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Rahab’s name is famous. Few people, no matter their beliefs, don’t know of her. She’s one of the amazing women of the Bible. So it stands to reason that the fiction book written to tell her tale would be amazing.

As I read my Bible I constantly wonder what their lives were like. Why they did the things they did. Why God acted the way that He has.

Pearl in the Sand takes the reader through a journey of what Rahab’s like may have been like. Why she would have chosen prostitution. Why she would have given up her life for strangers and an unknown God.

My Thoughts

I was utterly shocked by this book!! From the forward I was hooked. I just couldn’t put it down. It dragged my in and held me captive. What wonderful imagery. What compelling thoughts. This is truly history come to life.

Rating: A+
Buy or Borrow: Buy – you’re going to want to share
Steam: Not too much, but Rahab’s profession is discussed. So I’d say no one under 16ish depending on maturity.

Christian Fiction Book Club

As part of the Christian Fiction Book Club hosted by here this month we’ve been asked to answer one of the discussion questions posed at the end of the book. As some of you may not have the questions in your book, I’ve typed them all and given short answers for each.

Discussion Questions

1. In Chapter One, we see overt and subtle ways that Rahab’s family fails to protect her. Describe some of these situations.Rahab’s parents decided that to protect the family from starvation their only means of income was to offer Rahab as a prostitute.
2. What emotional wound does Rahab sustain as a result?Rahab holds the feelings of worthlessness and rejection.
3. In your own life, were there ways in which your family failed to love and protect you?Of course, I only pray each day not to sow seeds my children won’t want to carry for their lives.
4. How do you feel these circumstances have affected you?For a long time, I made very self-destructive choices and didn’t hold much self-worth.
5. In Chapter 2 Rahab befriends Debir. What are some of the qualities in Debir that draw Rahab to him? What lacks do you detect in him as a friend?Honestly, I thought he was very self-centered and arrogant. He’s exactly the kind of man I would have been drawn to. He’s not the kind to get emotionally attached or to dig too deep.
6. Describe the qualities you would like to see in an ideal friend. How many of these qualities do you possess?Before I would chose friends who wouldn’t ask more than surface questions or dig into my life or feelings. I now prefer friends, and a hubby, that make me feel and actually think.
7. In Chapter 3 we see Rahab being drawn to the Lord. What qualities does she perceive in God that draw her to him?She can see that He is rigid but compassionate.
8. Use three words to describe God as you understand Him.Loving, Understanding, Patient
9. What made Rahab willing to risk her life in order to save the Jewish spies?She knew that the Canaan gods were worthless and would see the God is teh ONE to follow.
10. In Chapter Six, what principles can we learn from Joshua’s encounter with the commander of the army of the Lord?What I need to be reminded of daily – God’s not on my side. I should be on HIS.
11. In Chapter 8, Joshua accuses Salome of growing judgmental in his attempt to become righteous. What do you think that means? Many of us encounter others who do their best each day to follow God but then feel like their sins aren’t as ‘bad’ as others’ sins. Like the tax collector in the temple…
12. Do you see any judgmental attitudes in yourself?Absolutely, and I’m praying about them as I type.
13. In Chapter 17 Rahab says that she is grateful for the snake. What do you think she means?We are to be grateful to God for all of our trials. He gives them to us for a reason – though we may not know it at the time.
14. Are there snakes in your life for which you have learned to be grateful? Share why.I’ve learned to be thankful for the failures of my family’s protection – not that I’d want to do it again, but – they made me more understanding and compassionate of others and their sins.
15. In Chapter 21 Salmone calls Rahab his Jericho. What does he mean?She has walls that he/He needs to break down.
16. Ancient cities were often surrounded by defensive walls meant to keep harmful elements out and allow good to come in. Rahab’s heart has walls that act in the opposite direction: they allow harm in, and keep love and intimacy out. In what ways are the defensive walls of your heart reversed like Rahab’s?Many times, when we are hurt repeatedly we accept that hurt will happen. Then we are distrustful of the good and honest feelings that come from God and others.
17. In Chapter 23, Salmone tries to explain the difference between shame and true guilt. Explain this in your own words. I don’t think I can… not in the space provided.
18. In Chapter 24, Rahab and Salmone both comprehend the true source of Rahab’s worth through the lesson of the pearl earring. What gives you your sense of self-worth? In what ways does your life show this?Mine sense of self-worth still isn’t where it needs to be so I’ll just skip this.
19. How do you think God feels about you?I know God loves me and He’s forgiven me. Now if I could only forgive myself for my poor choices.
20. In Chapter 26, Rahab learns purity in the bed of her husband. What does that mean to you?I completely understood her emotions through all of this I’ve felt the fear and the love. It’s so hard to put into words.
21. Rahab finally forgives her father. What do you think helps her do that?GOD. If she hadn’t accepted His forgiveness, she’d never have been able to forgive.
22. Are there still unforgiving places in your heart? What will help you overcome these feelings?Yes, honest conversations with my Father
23. In what ways do you feel you are like Rahab?The shame, regret, hurt, unforgiveness.
24. What are some of God’s qualities discussed in this story that touched your heart? Why?The constant reminders of His love and persistence.

WOW! That was a LOT!

 

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  11 Responses to “Reaview | Pearl in the Sand”

  1. That was awesome. I had a very similar reaction. I could not put it down.

  2. Wow! You two are fast!!

  3. Rahab's story reminded me of how God sees all in my heart–the fears, longings, hopes, dreams, failures, and pettiness, too–and yet whether He sees good or bad in me, He is so willing to forgive me, embrace me, and heal me! I loved this book!

  4. Wasn't the book fantastic?! I can't wait to see more from Ms. Afshar!

  5. This was so good! I loved this book!

  6. *group hug* This was SO much fun! I can not wait for next month 🙂

  7. I'm with you Juju!

  8. Oooh, I don't want to read this post too closely b/c I haven't read the book yet. I'm gonna do a speedy reading job and have my post up Saturday. Sorry so late girls. :/

    But I'll be back to participate this weekend!

  9. I was wondering about you Joy! 🙂 Can't wait to see your review this weekend.

  10. I'm still working on it, about a quarter of the way through. I can't help but contrast the society Rahab lives in with the society we are living in today. How the citizens sacrifice their children in the temple and parents can just turn their daughters over to prostitution without another thought. I wonder, do you think our society is as bad? I guess people could argue both sides of that issue. Fascinating story so far.

  11. You're right & I thought of that much as I read, as well. I can honestly say that our society isn't good…

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