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Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
Can a Canaanite harlot who has made her living by looking desirable to men make a fitting wife for one of the leaders of Israel? Shockingly, the Bibles answer is yes.
Pearl in the Sand tells Rahabs 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 anothers worth and find healing in God.
Afshar fills in the details of Rahabs 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 Salmones 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 Gods forgiveness for her sins. She must learn that no one is worthy of Gods 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 Gods 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
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
NekyAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5AwesomeJune 3, 2014NekyAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This 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!!
fieldsodreamPA5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent Historical ReadJanuary 7, 2014fieldsodreamPAQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Tessa 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
Big sisInman, SCAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Evocative and well writtenSeptember 6, 2013Big sisInman, SCAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I 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.
GCCanadaAge: 18-24Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5MARVELOUS.August 12, 2013GCCanadaAge: 18-24Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Evocative, masterfully-written, riveting, Tessa Afshar strings together words in a debut that will knock the wind out of readers with its sheer beauty. Many have most likely said this and it's true: Pearl in the Sand is a rare pearl in its genre. The depths to which this story isn't afraid to go is astonishing. Piercing through the thick walls of Jericho and crossing over the river to Israel's camp, Afshar turns the spotlight on a masterful contrast between inhumanity and humanity, leaving me flipping pages as though they were on fire. Then she goes even deeper. 'Pearl', in my eyes, is like baptism. Characters are immersed into a thickness of sorrow so great, it's almost too much to bear, until Grace yanks them out of nowhere, bringing people that are gasping for air, into a light that can only be divine. Afshar has accomplished something very few authors are able to do. Not only could I not stop reading this book but the message at its foundation - a message on trusting God - tugged at my heart with a magnetic intensity that sprung tears to my eyes. I cried, to be honest, and it's been a while since I've cried in a story. I cried as I noticed that Rahab's insecurities and fears starkly mirrored some of my own. I ached as I watched her take baby steps toward The God of the universe and most of all I understood, oh did I understand, her longing, thirst and hunger for the One True God. For all the differences in our backgrounds, she's proven to be the most relatable heroine I've encountered so far. Wholly trusting God is one of my big aims, and several times have I felt Him speak to me on this. Tessa's work has provided a good dose of His Word. When a book rises above its pairs to a level where the strength of the anointing is enough to bring you to your knees, that is superior storytelling, a testimony to the prayers that have most likely been poured into this work.
On a light note, I was surprised to find witty and very amusing quips in Pearl in the Sand. Tessa made me laugh and grin which immensely added to my delight. I also empathized with Salmone as he struggled to adjust with God's will. I found Salmone to be an amazing man, really. He's got an ironclad exterior but on the inside, he is as smooth and as soft as melted butter. His heart genuinely touched my own heart. Rahab, Salmone, Joshua, Miriam, Ezra and Hanini from Pearl in the Sand are some of the very best characters living in the Christian Fiction world and moreover, Rahab and Salmone's romance is authentically one of the most richly drawn romances I have ever read. Among the beautiful love scenes, one of them was so special, it sprung even more tears to my eyes and I've reread it several times now.
I have heard - and I agree!- that this book is comparable to Francine Rivers' Redeeming Love. But make no mistake, Pearl in the Sand is a gem of its own kind.
BrendaOntario, CanadaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A good readMarch 17, 2013BrendaOntario, CanadaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I enjoyed this read. I usually shy away from depictions of the Bible but I found this one to be a good read. I felt it stayed accurate to the story while still creating realistic, human (likeable but still flawed) characters. Wove a story that told a plausible explanation to fill in the background not explained in depth in the Bible story. I enjoyed the characters and the writing style.