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Pearl in the Sand | [Tessa Afshar]

Pearl in the Sand

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.
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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.

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©2010 Tessa Afshar (P)2011 Oasis

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    Joshua Huntington Beach, CA, United States 06-18-11
    Joshua Huntington Beach, CA, United States 06-18-11 Member Since 2010

    fiction monster

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    "A woman's heart revealed"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amber Scott Ft. Stewart, Ga 12-26-12
    Amber Scott Ft. Stewart, Ga 12-26-12 Member Since 2012

    Army Girl

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    "Hidden Religion"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would only recommend this book if you do not mind a largely religious story. When I read the description, it was not clear that the entire story is based around religion and a girls finding of God. While I am OK with this, others might be put off.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator annoyed me. She sounded a lot like a machine at times.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    inspiredbooksguide Birmingham, AL, United States 10-12-12
    inspiredbooksguide Birmingham, AL, United States 10-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peggy Yukon, OK, United States 05-13-11
    Peggy Yukon, OK, United States 05-13-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent book!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Kannapolis, NC, United States 02-23-11
    Maria Kannapolis, NC, United States 02-23-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Very Good Story"

    I enjoyed this book very much. It was very compelling. It made me want to read the Biblical account of her life also.

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    Anne 07-22-14
    Anne 07-22-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Modern girl lives in ancient Jericho"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This is a common formula--write a story that supposedly occurred long ago with the main character having the personality characteristics of a 21st century adolescent. This just doesn't work for me. Add to that a not-so-good narrator, who stumbles over middle Eastern names and uses caricature voices, and you have a not-so-good read.


    Would you recommend Pearl in the Sand to your friends? Why or why not?

    Nope.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Laural Merlington’s performances?

    Probably not unless she got great ratings from other listeners.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Johnston North Carolina 04-15-14
    M. Johnston North Carolina 04-15-14 Member Since 2008

    books2boot

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    "Great rendition of a well-known story"

    The author does a great job of sticking to the details of scripture while filling in the gaps with how life and customs and culture were at the time. I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator, plot, storyline, and character development. It all added to my enjoyment when reading the story again in the Bible. I have recommended this to several friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Coeur dAlene, ID, United States 03-07-14
    Jessica Coeur dAlene, ID, United States 03-07-14
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    "Loved the Story…narrator is good, but……."
    If you could sum up Pearl in the Sand in three words, what would they be?

    Inspirational, Motivating, Historical


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the story of Rehab!!! All aspects! Tessa Afshar does a great job at bringing Rehab's story to life. Really enjoyed hearing the names of the people and cities pronounced.


    What about Laural Merlington’s performance did you like?

    She has great inflection in her voice and does wonderful with each character - giving them each their own voice. Her swallowing got a bit irritating by the end of the book though.


    If you could rename Pearl in the Sand, what would you call it?

    I couldn't think of a better name


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Yoshi Yoshitani United States 02-18-14
    Yoshi Yoshitani United States 02-18-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Relationships are Meaningful, but a lot is Lacking"

    I will agree with other reviewers that the amount of strong biblical reinforcement in this novel is far more prominent than the description would indicate. If I had known, I probably wouldn't have listened, as this is not what I am interested in reading. That being said there were a lot of great things to recommend this book.

    I really enjoyed a lot of the relationships between the characters. I enjoyed the real feeling of struggle as Solomon overcomes Rehab's past, and learns to love her in her entirety, not just who she has become. I think that Rehab and Miriam's interactions are a great showing of best friends, and really enjoyable!

    But story-wise, a lot of things were lacking. I never had the feeling that any of the characters had lives unless Rehab was looking at them. None of the other characters had arches, struggles, or lives. Except for very minor flaws showcased in Solomon, all the the characters were painfully perfect. All of the plot points rotated specifically around God and the realization of him, which started to feel a little repetitive. In the story, God manipulates each of the characters in minute ways, and in the background, he is the master of astounding miracles. Now I'm not saying that he is incapable of this, but in terms of a written Novel, it's surprisingly bland. All the characters feel as though they are on a giant chess board being moved around. Which made me uninterested, and unsympathetic as I felt I couldn't relate with any of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Sare Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada 01-31-14
    Robert Sare Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada 01-31-14
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    "Religious chic lit"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is written for 16 year old girls who can't decide between a life devoted to God or boys. For those looking for a Harliquin Romance without the sex, this is for you.The story is absolutely predictable. It is writing, but not literature.

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