Friday, October 6, 2017

Lydia by Diana Wallis Taylor

Lydia FB cover copy

About the Book:

Lydia Cover
Name of book: Lydia
Author: Diana Wallis Taylor
Genre: Biblical Fiction
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Smart, strong, and a follower of the Jewish God, Lydia has nonetheless quietly conformed to the expectations of the wealthy Roman society into which she was born. Her father marries her off at age fifteen to a much older man whom she dislikes. Despite an unpleasant wedding and a marriage that doesn’t improve with age, Lydia remains a dutiful and faithful wife. When her husband is killed, years later, Lydia vows to remain single 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 displays an aptitude for trade in the male-dominated world of first century commerce. Her brother, who had chosen service in the Roman army rather than work in his father’s business, is at odds with his sister. Jealous of her quiet success as she learns the dye business, he’s especially befuddled by what he considers to be Lydia’s obsession with the Jewish religion. When their father dies, Cassius inherits the family’s home; Lydia inherits the business, and unbeknownst to her brother, a small villa in the city of Philippi.
Lydia flees with her mother and daughter to Philippi where she sets up shop. At the mercy of a patriarchal society, Lydia needs a man to serve as the public face for her business. She discovers the right person in the handsome face of Greek man she’d hired — an employee with whom she develops a close friendship. The plot thickens as Lydia meets a strange man named Paul the apostle who is stirring up crowds in town. When Lydia’s brother shows up in Philippi, determined to force her to sell the business, he discovers plenty of fuel to accomplish his goals. 
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My Review:

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. 

About the Author:

DianaWTaylorRedDiana Wallis Taylor is best known for her creative stories based on women in the Bible. Thousands have read and enjoyed her books including Mary Chosen of God, Ruth, Mother of Kings, MarthaJourney to the WellMary Magdalene, and Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors with the San Diego Library naming her one of 12 “Writers to Watch” in 2017 for Mary, Chosen of God. Her books have received Gold and Silver Medallion Awards for Christian Fiction and she is a San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild “Writer of the Year.” Mary, Chosen of God is a 2017 Christy Award nominee. An inspirational speaker, Diana also leads creative writing and poetry workshops. She lives in San Diego with her husband, Frank. They have six grown children and ten grandchildren

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In honor of her tour, Diana is giving away
Grand Prize Package: Lydia, Woman of Philippi, “Give Thanks” painting on plate by Donna White for The Hearthside Collection, Inc., commemorative Whitaker House/Anchor Distributors coloring book (not in photo).
1st Place Package: Lydia, Woman of Philippi, abba Jerusalem pillar candle, cassia scented, commemorative Whitaker House/Anchor Distributors coloring book (not in photo).
2nd Place Package: Lydia, Woman of Philippi, abba Jerusalem Spikenard candle tin with lid!
Click the link to enter!


Caryl Kane said...

Great review! I can't wait to read Lydia's story!

Carol E. Keen said...

Hi Caryl,

Oh you will LOVE this one I think! It's such an in-depth read. I still feel like I was there.

Blessings, Carol :)