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Tessa Afshar’s A Pearl in the Sand


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 unworthiness.

A woman with a wrecked past; a man of success, of faith…of pride. A marriage only God would conceive! Through the heartaches of a stormy relationship, Rahab and Salmone learn the true source of one another’s worth and find healing in God.


I am not really a fan of Biblical fiction because the Bible is just the go to place for finding out about these people, but that said, A Pearl in the Sand had such great reviews it needed to be tried. And oh how I enjoyed it! I think Ms. Afshar did a fantastic job of keeping the story uniquely hers while also staying true to the Bible. I loved Rahab’s desire to know God and to please Him and it was a lesson that I can always keep with me. I thought Salmone’s personality really fit him as a man of his times and a man in love. I particularly love that the story didn’t stop when they got married. I like how marriage is just the beginning and the illustration that is given to describe Rahab at the end is perfect. Highly Recommended!

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