“. . . A stirring treasure not to be missed.”
— Julie Klassen
October 2020 - 10th Anniversary Edition
Tessa was named New Author of the Year by the FamilyFiction-sponsored Readers’ Choice Awards in 2011

Pearl in the Sand

by Tessa Afshar

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?

Rahab’s home is built into a wall, a wall that fortifies and protects the city of Jericho. However, other walls surround her too, walls of fear, rejection, and unworthiness . . . Years of pain and betrayal have wounded Rahab’s heart—she doubts whether her dreams of experiencing true love will ever come true.

A woman with a wrecked past; a man of success, of faith . . . of pride. A marriage only God would conceive! Through the heartaches of a stormy relationship, Rahab and Salmone learn the true source of one another’s worth and find healing in God.

This 10th anniversary edition of Pearl in the Sand includes new scenes and book-wide edits that will invite you deeper into Rahab’s journey from lowly outcast to redeemed child of God.


Reviews from Original Edition:

“Talented author Tessa Afshar brings to vivid life the heartache, growing faith, and powerful love story of a truly fascinating character. A stirring treasure not to be missed!”

Julie Klassen, author of A Castaway in Cornwall and Tales from Ivy Hill

“This superb debut should appeal to readers who enjoyed Davis Bunn and Janette Oke’s The Centurion’s Wife or Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent.”

Library Journal starred review

“An unforgettable read… Pearl in the Sand, the story of Rahab the harlot who became an ancestor of Christ, delivers a very powerful truth within its pages: forgiveness, redemption, and the changing power of God.”

Ane Mulligan, editor of Novel Rocket

“Afshar brings the Old Testament alive with her debut about the life of Rahab the Harlot. And what a great tale of redeeming love this is. A riveting and compelling book about an often misunderstood woman of the Bible. Fantastic research and stellar writing make this one you don’t want to miss.”

RT Book Reviews, Top Pick