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Purple. The foundation of an influential trade in a Roman world dominated by men. One woman rises up to take the reins of success in an incredible journey of courage, grit, and friendship. And along the way, she changes the world. But before she was Lydia, the seller of purple, she was simply a merchant's daughter who loved three things: her father, her ancestral home, and making dye. Then unbearable betrayal robs her of nearly everything. With only her father's secret formulas left, Lydia flees to Philippi and struggles to establish her business on her own. Determination and serendipitous acquaintances - along with her father's precious dye - help her become one of the city's 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 can't 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.

©2017 Tessa Afshar (P)2017 Recorded Books

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  • Kathleen L Barlow
  • 2018/01/26

Authors are blessed with creativity.

They have created a work of art with their words. My heart saw God's works and in His works hope, love and forgiveness came alive. It was more than a delightful read. It was a bountiful blessing.

  • 総合評価
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017/10/25

Refreshing

I loved it. It renewed me spiritually. Exactly what I needed to get me out of my slums.

  • 総合評価
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  • Julie Gannon
  • 2018/03/21

Wonderful Story

This was truly an enjoyment to listen to. The story was well written and the narrator had pleasing voice full of emotion. I hung on every word and felt myself being caught up with this story.

  • 総合評価
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  • Padi A
  • 2017/07/22

Twists and Turns

This book is worth it. I thought it would cross the line towards cringeworthy but Tessa knows how to toe the line without crossing it. Over the course of 20 years you are thrown into the world of Lydia. This book does an amazing job following the story of Lydia in the book of Acts. It renews your faith in God. Great read!!!!!!!!!

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  • kdilbeck
  • 2018/02/18

Couldn’t quit listening!

This is my first book to read/listen to by Tessa Afshar. I’m now a huge fan!! Starting on the next one!

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  • Tasha Cummings
  • 2017/09/18

tessa never disappoints

Loved it... Amazing story of Lydia. TessaTessa's beautiful way with words make the reader feel the biblicial fictious reasons behind these great women in the bible for turning to God may have happened that way

  • 総合評価
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  • Priscilla Leonard
  • 2018/01/09

gripping

An excellent story of Faith, hope and love. I couldn't stop listening. I found another author

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  • GatoCat
  • 2020/10/18

Biblical Fairy Tale?

I enjoy reading fiction based on biblical characters, particularly women. In reading the imagined life of Ruth, Pharaoh's daughter, Rahab, and others I have enjoyed noting how the author weaves biblical scripture into the imagined daily life of the character. Bread of Angels, about the first-century Christian Lydia, has an abundance of this, with an appropriate scripture starting each chapter as well as sprinkling them throughout everyday conversation and private thought processes. Usually there isn't a citation along with these, making one well-versed in scripture (as I would say I am) smile at times with the knowledge that this tidbit of conversation is from, say, Isaiah, or one of the Psalms.

However, certain things detracted from my enjoyment of the book. One is the manner of speech of the characters. Although we are supposed to be seeing them in everyday life, these characters don't speak with everyday language. Of course they were actually speaking Greek, Latin and other languages of the time, and of course this book is having them speak English for the sake of its English-speaking target audience; but it should be an everyday form of English to represent the everyday form of their native languages. Their speech here is too stilted, too formal. There is a dearth of contractions, for one thing, making the speech sound like something from the TV show "I Dream of Jeannie", such as, "I am very sorry, my master."

As I got farther into the story, I began to notice what an amazing set of coincidences propel our heroine to her destiny. She is in the right place at the right time for so many things that she began to remind me of Harvey Kurtzman's comic strip character Little Annie Fanny, a well-endowed blonde bimbo to whom things keep happening. She never does anything to instigate them; she's just always at the right place at the right time for things to happen to her, and so it seems to be with Lydia: discovering a ruse; being protected from bad guys; getting benefactors out of the blue; encountering the apostle Paul; having someone knowledgable in wall construction among Paul's companions; until I was thinking, "Does she ever actively DO anything to steer her life, other than make purple dye?"

There is a scene in which Lydia and her friend Rebecca are tending a sick child and send for a doctor. The doctor applies herbs and poultices and they wait a few hours. Meanwhile Rebecca prays while the doctor expresses her disbelief in prayer to gods. Then the child begins to breathe easier and her fever lessens. Although the doctor has only applied a treatment a few hours earlier, she now states that Rebecca's prayer has healed the girl where her herbs and poultices have failed. Wait... really? They were supposed to work faster than "a few hours" or else they didn't work? How does she conclude it was the prayer and not her treatment that helped? Nope, not buying it.

Although Lydia is a new testament character, little is said about her; particularly her private life, so scripturally we don't know her age and whether she had a husband and children (although logically, if there had been a husband, he would have been involved in inviting Paul, et al to stay at their home). This leaves room for the author to have her be single. When Paul shows up with his companions in tow, there is a certain "Markus" among them who becomes Lydia's love interest. But this courtship seems out of step with the rest of the story. It happens quickly with barely a mention here and there of one of them eyeing the other appreciatively. Then suddenly Markus is proposing, Lydia panics, and after a spiritual pep talk from her friends, she accepts. And then... nothing. We don't get any insight into their relationship or how it affects Lydia's life; in fact, the story wraps up right after that, leaving a feeling that the author said, "Well, time to wrap things up. I can't leave Lydia without a man, though. What to do? I know, I'll use one of Paul's companions. There! Now I can finish the book."

And they all lived happily ever after.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018/09/11

Bread of Angels

Absolutely loved this book and narrator . Stupendous ,brilliant full of Biblical knowledge and foresight!!! Would give it 6 stars if it were available!!!

  • 総合評価
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  • Daisy Jaine
  • 2018/04/15

Transported Back to Ancient Thyatira

I have grown to love these Biblical times books by author Tessa Afshar. Though mostly fictional, they are based on real people in the Bible. Many times, those people have only a few words or verses to tell us about them. Ms. Afshar takes those verses and expands them to help illuminate the life of these people that are integral, even if only in a small way, to the Christian faith.

In this particular book, we meet Lydia as a young lady. Her father, a dye master and a widower, runs a successful business - but is not so successful at the bookkeeping side of it. Help comes after a near-tragedy - but is it the help Lydia's family needs? Or will this particular golden goose turn to brass? And what happens that Lydia is no longer in Thyatira when she meets Paul?

Reading novels such as these - or rather, listening to them - transforms history from dry and difficult to understand, to very much alive and relatable to life today. Ms. Rendah Heywood provides a believable voice for Lydia, and helps to bring her character not just to life, but makes it seem as though you are at Lydia's own feet, listening to her tell her story. She portrays emotion and drama with skill.


Ms. Afshar has once again done a fantastic job removing the barriers of time, and Ms. Heywood a marvelous job of portraying the story. When listening to this book, I found myself with baited breath more than once. I will definitely listen to this book again and again, and would absolutely recommend it.

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  • 総合評価
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  • Suzduz
  • 2018/01/16

Brilliant!

Well done yet another wonderful story by Tessa Afshar bringing both character and history to life!

  • 総合評価
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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • River
  • 2019/12/12

Captivating well woven story

At first I struggled to be drawn into the story because of the narration. The voice actor was very monotone, with hardly any drama. However the strength of Tessa Afshar story telling hooked me and kept me glued till the end.