Pearl in the Sand  -     By: Tessa Afshar
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Pearl in the Sand

Moody Publishers / 2010 / Paperback

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Rahab is an unlikely biblical heroine. Forced into prostitution, she builds up an elite clientele. Then she meets Salmone, a respected leader in Israel. Can a man of faith ever love her---a Canaanite harlot? Will their stormy relationship survive and bring healing to her scarred and shattered heart? A love story only God could conceive! 336 pages, softcover from Moody.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0802458815
ISBN-13: 9780802458810
Availability: In Stock

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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, and 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.

Author Bio

TESSA AFSHAR was voted "New Author of the Year" by the Family Fiction sponsored Reader's Choice Award 2011 for her novel Pearl in the Sand. She was born in Iran, lived there for the first fourteen years of her life, and attended an English boarding school for girls before moving to the United States permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds an MDiv from Yale University where she served as cochair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School. She has spent the last twelve years in full- and part-time Christian work.

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Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar is a fantastic example of the proper use of artistic license. Afshar paints the redemptive story of Rahab in vivid color. The story details Rahab’s life from her tragic beginnings as a destitute girl forced into prostitution so she can help support her family to her role as a significant woman of faith and a major player in history. Central themes that come out in the story are: faith, forgiveness, God’s holiness and mercy, and, of course, God’s redemptive power over even the worst circumstances.

Afshar fills in the details of Rahab’s life-changing story by combining biblical and archeological information in a creative form. Pearl in the Sand is a novel that presents a relatively accurate historical account in a fun form. The characters are engaging and even humorous at times.

Rahab was a young girl who was forced into prostitution by her family so they could buy food. Her main hurdles in this story are forgiving her family and accepting forgiveness herself for what she has become. Salmone is a leader of the tribe of Judah. He has a reputation to uphold, and he is not happy when Joshua asks him to take care of Rahab and her family and help prepare them to become part of Israel. Ezra and Hanini are two young Israelite spies who go scouting in Jericho and end up being rescued by Rahab. Miriam is Salmone’s sister and is instrumental in Rahab learning to see the God of Israel. The paths of these characters, and many others, change a little bit every time they cross. Every character from the holiest to the lowliest has something to learn.

Rahab will become a woman known for her faith more than her past, but first she must learn to let go of the past and accept God’s forgiveness for her sins. She must learn that no one is worthy of God’s grace and forgiveness, yet it is free to those who will receive it. Salmone is a strong leader but must learn to see outside of himself and his tribe. He must learn compassion for others who may be different but no worse than he in God’s eyes. Even the sweet, generous Miriam must learn to keep a tight rein on her tongue.

Despite the nature of the characters, Afshar keeps her writing to a solid PG rating. I believe Pearl in the Sand would be a great addition to any Sunday school, church, or home library. There are even discussion questions in the back of the book so readers can more easily process the information rather than just enjoy it literarily. – Rebekah Mosolf, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Editorial Reviews

In Pearl in the Sand, Tessa Afshar has created compelling characters that bring new meaning to this well-loved biblical tale.
-- Jill Eileen Smith, bestselling author of Michal and Abigail

Pearl in the Sand, the story of Rahab the harlot who became an ancestor of Christ, delivers a very powerful truth within its pages: forgiveness, redemption, and the changing power of God. An unforgettable read, Novel Journey and I give a high recommendation.
Ane Mulligan, Editor
Novel Journey
 

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