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Pearl in the Sand

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  7,486 ratings  ·  884 reviews
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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Moody Publishers (first published August 1st 2010)
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Christine Indorf
The story of Rahab from the Bible comes to life in this 10th Anniversary edition of Pearl in the Sand. I wish they had the new cover up because it is beautiful. Rahab, a prostitute, helps 2 spies escape Jericho and because of her help and her faith when the walls of Jericho comes down they save her. All she did was tie a red cord by her house. Now with the Hebrews she forms great faith in the Lord. Soon Salmone falls in love with her but can he forgive her and Rabab forgive herself? Salmone who ...more
Dec 16, 2010 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
This book looks at Rahab from a totally different perspective. Most novels have focused on Rahab's part in Israel's battle for Jericho. Instead Afshar's novel focuses on Rahab's life after Jericho: her adoption in to the tribes of Israel, the attitude of some of the Israelites towards her, and her sense of unworthiness to be forgiven by the one true God. It is a tale of Rahab's journey from rejection and fear to forgiveness and strength. It is the journey of one of the ancestors of Jesus Christ. ...more
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
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-challenges
I loved it! I loved it! I lllooovvveeedd it!!

Being the first book I have read in the genre “biblical fiction” and also the first time reading a novel by this author I was a little sceptical. My main concern was “will it not confuse true biblical context”. However I am happy and excited to say that Tessa Afshar has proven me completely wrong.

The story of Salmone and Rehab was brought to life beyond the information we are provided in the Bible. Tessa Afshar lead me on a beautiful flourishing fic
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
My favorite thing about reading historical fiction is learning something new. In Pearl in the Sand, the author did a nice job of differentiating between a temple prostitute and a zonah. It was interesting to have an account of Rahab's life both before and after she assisted in the fall of Jericho.

I also love that the title has a direct correlation to the story.
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, biblical
It’s not that I didn’t like this book, I didn’t love it. This book lacked depth. The characters were well developed but the development of the plot was carried out in a simplistic form of writing. There were plenty of challenges faced by all the characters in the book. It presented each conflict in an organized manner, one at a time. Conflict presented, conflict resolved, all neatly and easily.
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I finished Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar yesterday. What a beautiful story of God's redemption, mercy, and love. Afshar brought this Bible story to life for me and touched me heart and soul with it.

I did not read Pearl in the Sand the first time it was released 10 years ago. I understand this edition has new features but as a reviewer I can't compare. What I do know is that this story of Rahab and Salmone is both heart wrenching and, ultimately, heart warming. Rahab is a woman living in
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kobo
Son, 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 shortcomings of her character, and still be loved, that's the Promised Land of a woman's heart. That's where she finds rest.

Well, just a few short hours ago, I reviewed " The Weight of Feathers " and declared romance was essentially not my cup of tea. But it would appear that Tessa Afshar managed to warm my Grinch like heart.
Amanda Geaney
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this story again so it would be fresh in my mind. The ✨NEW ✨10th Anniversary Edition—with new scenes and lots of edits (according to the author's FB page)—is set to release on October 6th.

Is it on your fall #tbr?
Roseanna White
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I listened to the audio version, and the narrator did a fabulous job too. I loved the historical understanding Tessa Afshar shed on the familiar events of Joshua and the wall of Jericho, taking me deep into the heart of Rahab. Beautifully done.
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book captivated me from the beginning! I was so wrapped up in the story that I read it all in one sitting! I loved all of the details that are in this story. There were such strong messages in this book that resonated with me. I’m so happy that I read this book! It has really blessed me! This anniversary edition is so beautiful!

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read the Bible, and Rahab’s story numerous times but I fell in the trap of thinking of these people as just characters in a bible story. Tessa Afshar brought these characters to life in such a beautiful way.

Not only is the biblical events portrayed in this story accurate, but the author helped me to go further and think of how life was for these people.

Rahab’s journey to find her true self in how God sees her and Salmone’s journey to overcome his pride and follow God’s will was beautifully
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can’t believe this was Tessa Afshar’s debut book, it was absolutely breathtaking in its approach. Even though this was published ten years ago, and I was obviously not paying close attention to biblical fiction all that well. I am so glad I was able to read it now.

I loved the characters that of course, I was familiar with through reading the story about Rahab (in the bible) and her faithfulness to the Lord. Ms. Afshar’s approach to how she envision how things might’ve gone for Rahab and her en
A story of redemption and forgiveness of self with the help of sacrificial love. Rahab's story. I enjoyed this Biblical fiction that was taken from the Bible and embellished to make Rahab our own story. ...more
Robin Kirk
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I adored this story about Rahab from the Bible. She displayed great faith and trust in God and he brought redemption into her life. He does the same for us! We can trust Him through the storms in our lives, and allow Him to use us for His purposes. Great story!
The story of Rahab has always been one of my favorites. How amazing that God would chose a woman from a different land, religion, and unworthy vocation, and save her, protect her, and welcome her to live with His chosen people and gift her with a place in the lineage of Jesus.

Tessa Afshar brings Rahab to life in this stunning and emotional story of how God reaches out to us in the midst of our messes to pull us out and make us brand new. I gained a new understanding of just how precious we are t
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pearl in the sand
She needed to use her body to help her family survive but while she did unspeakable things she learned a great lesson.
Nov 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
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
So. Good.

This book was amazing and I'm incredibly glad I decided to buy a physical copy. Ms. Afshar made Rahsb, her family, and Salmone so realistic and relatable in many ways. I can say I throughly enjoyed it and had a huge grin on my face the entire novel. I can't really say much about the book except to demand that you guys read it. Completely worth the time.

4.5 stars
Nay Denise
I received a finished copy and eARC for review.

I am a major fan of the original story (, so getting the chance to read the re-release with updated scenes and chapters was such a joy!! I could see the changes within this 10th anniversary edition. You can see the growth and changes from Tessa's debut of the book to this version.

Please understand that this book includes talk of child sacrifice (mildly), child sex, adultery and so forth. This takes place duri
Pearl in the Sand is the very emotional, touching story of Rahab, the famous "innkeeper" from Jericho who is spared, along with her family, for saving the life of two Israelite spies.

I really enjoyed this story. It definitely was more introspective and character driven than plot-driven. I really like how she didn't make the story all the battle of Jericho and then have the marriage between Rahab and Salmone wrap up in a bow and that's the end. It chronicles how she adjusted to her new life.

I did
May 10, 2012 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
Christine Indorf
This by far is my favorite Tessa Afshar book. I read it and I now listen to it on audiobooks. I enjoyed the audiobooks rendition but I really didn't like the narrator. Her voices for both the main characters sounded wrong to me, esp the male lead. I didn't image him being so rough. I'm glad I listen to it because I missed a lot when I read it. Its like, Christine will you stop passing the dialogue!! My library doesn't have a lot of options on Christian Biblical Fiction so I'm going to try anothe ...more
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A woman of all Ages for all ages

Set against the biblical background of the Battle of Jericho, Rahab the Canaanite’s story is written with grace, understanding and compassion. Rahab walks strongly across the pages of the book, and in doing so deepened my understanding of the biblical story. To take a well known tale as old as time, and to give a new and compelling vision to it is indeed a gift and Tessa Afshar is without doubt a gifted writer.

Rahab as a young girl is sold into prostitution by her
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it
This is biblical fiction. Last week I read my first book by this author, and just couldn't wait to get my hands on another one. I liked this one, just not as much as the one I read last week. This is the story of Rahab, who was a prostitute in Jericho during the time when the Israelites were finally taking over to start their new lives.

The author writes beautifully and puts life into these biblical figures. They are endearing and she captures them in a light that seems authentic and true to the
Evelyn  Fonseca
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I am so overcome with emotion I don't even know how to begin describing what this novel means to me.

As someone who has struggled for many years to forgive myself for sins I regret and am ashamed of and the struggle to feel God's redemptive, unconditional love for me, this story hit home for me. I could relate to Rahab on many levels. Her feelings of unworthiness due her past is something I've struggled with too. This novel awakened in me deep wounds that I realized haven't quite healed yet. But
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Rahab is not one of my favorite Biblical people; I just don't find her story as inspiring as many of the other good examples in the Word. So, this book was a bit difficult for me to get through; it had its moments, but, overall, didn't do very much for me. Even when it comes to fictional accounts of women from the Good Book, I've read better. ...more
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
Abby Breuklander
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love this story! There will never be a sin so great that He can't erase, no heart so broken that He can't heal. It doesn't matter what we've done or what others have done to us, we will never lose our value in God's eyes. He loves us with an amazing love that just can't be explained, it never runs out. ...more
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Tessa Afshar is an award-winning author of historical and biblical fiction. Her novel, Land of Silence, won an Inspy award, and was voted by Library Journal as one of five top Christian Fiction titles of 2016. It was also nominated for the 2016 RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for best Inspirational Romance. Harvest of Gold won the prestigious 2014 Christy Award in the Historical Romance category. Her b ...more

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