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Lydia, Woman of Philippi

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  32 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 315 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Whitaker House (first published October 2017)
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Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable Biblical Fiction novel based upon Lydia, the first documented convert to Christianity in Europe.

In the pages of the novel she is described as determined and brave. After family difficulties, she marches on toward a better future. I loved the time she spent with Paul and Luke in Philippi. And the budding romance was lovely.

My gratitude to publisher Whitaker House for a complimentary ARC of this novel. I was given this book at a reader event in September of 2017. The opinions expressed a
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 ...more
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: empty-shelf-2017
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. ...more
Oct 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
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
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
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 ...more
Crystal Scott
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Ashley Dawn
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 roller
coaster 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
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Christina Scotton
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
Kristine Morgan
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing

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 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 ...more
Margaret Kazmierczak
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Anne Rightler
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
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
Beckie Burnham
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Carol Keen
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 ...more
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical fiction fans, Biblical fiction fans
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
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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
Christina Myerly
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
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
Jennifer  J.
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"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
Virginia Winfield
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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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