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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.
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.
Afshar has created an unforgettable story of dedication, betrayal, and redemption that culminates in a rich testament to Gods mercies and miracles.
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5very touching story!June 22, 2017lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Lydia is the teenage daughter of a merchant who has perfected the art of making purple dye for textiles. He is not too successful as a business man as he prefers to spend his time perfecting his art instead of managing his accounts. As a result, Lydia and her father are not financially secure. Their products are of excellent quality and the competition seeks her fathers formulas for dye making. In an underhanded plot, her father is branded a criminal and they are forced to leave the land generations of their family has inhabited, the only city they have known and not practice the only trade they know.
By chance, Lydia meets a young, homeless, Jewish woman who she befriends. They become best friends and Rebekah begins to tell Lydia about God. Lydia heretofore has only known Greek or Roman gods. As Lydia and Rebekah try to survive in a new city in a trade with few women dyers and none owned by a woman, Lydia begins to put a tentative trust in Rebekahs God. Then Paul, Silas, Luke and Timothy arrive in town and Lydias life is changed forever.
I love Tessa Afshars books! They have a way of developing characters that draw me into their lives from page one until the end. Her characters are full of life and interesting. I dont know that without her outstanding writing ability I would have been much interested in reading about how to make purple dye, but Tessas skills piqued my interest and I learned quite a bit! I also liked the historical look at the life of a woman in Thyatira and Philippi. The character of Rebekah was so interesting and I would love to see her get her own story. I highly recommend any of Tessas books as they are all outstanding. Readers wont be disappointed or feel like they have wasted their time with her books; they will treasure them.
KrisFairfax, VAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5I absolutely loved this book!June 20, 2017KrisFairfax, VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I confess I was predisposed to like this book because I read the previous one and I was not disappointed! It was phenomenal and I just absolutely loved it! It did cost me a little sleep one night because I just could not put it down!
Lydia is known in the Bible as the dealer of purple cloth who Paul meets in Philippi (Acts 16). This is her story from her early adolescence in Thyatira to her life in Philippi. The author Tessa Afshar has done her research on Roman life and brings the ancient days to life, giving the reader a rich understanding of Biblical days but in an enjoyable, fascinating novel. She adroitly weaves in Biblical narrative, bringing so much more meaning and understanding to the events in Acts.
Bread of Angels is a sequel to Land of Silence but is a complete separate story the characters of the previous novel are briefly woven into this story but knowledge of them is not important to the following of the story line.
I lost everything and found God. But it wasnt until you (Paul) came into my life and told me the Truth that I found peace. Early in the novel Lydia faces some extreme tragedies and then finds the God of the Old Testament through a Jewish friend. But it is not until much later that she finds Christ through his messenger Paul.
I wish I could give this book more than 5 starts as it was just so wonderful! I received it from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Well-developed characters and insightful storyJune 13, 2017Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Bread of Angels" is a Biblical novel about Lydia's life up to and shortly after she meets Paul in Acts. The main theme of the story was fear. Lydia constantly worried about what could go wrong, partly due to something that happened to her mother when Lydia was very young.
I could see what was coming regarding what happened to make Lydia move to Philippi. Some of Lydia's actions didn't make sense to me as it seemed so obvious to me what was going on from the start, but her actions may have been simply because she was young and a bit naive.
Lydia befriends a Hebrew woman who teaches her about God, which is why she was with the women meeting at the river. The author wove the events that happened to Paul into Lydia's story in a way that forces her to face her fears and learn to trust God in times of trouble. The characters reacted to events in realistic ways, and I cared about what happened to them.
Historical and cultural details were woven into the story and helped drive the narrative. These details seemed fairly accurate, though it's my understanding that the patron-client relationship was more binding than the author implied that it was. There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I highly recommend this enjoyable and insightful novel.
I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.
Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Bread of AngelsJune 12, 2017Amy CVAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Bread of Angels tells the story of Lydia during the Biblical times. She is the loving daughter to her father, living in the house that has been in her family for generations, and enjoys making dye. Tragedy strikes and she has no choice but to run to her friend Philippi for help. She learns to make it on her own as a woman and with much determination, she becomes a prominent merchant in the city. Having doubts about the past, she is still scared. It all changes when she meets Apostle Paul. He teaches her the message of hope, faith, and love. Will this new message help her get over the past secrets and heartache?
Bread of Angels is one of the best Biblical Fiction novel I have read to date. The historical details and vision of the author is so vivid, I felt like I was right there living beside Lydia.
Just a beautiful, well written story. A must read! I definitely recommend this book!
5 plus stars
I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
Mrs ARS5 Stars Out Of 5Lydia, a seller of purpleJune 12, 2017Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 0In Acts chapter 16, we have the apostle Paul meeting a woman by the name of Lydia who is a seller of purple and she becomes a Christian. Author Tessa Afshar has taken Lydia and given her more of a backstory then we know, although fictional it was still a very engrossing tale. How did Lydia become who she was and where she was in the Roman world that was run by men and become such a business woman in a time that was cruel and hard for a woman to make a name for herself?
We meet Lydia when she is just 17 years old living in Thyatira with her merchant father who has created his own recipe for the often sought after purple coloring in clothing. She has a very kind father who loves her very much, but Lydia is a very cautious young woman with a great enemy, fear, that seems to be just hidden in the shadows. The author really highlighted how this controlling fear can affect every part of your life; it keeps you just out of reach of your potential, robs you of sleep at night, and no matter how hard you have tried to prepare for it, it will sneak in and rob you of your peace of mind. I really took the message and illustrations of this fear to heart as how often have I lost sleep over fear instead of praying about it.
This was the first novel I have read by author Tessa Afshar and it was a very quick read for me. The title of the story I had not actually read before in the scriptures and by the conclusion of this story, Bread of Angels just clicked for me. I am thankful for author's and their imaginations when they can make a small ordinary person from history stand out and have me thinking about Bible verses in a whole new perspective.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers. I was not required to post a positive review and all the views and opinions expressed are my own.