Pearl in the Sand: A Novel - 10th Anniversary Edition Anniversary Edition, Kindle Edition
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Praise for Pearl in the Sand
Talented author Tessa Afshar brings to vivid life the heartache, growing faith, and powerful love story of a truly fascinating character. A stirring treasure not to be missed!
—JULIE KLASSEN, author of A Castaway in Cornwall and Tales from Ivy Hill series
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
From the Back Cover
This 10th anniversary edition of Pearl in the Sand includes new features that will invite you into the intriguing story of Rahab’s journey from lowly outcast to redeemed child of God.
Can a Canaanite zonah who made her living by enticing men be a fitting wife for a leader of Israel?
Rahab’s home is built into a wall, a wall that fortifies and protects the city of Jericho. However, other walls surround her too—walls of fear, rejection, and unworthiness. Years of pain and betrayal have wounded Rahab’s heart. She wonders whether her dreams of experiencing true love will ever come true.
A woman with a wrecked past. A man of success, of faith . . . of pride. A union only God would conceive! Through the heartaches of a stormy relationship, Rahab and Salmone learn the true source of each other’s worth and find healing in God.
- File size : 4607 KB
- Publication date : October 6, 2020
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B084D77TGW
- Print length : 411 pages
- Publisher : Moody Publishers; Anniversary edition (October 6, 2020)
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0802419860
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #63,462 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I was an early reader, thanks to Moody Publishers. All opinions are my own.
There is so much contained within the pages of this novel that one review is not enough to convey the depth and breadth of this book. But, I will say that one of my favorite aspects to this story is the discussion on changing our perspectives that is weaved throughout the entire narrative. Early in this novel, Afshar illustrates a moment from Joshua, chapter 5. Joshua, the leader of the Israelites after Moses passes, brings the Israelites across the River Jordan to the shores of Jericho. Everyone knows the story of Jericho’s walls falling, but if you’re like me, you may have forgotten that before the Israelites marched around the walls shouting and blasting their shofars, Joshua took a moment to assess the situation. Joshua drew near to the walls and looked up. When he looked up, he saw a Man suddenly standing before him with His sword drawn. Joshua walked up to the man and asked Him if He was a friend or foe. The Man said, “No; but I Am the commander of the army of the Lord. Now I have come” (Joshua 5:14). To clarify, the Man is Jesus and the question Joshua was really asking was, “Are you going to fight with the Israelites or for the Canaanites?” Until the Man told Joshua who He was, Joshua’s perspective of the man was that he was a man, a common soldier. He had no idea he was standing next to THE Commander of God’s armies! But the BEST part of this perspective shift is Jesus’s response to Joshua’s question: “Are you friend or foe?” Jesus says,”NO.” What a startling answer. Jesus is the commander of the Lord’s armies. He doesn’t stand behind us in a fight. He stands before us. The question really is, “Who are you to Jesus? Friend or foe?” Too many times, we humans come at God believing HE is on our side. But doesn’t that actually make us gods trying to control God? In reality, God is God and it is we who need to be on HIS side. We must remember that God is the Boss. It’s when WE go to Him to hide under His pinions (Psalm 91) that we have Salvation, not the other way around.
Pearl in the Sand is filled with many more amazing perspective shifts just like the one illustrated above. There are moments when Salmone’s whole paradigm changes and you just want to cheer. He basically becomes a whole new man! And when Rahab realizes who she truly is in God it is the BEST change in the entire story. Dear reader, you are going to need a BOX of tissue to get through Rahab’s heart transformation. It’s so, so good and quite cathartic. This book is amazing. If you love Biblical Romance, if you love history, if you love excellent storytelling, and/or if you love literature that’s transformative then Pearl in the Sand is definitely the novel for you!
I received a copy of this novel in paperback form from the author, Tessa Afshar, in order to review. I also purchased a copy of this novel in eBook form from Amazon.com on October 5, 2020, in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.