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Widow Lydia pledges to follow the Jewish God in spite of her Greek family's objections. When she takes over her father's dye business in Thyatira, her shrewd management turns a profit---and ignites her brother's jealousy. Fleeing to Philippi, she's drawn to a handsome God-fearer. Will she keep her vow of widowhood---and be transformed by Paul's preaching? 336 pages, softcover from Whitaker.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Whitaker House
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 1.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1629118966
ISBN-13: 9781629118963

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Smart, strong, and a follower of the Jewish God, Lydia has nonetheless always quietly conformed to the expectations of the wealthy Roman society surrounding her. Even though married off at fifteen to a man she dislikes, she is determined to be a faithful wife. But when her husband is killed some years later, Lydia vows never to remarry and returns to her father's house in Thyatira with her twelve-year-old daughter. There, a new life begins to emerge.      //       

As she is trained in the family dye business, Lydia’s shrewd management quickly creates profit, prestige—and envy. At odds with her jealous brother, who is a staunch Roman and can't understand her obsession with the Jewish religion, Lydia finds herself yet again at the mercy of a patriarchal society. Will fleeing to Philippi be enough to protect herself and those under her care? Will she keep her vow to widowhood when a handsome Greek God-fearer turns out to be more than just an employee? ⷋAnd when she meets a strange man named Paul the apostle by the river one Sabbath day, will Lydia have the courage to once more let her life be dramatically changed—this time forever?

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Diana Wallis Taylor has written seven novels, including Mary, Chosen of GodMartha; Mary Magdalene; and Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate. An inspirational speaker for women’s groups, Diana also leads creative writing and poetry workshops. She lives in San Diego, California, and has six grown children and ten grandchildren. Learn more at www.dianawallistaylor.com.

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  1. beauty4ashes
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Lydia
    November 25, 2017
    beauty4ashes
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I could see how Lydia could find herself meeting Paul in the way she did in this book. I enjoyed the descriptions of the two different towns she lived in and the people she loved. I have read other books by Diana Wallis Taylor and enjoyed them also.
  2. TellNJasmine
    Montana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Her faith will be remembered...
    October 16, 2017
    TellNJasmine
    Montana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Let me just say that this book has a lovely cover, Lydia's trademark purple is sumptuously on display both on the front and back. I think that's part of what first caught my attention about Lydia, Woman Of Philippi. The author, Diana Wallis Taylor was new to me, though I had heard her name before, but the lovely cover beckoned so I had to check it out.

    At first the story seemed to move a little too fast, skipping quickly over several years, but then things became interesting as Lydia becomes a widow and must make a life for herself and the women in her household who depend on her. As a history lover I found the details of ancient Roman life to be fascinating. And as a Christian I found the familiar Biblical account taking on a new light with the fictional background of Lydia's life.

    On the whole, Lydia, Woman Of Philippi is a fairly quick read and an interesting look into the early Church and the (fictional) life one of the Bible's more intriguing women.

    (I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
  3. kathae
    Front Royal, VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful Biblical fiction
    October 15, 2017
    kathae
    Front Royal, VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The first thing that struck me about this book was its gentle tone. Although Lydia, in this fictional account of a woman mentioned in the New Testament of the Bible, experienced abuse in some personal relationships, those elements were handled delicately. What emerged was a strong female character in a decidedly man's world who stood up for herself and protected those she loved.

    Though not given much source material in the Biblical record, author Diana Wallis Taylor deftly fills in the gaps with a well-researched and believable tale. Fans of Biblical fiction will enjoy the in-depth look at formative church history in this engaging novel.

    I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Whitaker House, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
  4. Thereadmaster
    Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    wonderful biblical fiction
    October 15, 2017
    Thereadmaster
    Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I really enjoyed how Diana brought Lydia to life. She made Lydia of Philippi so real. I needed to see how this story would end. It is so nice when an author can take a few words in the Bible and flesh out a character so you think this might actually be how they lived. Now I understand who the Philippians really were. I received an ebook copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
  5. Ihopeyoudance
    Kansas
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Read
    October 14, 2017
    Ihopeyoudance
    Kansas
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5


    I am pretty selective when it comes to Biblical fiction. For me it is two fold, I like trying to imagine life during Biblical times, but I struggle with how much if fiction. Realistically many things we just do not know. That being said I really enjoy Taylor's writing. Lydia was a good book and made me go back and read those parts in the Bible. The story moved a tad slow at times but for the most part held my interest.

    If you enjoy Biblical fiction I recommend this book or any of Diana Wallis Taylor.

    I recieved this book from the publisher for free. All opinions are my own.
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