About the Book
Title: 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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About the Author
Hi, I’m Naomi.
Author of Biblical fiction, avid reader, Pastor’s wife, and mom to an amazing young lady. I love reading the Bible and imagining how things were at the time.
When I’m not serving in various areas at church, homeschooling my daughter or trying to stay on top of mountains of dishes, you’ll most likely find me enjoying a good book and a cup of coffee.
Throughout my years in ministry, I’ve learned this:
Life is hard. God is still good.
My goal is to walk alongside you and offer support. Because you are not alone.
You have value, even when you are feeling overwhelmed. You are an amazing work of art! You are loved and you belong.
by Naomi Craig
Book 1 in Yahweh’s Legacy series
“Shame has no place if you have been claimed by love.”
Wow. I know I start a lot of reviews with that word but it’s true. This is a WOW story. I’ve always appreciated the story of Rahab and her courage at trusting the God of the Israelites, but this book put so much more into perspective. This book illustrated some of the struggles and prejudices Rahab endured at the hand of the people who should have accepted her. The anguish and the shame she experienced because of her past was not a convenient obstacle for her. She chose to trust but still struggled to see herself the way Yahweh did. I also got so frustrated at Salmah for his pride and arrogance when he was not demonstrating the love and forgiveness of God. I really liked how the author was not afraid to delve into post-traumatic stress and how Rahab had to deal with her past trauma.
The message of hope is harder to read in the Old Testament with the Law, but the hope and forgiveness of the Gospel is still evident in this story. Dealing with past trauma is necessary but not easy and the author highlights the struggle in a very authentic way. Rahab’s story in the Bible is relatively short, so I loved how the author wove a tale that was relatable and heart-wrenching but still spoke of God’s love and healing.
“You were called by name to be a part of Israel because Yahweh has a purpose for you. A purpose no trial or man can diminish.”
PG-13 content. As Rahab was a harlot, this story addresses prostitution, rape, and post-traumatic stress.
Highly recommend this book if you enjoy Biblical fiction that isn’t afraid to address racial and social prejudices and post-traumatic stress.
My thanks to the author and publisher for providing me with an ARC of the book. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own. No positive review was expected and no compensation received.
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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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