Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar Review


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.

My Thoughts:

I have only dabbled in Biblical fiction but each time I’ve read it, I’ve enjoyed the genre. When I saw that Moody Publishers had released a 10th anniversary edition of Pearl in the Sand, I was eager to read it. I’ve seen Pearl in the Sand on recommended pages and book sites many times and it has very high ratings. The story of Rahab from the book of Joshua, this story imagines what happened to her after she was rescued from Jericho.

There were some beautiful analogies in the story. I found that the author did an excellent job at portraying the multi-faceted and sovereign nature of God throughout the story. I also loved the descriptions of the Israelite camp and their way of living…it became much more easier to picture when reading the Bible story after being given the pictures from Afshar’s story.

I also appreciated that there were some bits of humor thrown in to break up the sometimes dark and difficult life that these people were living.

Overall this was an excellent story and I am planning on picking up more books by this author in the future.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher to read and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

My Rating