Lydia, Woman of Philippi
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? ​And 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?

Lydia, Woman of Philippi Details

TitleLydia, Woman of Philippi
Author
ReleaseOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherWhitaker House
ISBN-139781629118963
Rating
GenreBiblical Fiction, Christian, Historical, Historical Fiction, Romance, Christian Fiction, Fiction

Lydia, Woman of Philippi Review

  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    The daughter of a wealthy Roman merchant and a Jewish woman, Lydia chose to believe in Yahweh rather than her father's Roman gods. Her father has no regard for her beliefs and little for her opinions, which is why he chose to marry her to a man she does not love. Despite this, Lydia continues to believe in Yahweh and His promised Messiah. Time passes, and she is given the opportunity to take over the family business that her brother rejects. The consequences of that choice lead her to meet Paul The daughter of a wealthy Roman merchant and a Jewish woman, Lydia chose to believe in Yahweh rather than her father's Roman gods. Her father has no regard for her beliefs and little for her opinions, which is why he chose to marry her to a man she does not love. Despite this, Lydia continues to believe in Yahweh and His promised Messiah. Time passes, and she is given the opportunity to take over the family business that her brother rejects. The consequences of that choice lead her to meet Paul and learn of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Will Lydia be able to let go of her pride and her past in order to fully embrace what Jesus has for her?Lydia, Woman of Philippi is one of the better books I have read in a while. It tells the life story of Lydia, the seller of purple cloth mentioned in the Biblical book of Acts. The author re-imagines the choices that led Lydia to become a business owner (in a time when woman did not hold such positions) and to become a follower of Christ as a result of Paul's preaching in Philippi. It is an inspiring story. Lydia has a lot of obstacles to overcome, but with God's help she succeeds. It is also a very feminist story. As a woman in that time period, Lydia was not supposed to have the skills, knowledge, or ability to own and run a business. In fact, if other people discovered that it was indeed her that ran it, her business would probably crash. But Lydia pushes forward anyway and does what she needs to. That feminism comes with a price, however. She is so determined to stay out from under a man's control and prove herself worthy that she refuses to see the love that she and a man have for each other. Both independence and submission have to be tempered in order to have a successful marriage or, really, any kind of relationship with the opposite sex. There was one thing I did not like about this book. It had to do with the way the characters shared the gospel. It made it seem as though the way a person becomes a follower of Christ is through a formulaic prayer that a person has to be led through. Really, it sounds like a spell, as in, "say the magic words and you will be saved." But that's not what Christianity is about. When one believes in Christ as one of the three parts of God and as the Savior of their sins (yeah, they do have to admit they sinned), then they are saved. It is belief, not prayer of magic words, that bring Salvation. Though prayer is definitely important to one's relationship with God. The presentation of Salvation through a specific prayer just rubbed me the wrong way in this book. I really liked this book. I enjoyed watching Lydia grow from a timid girl to a strong woman of faith. I recommend it to fans of Biblical fiction, and I will be seeking out more of the author's books to read. I received a complementary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    LYDIA: WOMAN OF PHILIPPI has an absolutely lovely cover. I adore what Whitaker House did with it and I know it's going to draw women in to pick it up and read the back cover blurb and maybe even the first chapter before they buy the book. I'd even pick it up and look at it. I am not a huge fan (okay, not a fan at all) of biblical fiction so honestly, I kind of cringed when I was asked to read this. I have to admire the amount of research that must go into these stories, the time period, the cust LYDIA: WOMAN OF PHILIPPI has an absolutely lovely cover. I adore what Whitaker House did with it and I know it's going to draw women in to pick it up and read the back cover blurb and maybe even the first chapter before they buy the book. I'd even pick it up and look at it. I am not a huge fan (okay, not a fan at all) of biblical fiction so honestly, I kind of cringed when I was asked to read this. I have to admire the amount of research that must go into these stories, the time period, the customs, the foods, the gods, the cities, and so much more.And then I picked the story up -- and read the first chapter. Second. Third. And on and on. I'm still not going to claim I'm a fan of biblical fiction. But I was drawn in. I hurt for her. Cried for her. Cheered with her. And closed the book with a happy sigh. Diana Wallis Taylor’s novel will draw you into the life of first century Lydia, the seller of purple. Readers will be captivated and their view of her mentions in the scriptures changed by the power of this story. Fans of biblical fiction are in for a treat.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Lydia Woman of Philippi is the second novel that I have read about this Biblical character that opens her home to the first church in that area. This is a story of a woman who is smart and capable but because she lives during Roman times, she is living very much in a man controlled world. Her father chooses her husband and her husband is neither kind nor loving to her. She pretty much just endures her marriage having no real loss of love for her husband either. When she receives devastating news Lydia Woman of Philippi is the second novel that I have read about this Biblical character that opens her home to the first church in that area. This is a story of a woman who is smart and capable but because she lives during Roman times, she is living very much in a man controlled world. Her father chooses her husband and her husband is neither kind nor loving to her. She pretty much just endures her marriage having no real loss of love for her husband either. When she receives devastating news of his death, she goes back to her father’s house with her beloved daughter. She, being a woman and a daughter is not expected to have an interest in her father’s dyeing business. That privilege goes to her very self-centered brother who actually shuns their father’s livelihood. So Lydia takes a bold approach with her father, who does relent and lets her, learn the trade. Purple and fine linens were a huge commodity during Roman times and Lydia proves herself capable of learning and running the shop. Unfortunately, she must do so secretly because she is a woman and a woman in business was unheard of and was not tolerated.With great attention to historical and Biblical detail, author Taylor immerses us into the lives of Lydia and her household and bringing to life the very first meeting they have with Paul the apostle. Lydia, being a God fearer, has already forsaken the household Roman gods, but now Paul and his companions have come amongst her and the other God fearers and tells them about the Messiah they have all been waiting for. This was a compelling story about a little known woman in the Bible and what circumstances may have surrounded her as she becomes a seller of purple and the events that take place upon her meeting with Paul the apostle.I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.https://pausefortales.blogspot.com/20...
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  • Andi Newberry ~Tubbs
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoy biblical fiction for a number of reasons. Mainly because I love seeing how an author puts skin on Bible truth. Ms. Taylor takes what little there is written about Lydia in the Bible and entwines a story rich in both biblical truth, with fictional imagination. While Ms. Taylor uses her imagination to create a story around Lydia it is not only based in truth, but historical fact, right down to the food they ate, the geographical locations, and position of women in the first century. I really enjoy biblical fiction for a number of reasons. Mainly because I love seeing how an author puts skin on Bible truth. Ms. Taylor takes what little there is written about Lydia in the Bible and entwines a story rich in both biblical truth, with fictional imagination. While Ms. Taylor uses her imagination to create a story around Lydia it is not only based in truth, but historical fact, right down to the food they ate, the geographical locations, and position of women in the first century. I have been reading and enjoying Ms. Taylor's books for a number of years, and this is another book that will be added to my biblical fiction shelf to pass on to my reading granddaughters. I highly recommend this book. It would be appropriate for a young girl of ten to read and enjoy. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    On a scale of cotton candy to Brussels sprouts, Lydia by Diana Wallis Taylor is muffins without eggs. When eggs are left out and not adequately replaced by another ingredient, the muffin loses the right consistency, flavor, and moisture. It's an unsatisfying bite to be sure.[free book received. opinions my own.]Diana Wallis Taylor set out to tell the fictionalized version of Lydia of Phillippi from the Bible. Lydia is a young woman who loves the Jewish god in a Roman world. Moreover, she has a h On a scale of cotton candy to Brussels sprouts, Lydia by Diana Wallis Taylor is muffins without eggs. When eggs are left out and not adequately replaced by another ingredient, the muffin loses the right consistency, flavor, and moisture. It's an unsatisfying bite to be sure.[free book received. opinions my own.]Diana Wallis Taylor set out to tell the fictionalized version of Lydia of Phillippi from the Bible. Lydia is a young woman who loves the Jewish god in a Roman world. Moreover, she has a head for the family business while all her younger brother cares about is his military career. When Lydia's husband abruptly dies and her father does as well, Lydia's brother has no compassion and she's left to fend for herself, her mother, and her daughter.I really wanted to like Lydia. I really, really did. But, the story had no tension. Oh, yes, there were certainly loads of opportunity to build tension, but as soon as I thought the story was about to get interesting, it didn't. Lydia would voice a problem, and in the next sentence, the problem was solved. It was too easy and unrelateable. At a third of the way through the book, I quit reading. However, the one redeeming quality of Lydia is that Diana Wallis Taylor clearly has a grasp of certain details in the Roman world such as wedding etiquette and the cloth dying industry.
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  • Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
    January 1, 1970
    I love reading the Bible, make no mistake. The Bible is true, amazing, and wonderful. But biblical fiction? It just might be a new favorite of mine. It allows us, as readers, to get a glimpse of what it may have been like to live during biblical times. In doing so, it really brings the Bible close to home for me. I do realize that it is just a work of fiction, but it can be so uplifting, and so easy to imagine these characters were around when Jesus was around. That, of course, gives nod to the I love reading the Bible, make no mistake. The Bible is true, amazing, and wonderful. But biblical fiction? It just might be a new favorite of mine. It allows us, as readers, to get a glimpse of what it may have been like to live during biblical times. In doing so, it really brings the Bible close to home for me. I do realize that it is just a work of fiction, but it can be so uplifting, and so easy to imagine these characters were around when Jesus was around. That, of course, gives nod to the author who must have known exactly how she needed to write it.This is actually the first biblical fiction book I have read, and I promise you it will not be the last. It spoke directly to my heart, and provided so much spiritual depth to it. I found myself wanting to search the Bible for clues about Lydia to see if she were real. I wanted to learn more about her surroundings, the traditions, and the beliefs represented in her family. This is the first time a book has really spoke to me in that regard, and I found if refreshing. Thank you Ms. Gabhart for an incredible book!I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Crystal Scott
    January 1, 1970
    I love reading Diana Wallis Taylor’s books. These fictional accounts of real women of the Bible will draw you closer to each one. Her writing skills are wonderful and always leave you wanting to read more of her books. Lydia Woman of Philippi is no different. Lydia is the story of a smart, strong, and follower of the Jewish God who is married off at they young age of 15 to a man that she dislikes but despite that she always remains the faithful wife. When her husband is killed, Lydia and her 12 I love reading Diana Wallis Taylor’s books. These fictional accounts of real women of the Bible will draw you closer to each one. Her writing skills are wonderful and always leave you wanting to read more of her books. Lydia Woman of Philippi is no different. Lydia is the story of a smart, strong, and follower of the Jewish God who is married off at they young age of 15 to a man that she dislikes but despite that she always remains the faithful wife. When her husband is killed, Lydia and her 12 year old daughter return to her fathers house in Thyatira.Lydia begins a new life in male dominated world of first century commerce. Her and her brother become at odds because he is jealous over her success. When her father dies, her brother Cassisus inherits the family’s home and Lydia inherits the family business as well as a small villa in the city of Philippi. This is a great book, one that you will not be able to put down until you are finished. It will leave you wanting more! I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. I received this book for free however a favorable review was not required, all opinions expressed here are my own.
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  • Lori Parrish
    January 1, 1970
    I so much enjoyed this Biblical fiction story of Lydia. Diana has done an amazing job on her research and bringing Lydia to life. At first, when I picked up this book and started it I thought it was going to be like Bread of Angels. It was not. It was completely different from that. I love Biblical fiction best. I enjoy reading further about the different characters in the Bible after their short verses. I like knowing that they too had a lifestyle much like ours.Adoni works in mysterious ways. I so much enjoyed this Biblical fiction story of Lydia. Diana has done an amazing job on her research and bringing Lydia to life. At first, when I picked up this book and started it I thought it was going to be like Bread of Angels. It was not. It was completely different from that. I love Biblical fiction best. I enjoy reading further about the different characters in the Bible after their short verses. I like knowing that they too had a lifestyle much like ours.Adoni works in mysterious ways. He knows the plans that are just fir us even before we know it. Isn't that marvelous? I so appreciated Lydia's father the most. I loved how he watched out for her and was always a step ahead of everything and especially certain family members. I felt Adoni working through Lydia and her family and most of all myself. I love feeling peaceful after reading such a great story!! This is why I enjoy Biblical fiction. I received this book for free and in no way required to review this bookDid I mention that the cover of this book is just beautiful? Whitaker House has done a fabulous job on the cover
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  • Ashley Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this view of Lydia. I'm not a huge reader of Biblical fiction but I do enjoy it occasionally. This story gives us a chance to see how it could have been like back in biblical times and what the characters we read about in our Bible may have done/gone through/lived. This one is a rollercoaster of emotions. I know it is fiction written about a real person but the research the author must have done is incredible. I truly believed this was what was happening to Lydia as I read.I started th I enjoyed this view of Lydia. I'm not a huge reader of Biblical fiction but I do enjoy it occasionally. This story gives us a chance to see how it could have been like back in biblical times and what the characters we read about in our Bible may have done/gone through/lived. This one is a rollercoaster of emotions. I know it is fiction written about a real person but the research the author must have done is incredible. I truly believed this was what was happening to Lydia as I read.I started this and finished it in one day because I simply couldn't put it down.It was a 5/5 for me. I will be reading more from this author. She makes these stories more 'real'for me.Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.
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  • Marilyn
    January 1, 1970
    I was captivated by the story of Lydia: Woman of Philippi by Diana Wallis Taylor. She brought the Biblical character, Lydia, to life in this eloquent colorful account of this New Testament woman. I could not stop reading this fictional account filled with customs, worshipping of various gods, Roman rules, foods and activities during the early church age. The intersperse of the scriptures and chapters of Psalms that Lydia, her mother and other secondary characters relied on added depth along with I was captivated by the story of Lydia: Woman of Philippi by Diana Wallis Taylor. She brought the Biblical character, Lydia, to life in this eloquent colorful account of this New Testament woman. I could not stop reading this fictional account filled with customs, worshipping of various gods, Roman rules, foods and activities during the early church age. The intersperse of the scriptures and chapters of Psalms that Lydia, her mother and other secondary characters relied on added depth along with the value of the early Christians who found the Lord, Adonai, to be the living God foretold in scriptures. I could see Lydia’s life happening as it did from her early teen years though her realistic life struggles with an arranged marriage that was not pleasant, raising a young daughter, but wanting to follow Adonai instead of the Roman God even though she suffered loss, grief and hardship. Her faith, fortitude, persistence, and love for Adonai emphasized the importance of fully surrendering to God, even during the early years for Christian believers. My emotions were attentive to all Lydia might of endured that is not told in the Bible. However, the beautiful experience of her encounter with Paul that led Lydia to her own spiritual conversion with salvation, baptism and in filling of the Holy Spirit to seeing others following Adonai with the teachings of Apostle Paul caused tears to fall while reading. Along with reading how possibly Lydia and her business of selling purple came about during a time women were not in business. Lydia selling purple was a tribute to her loving earthly father and the blessings of her sovereign Heavenly Father, Adonai. Diana Wallis Taylor’s writing lures her readers into the past with all the research she has done to create her Biblical fiction books. Lydia could become readers’ favorite Biblical woman character after reading this remarkable novel. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Whitaker House. I was not required to write a positive review but have expressed my honest opinion. I gave Lydia: Woman of Philippi 5 stars. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Taylor’s Biblical fiction books in the future.
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  • Sydney
    January 1, 1970
    Lydia, Woman of Phillipi by Diana Wallis Taylor is a beautifully written biblical fiction novel. From page one, Taylor t brings to life the story of her main character Lydia. It shows of her disappointment in not having love in her marriage, but the love she has for her daughter. It shows of her determinedness to follow the Jewish God, train in her father’s dye business, and deal with her proud and arrogant brother. This story is about life, love, and family. This is a story that readers of bibl Lydia, Woman of Phillipi by Diana Wallis Taylor is a beautifully written biblical fiction novel. From page one, Taylor t brings to life the story of her main character Lydia. It shows of her disappointment in not having love in her marriage, but the love she has for her daughter. It shows of her determinedness to follow the Jewish God, train in her father’s dye business, and deal with her proud and arrogant brother. This story is about life, love, and family. This is a story that readers of biblical fiction will truly enjoy.Genre: biblical, romance, ChristianPublisher: Whitaker HousePublication date: October 3, 2017Number of pages: 320A review copy of this book was provided by Celebrate Lit. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Christina Scotton
    January 1, 1970
    Lydia, Woman of Philippi, is the first book I’ve read by Diana Wallis Taylor. I'm happy I got a chance to read it, as Ms. Wallis Taylor has written an excellent book. In fact, I hardly stopped to take notes for this review because I was so engrossed in the story!The book is well-written and the description of the environment enables the reader to completely immerse themselves. It is not overwhelming and the descriptions never become boring. On a side note, as a historian I appreciated that the c Lydia, Woman of Philippi, is the first book I’ve read by Diana Wallis Taylor. I'm happy I got a chance to read it, as Ms. Wallis Taylor has written an excellent book. In fact, I hardly stopped to take notes for this review because I was so engrossed in the story!The book is well-written and the description of the environment enables the reader to completely immerse themselves. It is not overwhelming and the descriptions never become boring. On a side note, as a historian I appreciated that the characters had difficulty getting information to and from people in other cities. This is accurate to the time but rarely mentioned in fiction! Lydia is calm but not a doormat, though she is a more submissive at the beginning of the book. She becomes stronger as the story unfolds and watching her journey as she becomes the woman God meant her to be is one of the best parts of this book. Nikolas is more mysterious and less developed as the story is told from Lydia’s point of view, but he is a kind, dependable, and emotionally strong man. For me, it is easy to see how Lydia could fall for him and how he could fall for her in return. With one point of view it is often difficult to make the secondary characters seem like real people. Yet I understood their emotions, feelings, and thoughts through the writing. A single point of view can also make romances unbelievable but Ms. Wallis Taylor does an excellent job here with Lydia and Nikolas. The story itself moves slowly, though there are a few time jumps. The story begins with Lydia as a fourteen-year-old and ends when she’s in her thirties. The transition between younger Lydia and twenty-four-year-old Lydia as the second act of the story begins felt rushed. I wanted more information about those ten years and was disappointed the story skipped over them. The Christian messages, especially about learning to trust in God no matter the circumstance, appears on almost every page. This makes sense as Lydia is a woman who was an early convert to Christianity. If you like your Christian messages and themes a little less prominent, this book may not be your style. Lydia is a calm book in which events happen and the characters remain serene and poised, though there are a few moments where the tension ramps up. At a couple of points in the story I wanted more emotion from the characters, and the lack of it did hamper my enjoyment of this book. I recommend Lydia, Woman of Philippi, to readers who enjoy well-written and well-researched Biblical Fiction with a compelling main character and a sweet romance and give it 4/5 stars. I took away one star for quibbles involving the lack of tension and wanting more emotions from the characters at certain points. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author through CelebrateLit. All opinions are my own.**
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  • Kristine Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    I love reading Biblical fiction when it is Biblically accurate. Lydia by Diana Wallis Taylor is a beautifully written, Biblically accurate novel. She brings Lydia to life with carefully researched details on the way life was in the time of Christ. Ms. Taylor gives a reasonably acceptable reason for Lydia to have been a property owner in a time in which men controlled every aspect of life. I also enjoyed the way the Gospel is woven seamlessly into the story! This is definitely a curl up with a bl I love reading Biblical fiction when it is Biblically accurate. Lydia by Diana Wallis Taylor is a beautifully written, Biblically accurate novel. She brings Lydia to life with carefully researched details on the way life was in the time of Christ. Ms. Taylor gives a reasonably acceptable reason for Lydia to have been a property owner in a time in which men controlled every aspect of life. I also enjoyed the way the Gospel is woven seamlessly into the story! This is definitely a curl up with a blanket and cup of tea book. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.I was given this book by Celebrate Lit for review purposes. All thoughts are my own.From Amazon: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? And 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?About the author:Diana Wallis Taylor has written seven novels, including Mary, Chosen of God; Martha; 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.
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  • Fizzy
    January 1, 1970
    I feel like I’m on a Lydia kick this year. This is the second book I’ve read on this Biblical woman since August and both are different as night and day. We know Lydia as a savvy business woman in a time that women didn’t run businesses. We assume she was possibly a widow as she ran a business without male oversight or protection. We know Lydia as a dyer of purple. Sorry I’ll NEVER understand this love of purple, totally not for me. We know that mostly likely, at some point she lived in or was f I feel like I’m on a Lydia kick this year. This is the second book I’ve read on this Biblical woman since August and both are different as night and day. We know Lydia as a savvy business woman in a time that women didn’t run businesses. We assume she was possibly a widow as she ran a business without male oversight or protection. We know Lydia as a dyer of purple. Sorry I’ll NEVER understand this love of purple, totally not for me. We know that mostly likely, at some point she lived in or was from Thyatira. We know her as the first convert in Europe who opened her home to Paul, Silas, Timothy and those traveling with them. We can make historical assumptions of where she was from, how she lived, her background and family. But we don’t know. And hence we have books about this amazing woman that are so different. Both drew me to them and both left me wanting just a little bit more.There are some things in this book that bothered me and did leave me lacking. The time jumps in the beginning were a bit jarring. I realize that they were necessary to get to the heart of her life but they didn’t feel well setup. The other biggie was the constant repetition. The same story told in the same way chapter after chapter. The same story of his experience with Jesus on the road to Damascus. The same story equating Jesus on the cross to the Passover lamb. The same conversion, the same prayer, the same everything. The same story so many times, chapter after chapter. It felt like it was a copy and paste from one telling to the next. I almost felt like it was NANO and word count was what mattered. I feel like so much depth could have been added by variances. Of referencing without retelling. It would have left so much open to deeper character development and story progression.I feel like the story of Lydia was window dressing on what could have been an amazing story. The back story was here but was missing the depth. The idea of her running her business behind the curtain was surface for what could have been a deeper dive into the story, the characters, and the location. I loved the interlacing of her family, the good and the bad. I loved her independence and her strength. Lydia, in this book and in the Bible, has a lot to teach us. But like Christ, only if we are open to the learning.I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by CelebrateLit. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review. Originally published at https://fizzypopcollection.com/lydia-....
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  • Margaret Kazmierczak
    January 1, 1970
    My penny’s worth.Lydia has a great love for Adonai, a gift from her mother who is Jewish. Her father, on the other hand, worships the Roman Gods, so conflict is very much part of Lydia’s life. What I like about this book based on the woman of Philippi is the inner struggle that Lydia and her mother face. They are under the rule of husband and father, as this is a time when women obeyed men in all things. However, their hearts cannot be ruled in such a way. In their belief is their freedom – trus My penny’s worth.Lydia has a great love for Adonai, a gift from her mother who is Jewish. Her father, on the other hand, worships the Roman Gods, so conflict is very much part of Lydia’s life. What I like about this book based on the woman of Philippi is the inner struggle that Lydia and her mother face. They are under the rule of husband and father, as this is a time when women obeyed men in all things. However, their hearts cannot be ruled in such a way. In their belief is their freedom – trusting God rather than household Gods to show them the way.After the battle between father and son which culminates in Lydia taking on a role usually fulfilled by a man, she thrives and prospers, but her accomplishment has to be kept hidden. However, as the plot unravels, Lydia realizes that all is not down to her talent but a more significant hand guiding her to a higher future.This period history is fascinating as it is just after Jesus rose from the dead. The author gives meat to the bones of the life Lydia may have lived.I felt the excitement of Lydia hearing about Jesus from Paul and watched her grow strong after their encounters.Sometimes the dialogue duplicated itself as Lydia retold her story, something that could have been hinted at rather than going over it all again. Apart from that I enjoyed this book and journeying with Lydia as she lived through turbulent and uncertain times.Lydia trusted her abilities but trusting God became her source of comfort and strength and opened doors to a mention in the bible. She must have been one remarkable woman.If you like biblical fiction then in mho you may like this book for its gutsy depiction of a brave and strong woman determined to succeed in a man’s world.Thank you, Diana Wallis Taylor, for writing Lydia.*I received this book for free. No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.*
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    Lydia, Woman of Philipi is the latest book by Diana Wallis Taylor and it is FANTASTIC. Having read, Mary Chosen of God, I was excited to read another book by Diana Wallis Taylor. I have to say that both of these books will stay with me for a long time. Diana Wallis Taylor writes with authority on Biblical times, Women of the Bible, different faiths during this time and their God(s), hierarchy, the dye business, and walls Lydia broke through by taking over the family business. From the start, th Lydia, Woman of Philipi is the latest book by Diana Wallis Taylor and it is FANTASTIC. Having read, Mary Chosen of God, I was excited to read another book by Diana Wallis Taylor. I have to say that both of these books will stay with me for a long time. Diana Wallis Taylor writes with authority on Biblical times, Women of the Bible, different faiths during this time and their God(s), hierarchy, the dye business, and walls Lydia broke through by taking over the family business. From the start, this book grabbed a hold of my and never let go until the end, well it actually left me wanting more. I really love Diana Wallis Taylor's style of writing, the book is just the right pace and as I read I felt like I was there with Lydia throughout her journey. The characters throughout this book are well written and very interesting. I was definitely drawn in by Lydia's strength and perseverance and I also found her father's character to be inspiring. He may have worshiped the Roman gods but he also didn't deny Lydia the opportunity to know the dye business and ultimately gave it to her and ensured that her and her mother were taken care of once he was gone. His true heart is seen through his actions. This book invoked many emotions, I found myself laughing is a few parts and definitely crying out in others. The faith, strength, and perseverance demonstrated in this book inspiring. I love the fact that Diana Wallis Taylor writes about women in the bible, reading their stories really makes them so much more real. I highly recommend this book and this author to anyone who enjoys Biblical Fiction, you will NOT be disappointed. I have to add that I had to buy other books from this author as I am hooked!! I cannot wait to read them!! I give this book 5 STARS. I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
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  • Anne Rightler
    January 1, 1970
    Lydia, Woman of Philippi by Diana Wallis Taylor is a fictional account of the first Gentile convert to Christianity in Asia and is an amazingly remarkable story of this woman who had a significant impact on the growth of the Church. Drawn from the Gospels, the story of Lydia is expertly and beautifully written as the author fleshes out the characters, crafting them into people that seem to step out of history right into the reader's heart and with whom they can connect. Biblical fiction is one o Lydia, Woman of Philippi by Diana Wallis Taylor is a fictional account of the first Gentile convert to Christianity in Asia and is an amazingly remarkable story of this woman who had a significant impact on the growth of the Church. Drawn from the Gospels, the story of Lydia is expertly and beautifully written as the author fleshes out the characters, crafting them into people that seem to step out of history right into the reader's heart and with whom they can connect. Biblical fiction is one of my favorite genres to read and this book did not disappoint. The author brings to life the joys and heartaches of a young woman who enters a loveless marriage and is betrayed by her family and yet, she remains strong in her faith that God would provide and care for her and her loved ones even though her future was uncertain. The richness of the characters and their emotions is completely realistic, grippingly honest and evocative. With descriptive prose and a compelling story, readers are pulled in quickly and it is almost like being right smack dab in the scenes. I like how Paul and several of the other disciples of Christ are written into the story and brought to life too. Lydia is a story of the hope that even in the disappointments and storms of life God can take the broken pieces of our lives and fit them together into something beautiful--a captivating story you will not want to miss. I'm looking forward to reading more of this author's works.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author via CelebrateLit. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own. This review is part of a CelebrateLit blog tour.
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  • Cafinated Reads Molly
    January 1, 1970
    I am a picky reader when it comes to Biblical fiction. I've found very few authors who captivate me completely with the Biblical fiction. Diana Wallis Taylor is one of those few authors. When I sit down to Ms. Taylor's work, I know that I can prepare myself for the powerful messages within, I can prepare myself for the feeling as if I am right there in the middle of some of the most incredible happenings in the Bible. That's how good her writing style is. With Lydia, I got just that. Taken from I am a picky reader when it comes to Biblical fiction. I've found very few authors who captivate me completely with the Biblical fiction. Diana Wallis Taylor is one of those few authors. When I sit down to Ms. Taylor's work, I know that I can prepare myself for the powerful messages within, I can prepare myself for the feeling as if I am right there in the middle of some of the most incredible happenings in the Bible. That's how good her writing style is. With Lydia, I got just that. Taken from the book of Acts and Lydia's story, we learn all about the wonderful woman of the color purple. The things she endured with a father who didn't care for the fact that she chose her mother's religion, and with an arranged marriage.....it just really tugged at my heart and made me fall in love! I loved the way she was chiseled so vividly. The way she overcame her issues, and her determination to stand tall despite it all, and the way her heart opened up after meeting Paul....it all really just enveloped me and took me on a ride that I won't soon forget! This is definitely a 4 star worthy Biblical novel. If you love learning about the Bible in interesting ways, if you want a deeper relationship with reading and with God, then Ms. Taylor's Lydia is one you don't want to miss. You'll be taken to the center of the story, captivated completely, and fall in love with the Biblical accounts in a whole new way. I know I did! I can't wait to read another amazing, moving, and heart twisting story from the talented work of Diana Wallis Taylor. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
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  • Beckie Burnham
    January 1, 1970
    For me, a Biblical novel should create a sense of the cultural and political atmosphere relevant for the time and place, include characters who are faithful to their time, but are relatable to a modern reader, and have a strong foundation in scripture. Lydia:Woman of Philippi by Diana Wallis Taylor achieves all three. From the opening pages I became immersed in the world in which Lydia lived. The patriarchal society was a strong influence in Lydia’s life, yet she endeavored to be an independent For me, a Biblical novel should create a sense of the cultural and political atmosphere relevant for the time and place, include characters who are faithful to their time, but are relatable to a modern reader, and have a strong foundation in scripture. Lydia:Woman of Philippi by Diana Wallis Taylor achieves all three. From the opening pages I became immersed in the world in which Lydia lived. The patriarchal society was a strong influence in Lydia’s life, yet she endeavored to be an independent woman, both in her finances and thought. Taylor created a very credible backstory for Lydia in which her upbringing, unhappy marriage, and business struggles shaped her into a woman ready to meet her Savior. There are, of course, many historical figures within the novel — Paul, Silas, Timothy, yet the fictional characters that surround Lydia are wonderful additions to the narrative. I especially liked the romance that Taylor adds to the story. Lydia’s encounter with Paul and the subsequent change in her and her household’s life was depicted in a beautiful way. Throughout the novel, Taylor endeavored to be faithful to scripture, and I feel on the most part she was successful. There was only one scene in which I felt she strayed a bit from what the Bible teaches. It did not keep me from enjoying the novel and in turn recommending it to those who enjoy Biblical fiction.All in all, this book is a great addition to my library.Recommended.Audience: adults.(Thanks to Celebrate Lit for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)
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  • Carol Keen
    January 1, 1970
    Lydia, her biblical story has always fascinated me. In this book, everything from the Bible as well as quite plausible fiction are woven together into one strong novel. I don't think I have read any books from this author before, but I was well pleased with story. Lydia has suffered through a difficult marriage. She doesn't believe in the Roman gods, but instead, in the footsteps of her mother who's a Jew, she is a God-fearer. That is someone who isn't quite a Jew, but isn't believing in the Rom Lydia, her biblical story has always fascinated me. In this book, everything from the Bible as well as quite plausible fiction are woven together into one strong novel. I don't think I have read any books from this author before, but I was well pleased with story. Lydia has suffered through a difficult marriage. She doesn't believe in the Roman gods, but instead, in the footsteps of her mother who's a Jew, she is a God-fearer. That is someone who isn't quite a Jew, but isn't believing in the Roman gods either. Her beliefs aren't common, and with some very dramatic and yet believable turns of events, Lydia is now the owner of a prospering dye business. A business that isn't run by a woman. Every step of the way Lydia and her mother work to make wise choices and follow Adonai. However, they are not without enemies or adversities. This book is stuffed with scripture, both from the Torah and the New Testament as Lydia is living in the time frame just after Christ's death and resurrection. I throughly enjoyed the ways in which the scriptures were brought to life in Lydia's life and the ending was quite satisfactory. Lydia has always made me think of the Proverbs 31 wife, and this book just made her so very alive and realistic on every level. A super five star read which I can see being used even in Bible study groups. My copy came from Celebrate Lit. My review, thoughts and opinions are my own, left of my own free choosing.
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  • Jasmine
    January 1, 1970
    Her faith will be remembered...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 i Her faith will be remembered...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.)
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  • Tiffany
    January 1, 1970
    While this is a fictional story, it is based on the real woman in the Bible, Lydia, seller of purple. I have heard about Lydia when she is mentioned in the Bible, but we don’t know much more about her. I never thought about her being a business woman, in that day that was rare, and probably looked down on. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and it helped me have a greater appreciation for the early church. I felt like the story came to life, and I felt like I was there with Lydia seeing the world s While this is a fictional story, it is based on the real woman in the Bible, Lydia, seller of purple. I have heard about Lydia when she is mentioned in the Bible, but we don’t know much more about her. I never thought about her being a business woman, in that day that was rare, and probably looked down on. I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and it helped me have a greater appreciation for the early church. I felt like the story came to life, and I felt like I was there with Lydia seeing the world she lived in through her eyes. Things weren’t easy for Lydia, and the Lord really provided for and guided her. It is a story of a woman who learns to trust the Lord more fully, and for that the Lord richly blessed her and her household. I learned a lot from this inspiring book. I highly recommend it!**I received this book free from the author through the Celebrate Lit Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • Christina Myerly
    January 1, 1970
    Lydia is a Bible character who has always interested me so I jumped at the chance to read Lydia: Woman of Philippi. I do apologize for my late review. The author successfully brings historical characters to life in a way that make them realistic. Lydia deals with some very hard times, and there is quite a jump in time from the first page to the last. While I'm not an avid fan of historical fiction, I've always loved stories set in the Biblical time period. I could tell the author researched well Lydia is a Bible character who has always interested me so I jumped at the chance to read Lydia: Woman of Philippi. I do apologize for my late review. The author successfully brings historical characters to life in a way that make them realistic. Lydia deals with some very hard times, and there is quite a jump in time from the first page to the last. While I'm not an avid fan of historical fiction, I've always loved stories set in the Biblical time period. I could tell the author researched well the hisorical elements, and I wasn't once jarred by false facts. Some portions of the story drag a little, and seemed dry, but not enough that I would put the book down. It's a quick read. I highly recommend Lydia: Woman of Philippi. I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.
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  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    Lydia, Woman of Philippi tells the story of New Testament Lydia, a woman who specialized in purple dyes and was a convert of Christianity.I loved this cover, it really captured the character. Absolutely gorgeous! I’ll admit that I picked up this book because of the cover and the character but I really had a hard time with this book. Which super bums me out because I wanted to love it.I had several big issues:1. This book is dialogue heavy. While dialogue tends to read fast for many, it bogs me d Lydia, Woman of Philippi tells the story of New Testament Lydia, a woman who specialized in purple dyes and was a convert of Christianity.I loved this cover, it really captured the character. Absolutely gorgeous! I’ll admit that I picked up this book because of the cover and the character but I really had a hard time with this book. Which super bums me out because I wanted to love it.I had several big issues:1. This book is dialogue heavy. While dialogue tends to read fast for many, it bogs me down. I want to be pulled into a scene. I want to know what a character if smelling, seeing, touching and feeling. The back and forth dialogue needed more balance with narrative and action.2. Once converted, Lydia became quite preachy to everyone she encountered. Yes, I think we should spread the good news of God’s love but the plan of salvation need not be outlined three times within a couple of chapters. These elements felt inorganic and forced.3. The pacing was at breakneck speed. The story moved very quickly from Lydia’s youth to adulthood and then middle age in a rather rapid manner. In this manner, I felt as if Lydia aged as rapidly as a simulated life model. One chapter she was giving birth and then by the next she was nearing the end of her childbearing days. It all just felt so rushed. There needed to be more narrative to catapult Lydia from point A to point B.This story has promise. It has a good premise and interesting characters. I just feel that there should be a better balance to the story elements.A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.This review was originally posted to A Simply Enchanted Life
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  • Jennifer Bunderle
    January 1, 1970
    Lydia, Woman of Philippi is a beautifully crafted tale of the first female Gentile convert to Christianity in Asia. Written as a steady narrative of the life of Lydia, who endured much as a woman of her culture and generation, but whose steady faith and confidence in her God sustained and ultimately proved to be her salvation leading to her new life as a Christian.Diana Wallis Taylor is an experienced author who skillfully creates characters with depth and substance in well-researched settings a Lydia, Woman of Philippi is a beautifully crafted tale of the first female Gentile convert to Christianity in Asia. Written as a steady narrative of the life of Lydia, who endured much as a woman of her culture and generation, but whose steady faith and confidence in her God sustained and ultimately proved to be her salvation leading to her new life as a Christian.Diana Wallis Taylor is an experienced author who skillfully creates characters with depth and substance in well-researched settings and time periods. Readers of Biblical fiction will be pleased with this novel which is a fascinating and memorable account of a significant woman of the Bible whose story is written with respect and care. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book. A favorable review was not required, no compensation was received, and all views expressed are my own.
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  • Lucy
    January 1, 1970
    Well researched Biblical Fiction that brings to life what Lydia's life may have been like. I found this to be a book I couldn't put down, as it is well written and draws you in from the beginning. Nothing takes the place of reading the scriptures, but this book enlightens you to the foods that were eaten, laws concerning women, and clothing traditions. I cannot fathom the amount of research that went into this retelling. It makes the characters seem real in a way that you can relate to and want Well researched Biblical Fiction that brings to life what Lydia's life may have been like. I found this to be a book I couldn't put down, as it is well written and draws you in from the beginning. Nothing takes the place of reading the scriptures, but this book enlightens you to the foods that were eaten, laws concerning women, and clothing traditions. I cannot fathom the amount of research that went into this retelling. It makes the characters seem real in a way that you can relate to and want to get to know. This is my first book by Diana Wallis Taylor, but I look forward to reading many more. I received a complimentary copy from the author/CelebrateLit. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    "Lydia" by Diana Wallis Taylor makes "Lydia" more than a woman in the Bible that sells purple linens. This story brings out that Lydia is a woman that has to overcome many obstacles in her life. I loved reading the story of Paul and how he and Lydia started the church of Philippi. Stories like "Lydia" by Diana Wallis is the reason I like to read fiction Christian Historical because they bring the Biblical people to life and the stories also teach Biblical truth.When I read or hear a sermon about "Lydia" by Diana Wallis Taylor makes "Lydia" more than a woman in the Bible that sells purple linens. This story brings out that Lydia is a woman that has to overcome many obstacles in her life. I loved reading the story of Paul and how he and Lydia started the church of Philippi. Stories like "Lydia" by Diana Wallis is the reason I like to read fiction Christian Historical because they bring the Biblical people to life and the stories also teach Biblical truth.When I read or hear a sermon about "Lydia" in the future I will think about all she endured and remember that if you let God use you, you could change the world and be used in a mighty way.
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  • Virginia Winfield
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    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 T 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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