Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Angela Hunt & The Woman from Lydia

Posted July 12, 2023 by meezcarrie in Angela Hunt, Author Interview, biblical, Christian, giveaway, historical / 38 Comments


Angela Hunt guest post

Please join me in welcoming Angela Hunt to the blog today to talk about her new novel, The Woman from Lydia!


The Woman from Lydia by Angela HuntTHE WOMAN FROM LYDIA by Angela Hunt
SERIES:
The Emissaries #1
GENRE: Historical/Biblical Fiction (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
RELEASE DATE: July 11, 2023
PAGES: 330

“I love the way Hunt weaves history throughout to bring readers into ancient times. The book is rich in detail, and the characters are fully rendered.”–FRANCINE RIVERS, bestselling author of Redeeming Love

“I completely lost my heart to Euodia, Ariston, and Sabina. . . . A beautiful beginning to a new series.”–ROBIN LEE HATCHER, bestselling author of All She Ever Dreamed

Widowed Euodia, known to her neighbors as “the Lydian woman,” seeks to make a fresh start by moving to the foreign city of Philippi. She finds new purpose after meeting Paulos, apostle to the Gentiles, who opens her eyes to helping those in need, particularly women and those who have been enslaved.

Retired Roman soldier Hector has settled in Philippi with dreams of a future filled with wealth and status, pooling his army earnings with Lucius, his fellow comrade-in-arms turned business partner. His hopes are dashed, however, when Paulos robs their youngest enslaved girl of her lucrative ability to foretell the future, rendering her worthless to Hector’s ambition.

Determined to find someone to restore the girl’s valuable “gift,” Hector is willing to travel to the ends of the earth to do so. Following close behind him, Euodia and her servants embark on a journey to rescue Sabina and set her free forever.

 

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by Angela Hunt, author of The Woman from Lydia

I’m so happy to be in this space to talk about my latest release, The Woman from Lydia. This is the first novel in a three-book series called The Emissaries. Since I just finished a series about the people around Jesus (Yeshua) in Judea, The Jerusalem Road series, I thought it only natural to move on to the people the apostle Paul (Paulos) led to faith in Gentile cities throughout the Roman world. Each book is set in a Gentile city (Philippi, Corinth, and Rome), and each involves Christians who came to faith through Paul’s ministry.

The Woman from Lydia features two people who are mentioned in Scripture, though one of them is unnamed.  Scripture tells us about the woman called Lydia, though I think it’s possible that she was from Lydia and named Euodia. Lydia was a Roman province, and this woman was the first believer in Asia to accept Christ. She also invited the Corinthian ecclesia (church) to meet in her home. So why didn’t Paul mention this active, influential woman in his letter to the Philippians? I think it’s logical to surmise that she was from Lydia but named something else.

The second character is referred to as “the girl with an unclean spirit”—she was demon-possessed. She is never named, but after harassing Paul and others, she was freed by God from demonic possession through His servant Paul. Scripture never mentions this girl again, and my curiosity was piqued—what happened to her? Did she come to faith, or did she remain in darkness? She was a slave, and the Bible tells us that her masters were upset about her losing her “gift” of fortune-telling, so how did they respond to her deliverance?

The Woman from Lydia explores the relationship between Euodia (the woman from Lydia) and the slave girl, who I’ve named Sabina. I was curious about how a young girl could become demon-possessed and had to come up with a logical and theologically sound reason to explain such a thing. Though many in our contemporary society want to believe that what the Bible calls “demon possession” is actually mental illness, demons are real. We can’t ignore the spiritual forces and evil influences at work around us due to the devil. But freedom and power can be found in Christ Jesus, and we can experience victory in His name.

The Woman from Lydia is a “what if?” story on a grand scale. It even includes a few romantic moments! As always, at the end I’ve included a Q and A session to explain why I made some of the choices I made to tell the story. I hope you’ll pick up the book and enjoy all the books in The Emissaries series.


Angela Hunt

Angela Hunt (www.angelahuntbooks.com) is a New York Times bestselling author of more than 150 published books, with over 5 million copies of her books sold worldwide. Angela’s novels have won or been nominated for the RWA RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Christian Book Award, and the Holt Medallion. Four of her novels have received the ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award, and Angela is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from both the Romantic Times Book Club and ACFW. Angela holds ThDs in Biblical Studies and Theology. She and her husband make their home in Florida with mastiffs and chickens.


The Woman from Lydia giveaway

Bethany House is offering a print copy of The Woman from Lydia by Angela Hunt to one of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What makes you want to read The Woman from Lydia by Angela Hunt?

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38 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Angela Hunt & The Woman from Lydia

  1. Colleen Hudson

    I have enjoyed Angela Hunt’s books for a long time now, and I love Biblical fiction!

  2. Judi Imperato

    I have enjoyed some of Angela’s books and I would love to read this book as well.

  3. I enjoy her books, plus this appears to be a biblical novel, so should be even more insightful. . . Thanks for the opportunity! Would love to win a print copy! God bless!

  4. Thomas Gibson

    Story sounds so good. The Apostle Paul played an important role in shaping the Christian faith. Congrats on your tour.

  5. Glenda K Shilling

    Have really enjoyed Angela Hunt books- love that she researches the culture of the time

  6. Roxanne C.

    I, too, always wondered what happened to “the girl with an unclean spirit” and how old she may have been.

  7. I love Angela Hunt’s books and this one focuses on an interesting character that we know very little about so it’s intriguing.

  8. Melissa Stands

    I love Angela Hunt’s novels and this one looks (love the cover) and sounds like a fantastic read. Thanks so much for this giveaway.

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