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Pearl in the Sand

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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.

Pearl in the Sand tells Rahab's untold story. Rahab lives in a wall; her house is built into the defensive walls of the City of Jericho. Other walls surround her as well--walls of fear, rejection, and un
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Moody Publishers (first published 2010)
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Katie
Jul 20, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing
Pearl in the Sand not only retells the story of Rahab in a wonderful, vibrant way, but also has many wonderful lessons that are sure to speak to each reader. When I first began this book, I thought the story would ended after the battle of Jericho with the marriage of Solmone and Rahab…but that was only the beginning!

The bible doesn’t tell us about Rahab’s adjustment into the Israelite camp after they destroyed Jericho, or how she ended up marrying Solmone. Tessa Afshar, using her amazing creat
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Angie Lippard
I am sure I have rewritten this book review 10 times in 2 days....I am having a hard time knowing what to say without coming across as not liking the book...because I did like the book...but I didn't like the book either. Not completely. See my dilemma?

It's clear that I didn't feel the same way about the book as others have, including my best friend at Oh Vey blog, who has claimed this as her new favorite book of the year. I on the other hand, had such a hard time reading it that I actually put
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Emily
Nov 03, 2010 Emily rated it it was amazing
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Pearl in the Sand is a wonderful book. Afshar tells the story of Rahab, the harlet from Jericho, who hid the two Israeli spies and in return they spared her life. It's a story of a broken young woman who has lost hope and faith in love until God opens her heart to Him. I enjoyed the journey of being taken back into the days of Joshua and the Promised Land. I had never really given much thought to what daily life would be like in the camp of the Israelis. Afshar did a great job putting me back in ...more
Loraine
SUMMARY: 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.
Pearl in the Sand tells Rahab's untold story.
Rahab lives in a wall; her house is built into the defensive walls of the City of
Jericho. Other walls surround her as well-walls of fear, rejection, unworthiness.
A woman with a wrecked past; a man of success, of faith ... of pride; a
marriage only God would conceive! Through t
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Hannah
Jul 31, 2012 Hannah rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
The book in general kept me entertained. However, it seemed a bit unbelievable at sometimes. The most unbelievable part was probably Rahab's instant conversion to Judaism. It didn't make sense that she would so easily believe in another God when her society's gods failed everyone. It'd make more sense if she was skeptical of God. She has Christian ideals before Christianity even exists. I know I'm supposed to believe that her prostitution is bad, but I don't believe the book gives enough ...more
Bill Tillman
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An old, old story told in a new way. A must read or in my case listen as I first recieved an audio version. Now I have an ARC (advanced readers copy) which make rereading an absolute joy.

The story of Rahab is an very old Biblical story taken from the book of Joshua. Rahab's family was a farming one, who suffered several crop failures. Her fath
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Laura
May 13, 2012 Laura rated it it was ok
Its a biblical romance... Which, to be fair to the author, is not really my thing. I probably wouldn't have read it if I knew the genre in advanced.


There is quite a bit of biblical references, and the depth of knowledge is impressive. I just wish the heroine wasnt a typical modest blusher (yet ex-prostitute) who only grew a backbone to protect her family: or the hero a deeply religious man turned off by her prior life of sin who is still strongly draw to her beauty and modesty but angerly condem
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Kara
Oct 25, 2011 Kara rated it it was amazing
Joshua 1-10; Matthew 1:1-17

This is another story based on the above Biblical scriptures of how Joshua and the Israelites conquered Jericho, but more specifically about Rahab’s background and involvement. Even though Rahab originated from Canaan and the wickedness that existed in that land such as false gods, sacrificing babies, sexual immorality, and inhumanity; there is no mistaking that God had a calling for her life elsewhere.

Rahab is 15 years old when her father forces her into prostitution
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Michelle
Pearl in the Sand is like an Old Testament themed Redeeming Love story, only tamer. I found it profoundly moving at times, and incredibly realistic. Having worked with many women who were used by men, and as a result were deeply emotionally scarred, I found Rahab's view of herself very believable. While Salome was judgmental as men typically are at first, the Lord changed him over time into an admirable hero. But this only happened when his pride was slowly stripped away. I found it incredibly ...more
Molly (Cafinated Reads)
Sep 01, 2010 Molly (Cafinated Reads) rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Molly (Cafinated Reads) by: CFBA
Where do I start with singing my praises with this gorgeous book? Stunning. Beautiful. Fascinating. Those are just some of the many ways to describe this novel. Tessa Afshar is truly talented and captures the heart of her readers instantly, by picking us up and setting us down in the middle of Jericho. The characters of this novel are superbly created and reach out to help pull us into that long ago Biblical time and place.

Rahab was an incredibly strong young woman. Her days of being a prostitu
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Teresa Griffis
Sep 13, 2013 Teresa Griffis rated it it was amazing
Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar. An amazing story based on the life of Rahab in the Bible.

I'm always a little leary reading a book based on a Bible character because so often the story follows little of the known facts from the Bible. But I was pleasantly surprised that not one known fact was changed. And, yes, I had to check a few of them.

The author built a believable story around a very few Biblical truths, and I continue to think about this story. God had great things in store for Rahab. I
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Kara
Most of us are familiar with the Biblical story of Rahab. Really, though, all we know are a few basic facts. She was a harlot who hid the spies of Israel, was subsequently spared during the destruction of Jericho, and married an Israelite named Salmone. A woman of faith, she was the mother of Boaz from the book of Ruth, meaning she was also in the direct lineage of both David and Christ. Other than these mentions in a handful of verses, we're left to fill in the details.

Filling in the details is
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Libbie Hawker (L.M. Ironside)
3.5 stars

One of the better novels I've read about Rahab, Pearl in the Sand is well paced and competently written. It tells the story of the well-known prostitute from Jericho who aids the Israelite spies and is spared by God in exchange for her help when he orders the Israelites to destroy Jericho utterly. Afshar's command of prose is strong and engaging. However, I found her main characters' personalities to be inconsistent, and this kept me from really getting into this book.

Rahab initially is
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Nina
Jun 03, 2010 Nina rated it it was amazing
Wow. This story is breathtaking and heart-warming. It has been a while that I read a story that was written in the bible and made out to be a book. I wanted to read this story as soon as I saw that gorgeous cover and I am so happy that I did.

Rahab was strong, mind set and didn’t let anything or anyone close to her heart. She had unbelievable strength and a deep love for her family that she sold her body for them. She didn’t asked for anything in return, but you could feel that she longed for so
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Truly Bookish
Jun 30, 2011 Truly Bookish rated it it was amazing
Rahab’s story is not told in detail in the Bible. We know she helps the Jewish spies in Jericho and her faith saves her entire family. We know she marries into the Tribe of Judah and is in Jesus’ bloodline, but apart from this we really don’t know anything about her. Tessa Afshar takes the few facts we know about Rahab and creates a wonderful fictional story of faith, love, forgiveness and restoration that will stay with me for a long time.

When I started reading Pearl in the Sand, I expected som
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Georgina Ortiz
May 21, 2012 Georgina Ortiz rated it it was amazing
Unlike some Christian Fiction books I've read, Pearl in the Sand does not go preachy on the reader. Maybe because it is set in the Old Testament, it focuses more on other aspects of Israelite culture and life — especially the nomadic, post-Egypt/pre-Canaan part of their history.

I learned a lot from the book: how God was portrayed in the Old Testament (conditional and sacrifice/ritual-requiring) vs. how He is portrayed in the New Testament (loving, unconditional); how prostitutes were classified
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Amber Stokes
Jan 15, 2016 Amber Stokes rated it it was amazing
I'd heard great things about this book, and why I let it languish so long on my bookshelf is a mystery. (I guess it's a testament to my reckless book-buying habit and my ever-growing physical and electronic TBRs.)

Well, I'm pleased to report that I agree with the glowing recommendations. Pearl in the Sand is a beautiful and engaging debut novel!

From the harsh and horrific introduction to her character, to the heartfelt depiction of her turning to faith, Rahab stands out as an absolutely wonderful
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Tammy Doherty
Dec 09, 2012 Tammy Doherty rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes Biblical fiction and/or romance
An excellent "retelling" of the tale of Rahab. Who would ever expect a prostitute to be the star of a Christian novel? Ms. Afshar creates in her Rahab a woman we can all relate to in one way or another. Sold into prostitution by a father desperate to provide for all his family, Rahab does not become a bitter woman as so many would. Her life is not terrible though it is loveless. When the opportunity arrives to learn more about the God of the Jews, she is ready - hungry and thirsty for the ...more
Clockstein Lockstein
Sep 03, 2010 Clockstein Lockstein rated it it was amazing
Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar is top notch biblical fiction about one of Jesus' ancestors. Rahab was sold into prostitution at just fifteen to support her family. But their salvation came at a high price: she feels as though only her body has value, and her family views her with jaded eyes and judges her harshly for the choice they forced her to make. She uses her intelligence to build a successful inn within the walls of her home in Jericho. Because of her troubled life, she has rejected ...more
Kelli
Jul 03, 2010 Kelli rated it it was amazing
This was a stunning debut novel. I like Christian fiction that retells the stories of biblical characters; such as Liz Curtis Higgs' Scottish Rose trilogy and Francine Rivers' Mark of The Lion trilogy. After reading both of those outstanding series, I thought I would never find another Christian fiction author whose writing I enjoyed as much. Then Tessa Afshar came along and proved me wrong!





The plot is outstanding, the characters were relatable (despite the fact that the story takes place in B.C
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Cafelilybookreviews
Oct 25, 2011 Cafelilybookreviews rated it really liked it
If you enjoy biblical fiction as much as I do, you are going to want to get a copy of Pearl In The Sand by Tessa Afshar.

This book is the story of Rahab, best known for her scandalous reputation as a prostitute. Very little is actually known about Rahab but I really like the way the author took liberties with this story and created such an interesting account. Her suggestions as to how and why Rahab possibly ended up working as a zonah made perfect sense to me. Tessa stayed very true to the cult
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S
May 04, 2015 S rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely fantastic. It's a fictional account of what Rahab had to live through. When we read the Bible, we read it from our perspective and judge its characters by our standards, culture and ways. Tesssa Afshar has a unique ability to allow us to see how things were back when the Bible stories were taking place. And this story about so much more than Rahab's way of life. It shows us how the things that we live through as a child are with us throughout our life and how only through ...more
Shantelle
Pearl in the Sand was a very good read. The story of a broken prostitute, Rahab, who trusts the Lord, not known well by her, and is accepted. This book tells of the struggles she has letting go of her past and overcoming her fears. A book of redemption and forgiveness, with a powerful message that God loves EVERYONE. All you have to do is accept Him.

In the Bible, you can find the rest of Rahab's story. How she went on to become the great grandmother of King David, a man after God's own heart; an
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Jeanie
Jul 22, 2012 Jeanie rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Such a insightful look at the Old Testament in the story of Rehab. My favorite part was when the family was rescued in living outside the camp and they came into grips on what it meant to worship God. Somtimes we do not understand, but the bible teaches us that by obeying we are putting ourselves apart for the Lord. It took the mixing of fabrics to illustrate this and it was wonderfully done. So many accuse Christians of picking and choosing scripture however, they usually ...more
Jannea
Mar 30, 2013 Jannea rated it it was amazing
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This is my all-time favorite book. The story of Rehab has been made into fiction many times, but this is the best of them all. This book means so much to me because I can relate to Rehab's journey to find her worth in God's eyes. As a sinner, it is so hard sometimes to see how God could love us in all of our failures. Understanding God's love is hard. Rehab felt she had sinned beyond repair, and she could not accept that she was loved. It affected all aspects of her life. Her journey is the best ...more
Debbie
Oct 30, 2014 Debbie rated it it was amazing
"Pearl in The Sand" by Tessa Afshar is a wonderful book that is fiction but based on the Biblical story of Rahab. Rahab was a Canaanite harlot, but she saved the Israeli spies in Jericho.

This book teaches this reader that God loves us and can forgive us our sins and use us for his purpose! I believe that we all have struggled with feelings of worth and have built walls around our hearts to protect us from rejection and hurt.

I love the lesson that Salmone uses to show Rahab that she was valuable
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Gail
Apr 09, 2015 Gail rated it really liked it
I liked this book. It's a well done novelization of the story of Rahab from the book of Joshua in the Bible. I liked the story Afshar came up with to explain how Rahab came to marry Salmone and become the mother of Boaz, who features in the Biblical book of Ruth. However, the author skimmed over some incidents in the story that I thought were pretty spectacular, yet she gave them a scant couple of pages. The inspirational "God" parts of the story were woven in well, I think because she made them ...more
Onyx
May 03, 2016 Onyx rated it it was amazing
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This book was enlivening. I've read lots of biblical historical fiction and I'm not an expert writer or anything special like that, but after reading lots of books based on prominent women of the Bible, I nearly lost all hope when it came to Rahab's story. People either didn't depict her right or shied away from the truth. This book by Tessa was a perfect mixture of truthful, inspiring, honest and awesome. Rahab's story was not only represented in an enthralling way but so was that of the ...more
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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 ...more
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