Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar* A review

Can a Canaanite harlot who has made her livelihood by looking desirable to men make a fitting wife for one of the leaders of Israel? Shockingly, the Bible’s answer is yes. Pearl in the Sand tells Rahab’s untold story. Rahab lives in a wall; her house is built into the defensive walls of the City of Jericho. Other walls surround her as well—walls of fear, rejection, unworthiness. A woman with a wrecked past; a man of success, of faith …of pride; a marriage only God would conceive! Through the heartaches of a stormy relationship, Rahab and Salmone learn the true source of one another’s worth and find healing in God.

Paperback: 320 pages

Publisher: Moody Publishers;

Original edition (September 1, 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0802458815

ISBN-13: 978-0802458810

Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches

Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces

TESSA AFSHAR was born in a nominally Muslim family in Iran and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life. She survived English boarding school for girls before moving to the United States permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her mid-twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds an MDIV from Yale University where she served as co-Chair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School. She has spent the last twelve years in full and part-time Christian work and currently serves as the leader of Women’s and Prayer ministries at a church in New England. http://www.tessaafshar.com/


Another new author for me whom I love. This book Pearl in the Sand is historical fiction and Tessa Afshar kept it close as she could to the account in the Bible. It is about Rahab with the spies and the capture of Jericho. Tessa really wrote a fantastic book, that is full of compassion, truth, heartaches and finding faith and hope. Historical fiction is really neat because most of the story you read is true, but with extras thrown in. Just reading this book helped me understand the life of the Israelites much better and how it must have been for Rahab. How she embraced a new kind of life in every aspect of her life and that wouldn‘t have been easy. I found it fascinating about the battles and how the Israelites when they prayed and stayed close to God that they always won, no matter the odds. I found the marriage and married life of Rahab and Salmone a very touching, precious thing. How Salmone was so caring and wanted to do the Lord’s will and save his marriage. I always look at the title of a book to see how it fits if it does with the story and Pearl in the Sand is so very, very important in this wonderful story. The author has such great insights about this story. It is such a fantastic book, that I really recommend it. I will be keeping Pearl in the Sand for my book shelf and would give it more than five stars if I could.

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Thank you to Moody Publishers for providing this book for review. 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


Prolucker said...

This sounds wonderful! Another to add to the TBR pile! --Lex

Jolene said...

I read this book a few months ago and thought it was awesome.

Emily Scifres said...

If you enjoyed Tessa's novel, you might want to check out her new Sands of Jericho reader contest.

The prize is valued at over $200 and includes perfumes from the Bible, and an incredible golden jewelry box.

You can see the contest here: TessaAfshar.com

:) Emily

Trinity Rose said...

Hi Emily,
Thanks for your comment.
I just entered this today and it sounds fantastic.
Have a blessed day,
Trinity Rose