Unashamed: Rahab (The Lineage of Grace Series #2)
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2000
I have always loved the story of Rahab- a woman who had incredible faith in God. Francine Rivers, in her usual flawless style, brings readers the story of a Canaanite prostitute who risked her life to hide two Israelite spies, and because of her bravery and deep belief in God was richly rewarded. The second book in the Lineage series, Rahab reminds us never to lose faith, even in our darkest moments.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2001
As in all her other books, Francine Rivers astounds the reader in her book "Unashamed", telling the story of Rahab in a way you usually don't consider. While I thought of Rahab as a special person who did a good deed, Francine Rivers draws the reader in to see how Rahab fit into God's plan, and how she drastically changed her life because of her craving to follow God. You feel like you're there- as if you are actually seeing the things Rahab did, and feeling the intensity of her deep desire to know the Lord. At the end of the book there's even a part for discussion in Bible studies that prods even an individual to search for an evaluation of their own spiritual life.
I loved this story! It's every bit as good as you can expect. Francine Rivers writes with such depth you can't help but stay glued to the end, even if you know how the story goes in the Bible. What I especially liked was how differently I viewed Rahab when I was finished reading. This book completely can change your perspective on her uniqueness. Her unshakeable faith, as a new believer with no support from any family or friends, inspired and encouraged me, as someone who has been raised in a Christian family, and opened my eyes to God's power to do anything and His ability to use anyone. Check this book out!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon February 19, 2003
There were moments I smiled with Rahab and felt joy, there were moments with her that my eyes were so blurred with tears that I couldn't read for the space of a few blinks. Her story was inspiring - she wanted so badly to belong to God and be one of His chosen, and her faith shone so bright in the darkness of the rest of the people of Jericho's unbelief in God ... I couldn't believe it when after all Rahab had done to also save her family's lives, that they said what they said and behaved as they did toward her. I understood Rahab's frustration with them - she couldn't understand why they did not believe in - or even want to believe in, and trust in, God. Regardless of the lack of support from her family, and regardless of how she had made mistakes in her life and felt moments of shame, she had great faith in God to save her and accept her, and it was so good for my heart to read about how he not only saved her, but welcomed her as his chosen and then blessed her with someone who loved her and who didn't focus on her past, but on her future.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2001
This is truly a marvelous read. As with her first book, Ms. Rivers has once again brought to life a woman, who by her faith and courage shows us, as women of today, how to live for God.
Joshua 6:25 And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father's household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel [even] unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.
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Hebrews 11:6 But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
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When I finished reading this book, my thoughts were of how God is no respecter of person. All you need is to believe and have a willing heart to serve Him.
Rehab was a prostitute, residing in Jericho who was chosen by God to be a help to His people, the Israelites. She not only believed and accepted the God of Israel as her God, but her faith was such that she trusted him to keep her and her family from harm even in the midst of all that was going on around her.
I can understand her "bullying" her family. Even today when a member of a household is 'Saved'; their only desire is to share and show what God has done for them and like Rehab's family, no matter how much they may see the marvelous workings of God around them, they just continue to hold fast to their 'idols' of man's making.
The love story is a small part of a small book, yet I think the love story is more about Rehab and God Himself. By her actions, she is changing because of her trust and faith in Him.
The romance with Salmon is well done for the time frame that its placed in. I would have liked to have read more about it, yet I can't image God bringing them together and not blessing her with a happy and fruitful marriage.
We have to remember that she is of course, named in the lineage of Jesus Christ.
I think that says it all.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This will probably be my favorite story in this series(although I have always enjoyed the story of Ruth a lot, and anticipate her story). What Rahab did was a beautiful,unselfish act that God never forgotten and didn't let pass by. it just goes to show you how God always will use someone to help him in His cause. And how many wished for a man liked Salmon? I mean despite what he saw, he saw her heart, and wanted her despite her past. That takes an extraordinary person to do that. But, one thing he did was pray and seek wise counsel before anything else. It showed that despite his feelings, he prayed for God's counsel. What a beautiful story!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2001
About three weeks ago one of my own readers recommended Francine Rivers to me, and the first book I happened to pick up was The Sin-Eater. I felt like Keats when he first read Homer, "upon a peak in Darien." The last time I was this excited over a writer was when I discovered C.S. Lewis almost forty years ago. We don't have to wait any longer for the "great American novel;" Mrs. Rivers has written it, and it is titled The Sin-Eater.
Next I read the Mark of the Lion series, and they were as good. Redeeming Love was not quite perfect, but almost. The first book of her new series, Unveiled, is also outstanding. These books are in a class by themselves; in comparison, everything else out there in the Christian fiction category is mere fluff. But (like other great writers,) she can be uneven. The Shoe-Box was nothing like her other books. It is something like a MacDonald fairy tale, but even MacDonald doesn't succeed all the time.
I was really disappointed in Unashamed. Unlike Tamar in Unveiled, Rahab failed to win my sympathy; she could have demonstrated great faith without bullying her family. Salmon was a very shallow character also. Many of the details were unrealistic, Rahab hanging on to the rope for instance. Even the miracles were handled badly, the tramping feet of the Israelites receiving partial credit for Jericho's fall. My major criticism is what was left out. What happened to Cabul? He just disappears from the story, and he is not the sort of man to quietly disappear. When he returns from his fruitless search there are two possibilities: either he is suspicious of Rahab and brings accusations against her which we can watch her try to squirm out of (my choice,) or else he is unsuspicious and tries to resume his relationship with her. Instead we are supposed to believe that Rahab's actions, including going out of business and the sequestering of her family, arouse no comment from her neighbors, her clientele, or the king with whom she is supposed to have such a close relationship.
The re-telling of a Bible story is supposed to answer this kind of questions. What happens between the sending off of the spies and the actual fall of Jericho? This is a very dangerous time for Rahab and should have been the heart of the story, but it is omitted completely. I've always wondered if that dangling red cord did not arouse anyone's curiosity. I guess not. The ending is rather abrupt also. We have no evidence that Rahab has any regard for Salmon. Will this be a happy marriage? There was no reason for him to be younger than she.
Mrs. Rivers, I wish I were your publisher. You are a truly great writer, and I love the spirit I sense in you. But I would have told you to shred this one and start over.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2001
Rahab stands as one of the most courageous and faithful women of the Bible. Despite being a Caananite and a prostitute, she recognizes the truth and power of God of the Israelites. She realizes that the Jews are indeed his chosen people and that they had been promised her land by God. When two spies are sent to Canaan, she welcomes them and helps them. In return, they promise to spare her and her family when they invade her country. Rahab persuades her family to seek refuge in her house and they watch in amazement as the Jordan River parts and the Israelites return to the land of their fathers. Even more amazing is the 7-day march around Jericho and the eventual fall of the walls. Again, Rivers brings a Bible story to life and makes it more memorable to the reader, while making every effort to stay true to the Biblical account.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2003
I do like this book. It's the story of Rahab, a prositute who actually got to see the walls of Jericho fall down. She started to have faith in God, although none of her family really did which caused them to treat her badly and poorly, when she tried to save them from death. She hid two spies on her rooftop underneath some flax, who were a couple of Iraelites. I enjoyed this pretty short book, and the story was interesting. I recommend the other four books in this series by Mrs. Rivers, as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2002
I didn't remember well the biblical story of Rahab, but having read this book, I am glad that I was able to see it in a fresh new light. This is a love story--the possibility of love between Salmon & Rahab and the love Rahab has for a God she has never seen. Rahab has a faith in God that is strong, even though she may not know the Law of God, she knows the intentions.
This series brings to life the dynamic stories of the women of the bible. I can't wait to read the story of Ruth!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2000
Once again Francine has managed to capture so much truth in this wonderful story. A master historical fiction writer, she finds the heart of the character and manages to touch our hearts in the telling of the story. Francine Rivers work is a joy to read.
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