Pearl in the Sand

Pearl in the Sand

by Tessa Afshar
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful look into the life of Rahab. Others that I have read stop when she is accepted into Israel, this one goes much further. I appreciate how it showed the struggles of Rahab to go beyond her past and realize that she is truly loved by the Lord and that she is worthy. Many people need to come to that realization. Good read!
BibleLove More than 1 year ago
This book is such a great read! It is truly touching and heartwarming. You can feel everything the characters feel, or at least I could!!! I've passed this book along to many others to enjoy and experience. Out of all the biblical fictional stories I've read this one is by far my favorite!! I had to constantly stop myself from crying as I read this book on the train going to work. Not everyone can relate to the feelings that Rahab must have experienced but it sure makes you think you can!
KelliN More than 1 year ago
This was a stunning debut novel. I like Christian fiction that retells the stories of biblical characters; such as Liz Curtis Higgs' Scottish Rose trilogy and Francine Rivers' Mark of The Lion trilogy. After reading both of those outstanding series, I thought I would never find another Christian fiction author whose writing I enjoyed as much. Then Tessa Afshar came along and proved me wrong! The plot is outstanding, the characters were relatable (despite the fact that the story takes place in B.C. Old Testament days), and the writing was excellent. I'll definitely be back for more from Tessa Afshar. Just One Gripe: Don't read the author's notes before chapter one. If you do, you'll spoil the ending of the story for yourself. Of course, if you know the story of Rahab from the Bible you will already know what happens anyway. The Best Thing About This Book: The emotions Afshar elicits in her readers---I out-and-out cried twice and teared up at least two more times. Appropriate for a younger audience: Yes Score: Characters: 5/5 Plot: 5/5 Setting/Imagery: 5/5 Originality: 5/5 Ending: 5/5 Total Score: 25/25
TammyDMA More than 1 year ago
WOW! This is a fantastic book. I've shied away from Biblical histories in the past, afraid they would be too textbook-ish. This novel couldn't be further from that description! "Pearl in the Sand" is, of course, fictional. These events happened so long ago very few facts are available. Yet Tessa takes what little truth is known and weaves it into an entirely believable fiction. Because Rahab was a prostitute and yet turns her life over to the Hebrew God, acknowledging Him as THE God, certain things about her personality can be construed. Tessa gives Rahab a set of emotional baggage that the reader accepts as logical for a woman in her circumstances. Another thing I truly enjoyed about this novel was Rahab's seemingly bipolar beliefs about God. She has complete and utter faith in Him as The Lord and yet is unable to see that He could forgive her past or that He would think that she has value. Rahab, through the pen of Tessa Afshar, thinks God "seems at once impossibly holy and ridiculously merciful." What an apt description! We mere humans can't figure out how God can be both, because for the most part we are incapable of both at the same time. Rahab also has a refreshing way of looking at how to serve the Lord. Because this novel is set during the early days of Israel, the people are more "religious" than we are accustomed to being. Yet everyone talking constantly about God and the need to pray and listen for His word doesn't seem the least bit preachy. It's appropriate for the context while at the same time these devout believers still struggle with pride, jealousy, and being judgmental. How very like modern Christians! This novel is a historical fiction yet relevant to life as a Christian today. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Biblical history or if you just like a good love story.
Evangheline More than 1 year ago
Last night I sighed contentedly as I flipped the last page of Pearl in the Sand. A smile was etched on my face even though it was two o'clock in the morning. Indeed I was and still am beyond content. It has been a long time since I have read a book that wowed me with its beginning; it chained me throughout it, and then liberated my very soul with its beautiful ending. Pearl in the Sand is a story about Rahab as it has never been told before. It makes you really think about what you might not have thought of before. For example, as a Christian you have to wonder if I or any other young lady with that kind of a past walked into our church. would she be accepted? Not only this, but if you came to God after having such a life, would you accept yourself? This story tackles the redemptive power of God and how when He changes one person, He changes many. Tessa Afshar in writing this story wrote a master piece that I would liken to Francine Rivers Mark of the Lion series, even Quo Vadis (books I could read over and over again and never get tired of). She has put humor in just the right places, the dialogue comes alive and I often found myself laughing aloud at Rahab's cleverness. When Salmone walked into the stage of this story Tessa delivered a wide range of emotions expertly turning an already emotionally packed story into an explosive Romeo and Juliet. did I say that? Well I take it back it was better then that! My words simply cannot do this story justice. It makes you really makes you think. Do you have a horribly stained past? An unforgivable past? So did Rahab. Yet Tessa shows us how the unredeemable become redeemed by an infinitely wonderful God. Have you built up walls around yourself that are impenetrable? So did Rahab and this is a story of how those lofty, impenetrable walls come crashing down. What you reach what some have come to call "the scene" and you finally understand why the book is called what it is called-I will not exaggerate-you will be left breathless. You won't for get this book and you will never think of Rahab in the same light as before. Most importantly, if you have ever fallen, if you have ever failed, if you have ever given yourself to temptation and thought you were lost forever.then Pearl in the Sand is a must read.
Truly_Bookish More than 1 year ago
Rahab's story is not told in detail in the Bible. We know she helps the Jewish spies in Jericho and her faith saves her entire family. We know she marries into the Tribe of Judah and is in Jesus' bloodline, but apart from this we really don't know anything about her. Tessa Afshar takes the few facts we know about Rahab and creates a wonderful fictional story of faith, love, forgiveness and restoration that will stay with me for a long time. When I started reading Pearl in the Sand, I expected some sort of Biblical fairy tale where the poor abused heroine is rescued by the dashing hero and they live happily ever after. Not so much. Pearl in the Sand takes you from the circumstances that force Rahab into prostitution to when she meets Salmone and they fall in love and marry. But the book does not happily end there. Like a lot of married couples, Rahab and Salmone have a very rocky start to their marriage stemming from low self esteem, un-forgiveness, self-righteousness and unrealistic expectations. While I was reading, there were times that I was mad at Rahab for emotionally sabotaging her own marriage and annoyed with Salmone for being so angry! While I loved this book as a whole, the really beautiful portion was what happened with the characters after the marriage. Even though we have no idea what really happened with these people so many thousands of years ago, Pearl in Sand is written so well that you are left thinking it could have happened this way, or better yet, I hope it did! Content: This is not a YA book even though I think it would be okay for older teens. The main character is a former prostitute and both she and her husband have emotion and sexual issues stemming from this.
Sneezybee23 More than 1 year ago
Rahab was forced into prostitution at the age of 15 to save her family. She deplores her trade, but manages to achieve financial independence and opens an inn for travelers and the occasional client. When Jericho's destruction seems imminent, she hides two Israelite spies and obtains a promise that she and her family will be spared from death. Rahab's choice to join the nation of Israel was easy to make, but hard to hold to. She faces rejection and Salmone, the man helping her family integrate into Israel, downright terrifies her. She knows what he sees - a prostitute, impure, unlovable woman. What she does not know is that miracles happen. Miracles of love, healing and reconciliation. The story of Rahab has never been more romantic or powerful than it was while reading this book. I waited several days after reading the book to write this review. I just wanted to sit on it and think. I also went to the books of Joshua and Matthew in the Bible to read the times that Rahab was mentioned. I'm happy to say that the basis of the book seems to be right in line with Scripture. Of course, some of it is fictional. The Bible tells nothing of how Rahab and Salmone met and fell in love. However, the fictional parts were told in such a way that it was believable. The plot was well-written and filled with romance - a wonderful combination. Pearl in the Sand is definitely a keeper. I highly recommend it and I have no doubt that I will read it again. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Moody Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afsha is top notch biblical fiction about one of Jesus' ancestors. Rahab was sold into prostitution at just fifteen to support her family. But their salvation came at a high price: she feels as though only her body has value, and her family views her with jaded eyes and judges her harshly for the choice they forced her to make. She uses her intelligence to build a successful inn within the walls of her home in Jericho. Because of her troubled life, she has rejected the gods of her people, but when she hears about the Hebrews' god who freed them from Egyptian slavery and is helping them to destroy the most powerful nations in Canaan, she wonders if this god will also see her as worthless. She helps the Hebrew spies, risking her own life, which saves her family from the destruction the rest of the city of Jericho faces, but now she must try and make her new home in a people that see her as soiled because of her past and suspicious because of her nationality. Afsha truly makes Rahab come to life, and she is instantly a sympathetic character. It's a moving story of a broken woman becoming healed by the love of God and a good man, and is therefore, timeless. Readers will gain new understanding of an intriguing and enigmatic biblical character in a fresh and fascinating way.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Jericho, Canaan Rahab grows up as a contented girl until her family becomes destitute. Though ashamed and humiliated by his actions, her desperate father turns innocent fifteen year old Rahab into a prostitute in order to feed the family. Rahab vows to face her harlot duty with valor and select those who can use her services. She is very successful at her vocation with plenty of wealthy patrons. In fact she is so good, she buys an inn abut to the city walls as her place of business. When Rahab rescues two Israelite spies, they thank her for saving their lives by informing her that the Israelite army will attack Jericho and that God has told them how to breach the wall. In gratitude, the operatives direct her to place a red ribbon above her family door so that she and her kin are saved from the onslaught. The assault leaves the entire city dead except for Rahab and her family who seek to join the conquerors. Judah military leader Salmone is irate the spies made a deal with a prostitute because he fears she and her family will bring trouble and idolatry worship. However, Rahab shows her love for the Israeli God and soon the warrior realizes he loves and wants her as his wife. She loves him, but fears he will always reject her as a pagan prostitute. This is an entertaining biblical romantic work of biographical fiction starring two wonderful lead protagonists (from the Book of Joshua) whose cross-starred love seems doomed. Their relationship starts rocky and continues to remain troubled even though they fall in love and marry. The pace is leisurely, but fits nicely in the tone of the story line and its strong message that it is not your birth but your actions in regard to God that redeems the soul as further accentuated (though not in this novelization) by the Old Testament story of their more famous daughter-in-law. Harriet Klausner
JanetRuth More than 1 year ago
Most of us likely remember the exciting Bible story in the book of Joshua about the Israelites marching around the city of Jericho over a seven day period. On the seventh day, they blew their trumpets and the walls came crashing down, amidst cheers of victory. One part of the story that we might have forgotten is the story of Rahab, a prostitute who was living in the city of Jericho at the time. She saved the lives of two young Israelite men who had been sent ahead as spies, by hiding them under some bundles of flax on her rooftop. In turn, the two young men agreed that Rahab and her family would be saved when the city was destroyed. Pearl in the Sand is a fictional account of Rahab and her family. Very little details are given in the Bible about Rahab, and the author of Pearl in the Sand has made this dramatic time in history come alive in a fresh and exciting way. The characters are real and very believable, and the story is captivating from cover to cover. This is an incredible story of redemption, forgiveness and second chances, but one that we can relate to in many ways. I can't recommend this book highly enough, it was fantastic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not sure what I expected from this book but it blew me away! I am not generally a reader of romance novels or of biblical fiction but the thing that struck me about this book was its realistic view of human character. This was not a Disney-like teen romance where the story ends at the first kiss or at the wedding. The wedding actually was in the middle, leaving a lot of time for BOTH the bride and groom to deal with MANY issues, including guilt, shame,pride, presumption, unforgiveness, etc. As each person grew, the story got more and more satisfying. When the scene came that gave the book its name I was very moved. This story was a tall order - there is not really much info on the characters from the Bible, but the author did a wonderful job working through the question: how does a prestigious member of a godly nation (just after his nation was in trouble for intermarrying with other nations) end up marrying a heathen prostitute? How does such a woman come to embrace the one God and end up in the Davidic and messianic line? And generally, what does redemption really look like? Is it all sunshine and roses, or do real people have to work through their pasts to achieve real peace and joy? All this and more were worked through in a way that rang true as I read it. I was impressed by the thoughtfulness of this book. Definitely a good read. Thanks!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really great book! Love it. It's a heart-warming story, and Rahab's husband is a great example of a good godly man. Please read! It'll be a blessing to you. John 3:16 Jesus loves you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and couldnt put it down. Then i lent it to my mom and she couldnt put it down either! Its a beautiful story of love and forgiveness and at the same time it is super interesting from an histoical perspective. I have recommended it to all my friends. I hope this author puts another book out soon!! SO GOOD!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is THE best book I've read in a LONG time!!!
Elyse15 More than 1 year ago
I usually am not a big bible based book fan, but this one was really good. I couldnt put it down. It was one of those books where you instantly love the characters, and you just root for them the whole way. Highly reccommended :)
Anonymous 21 days ago
I love this book! It is like a fairy tale. It even has a happy ending that we know will last for eternity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting view point from the author. What is lacking from my view of this time period is honesty about what it was really like to live then. Also people are not as forgiving as you made 5hem out to be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story of Raab is such a blessing. The author helped me see God's love to me as she brought this biblical story to life through a woman changed by God, I loved this book and recommend it to all!
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This book was awesome. So well written. I loved the story so much i read it in one sitting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All of her books are amazing! You cannot go wrong with any of her reads. Very captivating try a free sample ,warning though it won't be enough!
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Beautifully written .