1. Pearl in the Sand
    Pearl in the Sand
    Tessa Afshar
    Moody Publishers / 2010 / Trade Paperback
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful Story of Grace
    December 7, 2017
    Crystal
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    This review was written for Pearl in the Sand: A Novel - eBook.
    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. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Pearls in the Sand
    May 6, 2017
    jo
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    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.
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    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 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. PA
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Historical Read
    January 7, 2014
    fieldsodream
    PA
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    This review was written for Pearl in the Sand: A Novel - eBook.
    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. Inman, SC
    Age: 55-65
    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
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Pearl in the Sand: A Novel - eBook.
    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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