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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.
hes75 Stars Out Of 5Bread of AngelsMay 15, 2017hes7Quality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Once again, Tessa Afshar does not disappoint! In her newest novel Bread of Angels, she brings to life the biblical story of Lydia with great depth of characterization and vivid detail to set every scene. With doubt and fear, romance and betrayal, truth and faith, Lydias story unfolds beautifully page after page. It captivated me, and I loved getting to experience this portrayal of Lydia. Fans of biblical fiction need to pick up Bread of Angels as soon as possibleits definitely worth a read, and I highly recommend it.
Thanks to Tyndale BlogNetwork, I received a complimentary copy of Bread of Angels and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
BookLoverGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Stepping back in time . . . .May 13, 2017BookLoverGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Tessa Afshar is my go-to author for Biblical fiction and I absolutely adore her books! They offer a different perspective and help the Bible to come alive for me. They encourage my interest and inspire me to dig deeper as I study my Bible, seeing them as more than stories told to children or spoken of in church, but as real events that happened to real people. I love that! And this one does just that, drawing me in from the very first sentence and leaving me bemoaning the fact that I had to go back to work much sooner than I liked.
Ms. Afshar always does such an excellent job with the details and descriptions, bringing early Rome to bright life. She has this way of saying such profound things through her characters that have me wishing I wasn't so against highlighting books. I found myself reading with a notebook nearby so I could write down my favorite lines and not lose my place. With her words she paints a beautiful story of strength, love, redemption, grace.
Obviously, I loved the characters! Lydia, with her fear of failure, but also a well of strength that defies it. Rebekah with her kind heart, encouraging words, and astounding memory. And later Marcus with his faith and wisdom, building up Lydia, while also trying to protect her from those who wished her ill. I loved "meeting" the Apostle Paul and how the author included him in Lydia's story. I also adored the secondary characters such as Leoniads, Chloris, and several others. And I was so excited that the author was able to include character from her previous book, "Land of Silence." I appreciated the light-hearted moments that made me laugh, along with the deeper discussions that caused me to stop and think. I also enjoyed the bit of suspense here and there and seeing the antagonist get his comeuppance. That definitely made me smile.
Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Biblical fiction! Personally, I'm planning to read it again very soon.
My thanks to the author and Tyndale Publishing for my advanced copy of this book! I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
IVLeagueCabot, ARAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Written with precision, heart, and purpose!May 5, 2017IVLeagueCabot, ARAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5An accomplished wordsmith, Tessa Afshar has written Bread of Angels with precision, heart, and purpose. Each well-tuned phrase, simile, and scene, serves to immerse readers into Lydias first-century life. I read the prologue like one might enjoy the first bite of a decadent cake, and in the same way it left me wanting more!
The book opens in Thyatira (AD 25) and moves to Philippi where it concludes in the year 50 AD. Its in Thyatira that a great deception takes place which really sets the story into motion. I confess I was neither taken in by Jasons affections nor duped by Diones scheming. This was due in part to how Lydia confessed her love for Jason, while contradicting her words by her actions.
A favorite character of mine entered the story just before Lydia heeds her fathers advice to flee to Philippi. Rebekah, an unmarried Jewess, won my affections with her gentle spirit. In time, her personal understanding of the character of God as well as her loyal friendship prepares the way for Lydia to accept the gospel. Furthermore, Afshar uses their fathers to make the beautiful, albeit stark comparison, between our earthly and Heavenly Father.
The leap to AD 50 ushers in the appearance of Paul and Silas as well as the miraculous works recounted in Acts 16. As always, Afshar handles the absolutes of scripture with respect, while using creative license to color between the lines. I am so fascinated by early church history that Lydias time with Paul was the portion of the story I savored the most. Bread of Angels is a compelling and satisfying work of biblical fiction.
I received a copy of this book for free, a favorable review was not required of me. All opinions expressed are my own.