Tessa Afshar was voted "New Author of the Year" by the Family Fiction sponsored Reader's Choice Awards 2011 for her novel Pearl in the Sand. Her book, Harvest of Rubies was nominated for the 2013 ECPA Book Award in the fiction category and World Magazine chose Harvest of Rubies as one of four notable books of the year. Her novel, Harvest of Gold was nominated for the 2014 Christy Award. Tessa was born in Iran to a nominally Muslim family, and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life. She moved to England where she survived boarding school for girls and fell in love with Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, before moving to the United States permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds an MDiv from Yale University where she served as cochair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School. She has spent the last fifteen years in full-time Christian service in New England.
"Pearl in The Sand" by Tessa Afshar is a wonderful book that is fiction but based on the Biblical story of Rahab. Rahab was a Canaanite harlot, but she saved the Israeli spies in Jericho.
This book teaches this reader that God loves us and can forgive us our sins and use us for his purpose! I believe that we all have struggled with feelings of worth and have built walls around our hearts to protect us from rejection and hurt.
I love the lesson that Salmone uses to show Rahab that she was valuable. He uses a pearl in the sand. ( hence the title). If her other books are as good as this one, any reader would be thrilled to read these stories more than once. Yes they are that good!
I am giving"Pearl in The Sand" by Tessa Afshar five stars.