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Find yourself in the eyes of Christ | with Tessa Afshar

See the world--and yourself--through God's eyes

Season 5, episode 93
44 min / Published

Episode 93 - Stephanie welcomes Tessa Afshar, bestselling author of historical and biblical fiction. Tessa grew up in Iran in a nominally Muslim family before emigrating to the UK. She became a Christian in her twenties, and it has dramatically affected her life's focus. She had a dream about Christ, and she says, "I am one of the only persons in the universe to ever say that my first reaction to Christ was... disappointment"! But then she saw His eyes and she discovered "unbroken love."

Tessa writes biblical fiction to draw us deep into the reality of life over the 2,000+ years covered in Scripture. In other words, she does through fiction what the Gospel Spice podcast does through teaching: giving us a fresh perspective to help us fall in love with God more!
Tessa and Stephanie discuss her conversion story, and the importance of seeing ourselves through God's eyes.

  If you've enjoyed this episode, you will LOVE our Gospel Spice series! Check out the first episode of each season:

The Gospel of Matthew: https://www.podcastics.com/episode/3281/link/

The Psalms: https://www.podcastics.com/episode/33755/link/

The Gospel of Luke: https://www.podcastics.com/episode/40838/link/

The Book of Proverbs: https://www.podcastics.com/episode/68112/link/



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Tessa is giving away a copy of her phenomenal Bible Study, The Way Home: God's invitation to new beginnings.

Go to Gospelspice.com/giveaway to enter for a chance to win! The winner will be announced on the same page next week.


Tessa Afshar is the best-selling author of historical and biblical fiction. Her novels have won a number of awards, including the Christy and the INSPY. She recently released her first bible study and DVD called The Way Home: God’s Invitation to New Beginnings, based on the book of Ruth. Tessa was born to a nominally Muslim family in the Middle East and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life. She then moved to England, where she survived boarding school for girls, before immigrating to the United States. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of Tessa’s life forever. She holds a master of divinity from Yale University, where she was elected to serve as co-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School for one year. After working in women’s ministry for twenty years, Tessa now works as a full-time writer. Tessa and her husband live in New England where they proudly tend their small, mediocre garden.

Visit her online at TessaAfshar.com.

Make sure to order her latest AMAZING novel, Jewel of the Nile, by clicking here. (released June 1, 2021)

Her Bible Study, wich we discussed on the show, is also available by clicking here.

You will find Tessa on Facebook and on Instagram.


Would you be interested in joining us here in Philadelphia for a 5-year anniversary celebration of Gospel Spice in the fall of 2024? And/Or, would you be interested in joining a small group of women for a Gospel Spice Women's weekend retreat with in-depth Bible Study and fellowship? 

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