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They were women of conviction and courage, whose stories inspire the faithful to this day. Here is Signet's second installment of Women of the Bible, a compelling new series for fans of historical romance and fiction. Accused of witchery, Rahab is banished to certain death in Jericho. Now the girl once known as Beautiful Rahab must join the ranks of the city's prostitutes They were women of conviction and courage, whose stories inspire the faithful to this day. Here is Signet's second installment of Women of the Bible, a compelling new series for fans of historical romance and fiction. Accused of witchery, Rahab is banished to certain death in Jericho. Now the girl once known as Beautiful Rahab must join the ranks of the city's prostitutes. She keeps her faith in God, but when Jewish spies appear, begging her to hide them, she must decide: stay safe and deny them-or help her fellow believers and transform herself from harlot to heroine.


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They were women of conviction and courage, whose stories inspire the faithful to this day. Here is Signet's second installment of Women of the Bible, a compelling new series for fans of historical romance and fiction. Accused of witchery, Rahab is banished to certain death in Jericho. Now the girl once known as Beautiful Rahab must join the ranks of the city's prostitutes They were women of conviction and courage, whose stories inspire the faithful to this day. Here is Signet's second installment of Women of the Bible, a compelling new series for fans of historical romance and fiction. Accused of witchery, Rahab is banished to certain death in Jericho. Now the girl once known as Beautiful Rahab must join the ranks of the city's prostitutes. She keeps her faith in God, but when Jewish spies appear, begging her to hide them, she must decide: stay safe and deny them-or help her fellow believers and transform herself from harlot to heroine.

30 review for Rahab's Story

  1. 4 out of 5

    Gary

    Ann Burton writes this novel about Rahab, one of the lesser mentioned heroines of the Bible, as it might have happened. Rahab is the daughter of a rugseller, and her mother was a secret Israelite,Jezere. Rahab secretly cherishes her mother's Judaism, that she taught her, together with her little sister, Tezi. But Rahab is driven from her home, by the evil stepmother, Helzbah, on false charges. She must try to survive on the merciless streets of Jericho, and must become a prostitute, in The House of Ann Burton writes this novel about Rahab, one of the lesser mentioned heroines of the Bible, as it might have happened. Rahab is the daughter of a rugseller, and her mother was a secret Israelite,Jezere. Rahab secretly cherishes her mother's Judaism, that she taught her, together with her little sister, Tezi. But Rahab is driven from her home, by the evil stepmother, Helzbah, on false charges. She must try to survive on the merciless streets of Jericho, and must become a prostitute, in The House of Palms, in order to survive. Here we learn about the other prostitutes who live here, all of whom have had hard and brutal lives, and we come to understand something of their plight. Rahab always keeps her faith alive in the G-D of Israel, in a city where the worship of the Death god Moloch, and the cruel mass sacrifice of children is the order of the day. She must always hide the fact that she is an Israelite, due to the deep hatred of Jews by the Canaanite population. When she comes across two Jewish spies, for Joshuah, her life is changed, as it were. Here she must take her role in the destiny of the reclaiming of the Nation of Israel of their ancient land. Some things clash with different interpretations of the Biblical account, for example here she marries Salme, whereas in some Jewish accounts she marries Joshuah himself. Also an interesting touch is, how the other prostitutes in the House of Palms, are saved as her family, together with her father and sister. The essence of the novel remains true however to the basic spirit of the Biblical account. The discussion guide at the end of the book reveals some interesting points for thought, such as the existence of prostitution, and the fact that many such women or girls are driven into prostitution to survive, or because of other harsh circumstances. The return of the Israelites to their homeland in Canaan, is also compared to the return of the Jews to their ancient homeland of Israel, after centuries of exile. An interesting detail involves Rahab's Jewish maternity. History has revealed that Jewish enclaves remained in Canaan, during the centuries of Egyptian enslavement, and these people later rejoined their brethren returning from Egyp

  2. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    I was really surprised at what a great book this was! It wasn't written to make Rahab look like a sweet church lady. She was a real person in the Bible, a prostitute. There were no soft frilly illistrations to describe her life. The author did a great job describing her profession without being too revealing or leaving out important details. These women lived hard lives. When I read about the walls of Jehrico comming down I will never think of it the same way again. I am fascinated too how God u I was really surprised at what a great book this was! It wasn't written to make Rahab look like a sweet church lady. She was a real person in the Bible, a prostitute. There were no soft frilly illistrations to describe her life. The author did a great job describing her profession without being too revealing or leaving out important details. These women lived hard lives. When I read about the walls of Jehrico comming down I will never think of it the same way again. I am fascinated too how God uses not so perfect people to carry out his perfect plans. And Rahab! what can I say? I'm so glad to know that God loved her and used her to bring his plans to fruition.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    Rahab's step-mother threw her out of the house on trumped up charges and she was forced to go into prostitution for survival. Life is dangerous in Jericho as the priests of Molech kept looking for people to sacrifice to their god. Semites are despised and it was very risky for Rahab to hide the spies in her home. For her bravery and faith in Jehovah her life is spared. Rahab's step-mother threw her out of the house on trumped up charges and she was forced to go into prostitution for survival. Life is dangerous in Jericho as the priests of Molech kept looking for people to sacrifice to their god. Semites are despised and it was very risky for Rahab to hide the spies in her home. For her bravery and faith in Jehovah her life is spared.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    This was actually a very fast read and I found it very engaging, but I don't think it quite deserved more than three stars. I don't think the author's rendition was very plausible as the real story of Rahab, but as its own story it was very good. This was actually a very fast read and I found it very engaging, but I don't think it quite deserved more than three stars. I don't think the author's rendition was very plausible as the real story of Rahab, but as its own story it was very good.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rosibel Matta

    I love this book , I have read it a few times and still came back to it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Boshra

    كتبت "آن بيرتون" هذه الرواية عن رحاب الزانية، وهي احدى النساء الفاضﻻت في الكتاب المقدس، وذكرت في سلسلة انساب السيد المسيح (مت1) كما انها اعتبرت من ابطال اﻻيمان (عب11). رحاب هي ابنة لتاجر سجاد ، وكانت والدتها إسرائيلية في السر. ترضع رحاب العقيدة اليهودية لوالدتها، مع أختها الصغيرة، تيزي. تتوفى والدتها ويتزوج ابيها من امرأة اخرى، لكن رحاب تُطرد من منزلها، بسبب زوجة أبيها الشريرة بعد ان تتهمها بتهم زائفة. تحاول البقاء على قيد الحياة في شوارع أريحا التي لا ترحم، وتضطر أن تعمل في الدعارة، في بيت ملاصق كتبت "آن بيرتون" هذه الرواية عن رحاب الزانية، وهي احدى النساء الفاضﻻت في الكتاب المقدس، وذكرت في سلسلة انساب السيد المسيح (مت1) كما انها اعتبرت من ابطال اﻻيمان (عب11). رحاب هي ابنة لتاجر سجاد ، وكانت والدتها إسرائيلية في السر. ترضع رحاب العقيدة اليهودية لوالدتها، مع أختها الصغيرة، تيزي. تتوفى والدتها ويتزوج ابيها من امرأة اخرى، لكن رحاب تُطرد من منزلها، بسبب زوجة أبيها الشريرة بعد ان تتهمها بتهم زائفة. تحاول البقاء على قيد الحياة في شوارع أريحا التي لا ترحم، وتضطر أن تعمل في الدعارة، في بيت ملاصق لسور المدينة ، من أجل ان تكسب قوت يومها. هنا نتعرف على البغايا الأخريات اللائي يعشن في هذا المكان، وجميعهن عشن حياة قاسية ووحشية ، وقد نصل إلى فهم شيء من محنتهم. تحافظ راحاب دائمًا على إيمانها في اله إسرائيل سرا، في هذه المدينة حيث عبادة إله الموت "مولوخ" ، وحيث التضحية الجماعية القاسية بالأطفال من الطقوس اليومية المعتادة. (انظر مقالنا عن تضطر دائمًا إخفاء حقيقة أنها إسرائيلية، بسبب الكراهية العميقة لليهود من قبل السكان الكنعانيين. عندما تصادف اثنين من الجواسيس اليهود ، الذين ارسلهم يشوع ، تغيرت حياتها تماما. هنا يجب أن تأخذ دورها في مصير استعادة أمة إسرائيل لأرضهم القديمة.

  7. 5 out of 5

    ChrisGA

    I enjoy biblical fiction in which a Bible story serves as a launching pad for the author's imagination about what might have happened --- fleshing out a bare-bones Biblical account.. Lynn Austin's five book Gods and Kings series is such a good example of the genre. This one disappointed me. (view spoiler)[Most of the book was about life in a brothel. I get we are to see they were "hookers with a heart of gold", but the actual story of the spies and Jericho was such a minor part of the story. (h I enjoy biblical fiction in which a Bible story serves as a launching pad for the author's imagination about what might have happened --- fleshing out a bare-bones Biblical account.. Lynn Austin's five book Gods and Kings series is such a good example of the genre. This one disappointed me. (view spoiler)[Most of the book was about life in a brothel. I get we are to see they were "hookers with a heart of gold", but the actual story of the spies and Jericho was such a minor part of the story. (hide spoiler)] . I have read the last several glowing reviews, but I just didn't connect with Rahab. It just left me cold rather than inspired. Just my opinion.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sam Pauley

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read and easy to follow. It kept me engaged. While I know the story, this book was very engaging, and kept me turning the pages to see what happened next. (It only took me two days to actually read. I started this book as an audiobook, but ran into issues, so had to get the physical book.)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bruce Dinsman

    I am a fan of biblical fiction. This is the fleshed-out story of what Rahab might have gone through to be the salvation of 2 Hebrew spies. The story is well written and gives a plausible storyline that is historically and biblically accurate. This is the first book of the Women of the Bible series offered by Signet.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    As it might have happened... Rahab has been cast out of her father 's home and must beg, steal, or sell her body to eat. A harlot takes her in and makes her the heir of the house. Things happen very fast and we finally see the end of Jericho/Riha with the walls come tumbling down. As it might have happened... Rahab has been cast out of her father 's home and must beg, steal, or sell her body to eat. A harlot takes her in and makes her the heir of the house. Things happen very fast and we finally see the end of Jericho/Riha with the walls come tumbling down.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Hardie

    Not what I expected - probably will not read any more of this series. Not very biblical or historical, I don't think. It has a few moments of interest, or I would not have finished it, I suppose. And I did. Not what I expected - probably will not read any more of this series. Not very biblical or historical, I don't think. It has a few moments of interest, or I would not have finished it, I suppose. And I did.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    Very good. Would like to read more by her.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    This was a fast, easy read. Ann Burton did a great job with this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Love the writing in this book! Easy to read, can visualize what life was during that time. Read it in one sitting! It is great to read a story based on the bible. Rahab, a beautiful young lady and her fathers rug maker is cast out (had her hair shaved off) by her father and evil step mother. Her step mother acusses her of witchery, her fathers believes it and she is banished into the streets of Jericho. She finds herself in the land of outcasts. Her only choices to survive are -- beggar, thief o Love the writing in this book! Easy to read, can visualize what life was during that time. Read it in one sitting! It is great to read a story based on the bible. Rahab, a beautiful young lady and her fathers rug maker is cast out (had her hair shaved off) by her father and evil step mother. Her step mother acusses her of witchery, her fathers believes it and she is banished into the streets of Jericho. She finds herself in the land of outcasts. Her only choices to survive are -- beggar, thief or harlot. Through the love and grace of the head harlot she begins a new life. But throughout the story Rahab is thoughtful of others and goes out her way (sometimes risking her own life) to help others. Throughout her struggles she prays to God (as taught by her mother) and during a time when it was not accepted but would be put to death and would have their head on a spear in the community for all to see. Rahab decides to hide two scouts. In return she asks them to spare her and her house/land. They ask that she put a scarlet cord out her window as a sign the ensure their safety. Seven days later Jericho is attacked and destroyed with the exception of Rahab's house. As a result of Rahab's faith, she and her loved ones are spared. But her faith rescues her from more than physical harm. She is also saved from spiritual death. The scarlet rope in her window is symbolic of the blood of Jesus, a sign of God's forgiveness. Rahab's faith in the one true God was her eternal salvation. Rehab is one of my favorite characters from the bible. She was a strong, smart and loving person who had deep faith while living in a pagan society. She along with Sarah are listed in Hebrew 11 "Hall of Faith" and lineage was that the mother Rahab married Boaz -- to mother Ruth married to Obed-- to father Jesse to King David.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anne Hawn Smith

    This is a wonderful series taken from the Bible and fleshed out with historical details to make an interesting and compelling story. Rahab is cast out of her family due to lies told by her stepmother. Her father won't listen to his daughter and she is sent out with no money or future. Starving and destitute, she attempts to steal some fruit from a tree growing in a yard. She is caught and taken into a high class house of prostitution and under the wing of the owner. This view into her life in su This is a wonderful series taken from the Bible and fleshed out with historical details to make an interesting and compelling story. Rahab is cast out of her family due to lies told by her stepmother. Her father won't listen to his daughter and she is sent out with no money or future. Starving and destitute, she attempts to steal some fruit from a tree growing in a yard. She is caught and taken into a high class house of prostitution and under the wing of the owner. This view into her life in such a house is very different from what I would have imagined. The town is pagan and these women are not seen as degenerate as we might feel. Rahab gets to know some Hebrews spies in town and she confesses that she has been taught the Hebrew ways by her mother and is a believer. She protects them from being captured and when the Hebrew army comes to raze the city, everyone in the house is protected by the strip of red cloth hanging from the window. The outlines of the story are taken right from the Bible, but this is a delightful story that makes the Bible come alive.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Angelique

    Ann Burton's story of Rahab was very interesting. I love Biblical Fiction because it always compels me to go back and read the passages in the Bible that correspond to it. I didn't have to do that with Rahab because I'm very familiar with her story. If you've never heard of Rahab this is a good introduction to her. Ann takes this opportunity to give her view of who Rahab was before she was a harlot and what led her to harlotry. She allows the reader a glimpse into Rahab's humanity. Her fears and Ann Burton's story of Rahab was very interesting. I love Biblical Fiction because it always compels me to go back and read the passages in the Bible that correspond to it. I didn't have to do that with Rahab because I'm very familiar with her story. If you've never heard of Rahab this is a good introduction to her. Ann takes this opportunity to give her view of who Rahab was before she was a harlot and what led her to harlotry. She allows the reader a glimpse into Rahab's humanity. Her fears and shortcomings. The love she had got her family. It's all interwoven into a tale of redemption and love.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    Excellent background information about the time where the Israelites under leadership of Joshua, burned Jericho in the Old Testament days, this after walking around the walls with their religious leaders in front. Rahab puts a new light on prostitution in them there days, where women help each other, but family members not so much.

  18. 5 out of 5

    MLOW

    3.5 stars. Burton is a wonderful story teller, but she takes a little too much liberty with biblical history for my taste. That said, this is a different version of the story of Rahab than any other I've read and she weaves a well thought out tale that holds your interest. Personally, Pearl in the Sand is my favorite Rahab novel (by Tessa Afshar). I also enjoyed Francine Rivers' Unashamed. 3.5 stars. Burton is a wonderful story teller, but she takes a little too much liberty with biblical history for my taste. That said, this is a different version of the story of Rahab than any other I've read and she weaves a well thought out tale that holds your interest. Personally, Pearl in the Sand is my favorite Rahab novel (by Tessa Afshar). I also enjoyed Francine Rivers' Unashamed.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jimi-carol Benton

    This was a good book but it broke my heart to read. I am use to bad things happening to those who bring it on themselves but the whole book seemed to be just one bad thing after another for the characters you come to love in the book. The ending also just kinda dumps you, leaving you to guess what might happen. Some people like that but not me.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Loraine

    This well written fictional version of the story of Rahab is a fascinating read. Burton has once again researched the time period extensively and weaves the history and culture throughout the story line.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bea Villaflor

    Read this back when I was still in high school. This up until now is one of my favorites. The author delve more into the history and the feel during Rahab's time and gave more back story on how she helped the spies. Read this back when I was still in high school. This up until now is one of my favorites. The author delve more into the history and the feel during Rahab's time and gave more back story on how she helped the spies.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    I read this book so long ago, but it still sticks in my mind. I may have to read it again. I have been searching for this author for years and have finally found her. I hope to read several more by her.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Josee

    This is an excellent book but would not reccomend it if ur feeling low...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Moonmomie

    Very enjoyable Biblical Fiction read. Strong female main character and satisfying plot. There are four unrelated books in this series. All are equally well written.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Trisha

    Mixed feelings.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Stanfill

    Very good!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Love this book. They always make me go to the Bible and see how the story matches. Even though it is fiction there is some real to it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Trawick

    Speculative fiction about a Bible story.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Arlet Leno

    To much ballot I would of liked more about when she went with the semitis. It was all about being a harlot and details I didn't enjoy. This was not the book for me. To much ballot I would of liked more about when she went with the semitis. It was all about being a harlot and details I didn't enjoy. This was not the book for me.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kari Barrett

    Interesting

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