Thursday, September 02, 2010

Pearl in the Sand~ by Tessa Afshar

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Pearl In The Sand
Moody Publishers (September 1, 2010)

Tessa Afshar

My thoughts: I have only had time to start reading this book but so far it has captured my interest. I have always loved the story of Rahab, even more so when I read Francine Rivers Lineage of Grace series, and am looking forward to continuing this book. I will post a review when I finish.

Update: I finished the book earlier this week. I loved it! It was a beautiful telling of Rahab's story and what struck me most about the book was it gave you a view of how God sees sin. Sometimes when reading the old testament accounts of God having the Israelites wipe out a group of people because of their sinful ways it is hard to understand why God would do this. What I think this book does is really show how horrible sin is and that sometimes it just gets to a point where things are so bad that God has to bring down judgement to get it to stop. I also thought this story really addressed the issues Rahab and her family had to face when the joined the Israelites after the fall of Jericho and how great Rahab's faith was. Even though this of course is a fictional account based on the real life of Rahab I really believe that this book will be a blessing to you and really give you insight into this time in bible history.


Tessa Afshar was born in a nominally Muslim family in Iran and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life. She survived English boarding school for girls before moving to the United States permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her mid-twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds an MDIV from Yale University where she served as co-Chair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the

Divinity School. She has spent the last twelve years in full and part-time Christian work and currently serves as the leader of Women’s and Prayer ministries at a church in Connecticut.


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. At the age of fifteen Rahab is forced into prostitution by her beloved father. In her years as a courtesan, she learns to mistrust men and hate herself. Into the emotional turmoil of her world walks Salmone, a respected leader of Judah. Through the tribulations of a stormy relationship, Rahab and Salmone learn the true

source of one another’s worth in God and find healing from fear and rejection.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Pearl In The Sand, go HERE

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