Aug 4, 2010

Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar

Pearl in the Sand
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Moody Publishing (September 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0802458815
ISBN-13: 978-0802458810

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.

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 New England. 

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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!

Disclosure: I received an electronic copy of Pearl in the Sand from Moody Publishers through Net Galley, in exchange for my honest review. I received no compensation for my thoughts.

UPDATE - SEPT 8: Check out my giveaway for three copies of this great book, contest ends on Sept 20.


  1. Thank you for this review. I had not read about this book before and it sounds absolutely amazing.

  2. awesome review! i've seen this book around and i'm intrigued!

  3. Fantastic review! Am adding to my wish list!

  4. Great review, this sounds like a intersting book.