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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (August 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802458815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802458810
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (438 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
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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, Novel Journey


More About the Author

Tessa Afshar was voted "New Author of the Year" by the Family Fiction sponsored Reader's Choice Awards 2011 for her novel Pearl in the Sand. Her book, Harvest of Rubies was nominated for the 2013 ECPA Book Award in the fiction category and World Magazine chose Harvest of Rubies as one of four notable books of the year. Her novel, Harvest of Gold was nominated for the 2014 Christy Award. Tessa was born in Iran to a nominally Muslim family, and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life. She moved to England where she survived boarding school for girls and fell in love with Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, before moving to the United States permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds an MDiv from Yale University where she served as cochair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School. She has spent the last fifteen years in full-time Christian service in New England.

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I look forward to reading more of Tessa Afshar's books.
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Ms. Afshar did a marvelous job of bringing his character to life in this book, and giving me a glimpse at his and Rahab's story.
Christy
This was a love story, a story about God's love and how it helps us to love others.
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89 of 92 people found the following review helpful By L. Germany on September 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
Historical fiction is one of my favorite books to read, but historical Biblical fiction? My all time favorite. Although I was supposed to be finishing another book I just couldn't resist sitting down to sneak in a few pages of this book based on the story of Rahab. However, once I had read a few pages I just couldn't quit.

I have always thought one way about Rahab, but reading this book with the explanations of their culture brought in made me think differently. One of my favorite parts of the book is when Salmon asks for her hand in marriage. I won't tell you what he says, but it took my breath away. I am probably showing my ignorance, but it was so beautiful to me because we are all like Rahab.

"Pearls in the Sand" ranks right up there with "Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers and "The Chronicles of the Kings" by Lynn Austin.

It goes on my "must read" list for 2010!
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
Picture a woman who is betrayed by people she trusted, whose whole world falls apart and who builds emotional walls around herself to survive and avoid feeling the pain. Is this the author of a New York Times bestseller or a guest on the latest Oprah? Not exactly.

This woman is Rahab - the prostitute mentioned a few times in the bible - so skillfully brought to life by first-time novelist Tessa Afshar in "Pearl in the Sand" (Moody Publishers, 2010), that the story which takes place during and after the fall of the wall of Jericho transcends time and breathes life into a character full of the same fears, heartbreaks and joys we experience today.

The first reference to Rahab, in the Old Testament book of Joshua, tells how she hides Israeli spies in her house built into the wall of Jericho, brought down by Israel. Later we learn that she and her family, all spared during the siege because of Rahab's actions, settle permanently in Israel. She's referenced in other books, but no further clues about her destiny appear again in Scripture until we read in the Gospel of Matthew that she was married to a man named Salmon and had a son named Boaz.

Afshar has merged these few details with historical, biblical and archaeological information to create a sweeping tale of a woman's life and the complex relationship between her and Salmone (the author chooses an alternate, less "fishy" spelling for the name of her novel's hero). Just how does a prostitute from Jericho end up married to an important leader of Israel and the mother of Boaz, who was in Jesus' genealogy? The answers and the details laying their foundation make for excellent historical fiction, wrongly classified by some as romance.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Sara Goff on January 31, 2012
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No work of fiction has deepened my faith in God's unconditional love like Pearl in the Sand. The story weaves together scenes from the Bible to show how Rahab, a prostitute who has accepted her life as an outcast, captures the attention of Israel and the heart of one of their greatest leaders, Solmon. The most profound aspect of the book is how Rahab and Salmone, newlyweds, wrestle with jealousy and guilt, following God's commitment to forgive, rather than give up on their marriage.

With every scene, I peeled away layers of my own self-condemnation, until, at the end, I could look at my life with more love and understanding. Beautifully written, to the point and sincere, Pearl in the Sand is truly a life-altering book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Digitlchic on May 7, 2012
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Rahab is someone I feel a connection to, so I was excited to find this book - but I with Unashamed: Rahab (The Lineage of Grace Series #2) as a favorite of mine to live up to, I honestly wasn't sure how this book would fair with me. I'm happy to say it FAR surpassed my expectations!

I could hardly put the book down I was so thoroughly engrossed in the story and how Afshar weaved biblical truths with fictional plots and motivations all the while continually pointing back to the One who wrote the original story and His ideas and ways of reaching His children.

I felt connected to the characters and felt their interactions and motivations were plausible and realistic. I was moved to tears a number of times. But what I loved most is how Afshar consistently worked to highlight the Father and His character, but did so without making you feel like she was beating you over the head with it. Her characters simply loved Him and as you listen to their conversation (both internal and with one another) and watched their walks with Him progress, certain biblical truths were showcased and gave pause for one's own internal reflection.

Suffice it to say, that having just finished reading my first response was to like Tessa Afshar's Facebook page, then to buy Harvest of Rubies and now I'm leaving this review :)

If you - like me - are a fan of Oke, Rivers, etc - give this book a try I think you will be glad you did!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Vasquez on January 6, 2011
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Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar is a fabulous novel about Rahab from the Bible. I can't believe it took me so long to discover this great one! If you haven't read it yet, you certainly need to! It's a MUST read!

I have always loved the Biblical story of Rahab. What a picture of God's grace and redemption. The author takes the parts of Rahab's story that we do know directly from the Bible and then she fills in with a fictional story of what could have happened. The foundation is always the Biblical story, with the events that took place and characters from the Bible. I really love the way she wrote this story!

I felt as if I stepped back in time and met Rahab. From the minute I picked up the book and started it, I did not want to put it down. I read this one is just over a day because I just couldn't put it down. Even during the parts where it's taken straight from the Bible, and I really knew what was going to happen, I still found myself riveted to the pages. The author brought the Bible to life!

I VERY highly recommend this book to anyone. It is very beautifully written with an amazing blend of fact and fiction. It's suspenseful, dramatic, entertaining, and packs a powerful message! I absolutely cannot wait for more from this incredible author! I am definitely a new fan!

A complimentary copy was provided for an honest review.
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