Hospitality holds a special significance for the people of the Middle East.

Since that is where I was born, let me take a moment to welcome you properly. I am so glad you are visiting! Grab a cup of something refreshing and sit with me for a minute.

If you want to know more about me, I have included a bio at the bottom of this page, or you can find my testimony on the Resources & News page, under “Tessa’s Conversion Story.”

But let’s start with something really important.
Let’s start with you.

I want to remind you of a few truths, in case they have grown dim in your heart.

You are precious. You are worthy of unfailing love. You are cherished. Your life has a firm purpose. A universe without you is just not a good enough universe. It’s incomplete.

This is part of your original design according to Scripture. These are unshakable truths about you. You were made to belong, not to be abandoned. That is why Jesus is lovingly pursuing you. He has chosen you. Now, He wants to restore you to your true self and fulfill your destiny.

Whether writing novels or non-fiction, I try to help my readers internalize these truths.

God is invested in redeeming your life. He considers you His treasure and calls you His beloved. His Son, Jesus, is never far from you. He has set His affections on you and desires to heal your heart, forgive your failures, and renew your hope.

I write books that try to capture these truths . . . about you, and about God.

In my novels, you will find laughter and tears.

Sweet love stories and exhilarating adventures may capture your imagination. But my dearest hope is that you will find yourself embraced by grace. When you turn the last page, I pray you will feel closer to God, and closer to your true self. 

In my Bible study and DVD teaching, I try to make room for God to carve these truths deeper into your soul until you grow in your faith. Until you become more of the blessing God designed you to be.

If that sounds good, why don’t you linger with me a while? I want you to know, I just finished praying for you.

Much love,


About Tessa Afshar

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Tessa Afshar’s historical fiction has been on Publishers Weekly, CBA, and ECPA bestseller lists and has been translated into 12 languages.

Her novel, Pearl in the Sand is the recipient of the ECPA’s Bronze Milestone Sales Award. Tessa’s books have received the Christy, INSPY, and ECPA Christian Book of the Year (Bible Study category) Awards, and are Carol, Christy, and ECPA Christian Book Award finalists.

Tessa was born in the Middle East and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life. She then 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 a Master of Divinity from Yale, where she was elected as the co-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School for one year. She served in women and prayer ministries for twenty years before becoming a full-time writer.

Tessa is a devoted wife, a mediocre gardener, and an enthusiastic cook of biblical recipes. 



Literary Awards


General Fiction category 2017, for Land of Silence

One of five Best Christian Fiction titles

2016, Library Journal, for Land of Silence


RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Inspirational Romance 2016, for Land of Silence

Christy Award

Best Historical Romance 2014, for Harvest of Gold

ECPA Book Award Finalist

2013, for Harvest of Rubies

ECPA Christian Book of the Year Award

In the Bible Study Category 2021, The Way Home: God’s Invitation to New Beginnings

ACFW Carol Award Finalist

Historical Romance, 2021, Daughter of Rome