Bread of Angels

Bread of Angels 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

  • Title: Bread of Angels
  • Author: Tessa Afshar
  • ISBN: 9781496406477
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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, andPurple 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.

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    1. Bread of Angels was my first book by Tessa Afshar, and I was pleasantly surprised by her gift to artfully expound on Biblical stories. This one covers Lydia, briefly mentioned in scriptures as a "seller of purple." It was beautiful to see Lydia's story intertwined with the life of Paul, and walk through her struggle as a woman running a business in ancient Rome. Let's overview the pros and cons (of which there are not many) for Tessa's latest release. "She knew words could not sway corruption. N [...]

    2. This authoress has a really lovely, easy style that made it difficult to put down. The spiritual truths in The Bread of Angels are also wonderful and highlight worthy – the themes and many of the conversations in this book really spoke to me at this time in my life and made the book very meaningful. I enjoyed the humor that was woven throughout the book – very unusual in biblical fiction and it made the characters spark off the page adding a realness to them. I especially loved the large fem [...]

    3. Tessa's unique voice--offering both wit and wisdom--emanates from every page. Lydia's story is achingly tender from the first flutter of romance to the last sting of betrayal. An intensely emotional journey. An utterly satisfying read. Acts 16 comes to life in BREAD OF ANGELS.

    4. Tessa Afshar brings to life Acts 16 and the story of Lydia. There is so much to love about Lydia. She is independent, hard working and kindhearted to name a few of her positive attributes.The story spans over many years taking readers to the time when Paul was alive and visited Phillipi. It was a treasure to be present during Paul's visit and gain a better understanding of what life was like for him and other followers of Jesus.While I wasn't completely caught up in Lydia's story, it was an enjo [...]

    5. No one brings the Bible to life and touches your heart and mind like author Tessa Afshar. In her newest novel, Bread of Angels; this author brilliantly transports readers to biblical times and has them get to know Lydia and her father in an up-close and personal way; allowing readers to walk in Lydia’s shoes, experiencing challenges they faced in creating a vibrant color purple like no one else had and feeling their struggles in overcoming fear with faith. This is a moving tale showing what wo [...]

    6. Title: Bread of AngelsAuthor: Tessa AfsharPages: 400Year: 2017Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.Lydia 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 fa [...]

    7. I love Tessa's books and this was no exception. Her historical details that she puts in these stories is one thing, but the life changing lessons are another. I loved how she mentioned characters from "Land of Silence" briefly in this story as well, one of my favorite books. I was struck again by the character of Lydia, her strength, and the fact that she was likely a single woman that ran a successful business in a time where women were not respected. You just want to read this book slowly to [...]

    8. This is the second novel I've read by this author. She truly does a remarkable job in bringing Bible characters to life. Biblical fiction isn't the easiest to write, but this book was hard to put down. It isn't a fairy tale, or a book where all is sunshine and roses. I like books that show the difficulties in life and how one overcomes them. This one is the story of Lydia, the seller of purple. I actually dressed as her in a church activity many years ago. Much freedom had to be taken as not muc [...]

    9. Ms. Afshar's attention to detail and historic facts take you right into the time of Paul during his travels through the Roman empire. She brings Philipi and Thyatira alive on the page, as well as the art of dying purple.One thing I love about biblical fiction is that it prompts me to go to the Bible and read the original story. Lydia is mentioned once in Acts chapter 16. I re-read that chapter the other day and so much of this book is based on this chapter. The theme through this book is forgive [...]

    10. The book of Acts has always been one of my favorites, so naturally I loved getting to know Lydia in this story. Her struggles--both circumstantial and emotional--are real, her journey one of gradual discovery. I appreciated seeing Paul in this story and the author's efforts to keep the story biblically grounded. Another great one from Tessa Afshar!

    11. What a beautiful book, inside and out! But what else would one expect from a Tessa Afshar book? Truly, her books astound me and I love spending time in each one. "Bread of Angels" provides a very touching and impacting story of Lydia the seller of purple. I so enjoyed following her life-journey, through trials and joys. And "meeting" Paul! That was really good. I was just incredibly impressed and touched my this book. The lesson of trust - the symbolism of the Bread of Angels, manna, and relying [...]

    12. Once again, Tessa Afshar has offered up a wonderful, moving novel with her latest, "Bread of Angels". Though of course I have read about Lydia in the book of Acts, I can tell you that this book will give you a whole new appreciation for the Lydia of the Bible! Afshar has appropriately taken some poetic license in fleshing out her character while staying true to the Biblical account, and she has done so in the best way possible. I can promise you that are going to immediately love Lydia and the h [...]

    13. With the exception of one short story, this book was my first foray into the world of Biblical fiction. Tessa Afshar was a new-to-me author, but since I had heard lots of good things about her books I decided to give this book a try. I very much enjoyed this book. I could relate to Lydia's fear of basically everything, that is a demon I struggle to overcome (sometimes daily) myself, so needless to say the message of this book was exactly what I needed! I envision opening the pages of this book m [...]

    14. Bread of Angels by Tessa Afshar surprised me. It took my breath away. Made me weep. Made me laugh. Yes, I stayed up until the wee hours of morning to finish this; it was that good! I've enjoyed this author's previous books, but was not prepared to absolutely adore this one!It's set in the New Testament time, following the life of a woman, named Lydia, who sells purple cloth. (She's mentioned in Acts 16.) The story spans many years flawlessly, unfolding Lydia's life tale with beauty, betrayal, gr [...]

    15. An 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 Lydia’s 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. It’s in Thyatira that a great deception takes place which really sets the s [...]

    16. An excellent story by one of my students' favorite authors. For me, Tessa Afshar novels seem deceptively simply yet the glimpses of truth & grace within them pack a punch. In this Bible times story, Tessa Afshar has imagined a life of pain, growth, love & redemption for Lydia, the seller of purple mentioned in the New Testament. The cast of characters which inhabit Lydia's story include the apostle Paul. I'm happy to add this book to my classroom library & know my students will enjoy [...]

    17. If someone had told me couple of weeks ago that I am going to rate an Afshar book, 3 stars, I wouldn't have believed them. I am so disappointed. All the basic ingredients are there - historical detail + main character's growth+ biblical link. But somehow in the storytelling, I did not really feel for Lydia and was completely detached from the whole story. This book does not have the special essence present in each of Afshar's other stories. This does not have the gritty storytelling of Land of S [...]

    18. Bread 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 tea [...]

    19. Bread of Angels by Tessa AfsharI enjoy reading about bibical stories in fictional style. I can picture Lydia living everyday life and falling in love with a charming man, then to find out he and his mother had plans that were to hurt Lydia and her father was so sad. Trust is a big issue and when it is broken life takes on a different outlook.I felt along with Lydia the betrayal. I admired the way she moved in a different direction yet still made purple and did well as a woman in the tradeanks Te [...]

    20. Tessa Afshar’s new masterpiece, Bread of Angels, brings the same breath-catching color to the ancient story of Lydia, the seller of purple, as the sunset that graces the cover.I confess. I signed up to review the book, expecting it to be a fun, romantic read that might teach me something about plotting through the reading. Surely any novelist chosen by Tyndale has to be worth my time. And her covers are so great! So I’d eventually get through it. And hopefully write a nice review.I was not p [...]

    21. Lydia and her father labor to make the most beautiful purple dye and cloths, making a name for themselves with their high quality, but reasonably priced products. But then betrayal strikes, taking almost everything from them, Lydia flees to Phillipi with the secrets of their trade.Lydia meets a young Jewess, Rebekah, who becomes a fast friend, and encourages Lydia to trust in the One True God. Lydia and Rebekah work hard to establish their shop, and trust God through the trials of being single b [...]

    22. In 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 [...]

    23. I forgot to download my copy of this book from NetGalley before it was Archived, so purchased the audiobook. It was a sweet story, which really brought to life a minor figure mentioned in the book of Acts and her world. Rich in details that can help shed light on the people the New Testament called the 'God Fearers': Gentiles who believed in the One God but never formally converted to Judaism. There were some excellent and well drawn-characters, and the themes were woven well into the story. I'd [...]

    24. When I stumbled across this book on NetGalley I knew I had to request it. I hadn't read Afshar's writing before but the synopsis drew me in. The story of Lydia, the first believer on the continent, who invited Paul and Silas into her home, was a draw like no other. What I anticipated and what I read were not the same thing however. It was an engaging story that cast you into the characters but I never bonded with the characters, I never felt their hurt or fear or pain or longing or even their jo [...]

    25. I really enjoyed this one. One thing I love about Tessa Afshar is that she chooses characters to write about that aren't really talked about or written about. I don't think much thought is given to Lydia, a seller of purple briefly mentioned in the Bible as one of Paul's friends, so I really enjoyed this story and getting to envision her life.Lydia helps her father, a renowned seller of purple. When they are betrayed, Lydia has no choice but to flee to Philippi, the only place in the empire wher [...]

    26. Outstanding! I'm still marveling over the way this author brings events in the bible to life. Once I finished I had to rush to my bible and read the brief account of Lydia in Acts. Here's where the marveling comes in -- because Afshar has created an enthralling story around Lydia that seems so real, so plausible and completely honors scripture, though it obviously embellishes it. But in doing so, the author shows how the hand of God can work evil for good in the most spectacular way.I was totall [...]

    27. This is the best fiction book I've read in a long time.  In Bread of Angels, Tessa Afshar put her finger on the pulse of the First Century and I felt like I was actually there.  In this delightful story you will find first love secrets plotting jail time betrayal successes failures trauma death life changesThe book is beautifully written.  The characters enter the story at just the right point.  The story encapsulates the life of Lydia, the seller of purple, from the New Testament.  Each ch [...]

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