Striking beauty comes at a price. Rahab paid it when at the age of 15 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.
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This book really touched my heart. While hearing the audiobook I often found tears rolling down my cheek. Not because the story is gooey but because it gives a deeper understanding of Gods love and grace. Why does this holy God choose someone with an ugly past to be in the lineage of his son. The book by Tessa Afshar reveals a piece of the unmerited love of God and his power to heal broken hearts, to overcome lies and to receive forgiveness.
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I appriciated the story very much, particularly because it isn't one of the many going like "They found each other and lived happily ever after". I cherished the deep insight conveyed into the thoughts and character of Rehab and Salmon, which seemed quite realistic to me, their hopes and struggles across courtship and deep into a complicated marriage. The storyteller possessed a skillfull hand unobtrusively disclosing the relevance of the mercy and character of a loving God. I appreciated the historical closeness to the account of Joshua, even if here and there projections from our time are undeniable. Anyway, to me the book was fascinating and highly rewarding from the beginning to the end.
I would recommend it to anyone of age 16 and beyond.