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Review: Bread of Angels

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Review: Bread of Angels

Bread of Angels by Tessa Afshar
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Christian Fiction
Publisher: Tyndale
Publication Date: June 2017

Tessa Afshar has a gift for plucking a character from the Bible – in this case, Lydia – giving them a back story, and making her readers care what happens to them. Lydia was a merchant of purple who supported Paul and Barnabas. “Bread of Angels” brings her to vibrant, purple life, and shows why we should care about her.

From her father’s dye shop in Thyatira, to her own shop in Philippi, fear is Lydia’s constant companion. Her mother’s death, her father’s unjust imprisonment, her own banishment from the property she expected to inherit only fuel the fires of her fear.

Lydia’s kindness to the downtrodden brings her help in various ways. Meeting homeless Rebekah starts her on the road to knowing the Lord. With Rebekah’s help and encouragement, Lydia sets up her tiny shop. Refusing all offers of partnership from larger dye houses, her honesty, fair pricing, and beautiful products gain notice throughout the city. As she continually moves up in the ranks, she also gains enemies. Will her constant fear overwhelm all of the good things happening in her life? When Lydia meets Paul and Barnabas and their entourage, she soaks up the peace they offer. As she opens her heart to the Lord Jesus Paul serves, can she also finally open her heart to love?

Every book of Tess Afshar’s that I have read – including Pearl in the Sand, and In the Field of Grace – has brought the Bible to life for me. Yes, I know she takes liberties with some of the time periods, but those liberties have never detracted from pointing her readers to the One she puts her faith in. I loved Bread of Angels and wish I’d read it much sooner! I highly recommend this work of biblical fiction.

 

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