Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar

Title: Pearl in the Sand

Written by: Tessa Afshar
Release date: September, 2010
Pages: 336
Source: Net Galley, Moody Publishers
Part of: Orbis Terrarum Reading 2010 Challenge
Author Place of Birth: Iran

My Feelings:


Description:
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:
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 something no one could give to her. She made the best out of the bad situation she was in. And one day a customer called Debir tells her about the God, who the Hebrews put their faith in. He’s different from the Gods they believe in Jericho. Rahab wants to hear everything Debir knows about this God and finds the God of the Hebrews fascinated. When she was younger her sister and husband give their only son to a priest to sacrifice him to their Gods. They believed that this was necessary to get a better life. When their lives didn’t became better, but worse, the trust she had in them changed. No longer did she believed in them as good Gods, but as blood thirsty Gods who want everything and gives nothing in return. The Gods of Jericho is so different from this new God she never heard of, this God is forgiving and kind to his people. To hear the stories about this God, she slowly opens her heart to him.

Salmone is a strong leader of soldiers of Judah.
With his parents murdered on a young age, he had to take care of his little sister Miriam. Taking care of her and the responsibility that comes with that made Salmone grew up fast. When he finds out that two of his best soldiers made a deal with a courtesan, he’s mad. He doesn’t want her and her family to stay with them. He thinks that they are going to cause problems among his people. But when he meets her and looks into her eyes, his feelings changes into something called love. But how could a hard stubborn men accept the past of this beautiful young woman?

The journey that lay ahead of them is a hard one, but if they put their faith in each other and God they will make it. I love this story so much. It truly is one of the best love stories, I read so far this year. It has such a strong message in it, that it’s hard not to tell it to you without spoiling it. If you haven’t read the bible or the story, and you are not religious this is still a really good story to read. Of course in every chapter, almost every chapter God has a place, so if you are not up to that, this is so not for you.

The title of the book fits the story so well, the scene with the pearl made me cry.
Another book that I will look out for in September.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com  – (3 juni 2010 om 08:17)  

Wow. Sounds amazing. I LOVE the vivid colors of the cover.

Blodeuedd  – (3 juni 2010 om 10:52)  

I might not be up to the god angle, but this story does sounds really lovely

Melissa  – (3 juni 2010 om 13:00)  

A more accessible story. Sounds like a good read. Love the cover as well. :)

Sullivan McPig  – (3 juni 2010 om 13:22)  

Sounds like a great story. I think I'll give this one a try.

Cari  – (3 juni 2010 om 15:37)  

Wow that sounds like an amazing story! I love the cover it's stunning!

Sarah (Limerick)  – (3 juni 2010 om 17:55)  

This story sounds fantastic! And great review, too! I can't wait to get my hands on this book!

Blueicegal ♥  – (4 juni 2010 om 12:19)  

it really does sound like a great thought provoking read thanks for this Nina :)

Amelia  – (4 juni 2010 om 13:27)  

The cover really struck, and I'm glad you like it. I might have to pick this one up.

....Petty Witter  – (5 juni 2010 om 02:04)  

What an amazing sounding book - everything appeals from the cover to the story itself.

Kris (Voracious YAppetite)  – (7 juni 2010 om 16:10)  

Pearl in the Sand sounds really good! I hadn't heard of it before. The one book I've read based on Bible stories that I absolutely loved is The Red Tent. That was an amazing book. Pearl sounds like an incredible love story. Thanks for putting it on my radar!

Moody Fiction  – (11 juni 2010 om 07:33)  

Hello readers! I want to let you know that TODAY Moody Fiction's Blog is hosting a GIVEAWAY of Tessa's Pearl in the Sand! Go to www.moodyfiction.com to enter the contest to win this advance copy! Good luck :)

campbele  – (13 juni 2010 om 13:40)  

Sounds quite interested. I'm curious, is it based on a story from scripture?

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