Thursday, September 02, 2010

Pearl In The Sand by Tessa Afshar

I've read of Rahab many times in my Bible and while I've always admired the courage it must have taken for her to do what she did I never thought much about it. But reading this book gave me a better idea of what it might've been like for Rahab, a Canaanite prostitute, to turn her back on the only world she'd ever know for the Lord. Not only did Tessa Afshar show us Rahab's courage, she showed us her fear, her guilt, her shame, and her desire to please the Lord. She also showed us what it might've been like for Salmone, a faithful leader of Israel, to not only accept Rahab but to come to love her.
Pearl In The Sand made Rahab and Salmone come alive for me and I highly recommend it!
This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

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

Tessa Afshar


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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