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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.
Readers who enjoy Francine Rivers Lineage of Grace series will love this standalone book from an author who has shown grace and skill in weaving well-known biblical stories with fictional additions to bring these historical figures to life.