Sarah is proficient in many areas - she can read and write in multiple languages, she can keep complicated ans lengthy accounts, and has a quick and sharp mind. The only thing stopping her from great success is that she is a woman. But when her cousin Nehemiah recommends her to the position of head scribe to the queen, she is completely unprepared for the events that follow.
Sarah has always measured her worth based on her accomplishments; if she fails in any aspect of her work, she sees herself as a failure as well. So when her position as senior scribe is threatened because of her success as the queen's trusted account holder, she is, for the first time in her life, being measured for who she is as a person. With no complicated rolls of parchment and clay tablets to hide behind, will she attain her own measure of worthiness? Or does God has other plans for His child?
This was a wonderful re-imagining of a fictional character set in Biblical times. Afshar deals with something that we all struggle with at some point in our life; the measure of our worth. Despite the lack of history Afshar had to work with as a background for her story, she does a marvelous job of re-creating the setting and bringing it to life. It was a story I could believe in and learn from, and an author that understands the very heart that beats in every one of us. Not only a recommended read, but one I will revisit again and again.
A copy of this book was provided by Moody Press for free in exchange for an honest review.
This book has a beautiful story of a young Jewish girl coming of age and coming of faith. Tessa wonderfully works in spiritual food, truth and encouragement into this story which also makes Bible times come alive. Excellent read.
I love romance...can't get enough of it. Nothing better than a good, clean, wholesome, God-fearing love story. This book was all that - and more! I love the way this author writes...she's definitely on my "watch" list from now on. Wonderful, wonderful book. Be sure to check out her other novel, "Pearl in the Sand". Again - simply awesome!
This is a new author for me and I'm so glad I found her. The story is real, reaching your heart as you go through what Sarah is going through. I'd be at work thinking about her! I'm sorry I didn't order the 2nd book right away. I will now.
Sarah is a scribe working in the Queen's court in Persia. Sarah happens to be the cousin to Nehemiah, the cupbearer to Artaxerxes. Sarah loves her job and does it very well. She has not learned the art of being a woman or interacting with people as well as she should. When the Queen arranges for Sarah to marry a cousin to the King, Sarah has to learn her worth comes from God and not her work. Sarah learns how to be a woman in the Persian court. Darius, Sarah's husband, finds that he enjoys his wife. Read Harvest of Rubies to see how an ordinary gardener can teach Sarah and Darius about the ways of God.
I loved this book. This is the second book that Tessa Afshar has written. Both books are filled with wonderful historical facts. Afshar breathes life into some lesser known people from the Bible. The story that she weaves makes it easy to feel like you were actually there. The lessons that Sarah learned about herself worth are lessons that most women need to learn. So often we put our worth into our work or our beauty. When God is waiting for us to realize that He is the one that gives us worth even before we ask for it. He loved us before we first loved him. This story is a rare gem, one that I will treasure in my heart for many years to come.