Tessa Afshar - Sandy Cove Ministries
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    Tessa Afshar

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    Tessa Afshar is an award-winning author of historical and biblical fiction. Her novel Land of Silence was voted by Library Journal as one of the top five Christian fiction titles of 2016 and was nominated for the 2016 RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Inspirational Romance. Harvest of Gold won the prestigious 2014 Christy Award in the Historical Romance category. Her book Harvest of Rubies was a finalist for the 2013 ECPA Book Award in the fiction category. The Way Home: God’s Invitation to New Beginnings, Tessa’s Bible study and DVD teaching based on the book of Ruth is due for release in 2020.

    Tessa was born to a nominally Muslim family in Iran and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life. She then moved to England, where she survived boarding school for girls, 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 University, where she served as co-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School for one year. She worked in women and prayer ministries for twenty years before becoming a full-time writer. Tessa speaks regularly at women’s events nationally. Tessa is a devoted wife and mediocre tomato grower. But that has not cured her from being exceptionally fond of chocolate.


    I want to remind you of a few truths: You are precious. You are worthy of unfailing love. You are a joy. You are inherently worthy of honor. You are a delight. Your life has a firm purpose. Your Creator made only one of you. The Architect of your being didn’t want a world that was devoid of you. 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 be loved—accepted, not rejected.

    Do you know these things in your inmost being? Do you live your life according to these realities?

    Writing is a delight to me partly because through stories I can help my readers internalize these truths. I can remind you that our God cherishes you and you are His beloved. His Son, Jesus, is never far from you. He has set His affections on you and desires to heal and restore your heart, forgive your failures and renew your life.

    If you love historical novels, old movies like Ben-Hur and Quo Vadis, and biblical stories, then you will feel at home here. Belly laughs and tears, friends that live between the pages of a book and new companions for the journey of life. Companions like Elianna, Ruth, Rahab, Sarah, and Nehemiah who will share their hopes, insecurities, isolation, fears, and victories with you.

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