Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Pearl in the Sand

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

Watch the book video:

I have always loved the story of Rahab. And to see her listed in the genealogy of Christ is a beautiful testimony to God's grace and forgiveness. In Pearl in the Sand, Tessa Afshar has painted a picture of what Rahab's life might have been like before she hid the Hebrew spies as well as after the fall of Jericho. This is a fascinating story. I appreciated the author's reminder at the beginning that this is a fictional account and her entreaty for the reader to turn to the Bible for the true known story. However, she does an excellent job of presenting a very plausible story. My one frustration was with the portrayal of Salmone as a husband; he sounded like he'd been to a modern-day marriage seminar. I'm not sure men were that sensitive and communicative in Bible times. But I didn't live then, so who knows?! In spite of that tiny caution, I do recommend this novel.


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1 comment:

My ADHD Me said...

I've always been interested in Rahab's story also.

I've enjoyed so many fictional books based on the Bible (The Left behind Series comes to mind first). You're right about it is important to remind us that it is fictional.

I must say, even knowing Left Behind was fictional, I would have been terrified had I read it and wasn't a Christian.

I haven't done a lot of book reading....mostly magazines etc....but this looks like a good one to get back on track with.