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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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Easley, SC, United States 06-01-15
    Michael Easley, SC, United States 06-01-15 Member Since 2015

    Actually, it is Jennifer, not Michael. I enjoy a variety of books but am drawn to romantic historical fiction with a Christian message.

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    "Pearl in the sand"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    EE 05-23-15
    EE 05-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    I think I was more let down that it ended not so much how it ended.

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    inspiredbooksguide Birmingham, AL, United States 10-12-12
    inspiredbooksguide Birmingham, AL, United States 10-12-12
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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.

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    Maria Kannapolis, NC, United States 02-23-11
    Maria Kannapolis, NC, United States 02-23-11 Member Since 2008
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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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    Amber Scott Ft. Stewart, Ga 12-26-12
    Amber Scott Ft. Stewart, Ga 12-26-12 Member Since 2015

    Army Girl

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    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 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mac 06-23-15
    Mac 06-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    Beautifully woven story of forgiveness, the author managed to remain true to scripture historically as well as its teachings.

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    Linda Martin West Santa Fe, New Mexico 05-25-15
    Linda Martin West Santa Fe, New Mexico 05-25-15

    I enjoy reading Lynn Austin's historical fiction. Her books oh the Civil are awesome as well.

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    "Compelling and educational!"

    I love this author. She has a wonderful way of writing biblical history. She makes the characters come alive. After listening to her books you feel like you've been there and actually met the bible characters in life. In this great book you have an understanding of what happened in the story but you also come away with the knowledge of what it must have been like to live during that time period. The author gives you a glimpse into the biblical customs and traditions of the biblical places and people.

    The narrator is easy to follow and soothing to listen to. This author and narrator are a wonderful combination!

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    skrb 05-06-15
    skrb 05-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful story!"

    The book met my expectations. It was a departure from my usual reads. The story held my attention and the narration was good.

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