Bread of Angels is an utterly delightful read. Psalm 78 is the foundation of the title and theme of this novel.
“Yet He commanded the skies above and opened the doors of heaven, and He rained down on them manna to eat and gave them the grain of heaven. Man ate of the bread of angels.” -Psalm 78:23-25
This verse highlights how not only humans but Angels as well, require trust in and provision from God.The premise is that hunger is not satiated by food, but we, like the Angels, need to feed on trusting God for our daily physical provision and spiritual growth. #breadofangels #tessaafshar. Click To Tweet
Bread of Angels is based upon chapter 16 of the book of Acts and chronicles the story of Lydia, the seller of purple cloth. She was the first convert in Europe and a female business owner, a rare combination historically.
The novel brings Lydia to life Lydia giving her quirks and passions become quickly evident through this enchanting tale.
Lydia faces upheaval from her hometown as she faces the pain of betrayal, yet she finds a loyal friend despite the pain. She is left to flee Thyratira with her basic belongings and the arsenal of her Father’s secret dye. Rebekah, a single Jewess, discovers a place in Lydia’s heart as they connect as kindred companions. Rebekah begins to plant the seeds of faith into Lydia’s cracked soul.
Lydia’s character is endearing and easy to relate to; she experiences a host of emotions as she attempts to navigate unexpected change. The seeds planted by Rebekah began to take root, and Lydia’s growing faith enables her to overcome the challenges that come her way through reliance on Christ.
I had a hard time putting this novel down. I felt like I was apart of the story traveling from Thyatira to the northern city of Phillipi along with Lydia.Tessa Afshar narrates this tale of biblical fiction with literary prowess weaving Scripture into the vivid imagery of the narrative. #breadofangels #tessaafshar @Tessaafshar @ShelleySinghAuD. Click To Tweet
I found myself savoring the flavor of her words, inhaling the content of engaging banter colored with well researched biblical gems.
I also truly enjoyed delving into Lydia’s time with Paul. Reading about Paul makes me want to read more about his accounts in the new testament scriptures and glean from the depth of his wisdom.
Although I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, I do feel like the ending was slightly abrupt, and I would have liked to hear more about the unexpected budding romance that Lydia found, narrated in greater detail.
Here are some of my favorite quotes:
“The way of Jesus worked in the opposite direction. It gave without asking for impossible assurances. It gave the way Jesus had, loving to death, knowing he might not be loved back.”
“Dare to try, knowing that you will make mistakes. You will fall short again and again, because there is no effort without error. In the end, you will either know the triumph of high achievement, or if you fail, you will fail while daring greatly.”
“I sometimes fancy that the completed work of the cross casts its shadow on other parts of my life too. Because Christ has finished the most crucial work on earth and in heaven, something of that completion covers all the unfinished parts of my life. What remains undone in me, through me, finds a resting place in Jesus’ finished work.”
As you pick up this novel, you will find yourself immersed in the daily reality in which the book of Acts took place. You will experience the beauty of an ancient city your senses in an enthralling fictional voyage. I found this novel refreshing, and I think you will, too, by how the power of deep reliance on God can turn even our most deep-rooted fears into victory beyond imagination.
You can learn more about Tessa Afshar’s novels at her website, www.tessaafshar.com.
If you enjoyed this review, you might enjoy my review of her new novel, Daughter of Rome, here.