Monday Mini-Review

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; Original edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Genre:  Christian Fiction


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.

My Review:

Pearl in the Sand is Tessa Afshar’s debut novel.  The story of Rahab and Salmone is not unknown to Christians, however the way in which Tessa describes their thoughts, motives, and struggles truly brings a greater understanding and appreciation for who they were.  Tessa spends a great deal on developing the character of Rahab, which at times made the story move a little slow.  Rahab was such a strong and brave woman, and her desire to please God is so inspiring.
Tessa includes so much detail to the book that the reader could picture that time period.  However, at times, the story did move a bit slow because of it.  Nonetheless, it is an inspiring story and worth reading, despite the slowness in the beginning.

This is a story of love, trusting God, and forgiveness.  More than that, it is a story that will challenge readers to focus on what they can do/would do for God without the support of friends and family.

 I STRONGLY recommend this book.

*This book was provided through Netgalley by Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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