AS A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS OWNER, the widow Lydia is content with her life. She has no intention of paying any heed to the followers of that zealot Yeshua who have come to Philippi. She is a devout Jew, after all, and committed to her faith in the One True God. Yet she finds herself pausing to listen when the man called Paul speaks. As she hears his message, her heart is changed. She comes to realize that Yeshua is the long-awaited Messiah! Lydia opens her home to Paul and his companions and starts the first church in Europe. But the cost of following Christ is high. It is illegal in the Roman Empire, and as a leader of the church in Philippi, Lydia faces opposition and ostracism from her family, her friends, her neighbors, and her customers. When Lydia is on the verge of losing everything she has ever held dear, will she be able to hold fast to her newfound faith?
About Ordinary Women of the Bible Series
From generation to generation and every walk of life, God seeks out women to do His will. Scripture offers us but fleeting, tantalizing glimpses into the lives of a number of everyday women in Bible times—many of whom are not even named in its pages. In each volume of Guideposts’ Ordinary Women of the Bible series, you’ll meet one of these unsung, ordinary women face to face, and see how God used her to change the course of history.