About the Book
Book: Rahab’s Courage
Author: Naomi Craig
Genre: Biblical Fiction
Release date: August 17, 2021
A scarlet cord tethers one ruined woman to the salvation of mankind.
Harboring two fugitives in a city slated for destruction, Rahab has one small chance of escape. In exchange for their safety, she bargains for her own. Their agreement rewards her courage, and she flees Jericho and a life of prostitution for a new life among the people of Israel. Never again will she have to depend on anyone—especially men.
Except Salmah won’t take the hint.
High ranking soldier and leader of the tribe of Judah, Salmah is determined not to repeat his parents’ mistakes. He will keep the Lord’s commandments. Rahab’s growing faith fits right in with phase one of his plans: find a wife who loves the Lord and settle down in the new land.
Rahab finds shelter and meaning in the Lord’s ways until her past comes back to haunt her. As her new faith is put to test, she finds herself alone. Isn’t that what she’d always wanted?
With her courage waning, only the Lord can turn Rahab’s life around again, but will He do it before she loses everyone and everything that really matters to her—to her heart?
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On the surface, Rahab’s Courage is a romance, but deep down it is a reminder that beauty comes from ashes, that redemption comes to those we never think it will come to, and that God can use people society considers “unsavory” to further his kingdom.
It is also a book about how God’s love for us is beyond the love any human can have for us, a realization which comes slow, yet right on time, for the characters of this book.
I’ll admit that this book frustrated me at times. The ever-changing mind of Rahab’s love interest Salmah made me want to step inside the book and shake him. I understand why Salmah was written that way, of course. The author was clearly trying to show the difficulty of an Israelite trying to stick to the rules of his people while also falling in love with a woman who was not an Israelite and had a checkered past, so to speak. Salmah still really drove me crazy, though.
Perhaps Craig intended for the reader want to scream at Salmah a few times and if so, she did a good job of portraying him as someone who waffled worse than a go-cart going full force down a hill with a broken wheel.
Rahab’s Courage was clearly well researched and also well written.
The suggestiveness between the characters so early in the book was a bit surprising for Biblical fiction, but I do understand why it was being done. The main character needed to be portrayed as a certain type of woman from the start. I would have preferred that the book built up to that topic, but that doesn’t take anything away from the story.
The story was very well written, with plenty of description and biblical history woven among the prose.
I would have enjoyed some more side stories beyond the romance but only because it was clear there is such rich history surrounding the characters, not because the romance wasn’t good enough on its own.
This is a book ultimately about restoration and redemption found in God but also between each other.
My rating: 4 out of 5
About the Author
Naomi writes Historical Fiction set in Bible times.
She lives in a small town in the south-eastern mountains of Arizona
She is an avid reader, Pastor’s wife, and homeschool mom.
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Matthew 1:4b-6a (NKJV)
Nahshon begot Salmon. Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David the king.
On the brink of war and conquering the Promised Land, The Israelites stand fierce and determined, ready to see God’s victory. This time they will not waiver. This time, obedience will be their theme. But it wasn’t always that the Israelites stood with resolve as strong as Jericho’s impenetrable walls.
Rewind forty years. The Israelites have just been delivered from slavery in Egypt. 12 spies were sent into the land and brought back a good report. There were bountiful crops peace and giants.
Nahshon, as the leader of Judah (Numbers 2:3), should have been influential in his tribe’s decision to trust the Lord—especially since Caleb one of the two who trusted, was from Judah. Yet nobody believed. They all grumbled. So instead of what should have been a quick journey, it took forty years.
And the entire generation couldn’t enjoy the benefits of trusting God and His promise.
He sees the penalty of his father’s disobedience. It shapes his life he adheres to the ways of the Lord. Plague after disobedience hardens his resolve. He will obey the laws of the Lord so it will go well with him in the new land.
So what is a man with this moral stature doing with a Canaanite? A harlot? Every sordid detail that makes up Rahab goes against his moral fiber.
Faith that was spoken about all the way into the New Testament. Rahab steps out in sacrificial faith to a God she doesn’t yet know, for strangers who have no reason to trust her.
As such, the Lord honored her faith. As He does when you and I step out on that limb because we’ve felt that stirring in our soul.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.
Not only did the Lord spread His mantle of protection over Rahab, He also saw fit to include her in the lineage of His Son, Jesus.
Rahab’s Courage is a love story. A story of stepping out in faith. Of changing expectations of yourself and others. Of how the Lord can redeem and use any who are willing to put off the old and become that new creation.
***The scripture is clear that Rahab is a harlot. Due to the nature of this life, this story addresses prostitution, rape, and post traumatic stress. Please use caution with younger readers and if these subjects would act as a trigger for you. If Rahab’s Courage was a movie, it would have a rating of PG-13
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