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.
Pearl in the Sand tells Rahab’s untold story. Rahab lives in a wall; her house is built into the defensive walls of the City of Jericho. Other walls surround her as well—walls of fear, rejection, unworthiness.
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.
The haunted eyes staring at me from the cover of this book is what drew me into Rahab’s world. As I turned the first few pages I was completely immersed. One fact that I truly appreciate about Tessa both as a writer and as a believer is that she encourages all readers of her book to discover the biblical story of Rahab for themselves: “The best way to study the Bible is not through a novel, but simply to read the original. This story can never replace the transformative power that the reader will encounter in the Scriptures” (9).
Very rarely does a book come along that speaks to my heart so poignantly as Pearls in the Sand. This is not simply a retelling of how a Canaanite harlot becomes an incredible woman of faith in Christ’s lineage; it is a story of healing that will speak to anyone who has harbored pain, unforgiveness, thoughts of unworthiness, or anger that has held their heart in bondage. Rahab and Salmone’s journey of spiritual growth and redemption will draw tears to your eyes as your own thoughts and fears are reflected in every step they take closer to deeper intimacy with God. The courtship and marriage between Rahab and Salmone is a main element in this book, but I would argue more important love story told is between Rahab and God. Rahab’s relationship with the Lord makes you hunger for the same connection and unwavering devotion and trust.
Tessa artfully recreates the historical city of Jericho and land of Canaan, which is a testament to her diligent research and exceptional writing skills. Her illustrations of life and customs among the nation of Israel are seamlessly woven into the plot so that readers do not feel bombarded with information and can actually appreciate the facts that are dispensed. Readers learn along with Rahab’s family how the Hebrews honored God with every element of their daily life.
I feel that this book is relatable to contemporary world in addition to matters of faith, particularly regarding issue of human trafficking at the hands of family members in impoverished areas. When I look at the cover of this book I can not help but think of all the young girls that have been forced into similar situations and have appropriated guilt for something that was not in their control. This book will be an excellent ministering tool.
**Thank you to Moody Publishers for providing a review copy via Net Galley