Sunday, September 5, 2010

Review/Giveaway: Pearl in the Sand

A WINNING READINGS GIVEAWAY!

Title: Pearl in the Sand
Author: Tessa Afshar
Genre: Biblical historical fiction
How to enter: Leave a comment on THIS post right here! If you're a subscriber or a follower, leave a second comment for a second entry.
Entry deadline: September 25, 2010
Restrictions: Open internationally!

That's right, enter right here for this giveaway.  This is my review copy, so it has been gently read.
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This week, the



Christian Fiction Blog Alliance



is introducing



Pearl In The Sand
Moody Publishers (September 1, 2010)



by
Tessa Afshar






ABOUT THE AUTHOR:







Tessa Afshar was born in a nominally Muslim family in Iran and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life. She survived English boarding school for girls before moving to the United States permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her mid-twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds an MDIV from Yale University where she served as co-Chair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the

Divinity School. She has spent the last twelve years in full and part-time Christian work and currently serves as the leader of Women’s and Prayer ministries at a church in Connecticut.





ABOUT THE BOOK



Can a Canaanite harlot who has made her livelihood by looking desirable to men make a fitting wife for one of the leaders of Israel? Shockingly, the Bible’s answer is yes. At the age of fifteen Rahab is forced into prostitution by her beloved father. In her years as a courtesan, she learns to mistrust men and hate herself. Into the emotional turmoil of her world walks Salmone, a respected leader of Judah. Through the tribulations of a stormy relationship, Rahab and Salmone learn the true

source of one another’s worth in God and find healing from fear and rejection.



If you would like to read the first chapter of Pearl In The Sand, go HERE



Watch the book video:





What I Liked:  I always enjoy the opportunity to read biblical fiction and explore Bible stories in further depth, both through the author's interpretation and in revisiting the story in Scripture.  And this was a new one for me; I don't believe I've read one on Rahab before.  The author created a thoughtful and meaningful romance based on Rahab's story.

I enjoyed the author's take on the cultural integration challenges Rahab and her family must have faced:  not mixing wool and cotton in clothing, the dialect differences, the "lower cough."

I loved most, though, the story's emphasis on love and relationship with God over form and function and rules, and the message of restoration that is the heart of the book.  The birth of Boaz, who has his own fantastic story in the lineage of Christ, is a perfect ending.

What I Didn't Like:  Nothing on this one... :)

Posted by Jane from Mozi Esmé

41 comments:

Mystica said...

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Laura said...

This sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for the chance to win it.

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Linda said...

Such good reviews all over the blogs. Please enter me. Thank you.

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Ticia said...

I always find Rahab intriguing.

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I've been wanting to read this novel. Please enter me.

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Robin said...

Looks like a good book

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

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Merry said...

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Katie G. said...

Please enter me! This book sounds WONDERFUL! I have always like Rahab's story. Thanks so much!

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Pink Panther said...

Hm... Sounds great! I don't often read biblical fiction but would sure love to give this one a try! :)
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apple blossom said...

I was suppose to get this one on the tour too. It never came. I'd love to win it. thanks


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barbjan10 said...

This is a book I've been wanting to read since I first learned about. I love the title, is sounds elegant. Please enter me in the giveaway. I appreciate the chance to win. I hope I do.

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jewelknits said...

I haven't read much Christian historical fiction; however, one of my favorite books is "The Red Tent" by Anita Diamante, so I think that I would totally love this one!

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Jessi E. said...

I think this book looks great!

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barbjan10 said...

Because things still happen to girls and women in the world today, as in Rahab's day...this is an important book to read and discuss. This is my estimation and opinion, of course, and this book is needed. Thanks for the chance to win.

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ape2016 said...

I would really like to read this. It sounds so interesting.

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Nancye said...

Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance.

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Carole said...

Pearl in the Sand sounds like a wonderful book that shows God's power to transform lives that are yielded to Him and is at the top of my wish list. I read a lot of biblical fiction in the late 60s and am glad to see this genre coming back today. Thank you for your review, Jane, and the chance to win a copy of Pearl in the Sand.

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Carole said...

Extra entry:

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Giant Sis said...

I've never read Biblical historical fiction, but your review made me want to give this one a try!
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arceli said...

What a fantastic plot! Thanks for giving me the chance to win this book!

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