshipped.

Jehosheba is put in danger time after time. She learns to worship and serve the one true God, but she must make Athaliah believe she is still doing her bidding. As they are “wise without lies” throughout the story, you will see the plan of God coming to action, and His amazing protection prevailing!

You will love this book! I highly recommend it!

I received the book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Love in a Broken Vessel by Mesu Andrews

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This is a Biblical fiction novel that supposes how the lives of Hosea and Gomer may have gone. From God’s command to Hosea to take a harlot as his wife, to the coming home and healing of Gomer’s heart, this book is a beautiful story of God’s unconditional love for Israel… and for us.

I love to read Biblical fiction! It’s exactly what we do when we teach Sunday School, teach the truths given in the Bible, and also suppose how that person may have felt. How did Jonah feel when he was inside the whale? How did Abraham feel when he was ready to sacrifice his precious son? The author does a wonderful job in Love in a Broken Vessel, in describing how Gomer’s life may have been. Horrible. Lonely. Vile.

Hosea was hand-picked to show Israel how God still loved them. Because God gave him a special love for Gomer, although she continued to live in her old ways. The Bible doesn’t give a lot of detail of Hosea’s home, and his children. But it is an amazingly beautiful story! Tears streamed down my face at the precious ending!

We are all broken vessels, but God chose to love us anyway! A great read!

Available March 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

I received this book free from the publisher. 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.

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