Striking beauty... comes at a price. Rahab paid it when at the age of fifteen 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.
- Historical fiction that tugs at the heart.
Great character development. I felt uplifted as I listened to the story of forgiveness and redemption.
- Many valuable lessons.
Hey my wife and I both enjoyed it . Much to be said about forgiveness, patience, and wisdom.
- Good story about Rahab!
Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar, read by Laural Merlington
Part of me is hesitant to read an author's fictitious rendering of truth in the Word. But if I continue to think of it as someone's imagination of what it "could" have been like, then I am okay. Chris Brown, pastor at North Coast Church in Southern California, is absolutely one of my favorite story tellers. He takes a biblical narrative and expands it into the most imaginative stories you've ever heard. So if I can enjoy his retellings, I can be open minded about an author's retelling.
Anyway, this is the story of Rahab the harlot (what a way to be remembered throughout history!) who assisted Joshua's spies sent there to check out Jericho. She hid them in her house, and then helped them to escape over the wall to report back to Joshua in exchange for sparing her life and her family's lives. Once she and her family were helped by the Hebrews to escape the destruction of Jericho, that's when most of the "imagination" really comes out, and characters and events not in the original became the basis for the rest of the story.
The author did add two significant events to her story that were in the bible, and the telling of those was interesting. Plus, we do know that Rahab was the mother of Boaz, and Salmon was his father, according to Matthew 1:5. So the author wove a unique story around Salmon, beginning with him being seriously antagonistic toward her.
This was the audio version of the book, read by a narrator who was quite good. However I wondered why she didn't pronounce Rahab the way we do. She pronounced it Ray-have. Sometimes it sounded like Ray-half. It was bothersome (okay...it was downright annoying!). It may be the accurate Hebrew pronunciation, I don't know, but the English language is used for this book and a "b" isn't pronounced as a "v" ever in English as far as I know. I'd be curious to hear if anyone else has heard Rahab pronounced that way.
Ah well, the book had decent lessons about God's law for the Jews, prejudices against outsiders, and redemption. I'd recommend it.
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- Loved this book!
This is one of the best books I have read (or listened to). After reading it I purchased her other two books on audio and loved them also!