Pearl in the Sand: A Novel - eBook
Pearl in the Sand: A Novel - eBook  -     By: Tessa Afshar
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 9781575679341
ISBN-13: 9781575679341

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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, 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

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  1. Crystal
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful Story of Grace
    December 7, 2017
    Crystal
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    About the Book:

    Pearl in the Sand is Afshars fictionalized retelling of the heroic Canaanite prostitute, Rahab, from the Old Testament giving readers a glimpse into what this brave womans life may have been like.

    After being sold into prostitution by her father, Rahab resigns herself into believing that her only worth is what she can give to men. However, Yahweh, the God of Israel, had a different plan deploying her as his agent in protecting the two Israelite spies who infiltrated her city, Jericho. In exchange for her assistance, the spies promise that when Jericho falls to the Israelite army, Rahab and her family will be rescued from the destruction. When the spies keep their promise, Rahab and her family have to learn a new way of life and the ways of God as they integrate into Jewish society. At first, Salmone, one of the leaders of the tribe of Judah, is disheartened that a prostitute and her pagan family have come to live among his people. But as time passes, Rahabs hunger for God, gentle ways, and intelligent conversation challenges Salmones original perceptions of her creating instead a longing to connect with this anomaly of a woman. After the two surprisingly fall in love and marry, they discover they have very different expectations for the marriage. While Salmone is hopeful that they can build a new future together leaving Rahabs unscrupulous past behind, she feels even more unworthy of her husbands love withdrawing into herself. Her insurmountable grief at her past sins and his growing frustration and resentment at her closed-off response to him causes turmoil and pain for the newlyweds. As God softens Salmones heart through the wise counsel of Joshua, his mentor and Israels leader, he begins to understand the deep pain in Rahabs heart and finds a way to help her understand not only the depths of his love for her, but also her great worth in the eyes of the loving God who created her.

    My Thoughts:

    Pearl in the Sand is one of those timeless love stories that touches the heart of everyone who reads it. Afshar does a superb job at portraying the struggles that both Rahab and Salmone could have experienced when having to reconcile her past with the future God had for her instead. Although we know that both Rahab and Salmone (and others in the story) were real people, I love how Afshar makes the characters come to life taking them off the pages of my Bible and thrusting them into the realm of humanity. Two scenes were my absolute favorite. Salmones discourse using her lost earring as an explanation of Gods unwavering love and adoration for Rahab despite her past was breathtaking. Likewise, Salmones tender, gentle guidance of Rahab as they finally begin exploring intimacy within their marriage bed is not only passionate but is also a beautiful example of what God intended sexual intimacy to encompass between a husband and wife.

    This review contains my own thoughts and opinions. I have not been compensated by the publisher or author in any way.
  2. jo
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Pearls in the Sand
    May 6, 2017
    jo
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    This review was written for Pearl in the Sand.
    Tessa Afshar has become one of my favorite authors. This book was so interesting, not only in characters but in Bible history. I couldn't put it down. Great book. The love of people and the love of our Lord were so heartfelt.
  3. Neky
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Awesome
    June 3, 2014
    Neky
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Pearl in the Sand.
    This is the best book I have read in a long time! It's a fantastic read and highly spiritual! It's a book that helps you appreciate the love, mercy and holiness of our God!!
  4. fieldsodream
    PA
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Historical Read
    January 7, 2014
    fieldsodream
    PA
    Quality: 5
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    Tessa is an excellent writer! Her character development draws you in and holds you throughout the book & leaves you wanting more. This story of Rahab is my favorite!! I have recommended it to all my reading friends
  5. Big sis
    Inman, SC
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    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Evocative and well written
    September 6, 2013
    Big sis
    Inman, SC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    I started this book with wondering. . . if I could really enjoy a novel about Rahab, if the author would do any disservice to Scripture, if I would be disappointed. It was fantastic and gave new insights to the Biblical account, fleshing out the humanity of Rahab and her family. I've recommended it to all my friends and family.
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