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One woman was simply a merchant’s daughter who loved her father, her ancestral home and making dye. She travels to Philippi with her father’s secret dye formula and establishes a business on her own. She meets the apostle Paul and hears his message of hope, becoming his first European convert.
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Tyndale House
|Publication Date: 2017|
But before she was Lydia, the seller of purple, she was simply a merchants daughter who loved three things: her father, her ancestral home, and making dye. Then unbearable betrayal robs her of nearly everything.
With only her fathers secret formulas left, Lydia flees to Philippi and struggles to establish her business on her own. Determination and serendipitous acquaintancesalong with her fathers precious dyehelp her become one of the citys preeminent merchants. But fear lingers in every shadow, until Lydia meets the apostle Paul and hears his message of hope, becoming his first European convert. Still, Lydia cant outrun her secrets forever, and when past and present collide, she must either stand firm and trust in her fledgling faith or succumb to the fear that has ruled her life.
Afshar continues to demonstrate an exquisite ability to bring the women of the Bible to life, this time shining a light on Lydia, the seller of purple, and skillfully balancing fact with imagination. A scant few Scripture verses, making up most of whats known about Pauls first European convert, transform into a fictionalized backstory full of adventure as well as inspiration and redemption. And its a story that will drive readers deeper into the Biblical account. Readers are also advised to keep their eyes peeled for a fond nod to Afshars previous New Testament-based story.
Afshar has created an unforgettable story of dedication, betrayal, and redemption that culminates in a rich testament to Gods mercies and miracles.
JoyfulAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Touched my SoulJanuary 5, 2018JoyfulAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Truely a blessed and gifted author. This was the second book by this writer that i have read. This book truely touched my soul on an emotional level. Multiple layers in this good Biblical Historical Fiction. I also related to the book on an emotional level. The Characters had emotional trials that I personally related to; she described their feelings so well & beautifully that reread several passages multiple times. LOVED IT!
debhgrtyPlymouth MAAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Superb Biblical FictionBread of Angels SoarsDecember 12, 2017debhgrtyPlymouth MAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Debs Dozen: Lydia, maker of purple, friend, benefactor-first convert to Christianity in Philippi.
Tessa Afshar writes such beautiful, believable biblical fiction. Bread of Angels, the story of Lydia, the first convert in Asia, is such a story. But Tessa begins far before that event takes place. She weaves Lydias story from when she was a girl in Thyatira, telling of the circumstances of her upbringing and the reason she set sail for Philippi. Tessa gives Lydia a friend, Rebekah, who stays with her after Lydia takes care of her when she is homeless and hungry.
Lydia struggles as a woman alone, attempting to run a business in a culture where women are nothing unless married or under the protection of a man. But she perseveres with Rebekahs help along with that of Rebekahs God. Rebekah has taught her that in her time of greatest need, God will provide bread of angels to sustain her-not physical food, but situational or spiritual aid to surmount the difficulties.
You will so enjoy getting to know Lydia as told through the eyes and pen of a talented storyteller. Biblical characters like Epaphroditus and Syntyche and Paul and Silas and Dr. Luke come alive on the pages of Bread of Angels. Five stars!
Tessa Afshar is a newly married, award-winning author of several volumes of historical biblical fiction. She was voted New Author of the Year by the Readers Choice Awards for Pearl in the Sand. She has an MDiv from Yale and has spent the last seventeen years in full-time Christian work in New England. And shes a truly wonderful person and a delight to know.
Tyndale Publishing gave me an Advance Reader Copy of Bread of Angels, but I was in no way obligated to write a review.
Reading DivaPhiladelphiaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Blessed Me AgainNovember 16, 2017Reading DivaPhiladelphiaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have read several of Tessa books and this one blessed my soul again. I think by far Pearl in the Sand is one of the best Christian fictional books I have ever read. And Bread of Angels is truly a blessing as well. Tessa allows you to travel back to ancient days and live the experience of the saints of old. I am going through a different time in my life with the loss of my mother. Tessa help me released feelings that I felt no one could understand, but she captured and encouraged my heart in Lydia's story. Thank you Tessa for allowing God to use you. You have truly blessed my soul.
BookwormAge: 25-345 Stars Out Of 5So good!October 25, 2017BookwormAge: 25-34Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My interest in Biblical fiction is growing with each one I read. This one is no exception. Bread of Angels is the second book I've read by this author (Land of Silence was my first) and I'm a fan of her work. She's definitely done her research in the customs and traditions of Biblical times, and incorporates history with fiction in a respectful and inspirational manner. This story of Lydia is both entertaining and educational, prompting me to search the scriptures and to dig deeper into Christian history.
This book is on my keeper shelf, and I'll seek out more of Tessa Afshar's work. She is a gifted storyteller.
Stardust FiddleAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Breathtaking Christian Historical FictionSeptember 2, 2017Stardust FiddleAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was my first book by Tessa Afshar, but it definitely won't be my last. "Bread of Angels" is a stunning work of Christian biblical fiction, providing a rich backstory for Lydia, a seller of purple cloth who is mentioned in Acts 16. She is remarkable not only for her conversion to Christianity and for her hospitality, but also for being an unmarried yet successful businesswoman. At the tale's opening she is a teenage girl working with her father to create the purple dye that he has perfected, but storm clouds soon appear on the horizon, and Lydia's life is forever altered.
Although she perseveres, fear continually dogs Lydia throughout her life, along with a sense of guilt and shame at the secrets she keeps. Her story is one of a gentle, industrious life, and yet her heart cannot find true peace. One day, however, she meets some visitors to Philippi, and as her story coalesces with those of the apostles, she realizes--in more ways than one--what she has been missing.
"Bread of Angels" quickly drew me into Lydia's story, and her sometimes harrowing experiences lent a touch of suspense to the narrative that made this book a difficult one to put down. Each chapter begins with an epigraph, a quotation from Scripture, which serves as a chapter title of sorts and which correlates to the action in the novel while also further grounding the work theologically. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in women of the Bible and in Christian fiction in general.