Striking beauty comes at a price. Rahab paid it when at the age of 15 she was sold into prostitution by the one man she loved and trusted—her father. With her keen mind and careful planning she turned heartache into success, achieving independence while still young. And she vowed never again to trust a man. Any man. God had other plans. Into the emotional turmoil of her world walked Salmone, a prominent leader of Judah, held in high esteem by all Israel. A man of faith, honor, and pride. An enemy. What is a woman with a wrecked past to do when she wants to be loved, yet no longer believes it possible? The walls of Jericho are only the beginning. The real battle for Rahab will be one of the heart.
©2010 Tessa Afshar (P)2011 Oasis
Actually, it is Jennifer, not Michael. I enjoy a variety of books but am drawn to romantic historical fiction with a Christian message.
Amazing! Tessa Afshar in an incredible historical, biblical fiction writer. This is the story of Rahab, a harlot turned mighty woman of God. If you have ever felt ashamed of your past or had regrets of past choices, then this book is for you. I feel as if God spoke to me through her words.
I wish I'd have been able to listen to this book before I married. I've never read or watched anything that gave such an honest and in depth portrayal of a love story that reached across courtship and deeply into the complications of marriage. For anyone who is or has been married, I would recommend this as a good way to understand your partner and their complex thoughts and fears that contribute to the health of that relationship.
The story was good and well told. It held my interest throughout and I finished the book in a short time as a result. It gave me a lot to think about as well, shining light into some very harsh passages in the Bible which, at a surface level, appear to be God-sanctioned ethnic cleansing. These parts of the Bible have given its detractors ammunition as examples of a wrathful God.
This book used historical context to underline the will of God in detroying the Canaanite civilization as something terrible, but also just. Their society devalued the weak, the alien, the poor, and the young. It also emphasized God's anger at those who persecute the weak and are cruel to children. The citizens of Jericho had a nasty habit of sacrificing their children to their gods. This book took the view that God couldn't abide that sort of thing forever, so He used the nation of Israel to destroy it.
The narrator was very good at portraying the characters, and I also liked her accent, as it went well with the story. The fly in the ointment was the frequent sounds of swallowing and gulping. That should have been sound edited, as it was annoying and distracting. Even with this one detraction, this was still a very worthwhile listen.
This is such a great book. The author re-tells the story of Rahab and makes you think about what her life may have been like. It is such a great story of God's love for us and His amazing grace to us while we are still in our sin. I love the story of Rahab because it offers such hope. I have listened to this book twice already and highly recommend it.
The story line really brought the bible to life. The writer effectively fleshed out the story of Rahab and Solomon. It was very engaging. I hated for the book to end.
I enjoyed this book very much. It was very compelling. It made me want to read the Biblical account of her life also.
We have all read the story of Rahab. Tessa Afshar makes this story come alive. As you listen to this story, you feel all the drama and passion in the lives of Rahab and Salmone. We did not want this book to end!! Highly recommend it!!!
A few things:
1st - this book was wonderful, I absolutely loved it. The author did a wonderful job of balancing romance, real-world problems, the truth of who God is, and weaving them all together. The author of course took some artistic license because there is only so much in the Bible about Rahab. Obviously this means that this book is a Christian book... Fair warning (it's spectacular!!!) It definitely opened my eyes again to the wonder of what Christ did for us, and me! All of us. :) I definitely recommend this book!
2nd- I was not a fan of the reader. She pronounced Rahab like "Rahaf" which might be correct, what do I know? But it bothered me. Also, I could hear her swallowing which had me gritting my teeth. Lastly, at the end of each chapter, there was a stanza (is that the right word?) of music played that was supposed to match the mood of the story... But I found it distracting.
All in all, I definitely recommend this book! It helped me see God from a different perspective. I was able to enjoy the audible version of this book despite my frustrations. If those types of things bother you too much, you would definitely benefit from just reading it hardcopy. What a great story!!!
I thought it was a little slow at first, then wasn't sure if I even liked listening to a book being read, but it was quite nice after a couple chapters. As far as the story is concerned, I enjoyed it very much. Many valuable lessons to learn.
First off the narrator sounded like a snobby old woman. The precise way she said words like "too" got on my nerves and the way she pronounced Rahab's name Rey-hafffffffffffff was annoying coming through my ear buds every few lines.
Secondly the book was slow and frustrating to me. Rehab seemed pretty admirable until she got married. Then she was incapable of expressing herself (which she is was so good at before). She just turned into a winey baby. Which all could have been resolved by openness and communication. It felt like the author was just dragging on the book by creating this situation. Also I'm not a historian but there were sayings in there that didn't feel accurate for that time. Anyways I didn't hear anything that seemed Biblical inaccurate to me which I appreciate. It also gives a great appreciation for how mighty God is and it was visible when the Israelites defeat their enemies.
. what a moving account loved it and was sorry when it reached its conclusion
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