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
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.
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.
The narrator annoyed me. She sounded a lot like a machine at times.
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.
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.
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.
I enjoyed this book very much. It was very compelling. It made me want to read the Biblical account of her life also.
I loved the way that the Biblical story was brought to life in a respectful and insightful way. I felt a part of that time in history.
I fell in love with the characters.
Rehav was my favorite character. She was real and had such a longing in her heart for the one true God. I could relate to her concerns about not being accepted because of her sins.
I cried in several parts of the book. I yelled at the main characters to TALK to each other and loved the counsel that Joshua gave to Shimon about reaching the heart of a woman.
If I could change one thing about this book, it would be to take out the music between chapters. I felt that it was a distraction from the story.
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.
Probably not unless she got great ratings from other listeners.
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.
Inspirational, Motivating, Historical
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.
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.
I couldn't think of a better name
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