A compelling story of courage and transformation, based on the biblical figure known as Lydia, seller of purple….

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?

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About The Author

Diana Wallis Taylor has been writing since the age of 12 when she sold her first poem to a church newspaper. Her short story “Phipps and the Jay” won first place in the San Diego Book Awards. Wings of the Wind, her collection of poetry, came out in 2006. Diana lives with her husband Frank in San Diego, California. They have six children and nine grandchildren. She enjoys speaking and sharing her heart with women of all ages.

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