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Tessa Afshar

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Tessa Afshar is the popular author of several works of biblical fiction. Her novel, Harvest of Gold won the prestigious 2014 Christy Award in the Historical Romance category. She 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 a finalist for the 2013 ECPA Book Award (formerly known as the Gold Medallion) in the fiction category. World Magazine chose Harvest of Rubies as one of four notable books of the year. Tessa was born in Iran to a nominally Muslim family, and lived there for the first thirteen years of her life. She moved to England where she survived boarding school for girls and fell in love with Jane Austen and Charlotte B ...more

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Tessa Afshar I am currently working on the story of Lydia, the seller of purple goods who is mentioned in the book of Acts. She is an incredible character. An…moreI am currently working on the story of Lydia, the seller of purple goods who is mentioned in the book of Acts. She is an incredible character. An established merchant, wealthy, resilient, decisive, and successful in a world dominated by men, she turns her home into the first church to be established in Europe. (less)
Tessa Afshar I get to do what I love, and do it in my pajamas! In one day, I might visit a new country, talk to fascinating historical figures, kill a bad guy,…moreI get to do what I love, and do it in my pajamas! In one day, I might visit a new country, talk to fascinating historical figures, kill a bad guy, torture a good guy, and I don't even get arrested. What could be better? More seriously, I love hearing from the fans. They write me their stories, sometimes, stories that break my heart and make me weep. It is utterly humbling to be invited into someone's life like that.(less)
Average rating: 4.31 · 9,006 ratings · 1,196 reviews · 9 distinct works · Similar authors
Pearl in the Sand

4.27 avg rating — 3,976 ratings — published 2010 — 14 editions
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Harvest of Rubies (Harvest ...

4.35 avg rating — 2,086 ratings — published 2012 — 7 editions
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In the Field of Grace

4.33 avg rating — 1,241 ratings — published 2014 — 8 editions
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Harvest of Gold (Harvest of...

4.29 avg rating — 1,194 ratings — published 2013 — 7 editions
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Land of Silence

4.58 avg rating — 404 ratings — published 2016 — 4 editions
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Pearl in the Sand, Sampler

4.32 avg rating — 50 ratings
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Harvest of Rubies, Sampler

4.77 avg rating — 26 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
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Harvest of Gold Sampler

4.62 avg rating — 29 ratings — published 2013 — 2 editions
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Bread of Angels

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InTheFieldofGraceTessaAfsharSmallToday I’d like to share two more wonderful reader reviews ofIn the Field of Grace. (Reprinted with permission from the authors.)


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In The Field of Grace is fourth book by Tessa Afshar, and is a sequel of sorts to my belovedPearl In The Sand. It tells the story of Salmon and Rahab’s s...

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Tessa Afshar and 2 other people liked C.E. Hart's review of Land of Silence:
Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar
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If the LORD had not been my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence. (Psalm 94:17 ESV)



Land of Silence is the first book I’ve read by Tessa Afshar. Her writing style is superb, and she moves the story forward with purpose and a..." Read more of this review »
Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar
"One tragic afternoon, Elianna's brother dies while in her care, His death is only the beginning of her sorrows. Seeking redemption from her guilt, Elianna applies her talent in her father's linen manufacturing business which brings momentary succe..." Read more of this review »
Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar
"Elianna believes she is cursed because her brother – and heir to the family business – died while in her care. With her father lost in mourning, she takes over the Jerusalem-based family business. Her sister is betrothed to the son of Herod’s stew..." Read more of this review »
Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar
"The short take
Well-researched and with a lyrical flow to the writing, Elianna's story is a moving one - from heartbreak and loss, to physical, emotional, and spiritual healing.

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“We long for things that harm us and run from the things that grow and heal us. We think good is bad and bad is good.”
Tessa Afshar, Pearl in the Sand

“I mean that the reason God seems to act in ways that make no sense to us is that our perceptions are wrong. Our expectations are subtly twisted. We long for things that harm us and run from the things that grow and heal us. We think good is bad and bad is good. God acts rightly, but to us, it seems confusing. Or sometimes plain wrong.”
Tessa Afshar, Pearl in the Sand

“A woman needs to feel safe in love. She needs to know her husband accepts everything about her and still loves her. To be known through and through, including the failures of her past, the shortcomings of her character, and still be loved, that's the Promised Land of a woman's heart! That's where she finds rest.”
Tessa Afshar, Pearl in the Sand

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The Preacher's Bride by Jody Hedlund The Preacher's Bride by Jody Hedlund
 
  9 votes 20.9%

Gods and Kings (Chronicles of the Kings, #1) by Lynn Austin Gods and Kings by Lynn Austin
 
  7 votes 16.3%

God's Daughter (Vikings of the New World Saga, #1) by Heather Day Gilbert God's Daughter by Heather Day Gilbert
 
  5 votes 11.6%

The Secret Keeper A Novel of Kateryn Parr (Ladies in Waiting #2) by Sandra Byrd The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr by Sandra Byrd
 
  4 votes 9.3%

Esther Royal Beauty (Dangerous Beauty, #1) by Angela Elwell Hunt Esther: Royal Beauty by Angela Elwell Hunt
 
  4 votes 9.3%

Song of Springhill by Cheryl McKay Song of Springhill by Cheryl McKay
 
  4 votes 9.3%

In the Field of Grace by Tessa Afshar In the Field of Grace by Tessa Afshar
 
  4 votes 9.3%

Heart of the Story The Family of Jesus by Karen Kingsbury Heart of the Story: The Family of Jesus by Karen Kingsbury
 
  3 votes 7.0%

The Well (The Living Water Series) by Stephanie Landsem The Well by Stephanie Landsem
 
  2 votes 4.7%

The Crimson Cord Rahab's Story (Daughters of the Promised Land #1) by Jill Eileen Smith The Crimson Cord: Rahab's Story by Jill Eileen Smith
 
  1 vote 2.3%

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