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Harvest of Rubies

By Tessa Afshar

Description:

The prophet Nehemiah's cousin can speak several languages, keep complex accounts, write on tablets of clay, and solve mysteries. Her accomplishments catapult her into the center of the Persian court—working long hours, rubbing elbows with royalty, and becoming the queen’s favorite scribe.

Not bad for a woman living in a man’s world: so why does Sarah feel like a failure?

A devastating past has left Sarah with two conclusions: that God does not love her, and that her achievements are the measure of her worth—a measure she can never quite live up to.

Darius Pasargadae is accustomed to having his way. A wealthy and admired aristocrat, the last thing he
expects is an arranged marriage to the queen’s scribe, an intelligent woman who scorns him.

Can two such different people help one another overcome the idols that bind them?

Book Takeaway:

Relationships are more important than achievements. God's love is ever near, even when we choose to wander far from Him - even when the painful circumstances of life tempt us to believe He has abandoned us.

Awards:

Year Title Description
2013 Nominated for the ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) Book Award, formerly known as the Gold Medalion Fiction Category
2013 Grace Award Best Women's Fiction

Why the author wrote this book:

In spite of the fact that Sarah lives in the ancient world, I think many modern women can relate to her desire to find her worth in her accomplishments, or in how other people perceive her. But how does God view her? I think each of us needs to ask that question on a daily basis, because too often, like Sarah, our conclusions are faulty.

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