Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Christian Fiction Blog Alliance


Pearl In The Sand
* * * * * (5 Stars)
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.

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Kay's Comments: This is one of the BEST! . I have a special interest in fiction that uses the study of the Bible, historical culture and human nature to bring scripture alive. This book doesn't stop at "...and they lived happily ever after." It goes on to show the possible struggles that Rahab may have faced daily throughtout her life; however I'm not sure that the concerns of a woman of her time were dealt with in the sensitive way this book illustrates. There is what seems to be some modern influence but I hope Rahab was treated just as the book implies. Even if she was not, there is great value in reading how she and her husband, Salmone, may have dealt with their problems. It sets a good example for today's women and men.  I highly recommend this book.

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